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European Cup Quiz – Answers to Questions 21-30

Written by on May 25, 2011 | No Comments »
Posted in UEFA Champions League

Answers to questions 21-30

A-21, Barcelona knocked off 11 straight wins during the 2002/03 competition.

A-22, surprisingly there were no red cards issued in the first 50 finals but there have been two since. Arsenal goalie Jens Lehmann was sent off in the 2006 final against Barcelona and two years later Didier Drogba of Chelsea was red carded against Manchester United.

A-23, the first game was played on September 4th, 1955 and involved Sporting Lisbon and Partizan Belgrade.

A-24, Sporting Lisbon’s João Martins scored in the 14th minute against Partizan Belgrade. The game finished in a 3-3 draw.

A-25, Hibernian, although not Scottish Champions, was the only British entry in the first season back in 1955/56. Chelsea, as English League Champions, were invited to compete but opted to pass after the English football authorities brought pressure to bear. The believed that if teams took part in European competition it would detract from league play.

A-26, Eddie Turnbull opened the scoring for Hibs against West German representatives Rot-Weiss Essen and Hibs went on to win 4-0.

A-27, Manchester United’s manager Matt Busby refused to give in to English league pressure and United entered the 1956/57 competition.

A-28, Theo Puff put through his own goal on November 23, 1955 while playing for FC Saarbrucken against Milan. Milan won 4-1.

A-29, Hibernian, Rangers, Dundee, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester United all reached the semi finals but failed to make it to the final game. In 1967 Celtic not only made it to the final but also won the Cup when they beat Inter Milan 2-1 in Lisbon.

A-30, When Celtic and Leeds met in 1969-70 European Cup semi-final the second leg was moved to Hampden Park from Parkhead in order to allow 136,505 spectators to watch the “home” side qualify for the final.

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