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Rapid’s ultras remember Real Madrid in their tifo against Villarreal

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Rapid’s ultras remember Real Madrid.

In the Europa League on Thursday evening, Rapid Vienna‘s ultras welcomed Villarreal and unfurled a wonderful tifo that evoked the legendary 1968 elimination of Real Madrid in the Last 16 stage of the European Cup.

Group G is one of the closest in the Europa League, with Rangers and Spartak Moscow rounding out the four.

Rapid now sit bottom on four points but just two behind Villarreal who are top after their 0-0 draw.

“We will make them bite the dust like the old Real Madrid,” the tifo read, with the visual display showing an enlarged newspaper clipping of that day where Johnny Bjerregaard’s goal secured a place in the quarter-final.

Rapid won 1-0 in the first leg in Austria, and in the second leg, on 4 December 1968, Madrid took the lead through Manuel Velazquez but Bjerregaard’s finish was ultimately enough, despite Pirri scoring late on to win the game 2-1.

This was revenge for Rapid as they made up for their 1956 elimination, where they lost 4-2 at the Bernabeu in the first leg and beat the Spaniards 3-1 in the second, with Ernst Happel scoring a hat-trick, which put Rapid 3-0 up and going through, but Alfredo di Stefano made it 3-1 and spared Madrid’s blushes.

The third game saw Madrid win 2-0 as they went on to win their second European Cup, beating Fiorentina 2-0 in the final.

Credit: Marca

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