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Top 5 Champions League quarterfinal upsets

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 15:16 IST

#3 Widzew Lodz 4-3 Liverpool: 1982-83

The LSK Stadion where Liverpool were taken apart by Widzew Lodz
The LSK Stadion where Liverpool
taken apart by Widzew Lodz

Engish clubs had dominated the European Cup from the mid-1970s and by the time of the 1982-83 season, the trophy had been won by English clubs for six straight years. Reigning Champions Aston Villa and English Champions Liverpool would lead the charge that season - only for both sides to exit at the Quarterfinal stage. The Villains were thrashed by Juventus whereas Liverpool - more surprisingly - were ousted by Polish Champions Widzew Lodz.

Widzew would later succumb to financial troubles and has started life again recently from the lower rungs of Polish football - but it was quite a different story 35 years ago when they entertained Ian Rush's Liverpool in the Champions League.

The English Champions were strangely out of their elements in the first leg at the LKS Stadion and succumbed to a 2-0 defeat. A turnaround at Anfield seemed feasible when Phil Neal halved the arrears with a 15th-minute penalty in the second leg, though.

However, the Reds themselves conceded a penalty in the 39th minute and Wlodi Smolarek put the visitors ahead eights minutes after the restart. Needing four more goals to progress, a flurry of activity in the final ten minutes saw Liverpool score twice. But a 3-2 victory was not enough to prevent a 3-4 aggregate defeat and the Poles went through to set up a semi-final tie with Juventus.

Widzew would compete in the Champions League proper only once more - in the 1996-97 season where they were eliminated in the group stages.

Published 18 Mar 2018, 16:00 IST
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