Manchester City v Honved European Cup Winners Cup 2nd Round 2nd Leg 1970/71

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CITY 2 HONVED 0 (City win 3-0 on aggregate)

European Cup Winners Cup 2nd Round 2nd Leg

4th November 1970

Attendance 28,770

Scorers Bell(17) Lee(65)

Ref F Santos

City Corrigan, Book, Pardoe, Doyle, Heslop, Oakes, Summerbee, Bell, Lee, Hill, Towers – subs Bowyer(unused), Mulhearn(unused), Mann(unused), Connor(unused), Donahie(unused)

Honved Bicskel, Tajti, Ruzsinazky, Marosi, Toth, Vagi, Pinter, Kocsis, Komora, Kozma, Szurgent – subs Vari(32), Pusztai(60)


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On a quagmire of a Maine Road pitch, City, with a well earned 1-0 advantage from the first leg, swept aside the Hungarian Army team of Honved to move into the Quarter Finals of the European Cup Winners Cup for the second time in two years.
City belied their recent abject league displays with a great attacking performance on what seemed an unplayable pitch.
The Blues’ first goal was all about the brilliance of Colin Bell. After a run which beat four defenders he hit a great shot past Bicskel.
Despite City’s virtual dominance of the game they didn’t add a second until after the hour when Lee’s shot was deflected into the net by Vagi.
As for Honved, they only had one effort on goal the whole match and stooped to niggling, and sometimes more violent fouls.
Kalman Prelner the Honved coach put some of the blame for their defeat on the pitch; “My players were lost in the heavy going, Manchester City’s players were not. They rose above it. We had it in our minds that we were not going to be able to play our normal game and we got worse and worse.”
Joe Mercer was full of praise for his players; “Ground conditions were atrocious. I couldn’t have asked more from the lads. They played some tremendous stuff and, in normal circumstances they would have had many more goals to show.”

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