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On this Day – Celtic 3-1 Nantes 7th December 1966

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Celtic Park on the 7th December 1966 Celtic took on Nantes in front of 39,120 fans as the charge towards the European Cup Final started to build momentum.

In the first round Celtic defeated FC Zurich 5-0 in aggregate, winning the first leg 2-0 and the return leg 3-0.  Nantes despatched KR Rekjavik in an impressive 8-3 aggregate scoreline setting the second round tie up to be a promise of great football and goals galore, and both teams did not disappoint.

In the first leg in France, Nantes had took the lead in the first half through Francis Magny, before Joe McBride had equalised to level the match at 1–1. In the second half, Bobby Lennox and Bertie Auld scored to send the Celts back to Parkhead with a comfortable 3-1 away win with their place in the Quarter Final all but secured.

Celtic then entertained the French champions back at Celtic Park in the return leg and won the match by the same scoreline. Jimmy Johnstone put Celtic in front, before Gérard Georgin equalised for the French visitors. Celtic again scored twice in the second half, as Stevie Chalmers and Boby Lennox secured the victory to send the Scottish champions through to quarter finals to face Vojvodina.

Celtic eased past their quarter final opponents 2-1 in aggregate and then defeated Dukla Prague in the semi finals 3-1 over two legs to face the Italian giants Inter Milan in the infamous European Cup final in the Estadio Nacional, Lisbon.

After falling behind to a Mazzola penalty in the 7th minute Celtic fought back to bring the Cup back to Glasgow with goals from a Tommy Gemmell pile driver in the 62nd minute and a Stevie Chalmers 85th minute strike.

Legendary status was assured among the Celtic fans as the Lisbon Lions name was born and shall never be forgotten.

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