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match report 1983-84 fixture list
European Cup Winners Cup Quarter Final Second Leg 
Aberdeen 3 - 0 Ujpest Dozsa
    After extra time
Kick Off:  7:30 PM   McGhee 37, McGhee 88, McGhee 93.        
Attendance: 22,800
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
McGhee hat trick secures semi spot
Mark McGhee was the hero of the hour as his hat trick eased the Dons into their second European semi final in as many years. The Hungarians came to defend their two-goal lead as Aberdeen set up camp in the visitors half and laid siege to their goal. A Mcghee header in the 37th minute set the atmosphere to fever pitch but it wasn't until two minutes from the end of regulation time that the Dons equalised forcing the tie into extra time. McGhee completed his hat trick three minutes into the extra period and when goalkeeper, Szendrei was shown red for head butting McLeish the match was won.

Aberdeen set about their task immediately and battered the well-organised Hungarians from the start. Ujspest were, if nothing else, resilient and were determined to stop the home side at any cost. This included some wild challenges from time to time and Aberdeen did well to remain calm under such provocation. It took the Dons 37 minutes to finally break down the defensive wall and the chance was carved out when McLeish refused to give up the cause and kept in play a ball that looked destined to head for a goal kick.

The ball then fell to Miller and he found Strachan on the edge of the box. His cross went deep to the back post where McGhee stretched his neck muscles to head past Szendrei. Pittodrie erupted into a cauldron of noise and the final eight minutes of the half were played out in an electric atmosphere that clearly unnerved the visitors. Two minutes later Aberdeen were given a break when the Hungarian's had a strong penalty claim turned aside and the Dons responded by breaking forward and forcing their keeper into a fine double save. First he blocked a 30-yard screamer from Dougie Bell then reacted quickly to block Hewitt's follow up effort.

The second half saw Aberdeen continue to dominate and Black went close with a header before Strachan crashed a free kick off the cross bar with the keeper beaten. It looked as though time would run out for the Dons but Mark McGhee popped up again two minutes from time. A throw in on the left was fed to Neil Simpson and his cross found McGhee in the middle and he prodded the ball past Szendrei from six yards.

The match moved into extra time and three minutes after the restart McGhee fired in the winner and his hat trick. Eric Black picked out Strachan and the midfielder swept the ball across the face of the goal where McGhee drilled it into the net despite the best efforts of Szendrei to block. The winner came in front of the beach end and it erupted as the fight back was completed. Other chances followed from substitute Falconer and a great run from McKimmie. Then in a moment of madness Kovacs was booked for taking the legs from Black and from the subsequent free kick McLeish challenged the keeper, earning himself a head butt that resulted in Szendrei taking an early bath.

The player replacing Szendrei was called into action in the final minute when he dived low to gather a Strachan daisy cutter. The referee then blew for full time and sent the red army home happy and dreaming of a second successive Cup Winners Cup win.

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Leighton, Cooper, McKimmie, Simpson, McLeish, Miller, Strachan, Black, McGhee, Bell (Angus 80), Hewitt (Falconer 77).

Unused Subs:

Bookings:  McLeish (39).

Ujpest Dozsa Teamsheet:  Szendrei, Kovacs B, Kovacs J, Toth, Kisznyer, Kardos, Kiss, Steidl, Torocsik, Fekete (Bogdan 46 (Szebegyinski 70)), Heredi

Bookings:  Kardos 28,   Kiss 30,   Torocsik 94,   Kovacs 107  Szendrei 108

Referee: A. Ponnet, Belgium

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