Date: Wednesday, 9th March 1966.
Venue: Szusza Ferenc Stadium, Budapest,
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, Fourth Round, Second Leg.
Score: Ujpest Dozsa 1 Leeds
Scorers: Ujpest Dozsa: Fazekas.
Leeds United: Lorimer.
Ujpest Dozsa: Szentmihalyi; Kaposzta, Sovori; Solymosi, Csordas, Lenkei; Kuharski, Gorocs, Bene, Fazekas, Zambo.
Leeds United: Sprake; Reaney, Bell; Bremner,
Charlton, Hunter; O’Grady, Lorimer, Storrie, Giles, Cooper.
Ujpest made two changes from the
first leg, bringing in Sandor Lenkei
for Erno Nosko, while Elland Road scorer Antal Dunai was replaced by the
talented young Laszlo Fazekas, but unsurprisingly
United stuck with their winning format. Most of the United
players had played over forty games already in the season and were happy to
walk the banks of the Danube rather than perform Les
Cocker’s strenuous work-outs. They had a very strenuous and searching
investigation ahead of them as Ujpest turned on their
‘Magyar Magic’ and tested the United defence to the
Trailing 4-1 and with the Leeds
players wondering what Don Revie had been worried
about, Ujpest showed their true colours in the second
leg and absolutely played Leeds off the park in the
first half hour. United had to pack their defence and the towering Jack
Charlton stood head and shoulders above everyone else as he repelled attack
after attack. It was a testament to the United defence that they held out for so long. Gary Sprake was at his brilliant best as he flung himself about
his area to save everything that came his way and was also relieved to see
other efforts hit the posts or fly narrowly wide. They did everything but
score. Gary Sprake pulled off an incredible save from
a thunderous free-kick from Erno Solymosi,
but the rebound fell to the alert Laszlo Fazekas and
so Ujpest eventually managed to score in the
thirty-eighth minute, but it was all the Hungarians could muster.
It was Gary Sprake that came to United’s rescue with a brilliant save just before half-time
when he kept out a Ferenc Bene
special which otherwise might have opened the floodgates, but instead sent
United into the break still two goals to the good on aggregate. Paul Reaney twice came to United’s
rescue with a double goal-line clearance and the Laszlo Fazekas
rattled the United bar. United were also lucky when Sandor
Zambo went to ground in the area, but the Ujpest claims for a penalty were waved away. The all out
assault by the Hungarians had blown out and they visibly wilted in the final
Peter Lorimer broke the
Hungarians’ hearts in the seventy-second minute, as he received the ball from
Mike O’Grady as a lone striker just in his own half. He cleverly dummied and
let the ball run through his legs, which wrong-footed his two markers. He left Matyas Csordas behind and then
ran almost fifty yards before tucking the ball past the keeper to put the game
totally beyond Ujpest’s reach. After that United were quite happy to play out
the game for a 1-1 draw and a 5-2 aggregate win and looked forward to meeting
Real Zaragoza in the semi-finals. Real Zaragoza had disposed of Dunfermline Athletic 4-3 after extra-time, while Barcelona
had won both legs to go through 2-0 against Espanyol
and in the other Semi-Final they would
meet Chelsea, who had got past TSV Munich 3-2 on aggregate.
The Star performers:
Ujpest Dozsa: Ferenc Bene Leeds United: Gary Sprake