UEFA Cup Final 1975-1976 1st Leg

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Uefa Cup Final 1st Leg, 28th April 1976, Anfield, 19:30pm

Liverpool 3-2 Club Brugge

Referee: Ferdinand Biwersi  H-T: 0-2   Att: 49,981

Match Report

Brugge started the match the better of the two sides and took the lead in the 5th minute. A headed back-pass by Phil Neal fell short of Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence allowing Brugge midfielder Raoul Lambert to take control of the ball and lob it over Clemence and into the Liverpool goal. Seven minutes later Brugge extended their lead when Julien Cools scored. The Belgians kept attacking, but the Liverpool defence of Emlyn Hughes and Tommy Smith were able to repel the Belgians until half-time.

Liverpool manager Bob Paisley decided that a change to his team had to be made during the interval. Paisley decided to replace striker John Toshack with midfielder Jimmy Case. The change made a difference as Case's runs down the right hand side of the pitch unsettled the Belgians. The full effect came in the 59th minute when Liverpool scored; Steve Heighway passed to Ray Kennedy who scored from 20 yards (18 m). Liverpool leveled the score two minutes later; a shot from Kennedy rebounded off the post to Case who scored from close range.

Three minutes later Liverpool were ahead; Heighway was upended in the penalty area, and Kevin Keegan scored the subsequent penalty to give Liverpool a 3–2 lead. Liverpool had chances to increase their lead afterwards, but failed to do so; Brugge failed to score further as well. The final score when the referee blew for full-time was 3–2.

 Team Line-Up's
 Liverpool Club Brugge 
 R Clemence B Jensen 
 P Neal F Bastijns 
 T Smith E Krieger 
 P Thompson G Leekens 
 R Kennedy J Volders 
 E Hughes J Cools 
 K Keegan R Vandereycken 
 D Fairclough D D Cubber 
 J Toshack R V Gool 
 S Heighway R Lambert 
 I Callaghan U L Fevre 
 Substitutes Substitutes
 J Case  
 P McDonnell
 J Jones
 B Hall
 T McDermott
 B Hall for S Heigway 83'
 R Kennedy 59' R Lambert 5' 
 J Case 62' J Cools 15' 
 K Keegan 65' (P)  
 Yellow Cards
 Red Cards
 Ferdinand Biwersi