The last time we came back to win in Europe?

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David O'Leary is marked by Hadjuk defenders - including Boro Primorac - at a corner

On Tuesday night Arsenal will try to do what they have not done for more than 30 years - overcome a first-leg deficit to win a European tie.

That 2-1 defeat in Porto a fortnight ago leaves Arsene Wenger's men needing to win 1-0 or by two goals to go through (although a 2-1 win will force extra time and, perhaps, penalties). And there is plenty at stake with a place in the last eight of the Champions League awaiting the winners.

Three of Arsenal's recent Champions League campaigns have ended following an away defeat: they lost at Bayern in 2005, PSV Eindhoven in 2006 and Manchester United last season and failed to turn the tie around on home soil. But it was a different story in the 1978/79 campaign.

Arsenal, under manager Terry Neill, lost the first leg of the UEFA Cup Second-Round tie 2-1 to Hadjuk Split in Yugoslavia. Liam Brady scored what would prove to be a priceless away goal in the tiny Hadjuk stadium.

Back at Highbury two weeks later, Arsenal needed two things: a clean sheet and a goal. They got both with Willie Young scoring a late winner on the night as Arsenal squeezed through on the away goals rule. Arsenal fans would welcome more of the same on Tuesday night.

Note: In the Hadjuk team back then was a very familiar face - Arsenal first-team coach Boro Primorac. You can just about see Boro in the picture above - he is partly obscured by David O'Leary.

Hadjuk Split 2-1 Arsenal
UEFA Cup Second Round 1st Leg
October 18, 1978
Jennings, Rice, Nelson, Price, O'Leary, Young, Brady, Heeley, Stapleton, Kosmina, Rix.
Arsenal scorer: Brady

Arsenal 1-0 Hadjuk Split
UEFA Cup Second Round 2nd Leg
November 1, 1978
Jennings, Rice, Nelson, Price, O'Leary, Young, Brady, Gatting, Stapleton, Heeley (Kosmina (Vaessen)), Rix.
Arsenal scorer: Young

8 Mar 2010