What Was On This Day? 26th August 1997 Celtic 6 Tirol Innsbruck 3 UEFA Cup QP 2nd Round 2nd Leg

Having lost 1-2 in Austria in the first leg, the Celtic management and players knew that they had a job on their hands in the return. However, few in the crowd of 47,017 would have imagined before the start just how difficult the task would be. And their hopes were made even more uncertain when the news came through that Darren Jackson had been pulled from the side by Wim Jansen at the last minute as he was suffering from head pains. The team which started was Gould, Boyd, Mahe, MacKay, Hannah, Donnelly, Burley, Wieghorst, O’Donnell, Larsson, Thom.

When the match got underway, it took a while for the goals to arrive but when they did, they came thick and fast;

34 minutes……a cross by Morten Wieghorst, a right root strike by Simon Donnelly. 1-0 Celtic

39 minutes……outside left Mayrleb knocks in the equaliser. 1-1

44 minutes……free-kick to Celtic just inside the box. Henrik Larsson touched it sideways to Andy Thom,

whose shot went in off a post. 2-1 Celtic

THOM

45 minutes……Mayrleb burst into the box, his back-heel, intended for a team-mate, hit Larsson’s heel

and looped over Jonathan Gould. 2-2

69 minutes…….Larsson tripped in box. He recovered sufficiently to slot home the resultant penalty. 3-2

70 minutes……Larsson skipped past four Tirol tackles to set up Craig Burley, whose shot was deflected

into the net. 4-2 Celtic.

82 minutes…..midfield sub Krinner scored what could have been the crucial goal, his header powering

past Gould. 4-3 Celtic

87 minutes……Wieghorst showed great skill in the box before stabbing the ball home. 5-3 Celtic

94 minutes……Larsson went on another wonderful run before rolling the ball across goal for Burley

to slam home. 6-3 Celtic

It had been a wonderful evening at Celtic Park and manager Wim Jansen was suitably delighted ;”All our players gave more than 100% and there was not a failure in the side”. The fans were equally pleased. They had now seen their heroes dispose of Inter Cabletel and Tirol Innsbruck; now they were looking forward to meeting Liverpool in the next round.

NB The first time Celtic had been drawn against a team from Austria in European competition was in season 1977-78, when they played against S.W.W. Innsbruck in the European Cup. Celtic won the first leg at Parkhead – when the team on the night was Latchford, Aitken, Lynch, Edvaldsson, MacDonald, Casey, Doyle, Glavin, Craig, Burns and Wilson – but lost 3-0 in Austria.

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