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1976/77: Keegan signs off in style

Published: Wednesday 25 May 1977, 13.05CET
Kevin Keegan's final appearance in a Liverpool FC shirt ended with the Reds claiming their first European Champion Clubs' Cup final, though he did not score in the 3-1 win against VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach.
1976/77: Keegan signs off in style
Kevin Keegan and Ray Clemence celebrate victory in the 1977/78 European Cup final ©Getty Images

Final result

The final - 25/05/1977
Liverpool3-1Mönchengladbach
EnglandEngland
 
West GermanyWest Germany
  • Stadium: Stadio Olimpico
  • Place: Rome (ITA)
Semi-finalists
Dynamo KyivUSSRUSSR
ZürichSwitzerlandSwitzerland
 
 

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Published: Wednesday 25 May 1977, 13.05CET

1976/77: Keegan signs off in style

Kevin Keegan's final appearance in a Liverpool FC shirt ended with the Reds claiming their first European Champion Clubs' Cup final, though he did not score in the 3-1 win against VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Liverpool FC 3-1 VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach
(McDermott 28, Smith 65, Neal 83p; Simonsen 51)
Stadio Olimpico, Rome

Spain, Portugal, Italy, Holland and Germany. All had dominated the European Champion Clubs' Cup. But now it was the turn of English football, starting with Liverpool FC in 1976/77. In a repeat of the 1973 UEFA Cup final, the Anfield club defeated VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1 with goals from Terry McDermott, Tommy Smith and Phil Neal.

How Mönchengladbach, who had revived briefly with Allan Simonsen's equaliser, must have hated the sight of Bob Paisley's men. For everything had been in place for them to succeed holders FC Bayern München as the 1. Bundesliga's chief flag-bearer, Udo Lattek's team had restored German pride by knocking out Bayern's quarter-final nemesis, FC Dynamo Kyiv, 2-1 on aggregate in the semis. That was their last stop on the road to Rome after earlier wins over FK Austria Wien, Torino Calcio and Club Brugge KV.

Liverpool, meanwhile, had been going places all season, chasing an English first division/FA Cup double (though they would eventually have to settle for the former). Their claim to the main prize, however, materialised only in the round of eight, when after routine wins against Crusaders FC and Trabzonspor they ousted the previous year's runner-up, AS Saint-Etienne. Liverpool's 3-1 home success made up for a 1-0 loss on French soil, and set up a 6-1 semi-final thumping of FC Zürich. The final itself belonged to the inspirational Kevin Keegan, the English international outshining European footballer of the year Simonsen on his farewell appearance for the Reds.

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