1993/94: Arsenal frustrate Parma's 'double' hopes

Friday, 17 August 2001

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Arsenal FC 1-0 Parma AC
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final, Wednesday 04 May 1994
Parken Stadium, Copenhagen

Parma AC became the sixth club to fail to win two consecutive finals when they were beaten in Copenhagen by Arsenal FC. George Graham’s side had raised eyebrows with a 7-0 away win over R. Standard de Liège in the second round, but were more renowned for their defensive qualities with goalkeeper David Seaman protected by Lee Dixon, Steve Bould, Tony Adams and Nigel Winterburn. One home goal by Adams gave them a 1-0 aggregate victory over Torino Calcio in the quarter-finals and, after a 1-1 draw in France, a home goal by Kevin Campbell beat Paris Saint-Germain FC to secure a place in the final.

Haifa heartache
Parma AC’s title defence almost ended in the second round where, after winning 1-0 in Israel, they were beaten 1-0 at home by Maccabi Haifa. Gianfranco Zola missed an extra-time penalty but three Israelis failed from the spot during the penalty shoot-out and the Italians scraped through. After two top-class performances against AFC Ajax in the quarter-finals, they were beaten 2-1 by SL Benfica in Lisbon and it was a late header by Roberto Sensini in Parma which put them in the final.

Arsenal win tactical battle
A crowd of 34,000 witnessed a tense, tactical battle. Parma’s Tomas Brolin hit the post early on but, in the 20th minute, Lorenzo Minotti mis-hit an overhead clearance and Alan Smith beat Luca Bucci with a left-footed volley. The ‘Gunners’ then invited Nevio Scala’s side to come at them but, by shackling Zola and Faustino Asprilla, defended their lead and became the fourth London club to win the trophy.

Arsenal FC - Parma AC 1 - 0
Stage Final
Half-Time 1 - 0
Date 04.05.1994
Kick-Off 20:15:00
Venue Parken
City/Town Copenhagen
Attendance 33765
Referee KRONDL Vaclav Dr. (CZE)
Match Report
22' 9 SMITH Alan
25' 6 ADAMS Anthony
44' 9 CRIPPA Massimo
45' 11 ASPRILLA Faustino
51' 11 SELLEY Paul
Substitution.gif (94 bytes) 71' 8 PIN Gabriele (out) /
16 MELLI Alessandro (in)
78' 7 CAMPBELL Kevin
Substitution.gif (94 bytes) 87' 10 MERSON Paul (out) /
14 McGOLDRICK Eddie (in)
Team Line-Ups
Arsenal FC Parma AC
1 SEAMAN David (G) 1 BUCCI Luca (G)
2 DIXON Lee 2 BENARRIVO Antonio
3 WINTERBURN Nigel 3 DI CHIARA Alberto
4 DAVIS Paul 4 MINOTTI Lorenzo (C)
5 BOULD Steve 5 APOLLONI Luigi
6 ADAMS Anthony (C) 6 SENSINI Roberto Néstor
7 CAMPBELL Kevin 7 BROLIN Tomas
8 MORROW Stephen 8 PIN Gabriele
9 SMITH Alan 9 CRIPPA Massimo
10 MERSON Paul 10 ZOLA Gianfranco
11 SELLEY Paul 11 ASPRILLA Faustino
Substitutes
13 MILLER Alan (G) 12 BALLOTTA Marco (G)
12 LINIGHAN Andrew 13 MALTAGLIATI Roberto
14 McGOLDRICK Eddie 14 BALLERI David
15 PARLOUR Raymond 15 ZORATTO Daniele
16 DICKOV Paul 16 MELLI Alessandro
Head Coach
GRAHAM George SCALA Nevio

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