Dundee Utd 2
Neuchatel Xamax 1
UEFA Cup (3rd Round 1st Leg)

Dundee Utd
2 - 1
Neuchatel Xamax 

UEFA Cup (3rd Round 1st Leg)
Wednesday, November 27th, 1985
Tannadice Park. Att. 10,663
7:30 PM Kick-off

Davie Dodds (53)
Ian Redford (74)
Ulrich Stielike (21)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Gilbert Gress

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Paul Hegarty
Richard Gough
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Ian Redford
Ralph Milne
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Karl Engel
Peter Kuffer
Pierre Thevenaz
Tiziano Salvi
Don Givens
Phillipe Perret
Ruedi Elsener
Heinz Hermann
Robert Luthi
Ulrich Stielike
Carsten Nielsen

Scott Thomson
Dave Beaumont
Gordon McLeod
John Clark
Tommy Coyne
Stephane Forestier
Joel Corminboeuf
Patrice Mottiez
Mauricio Jacobacci
(No 5th sub named)

None. Patrice Mottiez for Ruedi Elsener (67)
Mauricio Jacobacci for Carsten Neilsen (77)

None. Pierre Thevenaz (70)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Marcel van Langenhove (Belgium) (Referee)

Match Report

A snow storm descended on Tannadice just after the start of this match and for most of the opening period it was United who looked to have lost their way as the Swiss side's precision possession football blunted United's efforts. To make matters worse Uli Stielike struck a raging 20 yarder to put Neuchatel ahead. Half-time arrived with the very real prospect of an abandonment.

However, the lines were swept and fortunately the snow abated somewhat for the second half to get under way on a two inch blanket of snow. The conditions, however, failed to impede United as they turned on some of their best football of the season. Billy Kirkwood hit a tremendous 20 yarder which Engel only just managed to tip over, but the 'keeper was beaten a few minutes later when a Richard Gough through ball was flicked on by Paul Sturrock to Davie Dodds who went on to score with a low shot from just inside the box.

The Xamax goal came under increasing pressure and that eventually told when Paul Sturrock brought Dave Narey's pass under control, pushed a pass wide to Ian Redford and his curling drive from an acute angle entered the net via the far left-hand post. That goal, our 100th, gave us the narrow lead to take to SwitzerIand fortnight later.

Squad Statistics (as at November 27th, 1985)

1985-86 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)27 11 - 26 -
Dave Narey29 24 - 57536
Maurice Malpas23 2522078
Paul Hegarty31 25453672
Richard Gough23 23522932
Billy Kirkwood27 17137169
Eamonn Bannon27 21631685
Ian Redford25 195195
Ralph Milne24 21525773
Davie Dodds27 234347141
Paul Sturrock29 227471151

League Table (as at November 27th, 1985)

No league table has been added for this season.