Venue: Stadion Partizana,
Competition: Inter-Cities Fairs Second Round, First Leg.
Referee: Dogan Babacan (
If United had had it easy in the first round, they certainly were up against
it in the Second Round where their opposition was provided by Partizan Belgrade, who were running second in a very strong
Yugoslav league and conquerors of Manchester United in the 1965-66 European Cup
Semi-Final before losing narrowly 2-1 to Real Madrid in the Final.
Brilliant Welsh International keeper Gary Sprake
had been declared unfit and the young David Harvey stood in magnificently
against the fierce Yugoslav attacking play and the 2-1 victory sent a ripple of
surprised applause across football
United were well aware of Partizanís tactics and
had no intentions of falling for the sucker punch as their Lancastrian foes had
Partizan defender Milan Vukelic had been sent off the previous weekend and started the game on the substituteís bench but by the time he had replaced the injured Boroa Djordjevic after twenty-seven minutes, Leeds were already ahead. Eddie Gray had been hacked down and Peter Lorimer blasted the free-kick into the net from twenty-five yards after twenty-four minutes. Two minutes later David Harvey showed his ability when Josip Pirajer tried to repeat Lorimerís feat for the home team but was kept out by a superb diving save from Sprakeís deputy. Unitedís second goal came in the fifty-third minute as Jack Charlton rose high to head the ball against a post from a corner and Rod Belfitt was on hand to net the rebound.
United were looking comfortable when the trouble that had been simmering all match suddenly exploded with seven minutes left on the clock, when Leeds substitute, Mick Bates, and Milan Damjanovic clashed. There was a quick exchange of kicks and Mick Bates was sent off. Partizan immediately sensed that they could get something out of the game and swept forward forcing David Harvey r to firstly tip away a Ljuan Prekasi shot before immediately to hold on to a Idriz Hosic header. The pressure finally told with just three minutes left when Blogoje Paunovic headed in to keep the tie alive, but United saw out time to record a fine victory.
It had rained heavily on the day of the match, and had turned bitterly cold.
Next day it turned to snow as United flew out, the Yugoslav winter began and
there was a disastrous earthquake at
Peter Lorimer scores
Peter Lorimer scores