Venue: Kod Stare Plinare Stadium,
Competition: European Cup-Winners’ Cup, Semi-Final, Second Leg.
Score: Hajduk Split 0
Scorers: Hajduk Split: Nil.
Hajduk Split: Sirkovic; Dzoni, Boljat (Peruzovic); Boskovic, Holcer, Buljan; Hlevnjak, Jerkovic, Nadoveza, Jovanovic (Muzinic), Surjak.
Referee: Robert Helies (
little room to manoeuvre in the Adriatic
leg was, as expected, a close affair, with United defending stoutly. After his
success in central defence in the first leg, Terry Yorath nominally maintained his position at the heart of
the Leeds defence, but although Paul Madeley, who was handed the No.11 jersey, operated in defence alongside Norman Hunter, with Terry Yorath slotting into midfield as a ball-winner. However,
with neither Eddie Gray nor Mick Bates fit, United relied on Just Billy Bremner and Johnny Giles in midfield, supplemented by Peter
Lorimer. Also, with Allan Clarke unavailable due to
suspension, after being sent off in the first leg, it was fortuitous that Mick
Jones had recovered from injury and was able to form the striking partnership
with Joe Jordan. For once United put their adventurous streak on hold and
turned in a display which Don Revie ranked alongside
the Ferencvaros Fairs Cup-winning night. For all
their pre-match confidence,
Split, had many fine players including Yugoslav internationals Ivan-Ivica Šurjak, Wilson Džoni, Ivan Buljan, Ivica Hlevnjak, Dragan Holcer, Dražen Mužinić and Jurica Jerković, but United had
only two big danger moments. The first came early on when Micun
Jovanic stabbed in a shot which David Harvey did well
to block with his arm. Then with time ticking away Ivan Surjak
headed wide when it looked easier to score. After that chance, fifteen minutes
from the end,
Finally Johnny Giles powered home a shot but referee Robert Helies had blown for time a split second earlier, so the goal, which United didn’t need, was ruled out. United had withstood everything the Croatians had to offer and got the result that they wanted, and merited, and booked their place in the Final. The only downside was that Billy Bremner was booked and he joined Allan Clarke as being suspended and not able to play in the final.
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