Match details

Liverpool 3 - 2 Bruges

Game date: Wednesday 28 April 1976 at 19:30 Stadium: Anfield
Competition: UEFA Cup Final 1st leg Attendance: 49,981
Half - time score: 0 - 2 Referee: Biwersi F ( Germany)
Manager: Bob Paisley Opposition manager: Ernst Happel

Opposition lineup

Birger Jensen, Alfons Bastijns, Edward Krieger, George Leekens, Jos Volders, Julien Cools, René Vandereycken, Daniel de Cubber, Roger van Gool, Raoul Lambert, Ulrik Lefèvre

Opposition goals

Raoul Lambert 5'
Julien Cools 15'


- Average age of the Liverpool starting lineup: 26.7
- Average age of the Bruges starting lineup: 27.1
- Liverpool was 0-2 down at half-time vs. Bruges. Substitute Jimmy Case scored Liverpool's second goal: "It wasn't that Tosh was playing badly, but manager Bob Paisley and the coaches felt something had to be changed, the pattern had to be altered", says Case.

It worked to perfection. Case picks up the story: "The Kop and the supporters were magnificent that night. Throats must have been red-raw with cheering. But you know what? I believe those fans liked to see us with our backs to the wall because they knew we could win."

Jimmy's equalizing goal came after a Ray Kennedy had struck the post. Case remembers it well: "I thought for a split second that the shot was going in, but suddenly the ball rebounded and was coming my way. It could have hit my thigh and run out of play, but I jumped instinctively and side-footed the ball into the net."

Related articles

1973-1985: The Golden Years
Great matches: Liverpool beat Bruges over two legs
Jimmy Case - Wreaking havoc

Related files

Onze profiles Liverpool
Match programme
Press reports from Adrian Killen's scrapbook
Back from the dead to victory

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