Smith to Leeds' rescue
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Smith pounced with just ten minutes remaining after persistent work from substitute Michael Bridges, who pulled the ball back to present his colleague with an unmissable opportunity.
Prior to that moment, Leeds had been faced with stubborn resistance from the Ukrainian minnows, who refused to roll over on the biggest night in the club's history.
Though they rarely troubled the hosts, they made life difficult for Leeds going forward with goalkeeper Andriy Glushchenko proving an obdurate obstacle in goal.
England striker Smith witnessed one header frantically palmed off the line by Glushchenko and a combination of smart shot-stopping and desperate defending kept the visitors in the game.
Leeds boss Terry Venables will have breathed a huge sigh of relief to have sneaked the win to make the trip to Ukraine slightly more comfortable than it could have been.
The other bright spot for Venables would have been the return to action of Bridges who has suffered a torrid time with injuries during the past two years but laid on the winner for Smith.
Chelsea conceded a potentially disastrous last minute goal at home to Viking, which could scupper their Uefa Cup ambitions.
The Blues appeared to be cruising to a comfortable 2-0 success at Stamford Bridge after a goal in each half from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Enrique De Lucas.
But as the clock ticked towards the game's conclusion, Viking's Ben Wright headed home an away goal which adds spice to Chelsea's visit to Norway for the second leg.
Fulham marked their Uefa Cup debut in the perfect fashion with an excellent 1-0 success against Hajduk Split in their tussle.
The Cottagers were forced to battle for their victory, but Steed Malbranque was the hero as he fired home five minutes after the interval.
During the first half, the visitors were made to soak up heavy pressure from the Croatian outfit and had goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar to thank for a brace of superb saves.
But after the break, Fulham emerged the stronger and Malbranque drilled into the bottom corner to earn his side a priceless triumph.
Blackburn face an uphill struggle against Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia in the second leg after being held to a surprise 1-1 draw at Ewood Park.
Velizar Dimitrov handed CSKA a shock lead on 23 minutes but Corrado Grabbi restored parity just four minutes later.
Rovers, though, could not find a winner despite playing against ten men for the closing 15 minutes after Alexandre Tomovski was sent off.
First Division Ipswich preserved their unbeaten home record in European competition with a disappointing 1-1 stalemate against FK Sartid.
The Yugoslavs took the lead just past the half hour mark through Nenad Mirosavljevic but Alun Armstrong earned Town a draw on 56 minutes with Sartid having Dejan Kekezovic sent off in injury-time.
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