Competition: European Cup Semi-Final Second Leg.
Referee: Gerhard Schulenberg (West Germany).
It seemed that the whole of
United had every reason to feel fatigued as they went into the game having played three FA Cup Semi-Finals, a FA Cup Final, an European Cup quarter-final, an European Cup Semi-Final, and five league games in the previous month, but despite all that the FA had fined them £5,000 for fielding an understrength team at Derby. Leeds were indeed the victims of the FAís insistence that the season should be finished early due to the World Cup in Mexico and their failure to achieve at least one of possible the treble could be put down to that.
After withstanding an early barrage of Celtic attacks, United hit back to silence the massive crowd. With fourteen minutes gone, Norman Hunter received a throw in from the right and rolled the ball forward to Billy Bremner, who unleashed a fierce right-foot shot, which flew past Evan Williams, to give United renewed hope and had them thinking that victory was a possibility.
The goal clearly angered the Scots and they stormed frantically back into the attack, Paul Madeley and Terry Cooper making desperate clearances to keep the rampant Celtic at bay. The inevitable goal came two minutes after half-time when John Hughes flung himself at Bertie Auldís corner and flicked the ball beyond the reach of Gary Sprake.
Unitedís hopes evaporated in the
white-hot atmosphere when the heroic Sprake was
carried off after a collision with Hughes.†
The first time replacement David Harvey touched the ball was to pick it
out of the net. Jimmy Johnstone, turning on his breathtaking skills, fed Bobby
Murdoch, whose fifteen yard shot flashed past
Celtic went on to lose 2-1 to Dutch masters Feyenoord in the final, while
Billy Bremner scores at Hampden Park
John Hughes heads Celticís first goal at
John Hughes equalises at Hampden
Gary Sprake is
carried off at