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1977 European Cup Final
Event European Cup 1976–77
Date 25 May 1977
Venue Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Referee Robert Wurtz (France)
Attendance 52,000
1976
1978

The 1977 European Cup Final took place at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on May 25, 1977. The match was between Liverpool F.C. and Borussia Mönchengladbach. Liverpool won 3–1 to win their first European Cup a year after they had won the UEFA Cup. This meant that Bob Paisley became the first manager to win the UEFA Cup and the European Cup in two successive seasons. The game was poorly attended with over 30,000 empty places, around 20,000 fans travelled to the game from Liverpool, some in all night trains from Liverpool. Liverpool's win was the first of 6 successive English winners of the European Cup.

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First half

The First half was pretty dour until the 22 minute mark, when Rainer Bonhof rattled Liverpool's post with a low 20 yard strike. This sparked Liverpool into action and six minutes later they were ahead, Ian Callaghan won the ball in midfield and fed Steve Heighway in on the right wing, Heighway then cut inside and split the Germans' defence with a perfectly weighted pass to Terry McDermott who swept the ball inside the far post from 12 yards out. After the goal Borussia Mönchengladbach came alive and started to search for an equaliser, but they were thwarted in their attempts to find a goal, as Liverpool defended resolutely for the rest of the half.

Second half

Borussia Mönchengladbach started the better of the two sides in the second half, and their constant pressure on the Liverpool defence paid off in the 52nd minute, when Allan Simonsen capitalised on a wayward backpass by Jimmy Case and lashed a precise strike into the top corner of the net. Borussia Mönchengladbach now looked like they could snatch a victory and on 62 minutes they would have been ahead had it not been for Ray Clemence who dived on the ball to stop the onrushing Uli Stielike. This was the turning point in the match, as two minutes later Liverpool were ahead again when Tommy Smith headed in a Steve Heighway corner. Borussia came forward and would have equalised had it not been for Ray Clemence who made two world class saves to deny Mönchengladbach. Then on 82 minutes Liverpool secured victory when Phil Neal converted the penalty after Kevin Keegan had been brought down in the box by Berti Vogts.

Match details

May 25, 1977
Liverpool FC England 3 – 1 West Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: Robert Wurtz France
McDermott Goal 28'
Smith Goal 64'
Neal Goal 82' (pen.)
(Report) Simonsen Goal 52'
Liverpool F.C.
Borussia M'gladbach
LIVERPOOL:[1][2]
GK 1 England Ray Clemence
RB 2 England Phil Neal
LB 3 Wales Joey Jones
CB 4 England Tommy Smith
LM 5 England Ray Kennedy
CB 6 England Emlyn Hughes (c)
CF 7 England Kevin Keegan
RM 8 England Jimmy Case
CF 9 Republic of Ireland Steve Heighway
CM 10 England Ian Callaghan
CM 11 England Terry McDermott
Substitutes:
GK 12 England Peter McDonnell
FW 13 England David Fairclough
FW 14 England David Johnson
MF 15 England Alan Waddle
DF 16 England Alec Lindsay
Manager:
England Bob Paisley
BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH:[2]
GK 1 Germany Wolfgang Kneib
CB 2 Germany Berti Vogts (c)
CB 3 Germany Hans Klinkhammer
SW 4 Germany Hans-Jürgen Wittkamp
RM 5 Germany Rainer Bonhof
CM 6 Germany Horst Wohlers Substituted off in the 79th minute 79'
CF 7 Denmark Allan Simonsen
LM 8 Germany Herbert Wimmer Substituted off in the 24th minute 24'
CM 9 Germany Uli Stielike Booked
DM 10 Germany Winfried Schäfer
CF 11 Germany Jupp Heynckes
Substitutes:
MF Germany Wilfried Hannes Substituted on in the 79th minute 79'
MF Germany Christian Kulik Substituted on in the 24th minute 24'
Manager:
Germany Udo Lattek

References

  1. ^ "Liverpool 3 - 1 Borussia Moenchengladbach". LFCHistory.net. http://lfchistory.net/viewgame.asp?game_id=979. Retrieved 2009-12-03.  
  2. ^ a b Wilson, Jonathan (2008). Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics. Orion. p. 281. ISBN 978-1-4091-0204-5.  

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