Date: Wednesday, 24th March 1971.
Venue: Estadio do Bonfim, Setubal, Portugal.
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, Fourth Round, Second Leg.
Score: Vitoria Setubal
1 Leeds United 1.
Scorers: Vitoria Setubal:
Baptista. Leeds United: Lorimer.
Vitoria Setubal: Torres; Conceicao
(Arcaujo), Cardoso; Mendes,
Rebelo, Octavio; Maria,
Wagner, Baptista, Guerreiro,
Leeds United: Harvey (Sprake);
Reaney, Cooper; Bates, Charlton, Hunter; Lorimer, Clarke, Jones, Giles, Madeley.
Referee: Roland Marendaz (Switzerland).
United set up camp in the fishing village
for the return leg in Portugalto prepare for what was
their fiftieth match of the season. It was a difficult task that faced United
but the announcement of a £172,000 profit by the club the day before the match
lifted the mood. The one goal margin seemed slender enough, but in the event,
United did what they had done so often before, when playing abroad. They raised
their game and were in command of the situation for most of the time. Allan Clarke
and Terry Cooper, who had missed the first game, gave the Portuguese endless
trouble, and on a good pitch, and even with Mick Bates filling in for Billy Bremner, United looked in the mood for goals.
They played with complete assurance at the back, and had Johnny
Giles and Mick Bates building up attacking moves from midfield, which
constantly kept the Setubal
defence at full stretch. Allan Clarke and Mick Jones proved a rare handful, as
the twin spearhead of the Leeds attack, and Setubal had to pin most of their
hopes on Jose Maria and Vitor Baptista.
Jose Maria was ready to take on defenders, as he raced through with the ball,
and Vitor Baptista was
always looking for the chance to add to the goal he had scored in the first
encounter between the teams.
had a chance to level the scores on the quarter of an hour mark, but this was
the one time that Vitor Baptista
could be faulted, for although Jacinto Joao was in the clear on the left flank
the pass he was waiting for never came, and Leeds gained
possession and started an attack of their own. Peter Lorimer
brought his tally to seven goals in seven successive games, when he put in a
shot from close range which Torres let slip through his legs, after seventeen
minutes. Now Setubal
had their work cut out, as they needed three goals to win the tie. It was a
task that was virtually impossible, against a team such as Leeds.
Leeds were unlucky not to go further ahead, as Allan Clarke
nodded in one effort that looked a certain goal but it hit the underside of the
bar and was cleared. There was one hectic moment for David Harvey as he went up
for a cross and found himself bundled over the line by two opponents. However
it did not count, as the referee deemed the challenge unfair, and so the score
remained 1-0 for Leeds, and it looked as if that would
be the final score as the minutes ticked away.
However, five minutes from time, Setubal set up one last, desperate
attack and this time they did manage to get one that counted. David Harvey was
injured when he moved out of goal to clear a dangerous move, and it was left to
Norman Hunter to kick the ball off the line. Gary Sprake
came on for Harvey, who had a badly bruised shin, and almost before Sprake had time to size things up, Setubal had got the ball in the
net, as Vitor Baptista left
Sprake helpless as he shot home from close range,
with six minutes to go. Vitor Baptista
almost snatched another for Setubal
in the dying seconds, but Gary Sprake saved
brilliantly from him and so United marched on into the Semi-Finals. They were
22,000 feet up in the air when news of the Semi-Final draw was received. A
mouth-watering clash with domestic rivals Liverpool.
His statue was built at Setubalís ground