• Short Summary

    SCOTTISH SOCCER CHAMPIONS GLASGOW CELTIC LOOKED SET TO REACH THE EUROPEAN CUP FINAL WHEN THEY BEAT ENGLAND'S LEEDS UNITED 1-0 IN A FIRST LEG SEMI-FINAL AT LEEDS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT (APRIL 1).

  • Description

    SCOTTISH SOCCER CHAMPIONS GLASGOW CELTIC LOOKED SET TO REACH THE EUROPEAN CUP FINAL WHEN THEY BEAT ENGLAND'S LEEDS UNITED 1-0 IN A FIRST LEG SEMI-FINAL AT LEEDS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT (APRIL 1). THE SURPRISE CELTIC GOAL WAS SCORED IN THE FIRST MINUTE OF THE GAME BY GEORGE CONNELLY BEFORE A CROWD OF 50,000.

    CELTIC PLAYING IN THE STRIPED JERSEYS, APPEARED THE BETTER SIDE IN THIS VITAL MATCH. THEY UNSETTLED LEEDS' NORMALLY SOLID DEFENCE AND EASILY HELD THE ENGLISH CHAMPIONS' UNIMAGINATIVE FORWARD THRUSTS.

    DESPITE THEIR EARLY SUCCESS, CELTIC DID NOT FALL BACK ON DEFENCE AND THEIR ATTACKING FOOTBALL RECALLED THEIR 1967 EUROPEAN CUP TRIUMPH WHEN THEY BEAT INTER-MILAN OF ITALY TO BECOME THE FIRST BRITISH CLUB TO WIN EUROPE'S MOST COVETED CLUB SOCCER TROPHY.

    PLAYING THEIR SIXTH GAME IN THE PAST ELEVEN DAYS, LEEDS LACKED THE FIRE AND SKILL WHICH HAD BROUGHT THEM 24 GOALS IN THEIR THREE PREVIOUS EUROPEAN CUP-TIES.

    TWO WEEKS AGO LEEDS WERE CHALLENGING FOR A UNIQUE TREBLE OF ENGLISH LEAGUE AND CUP TROPHIES AND THE EUROPEAN CUP IN THE SAME SEASON. BUT THE SEVERE EFFORT APPEARS TO HAVE TAKEN ITS TOLL ON THE LEEDS SIDE. THEY HAVE ALREADY LOST THE ENGLISH LEAGUE TITLE TO EVERTON AND NOW LOOK BOOKED FOR ELIMINATION FROM THE EUROPEAN CUP.

    THE CELTIC GOAL CAME WHEN CONNELLY'S CLOSE RANGE SHOT STRUCK LEEDS DEFENDER PAUL MADELEY AND WAS DEFLECTED PAST GOALKEEPER GARY SPRAKE. LEEDS LOOKED JADED AS THEY TRIED TO FIGHT BACK - URGED ON BY THEIR HOME SUPPORTERS - BUT CELTIC WERE ON TOP FOR MOST OF THE FIRST HALF.

    LEEDS REDOUBLED THEIR EFFORTS IN THE SECOND HALF AND WERE UNLUCKY NOT TO SCORE, EVEN AFTER CAPTAIN BILLY BREHNER HAD LEFT THE FIELD WITH A HEAD INJURY IN THE 65TH MINUTE.

    ANOTHER CELTIC ATTACKING MOVE ENDED WITH THE BALL CROSSING OVER THE LEEDS GOAL-LINE, BUT THE REFEREE DISALLOWED THE GOAL, AND THE SCORE REMAINED 1-0 TO CELTIC.

    WITH AWAY GOALS COUNTING DOUBLE IN THE EVENT OF AN OVERALL TIE LEEDS NOW FACE A MASSIVE TASK WHEN THEY PLAY THE RETURN LEG AT GLASGOW'S 134,000 CAPACITY HAMPDEN PARK STADIUM ON APRIL 15.

    IN THE OTHER SEMI-FINAL FIEJENOORD ROTTERDAM (HOLLAND) BATTLED TO A GOALLESS DRAW AGAINST LEGIA WARSAW IN POLAND AND SHOULD WIN THROUGH TO THEIR FIRST EUROPEAN CUP FINAL IN THE RETURN LEG.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8RA5KEHOZKB12N6T21I4AMBBZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA8RA5KEHOZKB12N6T21I4AMBBZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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