Date: Tuesday, 26th September 1995.
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds.
Cup, First Round Second Leg.
United 0 AS Monaco
United: Nil. AS Monaco:
Leeds United: Lukic;
Pemberton (Couzens), Beesley;
White (Tinkler), McAllister, Palmer, Speed; Deane, Yeboah. Subs not used: Sharp, Ford, Beeney.
AS Monaco: Barthez; Thuram, Boli, Dumas, Petit; Viaud (Petersen), Puel, Dos Santos
(Wreh); Scifo, Anderson, Madar. Subs
not used: Grimaldi, Legwinski,
Referee: Serge Muhmenthaler (Switzerland).
Superb goalkeeping by John Lukic prevented French aristocrats Monaco from pulling off a sensational
comeback at Elland Road. Howard Wilkinson did not know
which tactics to adopt, but eventually went for a defensive attitude rather
than trying to repeat the Monaco score-line. Surprisingly after United’s and Tony Yeboah’s
impressive start in Monaco, it came as a surprise when the man
of the match in the Elland Road return leg was United
keeper John Lukic. There was no doubting that the
tall keeper was the man of the match as Monaco battered away at the United defensive strategy in a bid to pull back their three
goal deficit. They only failed in their bold bid because of the heroics that
the experienced Lukic performed, particularly in the
second half, when he brought off a string of excellent saves to frustrate the
Frenchmen and Michael Madar in particular. Howard
Wilkinson was very impressed and commented, “Our keeper made some World-class
saves. This game will have done John the world of good.” No doubt thinking back
three years when his error at Ibrox had swung the
game in Rangers favour, but this time he atoned for
that and was instrumental in United winning this tie and progressing to the
With a three goal lead
given to them by Tony Yeboah in the first leg, United
adopted defensive measures. It was not pretty to watch and at times it was not
too convincing, but at the end of the night it was successful, and that was the
object. Things were going along smoothly enough for United until the
twenty-third minute when Monaco got the boost of a goal after Sonny
Anderson’s free-kick took a wicked deflection off United’s
wall and left John Lukic stranded as it went into the
opposite end of the net to where he was stationed.
That gave Monaco the impetus they needed and with
Manuel Dos Santos, Laurent Viaud, Michael Madar and Sonny Anderson moving around fluently and
menacingly, United had to soak up a tremendous amount of pressure. With Tony Yeboah tightly marked by Basile Boli United had little to show in an attacking sense,
although they immediately looked more effective once Mark Tinkler
replaced David White after fifty-three minutes. It didn’t last long though, and
Monaco increased the pressure.
who was preferred to the skilful and speedy Christopher Wreh
after scoring twice in their last French League game, could hardly believe the
saves that thwarted his efforts. Madar had seemed a
certain scorer when he got on the end of a cross from Emmanuel Petit at the far
post but John Lukic somehow managed to claw the ball
away and the United keeper denied Madar
again when he turned his shot round the post. Michael Madar
could hardly believe his luck and turned away in disbelief when another
goal-bound header was brilliantly stopped by John Lukic.
The modest Lukic, who was on the brink of making his four hundredth
appearance for United said, “That’s what I am paid for.
It is a team game. It is not about individuals. The team gained the right
outcome over the two legs. If people want to say nice things about me that’s fine, but I am paid to do a job.” His display gained
him a standing ovation from the Leeds fans and Manager Howard Wilkinson, who
rewarded the thirty-four-year-old keeper with a new two year contract in the
summer, believed that the shot-stopper was playing as well as at any other time
in his career.
By comparison Monaco keeper Fabien
Barthez had little to do. United had very few
chances, the best of which came when a shot from Brian Deane was cleared off
the line by Manuel Dos Santos and earlier the keeper had managed to gather the
ball when Gary Kelly’s shot deflected awkwardly off Laurent Viaud.
However with Basile Boli
keeping a tight rein on the dangerous Tony Yeboah,
United struggled to make much headway. A couple of long-range pot-shots by Gary
McAllister and a clearance by Franck Dumas under pressure from Brian Deane were
as close as they came. But, as time drifted away Howard Wilkinson took the
opportunity to give youngsters mark Tinkler, after
fifty-four minutes, and Andy Couzens, after eighty
minutes, their first sample of European action.
It might be said that
United were lucky to go through on the strength of a three goal salvo in Monaco in the first leg, but they had
triumphed 3-1 on aggregate and moved on into the Second Round against more high
class opposition in the form of PSV Eindhoven.
Gary Speed dives in to challenge Basile Boli David
White makes his presence felt
Carlton Palmer gets his tackle in on Manuel Dos Santos John
Pemberton is strong in the tackle
Gary McAllister wins the ball from Emmanuel
Sonny Anderson got the only goal of
John Lukic saved Leeds on many occasions Andy Couzens
Mark Tinkler replaced David White
Dan Petersen came on from the bench
Fabien Barthez, defender
Emmanuel Petit and midfielder Laurent Viaud came into
Full-Back Gilles Grimandi
and goalkeeper Stephane Porato
remained on the bench