Radnicki 3
Dundee Utd 0
UEFA Cup (Quarter Final 2nd Leg)


3 - 0

Dundee Utd

UEFA Cup (Quarter Final 2nd Leg)
Wednesday, March 17th, 1982
?air Stadium, Niš. Att. 15,000
7:30 PM Kick-off

Aleksandar Panajotovi? (52)
Aleksandar Panajotovi? (72)
Branislav ?or?evi? (pen.) (84)

Team Managers
Dušan Nenković Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Zoran Milenkovi?
Stojan Gavrilovi?
Milovan Obradovi?
Branislav ?or?evi?
Mirko Vojinovi?
Miloš Drizi?
Miodrag Stoiljkovi?
Zoran Bojovi?
Dragan Radosavljevi?
Slavoljub Nikoli?
Samid Beganovi?
Hamish McAlpine
Richard Gough
Paul Hegarty
John Holt
Dave Narey
Iain Phillip
Derek Stark
Eamonn Bannon
Billy Kirkwood
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock

Aleksandar Panajotovi?
Rade Radisavljevi?
John Gardiner
Derek Murray
Walter Smith
Ralph Milne
Ian Gibson

Rade Radisavljevi? for Miodrag Stoiljkovi? (28)
Aleksandar Panajotovi? for Dragan Radosavljevi? (46)
Ralph Milne for Eamonn Bannon (77)

None. Paul Sturrock (22)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Bogdan Dotchev (Bulgaria) (Referee)

Match Report

Now Scotland's only club still in European competition and two goals up after the 1st leg at Tannadice, confidence was high in the United camp that they would be able to replicate their performance in the first match and become the first Scottish Club to reach the Semi-Finals of the UEFA Cup. In the build up to the game, it was announced that player-coach Walter Smith had been appointed assistant manager on a long-term contract. Eamonn Bannon was brought back in to take advantage of the wide playing surface, with Ian Gibson dropping to the bench, and Iain Phillip replaced Ralph Milne.

After some expected early Slav pressure, Paul Hegarty came close in the ninth minute when his chipped effort from a Bannon free-kick went slid past the post. The match then became slightly farcical, when Bulgarian referee Bogdan Dotchev, who lives in Sofia just 50 miles away, began to give a series of inexplicable free-kicks from which Hamish McAlpine had to dive bravely to avert a goal. Then in an off the ball incident Paul Sturrock was punched by Stojan Gavrilovic, with McLean protesting from the touchline when neither the referee or linesman saw anything untoward. Moments later Sturrock himself was booked after Milos Drizic went down dramatically. On the half hour mark Slavoljub Nikolic was put clean through but his effort hit the top of the crossbar, and that was about the only real threat to United's 1st leg lead.

United again had an early chance to score as the second half began, with Billy Kirkwood sending Paul Sturrock through, but the strikers left foot shot was wide. Four minutes later and Radnicki pulled a goal back when Aleksandar Panajotovic, who had come off the bench during the interval, pounced on a rebounded effort when McAlpine saved a Sanid Beganovic shot. Both sides then had appeals for a penalty, when Davie Dodds was upended in the box, and then Narey appeared to handle in the opposite penalty area. Dodds was then pushed off the ball when in an excellent scoring position, but yet again the referee wasn't interested. Disaster struck in the 73rd minute, when Gavrilovic pushed the ball into the middle, where Aleksandar Panajotovic from a decidedly offside position, shot into the net for the aggregate leveller. Amid the hostile atmosphere, where the United dug-out was pelted with bolts and coins, the home side were awarded a controversial penalty with six minutes to play. McAlpine punched the ball out when Nikolic went down, and the Bulgarian referee immediately pointed to the spot. After United's protests were waved away Branislav Djordevic converted the spot-kick to send the Serbians through to the semi-finals.

Squad Statistics (as at March 17th, 1982)

1981-82 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)34 44 - 5113
Richard Gough19 312352
Paul Hegarty27 42233551
John Holt25 41518616
Dave Narey25 44238224
Iain Phillip31 31 - 1291
Derek Stark23 27 - 1473
Eamonn Bannon23 461713234
Billy Kirkwood23 40721047
Davie Dodds23 431516160
Paul Sturrock25 401831696
Ralph Milne (sub)20 42109623

League Table (as at March 17th, 1982)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 23 15 5 3 +25 35
2. Aberdeen 23 11 7 5 +13 29
3. Rangers 24 10 9 5 +7 29
4. St Mirren 23 10 7 6 +6 27
5. Hibernian 26 8 10 8 +4 26
6. DUNDEE UTD 22 9 7 6 +14 25
7. Morton 25 7 8 10 -12 22
8. Airdrie 23 5 6 12 -20 16
9. Dundee 25 6 3 16 -19 15
10. Partick Th 24 3 8 13 -18 14

League results since United's last match
17th March 1982