ON THIS DAY IN 1998: ECWC: CHELSEA 3-1 VICENZA (3-2 on agg)

Chelsea have another important European fixture this week as we thrive to win more European silverware. This article will take you back to what happened on this day 21 years ago.

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Having lost our European Cup Winners Cup Semi Final 1st Leg away in Vicenza it was always going to be an uphill task in the 2nd Leg at Stamford Bridge.

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We’d already had some memorable ties in the competition during the 1997/98 season including wins against Slovan Bratislava, Real Betis and not forgetting that famous game in the snow verses Tromso.

Chelsea Team: De Goey, Clarke, Leboeuf, Duberry, Le Saux, Wise, Newton (Charvet 70 mins), Morris (Hughes 70 mins), Poyet, Vialli, Zola (Myers 81 mins)

Result: Chelsea 3-1 Vicenza (3-2 on aggregate)

Chelsea Goals: Poyet (35), Zola (51), Hughes (76)

Vicenza Goal: Luiso (32)

Attendance: 33,810

The Game:

It was Vicenza who added to their first leg lead when Luiso scored on 32 minutes. At this point it felt very much out of our reach to progress to the final.

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However, it took Chelsea only three minutes to level the score on the night. A fierce shot from Gianfranco Zola could only be spilled by the goalkeeper into the parth of Gustavo Poyet who cleverly pounced the quickest. The ball was quickly scooped up and placed on the centre circle. Chelsea still needed two more goals.

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Soon after the re-start (51 minutes) newly appointed player manager Gianluca Vialli ran and then crossed in for Gianfranco Zola who was unmarked to score a rare bullet header! 2-1 to Chelsea.

There was now a belief around Stamford Bridge that we could make a remarkable comeback.

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There were only twenty minutes left on the clock when Mark Hughes came off the bench. Just six minutes later a long goal kick from goalkeeper Ed De Goey was won aerially by Hughes. He landed and turned in one movement, struck the ball on his left foot on the half volley which went across the goalkeeper into the corner of the net. Stamford Bridge just erupted!

The game finished 3-1 to Chelsea with the blues winning 3-2 on aggregate. We’ve been spoilt over the years with some big European games at Stamford Bridge but this one is certainly up there! Chelsea went on to lift European Cup Winners Cup beating Stuttgart 1-0 in the final in Stockholm.

Up the blues!

Written by Chris Wright

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