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Wednesday, May 19, 1999 Published at 21:44 GMT 22:44 UK

Unlucky Paris match for Leeds

Skippers handshake as the controversial officials look on

Bayern Munich 2-0 Leeds United
Roth 71
Muller 81
28 May 1975, Parc des Princes, Paris

Leeds United were only the second English side to reach a European Cup final following Manchester United's win of 1968.

United's Euro Showdown
And the Yorkshire side became the first to lose one, in the most controversial of circumstances.

Don Revie had built this great Leeds side but had left for the England job when they reached a European Cup final.

[ image: Bremner:
Bremner: "We wanted it for Don"
Jimmy Armfield was the man who led the team to Paris, but the former boss was in the players' thinking.

"We wanted it for Don Revie," said skipper Billy Bremner. "And we were very confident going into that game, because we were quite an accomplished team."

Their opponents were cup holders, but anticipated a tough time against the English champions.

"We knew that English sides were always tough to play," said German keeper Sepp Maier.

Captain Franz Beckanbauer admitted that Leeds were "one of the best sides in Europe".

Horror challenge

They were also one of the most physical and Bayern were incensed at a fourth minute horror challenge by Terry Yorath on Bjorn Andersson, who had to be stretchered off.

Still Leeds had more to complain about, denied a clear penalty after Beckanbauer brought down Allan Clarke in the first half.

Then 25 minutes before the end, Peter Lorimer's fierce volley hit the back of the net.

"I said to myself that's it," recalled Beckanbauer. "We were very lucky the referee and the linesman disallowed the goal."

[ image: Missiles rain down as Bayern celebrate]
Missiles rain down as Bayern celebrate
The reason was Bremner, who was offside but running away from the line and hardly interfering with play.

"We came back into the game and scored two lucky goals, so in the end we were the winners but we were very, very lucky," admitted Beckanbauer.

The Leeds fans in the Parc des Princes agreed. The closing stages of the match and Bayern's lap of honour were disrupted by seats thrown by spectators.

Paris then experienced pitched battles between the English visitors and police, and the whole affair resulted in a three-year European ban for Leeds.

"He was very suspicious," Bremner said of the French referee, although the late Leeds captain admitted the team had not played as well as it might have done.

"We were well in command of that game, but I don't think we were as professional as we should have been that night because we were caught by a couple of sucker punches."

Bayern Munich: Maier; Bechenbauer, Schwarzenbeck, Durnberger, Andersson (Weiss); Zobel, Roth, Kapellmann; Hoeness (Wunder), Muller, Torstensson

Leeds United: Stewart; Reaney, F.Gray, Madeley, Hunter; Bremner, Giles, Yorath (E.Gray); Lorimer, Clarke, Jordan

Referee: Kitabdijan (France), Attendance: 50,000

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