Nine glorious months worth remembering

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in time, Leeds United’s run to the Champions League semi-finals would become a stick to beat the club with as the finances imploded and a tumble down the divisions gathered pace.

But, for the nine glorious months that were the 
2000-01 season, supporters were able to savour what felt like a truly golden age for a club who had first blazed a trail across Europe during the Don Revie era.

The travelling odyssey began in Munich, as a patched-up side eked out a 1-0 win that was enough to see off 1860 3-1 on aggregate in the qualifying round.

Then came a chastening 4-0 defeat in the Nou Camp to a rampant Barcelona but, after that, there was no stopping Leeds.

Dominic Matteo’s goal in the San Siro was enough to book a place in the second group stage, where David O’Leary’s side again upset the odds to join Real Madrid in going through at the expense of Sven Goran Eriksson’s Lazio and Anderlecht.

A nervy 3-2 aggregate triumph over Deportivo la Coruna then put United through to the last four and fuel hopes of a first appearance in the final since 1975. Valencia, however, had other ideas as Leeds were swept aside 3-0 in the second leg at the Mestalla.