Date: Wednesday, 18th March 1970.
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds.
European Cup Third Round Second Leg.
United 1 Standard Liege 0
United: Giles (pen). Standard Liege:
Leeds United: Sprake;
Reaney, Cooper; Bremner,
Charlton, Hunter; Lorimer, Clarke, Jones, Giles, Madeley.
Standard Liege: Piot; Beurlet, Thissen; Dewalque, Jeck, Pilot; Semmeling, Van Moer, Galic, Takac,
Referee: Concetto Lo Bello
As the 1969-70 season reached its climax, United had captured the football
publicís imagination, as they fought to keep their dream of an unprecedented
treble alive. European Cup, The Football League Championship and the FA Cup
were still firmly in their sights. As a result Unitedís
season was starting to get congested and after getting a goalless draw at Anfield on the Saturday after their first leg game in Liege,
they had fought another highly competitive goalless draw with Manchester United
in the Semi-Final of the FA Cup on the Saturday before this Second Leg game. The
tiredness was apparent as they managed a single goal victory in a hard fought
match at Elland Road
to take them through to the Semi-Final of the European Cup where a clash with
Scottish giants Celtic awaited them.
For their part Standard had beaten Brugge 2-0 the
previous week to virtually ensure the retention of their Belgian Championship
Trophy. The return game, which attracted 48,775 to Elland Road, was just as
exciting as the first leg, with Standard Liege determined to pull back their
single goal deficit. They almost succeeded in the early part of the game when
Paul Madeley and Jack Charlton collided, but winger Sandor Takacís wasted the
opportunity his shot hit the side netting. Standardís confidence lifted in the
bitterly cold cross-wind and a quarter of the match had blown away before United
began to play with some purpose.
Terry Cooperís seering thrusts from left back
started to create gaps in the Liege defence and
goalkeeper Christian Piot needed to be at his
acrobatic best to keep out headers from Allan Clarke and Mick Jones. United
clearly needed the cushion of a second goal on aggregate but the only goal of
the game did not come until the eightieth minute. It came from the spot after
Mick Jones had been brought down in the penalty area by a combination of Leon Jeck and Jean Thissen. Johnny Giles
was entrusted with the spot-kick and he made no mistake, slotting home his
ninth penalty of the season to give United a 2-0 aggregate victory.
It was the only goal of the game and, once again, Leeds
had come through without conceding a goal. They had now played five hundred and
forty minutes of European competition, scored twenty-four goals, and conceded
none. Don Revie was jubilant, saying, ďI donít mind
who we meet in the semi-final.Ē
As fate turned out, the next opponents were Celtic, who had won the
competition in 1967, to become the first British team ever to win the European
Leeds hadnít come out of their famous victory
unscathed as Norman Hunter picked up a knee injury which was to rob Leeds
of his services in several key games and when he was fit again Leedsí
hopes of a League, European Cup and FA Cup treble had gone out of the window.
Ďhotshotí is pushed over the bar by
Piot with Allan Clarke waiting for any rebound.
Johnny Giles gets the only goal from the spot.
Allan Clarke lost his shadow Leon Jeck to put in a flying header which Piot saved.