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Lisbon Lions: Chalmers Winner

A half century ago the legendary Glasgow Celtic ‘Lisbon Lions’ team of 1967 would be the first UK team to win the European Championship, despite their underdog status against two-time champion Inter Milan. Tommy Gemmell had scored the equalizer at 1-1 in the 63rd minute of the match. In the 84th minute, it was Gemmell again who made a quick pass to Bobby Murdoch, who screamed the ball towards the net from just outside the Inter box and was finally tapped in by a better positioned Steve Chalmers, to take the lead for Celtic.

The underdog team from Glasgow had surpassed all expectations in comprehensively outperforming Inter. A quick look at the match statistics can further explain the determination of the Celtic team to win the game: Shots on Goal (Inter 5; Celtic 42); On-target (Inter 4; Celtic 24); Corners (Inter 0; Celtic 10). 15,000 Celtic fans made it to Lisbon for the game, and none has forgotten it so far. The 67 club would win the Scottish League, Scottish, Cup, Scottish League Cup, Glasgow Cup, and the European Cup!

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