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1975-11-05: Celtic 3-1 Boavista, ECWC
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- Celtic win 3-1 on aggregate.
- Celtic wear numbers on their hooped jerseys for the first time after an instruction from UEFA.
- Bookmakers make Celtic 1/3 on to win the tie.
- Boavista wear their distinctive chess board jerseys.
- Boavista manager Jose Maria Pedroto is currently the Portugal manager also.
- Saint Etienne beat Rangers 2-1 at Ibrox on the night to go through in the European Cup.
ReviewFrom the Daily Record, the next morning...
After the kind of opening that teams in Europe only dream about, Celtic ended on the tight-rope of a single goal lead. They stayed there from the 36th minute, when Boavista scored their only goal through their Brazilian star Mane, until the 85th minute when Dixie deans ended the pressure with a killer goal.
Up to then Celtic had all the play - Deans and Dalglish had both hit the post, but somehow they were left defending a one-goal lead - knowing that another away goal for the Portuguese meant that they had tumbled out of Europe. It meant a second half of tension which should never have been, for Celtic were ahead of Boavista in almost every aspect of the game. They did what they set out to do. they pushed men forward into attack and they looked for goals - and goals came.
In 35 seconds Dalglish scored the first with a half-hearted try from the left. Portuguese goalkeeper Botelho went for the ball, fumbled it and then allowed it to drop over the line.
In 20 minutes Barbosa joined him with a mistake which allowed Celtic to score their second goal, Andy Lynch sent in a free kick, Barbosa miss-hit his clearance and Edvaldsson was there to hammer in a low shot.
But in 36 minutes the game changed. Mane fastened on to a ball 20 yards from goal and blasted a shot past Peter Latchford. It was the first goal Latchford had lost in Europe.
At the start of the second half Zezinho replaced Acacio as they realised that the game was finely balanced once again. Celtic were still in control - but they had to show caution, and also they showed fear.
Then, with just five minutes left, Dixie Deans grabbed the goal which mattered. Dalglish sent him away on the right. He looked offside but went on to the ball confidently and, as the keeper came out, lofted it over him and into the net. Botelho protested wildly, raced to the linesman and was booked. He was the second Portuguese player to be cautioned. Goal-scorer Mane was also booked for a foul on Danny McGrain in 50 minutes.
It was a good result for Celtic. They did what they had to do and with some luck could have dine it with a lot more to spare.
Dalglish was the star and young McCluskey looked as promising as he had in his debut on Saturday.
Latchford, McGrain, Lynch, P McCluskey, MacDonald, Edvaldsson, G McCluskey, Dalglish, Deans, McNamara, Callaghan (Lennox 70) Subs: Hunter Glavin Wilson Hood
Goals:- Dalglish 35 secs, Edvaldsson 20, Deans 85.
Botelho, Trinidade, Mario Joao, Carolino, Tai, Barbosa, Alves, Francisco Mario, Mane, salvador, Acacio (Zezinho 45).
Goal:- Mane 36.
Booked:- Mane, Botelho
Ref:- Einbeck, East Germany.
- Match Report (see below)
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