Torino FC 2-2 AFC Ajax
(Casagrande 65 82; Jonk 17, Pettersson 73p)
AFC Ajax 0-0 Torino FC
(agg: 2-2, Ajax win on away goals)
The 1991/92 UEFA Cup had a youthful feel. Leading the way were AFC Ajax, coached by Louis van Gaal and featuring Dennis Bergkamp, Wim Jonk and Aron Winter. Yet the Amsterdammers were not the only team with a youthful complexion. Liverpool FC had the exciting Steve McManaman; Genoa CFC the future Italian international Stefano Eranio. But it was the tyros of Torino FC who emerged to challenge Ajax for the title.
Spearheaded by winger Gianluigi Lentini, the Granata reached their first European final at the expense of KR Reykjavík, Boavista FC, AEK Athens FC, B 1903 København and Real Madrid CF, beaten 3-2 on aggregate. Meanwhile, Ajax's semi-final opponents were Liverpool's conquerors, Genoa. They clawed back a two-goal deficit at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris only to concede a last-minute winner to Dutch international Winter. A 1-1 draw in the return sealed their fate.
So, having added one Italian side to a list of victims that included Örebro SK, FC Rot-Weiss Erfurt and KAA Gent, Ajax turned their sights on another. Successfully, it transpired, though their victory was only by away goals. The first leg in Turin finished 2-2 with Walter Casagrande cancelling out strikes by Jonk and Stefan Pettersson, the second goalless. Thus Ajax became only the second team after Torino's neighbours Juventus to win all three UEFA club competitions.
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