Sampdoria 3-2 Arsenal (aet) - 5-5 on aggregate
Arsenal win 3-2 on penalties
Talk about a night of drama.
The 1995 Cup Winners Cup semi-final in Genoa was one to saviour as Arsenal secured their place in successive European finals.
Of all the teams to be drawn against, though, Sampdoria were the ones you didn’t want.
Attilio Lombardo and Roberto Mancini could be devastating and Sinisa Mihajlovic was deadly from free-kicks.
But they were the opposition and a 3-2 first leg win had Arsenal fans dreaming of repeating the success of 1994 when they beat Parma in the final of the same competition.
However, they were made to work for it in Italy and Stefan Schwarz's free-kick TWO minutes from the end prevented an agonising exit.
Arsenal had looked doomed only moments before when two Claudio Bellucci goals in three minutes put Sampdoria 3-1 up and left Gooners deflated.
But Schwarz's effort forced extra-time and sent the away bench mental and when the sides couldn't be separated, it came down to penalties.
Now the focus was on David Seaman’s legendary safe hands, with the England goalkeeper showing why he was the country’s no.1, saving from Mihajlovic, Vladimir Jugovic and Lombardo to set up a date with Real Zaagoza.
Unfortunately for Gooners, they were unable to become the first team to defend the trophy.
Tottenham favourite Nayim saw to that.
WHEN THE CUP WINNERS CUP WAS A THING: ABERDEEN BEAT REAL MADRID