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1966-09-28: Celtic 2-0 Zurich, European Cup
- Zurich had put together an expensive side including two Germans, one Italian and seven Swiss internationalists.
- McBride had a goal disallowed on full time when the referee blew for time up.
- The physical Swiss side accuse Celtic of being over physical !
- Zurich mnaged by the legendary Hungarian manager Ladislav Kubala.
ReviewJock Stein delayed naming his side until he saw if the conditions were wet or dry. In the event Hughes was preferred to Lennox on the left wing.
From the start the Swiss players were very physical with Jimmy Johnstone bearing the brunt of the punishment. In the second half Jinky took revenge on the worst offender, Stierli, and this caused a storm of pushing and jostling as the referee sought to keep control.
There were times when every Swiss player was camped in their own area as Celtic attacked relentlessly and the crowd groaned when McBride missed two chances.
In the second half Celtic made the breakthrough when Gemmell scored with a powerful shot which went in off the crossbar after a good run by Hughes.
In 69 minutes Celtic went two up when McBride's shot from outside the area was deflected into the net off a Zurich defender.
There was controversy in the last seconds when McBride scored with a header but the referee had blown for full time.
The Danish referee, Mr Hansen, declared that this was the most difficult game he had ever taken charge of.
Simpson, Gemmell, O'Neill, Murdoch, McNeill, Clark, Jonhstone, McBride, Chalmers, Auld, Hughes.
Scorers: Gemmell 64, McBride 69
Iten, Munsch, Leimgruber, Stierli, Neumann, Brodmann, Kuhn, Martinelli, Bani, Meyer, Kunzl.
Referee: F. Hansen (Denmark)
- Match report (see below)
Match preview from The (London) Times, 28th September 1966. Includes comments by legendary Hungarian forward and Zurich managerLászló Kubala.
The (London) Times, 29th September 1966
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