Real Madrid: Gento was the star of the Elche-Madrid Cup 60 years ago


Paco Gento be the first protagonist this afternoon in Altabix. Elche and Real Madrid will wear mourning for the great legend whose death last Tuesday hit world football. A minute of silence will be the last thing that happens before the ball starts to roll in what will be the third cup tie between the franjiverdes and whites.

The first was played in just three days, between April 5 and 8, 1962. It was in the round of 16 of the Cup, a knockout express before on the 12th Madrid was played in Liege their place in the final of the European Cup.

On that occasion Madrid traveled the day before and arrived in Alicante five hours late. At the head of the expedition were the directors Francisco Muoz Lusarreta and Luis de Carlos, Miguel Muoz, the first coach, did not travel to the team's controls. The direction in the Altabix field went to José Morales Berriguete, Moleiro in the world of football.

Muoz was the London, where he saw the benfica qualify for the Tottenham for the European Cup final and thus be able to defend his title.

At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, the tie opened. Before half an hour Paco Gento sowed panic in the Elche defense. I left rivals along the way. Dodge to Las Heras, Elche goalkeeper, got rid of Quirant and Iborra after and gave a cross to roof to open the marker.

Shortly after it was Puskas who scored, but Elche did not lower their arms and after 66 minutes they were able to equalize the match. The 2-2 lasted only seven minutes, which took people in launching a very hard left-footed shot against which he could do nothing The Heras. Throughout the match, Madrid's 11 was a nightmare for Elche's defense. And a joy for a stand from which their runs and dribbles were applauded.

Paco Gento, legend of Real Madrid, dies

The return match confirmed what Juan Ramón, the Elche coach, said after the 3-4 draw. "It can be said that the tie is settled." The whites, the same day that the famous bullfighter took his life John Belmonte, they won 5-1 in a game that after 11 minutes was tied at one. Puskas he scored four goals, the other Di Stfano and Gento was once again a cyclone in the white waves.

At the end of the match, Gento's head was already in the European Cup final: "In Liege, with losing by one goal, happy. Then, as always, a difficult final in Amsterdam, and more in front of the benfica. We know each other and this already knows what it means". I got both things right. Madrid went on to the final by winning 0-2 at standard, but the end was a bone. Despite taking a 0-2 lead and reaching the break winning 2-3, always with goals from Puskas, the title returned to travel to Lisbon for the second consecutive season: 5-3.





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