If You Know The History: 12th November

12th November 1969 Celtic 3 Benfica 0

In season 1968/69, Celtic had had two fine results against St Etienne and Red Star Belgrade before going out to AC Milan in the quarter-final of the European Cup, a result which left the fans very disappointed. In the campaign for the following season of 1969/70, in the same competition, Celtic started well with a win over Basle to go on to round two, where Portuguese opposition were waiting.

On this day in 1969, the stars of Benfica ran out at Celtic Park for a second round, first leg match, with the Celtic fans all keen to see their top man, the great Eusebio, who had made such an impression in the 1966 World Cup. But Celtic took the initiative, a magnificent strike by Tommy Gemmell getting them off to the perfect start in the 2nd minute and Willie Wallace increased that lead to 2-0 just four minutes before half-time.


During the interval, Benfica substituted Eusebio, obviously intent on a defensive strategy in the 2nd half but it made little difference as Celtic kept up an incessant pressure. And they got their reward half-way through the second half, when Harry Hood got a third goal to give Celtic an excellent 3-0 lead to take over to Portugal for the second leg.

Jim Craig


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