Venue: Stade Louis II,
Competition: UEFA Cup, First Round First Leg.
Referee: Jose Maria Garcia-Aranda
Howard Wilkinson took a big
gamble when he had bought Ghanaian International Tony Yeboah
to fill the goal-scoring boots of Lee Chapman. However, the risk paid off in
spectacular fashion as his goals became the springboard to United’s
United were looking for a
gentle reintroduction to European football but had been paired with
It took the star of
United grew in confidence as the game went on and, after sixty-five minutes, Tony Yeboah brought Leeds fans in the Stade Louis II to their feet with a stunning second goal. Receiving Gary McAllister’s throw-in from the left, he turned superbly beyond his marker to create the space to curl a magnificent shot beyond the reach of Marc Delaroche, who had come on for the injured Piveteau at half-time.
It simply went from bad to
Yeboah, who scored another stunning treble
in United’s 4-2 win at
United may have had all the luck that was going but the tried and trusted Championship-winning midfielders Gary McAllister and Gary Speed, together with the £2.6million signing from Sheffield Wednesday, Carlton Palmer, were the men responsible were the men responsible for supplying Tony Yeboah with the ammunition, but he certainly pulled the trigger.
Another report said:
There's no doubting that Monaco is a wonderful place to be - provided, that is, if you have the necessary cash to splash and make the most of it - and maybe that is why Leeds United were in a hurry to leave the principality as soon as possible after their UEFA Cup triumph there in Sept 1995!
The Ghanaian striker, Tony Yeboah, was the man of the moment. Everyone wanted an
interview with him, which was hardly surprising in view of the fact he had just
scored one of the finest hat-tricks ever seen. His treble shattered the
much-fancied AS Monaco side and gave United a 3-0 score-line to take home to
Yeboah put United ahead in the third minute when he hooked the ball over his head and into the net after goalkeeper Fabien Piveteau had the ball knocked out of his hands by teammate, Lilian Thuram, who had inexplicably charged into him.
His second goal, in the sixty-fourth minute, was a real beauty. He took a throw in from Gary McAllister and there seemed little danger until the United striker suddenly unleashed a curling shot into the top corner of the goal. "I had noticed before their goalkeeper tended to come off his line so I thought why not give it a try. I did and it went in," Yeboah explained.
With time beginning to run
out for them,
To have gained such a
commanding lead against a side which, the season before, had reached the
semi-final of the European Cup, was no small feat and, not surprisingly, the
champagne flowed as
Unfortunately, United lost the home leg 1-0 to go through on a 3-1 aggregate but they came a cropper in the second round, losing 8-3 on aggregate to PSV Eindhoven, after having lost the home leg 5-3. So a European campaign which began so brightly was soon extinguished.
United in training: David White, Gary Speed, Tony Yeboah, Kevin Sharp, Gary Kelly, Noel Whelan and Philomen Masinga
Fabien Pivateau and Lilian Thuram get in each others’ way and Noel Whelan looks on in amazement as Tony Yeboah
Tony Yeboah pounced for the first goal hooks the first goal
Carlton Palmer, Paul Beesley and Brian Deane congratulate Tony Yeboah
Tony Yeboah leaves Basile Boli in his wake as he completes Tony Yeboah celebrates his hat-trick
Tony Yeboah salutes the crowd at the end of the game
Leeds United 1995-96: The
starting team at
Tony Yeboah, John Lukic.
Front row: Gary Kelly, Gary McAllister, Gary Speed, Tony Dorigo.
Hat-trick hero Tony Yeboah Captain Gary McAllister started Fabien Piveteau started in goal but was injured and replaced
the move for the second goal by Marc Delaroche, who also had to leave the field injured
Defender Claude Puel had to play Patrik Valery and Lilian Thuram were the full-backs
in goal for the last few minutes
Basile Boli and Eric Di Meco were the central defensive partnership A very young Thierry Henry was substitute
Mickael Madar did not leave the bench but was in the starting eleven at Elland Road. Franck Dumas, Manuel Dos Santos and Enzo Scifo and Sylvain Legwinski were in midfield. While upfront Sonny Anderson and Christopher Wreh were the strikers
Mickael Madar did not leave the bench but was in the starting eleven at Elland Road. Franck Dumas, Manuel Dos Santos and Enzo Scifo
and Sylvain Legwinski were in midfield. While upfront Sonny Anderson and Christopher Wreh were the strikers