WERDER BREMEN 5 ANDERLECHT 3 Group stage, 1993-94
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.