Competition: European Cup-Winners’ Cup, Semi-Final, First Leg.
Hajduk Split: Vukcevic; Dzoni, Boljat; Buljan, Holcer, Peruzovic; Hlevnjac, Boskovic, Jovanic, Jerkovic, Surjak.
Referee: Gyula. Emsberger (
United were feared throughout Europe and many foreign coaches believed the only way to beat them over two legs was to frustrate them at Elland Road. That was certainly the case in an ill-tempered Semi-Final with Yugoslavian side Hajduk Split. United traditionally had found they had difficulties in overcoming Yugoslav opposition, so they faced the meeting with Hajduk Split knowing that it would be no easy ride. They anticipated and were given a testing examination of their ability. They came through but only by the narrowest of margins.
United found chances hard to create but it needed a superb Dragan Holcer tackle to keep out Peter Lorimer, who also missed an opportunity from seven yards when Wilson Dzoni miskicked. The priceless breakthrough came on twenty-one minutes when Allan Clarke collected the ball from Johnny Giles , drifted past Dragan Holcer, into the box, beat Mario Baljat and clipped a superb left-foot shot beyond Radomir Vuksevic in the Hadjuk goal. It was Allan Clarke’s twenty-fourth goal of the season and United’s one hundredth of the campaign and he thought he had got another a minute later but it was ruled out for offside.
The goal did not change
The war of attrition continued in the second half and United
sent on Joe Jordan after sixty-five minutes in place of Mick Bates to add some
firepower to the attack. Within minutes
the game turned nasty with Mick Jones and Ivan Buljan
cautioned after a clash just outside the penalty area. Tackles were flying in
from all angles and one of their chief targets, Allan Clarke, snapped when he
was hacked down. The
Allan Clarke commented later. “The Semi-Final paired us with
Hajduk Split and was anything but easy. In the first
leg we knew we had to get a lead for the return, because they were formidable
at home and we needed something to defend. I knocked a goal in during the
second half then got sent off for retaliation. My marker had been kicking hell
out of me all night and a few minutes after my goal he crashed into me again
and took my legs away. I had a rush of blood and kicked him where it hurts.
When I got back into the dressing room, I knew I had let my team-mates and
myself down. In
Allan Clarke scores the winning goal
Allan Clarke is sent off for retaliation