Group stage, 1993-94

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His side 3-0 down with 24 min­utes to play against the Bel­gian cham­pi­ons, things weren’t look­ing too rosy for Bre­men’s man­ager Otto Re­hhagel. But he al­ways be­lieved, mainly be­cause he had Wyn­ton Rufer in his ranks. The New Zealan­der (left) may not be a house­hold name, but so im­pressed was Re­hhagel with the for­ward’s tech­nique in his first train­ing ses­sion, the coach asked him: “Why aren’t you play­ing for Real Madrid?” Rufer’s dinked 66th-minute ef­fort of­fered hope, a Rune Brat­seth header six min­utes later, gen­uine be­lief. Panic duly in­fected An­der­lecht’s rear­guard, the goal avalanche end­ing with Rufer’s sec­ond. The Mir­a­cle of the Weser, the river which runs through Bre­men, was born.

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