19th March 1980 Real Madrid 3 Celtic 0
As the Celtic fans in the crowd of 67,000 who trooped out of Celtic Park on 5th March 1980 celebrated their side’s 2-0 victory over Real Madrid in the quarter- final first leg of the European Cup, the cooler heads among them were wondering if that lead would be enough to take the tie.
On this day in 1980, a massive attendance of 110,000 was in the Bernabeu to find out. The Celtic team on the night was Peter Latchford, Alan Sneddon, Danny McGrain, Roy Aitken, Tom McAdam, Roddy MacDonald, Murdo MacLeod, Davie Provan, Bobby Lennox, George McCluskey, Johnny Doyle.
Over the 90 minutes, Celtic supplied the effort, Real Madrid the silky skills. The Hoops should have taken the lead in 5 minutes but after good work by MacLeod and Doyle gave McCluskey a great chance in front of goal, he pulled his shot past. It was a crucial miss. Real raised their tempo and took a deserved lead just before the interval when Santillana hammered in a loose ball.
In 56 minutes, they got a second through the West German Steilike with a glorious low drive. Celtic then came back into it and were perhaps denied a possible penalty when Benito handled in the box. Seven minutes from the end, though, Real got the decisive goal, striker Juanito heading home a cross from the right. Celtic’s European dream was over for another season.