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On This Day In 1986: Real Madrid’s Remontada Vs Inter Milan


In 1986, Real Madrid travelled to Milan to face Inter in the first leg of the UEFA Cup semi-finals. They lost that game 3 - 1, which set up a nail-biting encounter at the Bernabeu where a two-goal deficit needed to be overturned.

On April 16th 1986 — 34 years ago to the day — Real Madrid played the second leg in Madrid.

The starting lineups that day:

Real Madrid: Agustín, Chendo, Camacho, Maceda, Sanchís (Salguero, 14’), Gordillo (Juanito, 110’), Gallego, Míchel, Butragueño, Santillana and Hugo Sánchez.

Inter de Milán: Zenga, Bergomi, Mandorlini, Baresi, Collovati, Ferri, Fanna, Tardelli, Brady, Altobelli (Marini, 50’) and Rummenigge (Bernazzani, 83’).

With tension mounting, Huge Sanchez converted a penalty kick just before half-time to make it 1 - 0. In the 64th minute, Rafael Gordillo made it 2 - 0 with a header — giving Real Madrid the edge on aggregate.

But Inter restored their lead on aggregate shortly after, when Brady converted a penalty.

In another twist, Hugo Sanchez levelled the tie with a penalty of his own, which saw the game go into extra time.

That’s where Santillana came alive — scoring twice in the extra frame to make the score 5 - 1.


Blurb from

A second UEFA Cup

It was the second year in a row Real Madrid had come from behind at the Bernabéu to eliminate Inter Milan, having run out 3-0 winners in Madrid the previous year, following a 2-0 loss in the first leg. In the 1986 competition, the Whites went on to lift their second UEFA Cup, beating Cologne in a two-legged final (5-1 at the Bernabéu; 2-0 in Germany).

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