RSC Anderlecht 1 - 1 Dundee Utd

UEFA Cup - 1st Round 2nd Leg
Tuesday, October 2nd, 1979, 7:30 PM at Émile Versé Stadium
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Adolf Prokop (East Germany)
RSC Anderlecht Dundee Utd

Benny Neilsen (25) Frank Kopel (82)

Team Managers
Raymond Goethals Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Nico de Bree
Gilbert van Binst
Raymond Jaspers
Michel de Groote
Rob Rensenbrink
Johnny Dusbaba
Franky Vercauteren
Arie Haan
Frankie van der Elst
Benny Nielsen
Enrique Villalba
Hamish McAlpine
Iain Phillip
Derek Stark
Paul Hegarty
Frank Kopel
Dave Narey
Derek Addison
George Fleming
Paul Sturrock
Willie Pettigrew
Graeme Payne

Friedrich Koncilia
Kristiaan Ceuppens
Hugo Broos
Ronny Martens
Tony Rombouts
Peter Bonetti
Jim Kerr
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Davie Dodds

Hugo Broos for Johnny Dusbaba (21)
Ronny Martens for Benny Nielsen (81)
Billy Kirkwood for Derek Addison (50)
Davie Dodds for Willie Pettigrew (76)

Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 372 apps3 goals
Iain Phillip 21 apps -
Derek Stark 45 apps2 goals
Paul Hegarty 203 apps37 goals
Frank Kopel 306 apps12 goals
Dave Narey 247 apps19 goals
Derek Addison 103 apps12 goals
George Fleming 311 apps35 goals
Paul Sturrock 183 apps48 goals
Willie Pettigrew 12 apps6 goals
Graeme Payne 210 apps13 goals
Billy Kirkwood (sub) 96 apps24 goals
Davie Dodds (sub) 54 apps15 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Derek Stark (20 years 322 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (31 years 262 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 336 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ralph Milne (18 years 146 days)
Oldest Player:Peter Bonetti (38 years 14 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 101 days
Domestic Players:15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


A truly magnificent triumph for the Tannadice side who stunned all Belgium — and the rest of Europe — by eliminating one of the Continent's most consistent sides. United received a setback after only 25 minutes when Benny Neilson stole away against the run of play to send Anderlecht ahead. Jim McLean's side stuck to their task however, and were rewarded with a fantastic Frank Kopel equaliser from the edge of the penalty area to go through on the away goals rule in front of a shattered home support which never the less stayed behind to applaud United off the field.

Three firsts were achieved by United in this win. We had never before been involved in a Euro tie decided on away goals ruling; We had never advanced in Europe having failed to win our home leg; Kopel's goal was his first European strike.

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