1984 Intercontinental Cup

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1984 Intercontinental Cup
Match programme cover
Date 9 December 1984
Venue National Stadium, Tokyo
Man of the Match José Percudani (Independiente)[1]
Referee Romualdo Arppi Filho (Brazil)
Attendance 62,000

The 1984 Intercontinental Cup was an association football match between Liverpool of England and Independiente of Argentina on 9 December 1984 at the National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, the annual Intercontinental Cup contested between the winners of the Copa Libertadores and European Cup. Independiente were appearing in their sixth Intercontinental Cup, they had won the competition once in 1973 and lost the other four. Liverpool were making their second appearance in the competition, after their loss in 1981.[2]

The teams had qualified for the competition by winning their continent's primary cup competition. Independiente qualified by winning the primary South American cup competition, the Copa Libertadores. They won the 1984 Copa Libertadores defeating Brazilian team Grêmio 3–1 on points in the finals. Liverpool qualified by winning the primary European cup competition, the European Cup. They beat Italian team Roma 4–2 in a penalty shoot-out after the match finished 1–1.

Watched by a crowd of 62,000, Indenpendiente took the lead in the sixth minute when José Percudani scored. Liverpool had the better of the possession during the match but they were unable to convert their chances ad the match finished in a 1–0 victory to Independiente. The win was the Argentine's second triumph in the competition, and the fifth in a row by the South American team.



Indenpendiente qualified for the Intercontinental Cup as the reigning Copa Libertadores winners. They had won the 1984 Copa Libertadores beating Grêmio 3–1 on points over two legs in the finals. It would be Indenpendiente's sixth appearance in the competition. Their previous five appearances had resulted in one win in 1973 and four defeats in 1964, 1965, 1972 and 1974.

Liverpool had qualified for the Intercontinental Cup as a result of winning the 1983–84 European Cup. They had beaten Roma 4–2 in a penalty shoot-out after the match finished 1–1 to win their fourth European Cup. Liverpool were appearing in their second Intercontinental Cup. Their appearance in 1981 resulted in a 3–0 defeat against Flamengo. Liverpool were scheduled to appear in 1977 and 1978 but didn't compete. They declined to play in 1977 and were replaced by runners-up Borussia Mönchengladbach, while in 1978, Liverpool and Boca Juniors declined to play each other.[3]


Before the match Liverpool lost defender Mark Lawrenson who had injured his hamstring in training. Gary Gillespie was his replacement.[4] Liverpool kicked off the match, but they conceded a goal after six minutes. Claudio Marangoni sent a ball over the Liverpool defence for striker José Percudani, whose low shot beat the advancing Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar to give Independiente a 1–0 lead.[5]

Despite being the better team for the majority of the match, Liverpool were unable to beat the Independiente defence, with their shooting in front of goal being the culprit. Both sides questioned some of the referee's decisions. Liverpool believed they should have had two penalties, while Independiente felt that the assistant referee decisions were questionable. Incidentally, the referee had served half of his two match ban handed out by the Brazilian Football Association.[4]

Despite the defeat, Liverpool manager Joe Fagan could fault the effort his players had put in: "Independiente are a good defensive tactical team and we could find no way through, the weather was ideal, we were just as fit as they were. The South Americans have better ball control than we do. We were disappointed with the result but I wasn't disappointed with the display."[4]


9 December 1984
12:00 JST
Liverpool England 0–1 Argentina Independiente
Report Percudani Goal 6'
National Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 62,000
Referee: Romualdo Arppi Filho (Brazil)
GK 1 Zimbabwe Bruce Grobbelaar
RB 2 England Phil Neal (c)
CB 6 Scotland Alan Hansen
CB 15 Scotland Gary Gillespie
LB 3 England Alan Kennedy
RM 10 England Craig Johnston
CM 11 Scotland John Wark Substituted off 76'
CM 8 Denmark Jan Mølby Booked 42'
LM 5 Scotland Steve Nicol
CF 7 Scotland Kenny Dalglish
CF 9 Wales Ian Rush
GK 13 England Bob Bolder
MF 12 Republic of Ireland Ronnie Whelan Substituted in 76'
MF 14 Scotland Kevin MacDonald
FW 16 Republic of Ireland Michael Robinson
England Joe Fagan
GK 1 Uruguay Carlos Goyén
RB 4 Argentina Néstor Clausen Booked 72'
CB 2 Argentina Hugo Villaverde Substituted off 74'
CB 6 Argentina Enzo Trossero (c)
LB 3 Argentina Carlos Enrique
RM 8 Argentina Ricardo Giusti
CM 5 Argentina Claudio Marangoni
LM 7 Argentina Jorge Burruchaga
AM 10 Argentina Ricardo Bochini
CF 11 Argentina Alejandro Barberón
CF 9 Argentina José Percudani
GK Argentina Gustavo Moriconi
DF Argentina Rodolfo Zimmermann
DF 13 Argentina Pedro Monzón Substituted in 74'
MF Argentina Gerardo Reinoso
MF Argentina Sergio Merlini
Argentina José Pastoriza

Man of the Match:
Argentina José Percudani (Independiente)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Percudani, Percudani (2 January 2009). "Toyota Cup – Most Valuable Player of the Match Award". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Gorgazzi, Osvaldo (13 Feb 2005). "Intercontinental Club Cup 1984". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Stokkermans, Karel; Magnani, Loris (30 April 2005). "Intercontinental Club Cup". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Harrison, Gerry (10 December 1984). "Liverpool fail to bridge the gulf on the field". The Times. 
  5. ^ "1984: Independiente deny Liverpool". Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). 9 December 1984. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 

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