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1967-03-08: Celtic 2-0 Vojvodina Novi Sad, European Cup
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- Celtic played in an all green change strip.
- First time Celtic win a tie in Europe after losing the first leg.
- Stein refuses to allow Vojvodina to play on the Parkhead pitch 24 before kick off due to concerns about the condition of the pitch.
- Chalmers plays though only 70% fit due to the absence of McBride and Wallace.
- If the tie had finished level then a third game would have taken place in Rotterdam.
- Jock Stein had called for a 'special effort' by the Celtic fans to inspire the team.
- Kick off was at 8pm.
- 75,000 tickets said to have been sold in advance.
- The referee, Mr Carlsson from Sweden, only had one hand.
- McNeill's last minute goal was the most dramatic ever scored at Celtic Park and saw Celtic through to the semi finals.
ReviewIn 5 minutes the Vojvodina forward Pusibric missed an absolute sitter from only six yards out in front of goal. For the next 40 minutes Celtic attacked constantly but could not break through the strong Slav defence.
After half time Stein moved Hughes to inside right and this unsettled Vojvodina and cracks began to appear. In 58 minutes Chalmers scored after Pantelic had fumbled a cross from Gemmell.
Celtic attacked thereafter and Vojvodina held out desperately until the 90th minute. Johnstone made a burst down the right and won a corner. Gallagher swung over the cross and McNeill rose gloriously to head past the despairing Vojvodina defence.
For a moment the crowd and player stood still until they realised the ball was in and the Parkhead crowd exploded with noisy celebration. In contrast the Vojvodina players sank to the turf in agony and some complained to the referee that McNeill had barged his way forward but to no avail.
At the other end of the ground Ronnie Simpson turned cartwheels on the field and swung from the crossbar with delight as the delirious supporters, still celebrating the goal, realised that the referee had blown for time up.
This was the most dramatic ending ever to a game at Celtic Park and the is said to have caused the greatest roar ever when McNeill scored.
There was to be no play off in Rotterdam after all.
Scorers: Chalmers (58), McNeill (90)
Pantelić, Aleksić, Radović, Sekereš, Brzić, Netišcki, Rakić, Dakić, Radsosav, Trivić, Pusibric
Referee: Hans Carlsson (Sweden)
- Match Report (see end of page below)
ArticlesMatch report from The (London) Times, March 9th 1967
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