Lethal Portuguese striker Eusebio and Benfica pals at the Baseball Ground
TODAY'S Bygones image features footballing icon Eusebio training at the Baseball Ground in October 1972.
The legendary player was part of the Benfica team that drew Derby County in the second round of that season's European Cup competition.
It was widely thought when the draw was made that Brian Clough's Rams would be demolished by the Eagles of Lisbon, but they astounded everyone with a 3-0 home win and then went on to play out a goalless draw in the return match the following month, putting them through 3-0 on aggregate.
It seems difficult to believe now, but back in the 1970s Derby County were a force to be reckoned with, not only among their English rivals but also on the European stage.
Derby qualified for the European Cup or UEFA Cup in five consecutive seasons in that decade and the Baseball Ground played host to some of football's biggest clubs – Benfica, Juventus and Real Madrid – and a line-up of great players including Eusebio, Dino Zoff and Gunter Netzer.
Being crowned champions of England for the first time in 1971–72 opened the door to Europe and Derby strode through in a confident manner.
Their first-ever tie came against FK Zeljeznicar Sarajevo of Yugoslavia in September 1972 and Clough's exciting team, featuring the likes of Roy McFarland, Colin Todd and Kevin Hector, went on to add the scalps of Benfica and Spartak Trnava on their way to a highly controversial semi-final clash with Juventus.
In their 1975-76 European Cup campaign, a 3-1 aggregate victory over Slovan Bratislava was rewarded with a never-to-be-forgotten meeting against giants Real Madrid.
Inspired by Charlie George and Todd's faultless display at the back, the Rams secured a 4-1 first leg victory of startling brilliance.
But Real Madrid were a quality act, as well, and they won the second leg 5-1 in front of 120,000 at the Bernabeu Stadium to complete a stunning 6-5 aggregate win.
The Rams' European adventures ended in the 1976-77 season when they crashed out of the UEFA Cup to AEK Athens in the second round.
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