1973 Intercontinental Cup

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1973 Intercontinental Cup
Date28 November 1973
VenueStadio Olimpico, Rome
RefereeAlfred Delcourt (Belgium)

The 1973 Intercontinental Cup was a football match played on 28 November 1973 between Juventus, runners-up of the 1972–73 European Cup, and Independiente, winner of the 1973 Copa Libertadores. The match was played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. It was Juventus' first appearance into the competition and Independiente's fourth appearance after the defeats against Internazionale in 1964 and 1965 and against Ajax in 1972. Despite initially refusing to participate in the competition,[1] Juventus replaced Ajax as representative UEFA team in the competition after Ajax as the European champions declined to contest a possible meeting in South America officially for financial reasons.[2] The Cup was played in a single match instead of a two-legged final as happened in the previous and following years until 1979.

During the match, dominated by the Italian team,[3] the Bianconeri had several opportunities to take the lead with two shots on the cross, a penalty kick, drawn by Cuccureddu, ended up over the bar and a shot in the last minutes of the race, which was blocked by the goalkeeper Santoro in daring action.[3] Ten minutes from the end, an own goal by Gentile in a Bochini's shot, the only significant offensive action made by Independiente in the match, was decisive for the victory of the Diablos Rojos ("Red Devils").[3]

Match details[edit]

Juventus Italy0–1Argentina Independiente
Report Ricardo Bochini Goal 80'
Attendance: 22,489
GK 1 Italy Dino Zoff
DF 2 Italy Luciano Spinosi Substituted off 74'
MF 3 Italy Gianpietro Marchetti
DF 4 Italy Claudio Gentile
DF 5 Italy Francesco Morini
DF 6 Italy Sandro Salvadore
MF 7 Italy Franco Causio
MF 8 Italy Antonello Cuccureddu
FW 9 Italy Pietro Anastasi
FW 10 ItalyBrazil José Altafini
FW 11 Italy Roberto Bettega Substituted off 74'
DF Italy Silvio Longobucco Substituted in 74'
MF Italy Fernando Viola Substituted in 74'
Czechoslovakia Čestmír Vycpálek
GK 1 Argentina Miguel Ángel Santoro
DF 2 Argentina Miguel Ángel López
DF 3 Uruguay Elbio Ricardo Pavoni Yellow card
DF 4 Argentina Eduardo Commisso
MF 5 Argentina Miguel Ángel Raimondo
DF 6 Argentina Francisco Pedro Manuel Sa
FW 7 Argentina Agustín Balbuena
MF 8 Argentina Rubén Galván
FW 9 Argentina Eduardo Maglioni
MF 10 Argentina Ricardo Bochini
FW 11 Argentina Daniel Bertoni Substituted off 83'
Argentina Alejandro Semenewicz Substituted in 83'
Argentina Roberto Ferreiro

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "La Juventus ha rinunciato alla finale intercontinentale" (in Italian). La Stampa. 25 July 1973. p. 14.
  2. ^ "Intercontinental Cup 1973". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Archived from the original on 6 March 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Vola in Argentina" (in Italian). La Stampa. 29 November 1973. p. 19.