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Ipswich get us back underway with the Suffolk side looking to preserve the 5-3 aggregate lead, knowing that they’re just 45 minutes away from European glory

46- Another stoppage in play as the town box is overloaded, not with AZ players but rolls of toilet paper that has been launched onto the pitch by the visiting fans! A couple of dirty tricks already!
54- Its all AZ at the moment as the Dutch side refuse to roll over and die. They cannot find a way through Ipswich’s backline with Osman, Butcher and Super Cooper in goal looking like a brick wall at the moment, limiting the dutch side to speculative effort that have gone well wide so far. The Town faithful are running rapidly through the song book, confident that the trophy will return to Suffolk with their heroes.

56- CLOSE- In a rare foray forward for the visitors, Muhren bursts through the AZ backline before spotting Treitjel of his line, however his 35 yard chipped effort sails over the bar.

63- SAVE- Despite having most of the ball AZ hadn’t really threatened the blues net this half- until now, when Arntz’s head ferociously met a Peters cross just 8 yards out. The net seem certain to bulge and it would have done were it not for Coopers incredible reflexes as Towns stopper palms the ball over the bar and out to safety

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69- Butcher and Osman look like men possessed as they constantly head or clear anything the Dutch side can throw at them, with AZ toiling away furiously to get a sniff at goal. The tie is a long way from over as the Town fans are still in good voice- this time more nerves than confidence

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73- GOALLLLLLLLL- And what a spectacular one at that!! The hosts are well and truly back in the game as Jonker rifles a 30- yard freekick in at the goalkeepers near side. Cooper was left with no chance as he is beaten by the shear power of the strike which was past him before he could even react. A massive goal for the Dutch side as they now only trail the two-legged tie by one goal. All to play for in the last 20 minutes

78- SAVE- another brilliant piece of goalkeeping from Cooper as Arntz cuts in from the right before ling up an effort into the top left corner. Cooper is equal to it though, as he throws out both arms to catch the strike

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Substitution- 14 Van deb Dungen ON

7 Jonker Off

85- It san absolute onslaught now as AZ throw absolutely everything at the Town area, but again Osman and Butcher equal to it- though its gonna be a tense few minutes for the town Faithful

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FULL TIME- and there it is scenes of jubilation at the Olympic Stadium as Ipswich Town win the UEFA cup with fans on the pitch celebrating this historic win with their heroes. It wasn’t always easy for the Blues as their Dutch opponents would not lie down the whole evening, however their 3-0 home win and heroic defending in the second half is enough to carry the through to European glory.

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