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1976 Super Cup: Anderlecht leave Bayern blushing

Anderlecht bounced back in the second leg to beat European Champion Clubs' Cup winners Bayern, and claim their first UEFA Super Cup.

Arie Haan scored in both legs of the 1976 UEFA Super Cup final
Arie Haan scored in both legs of the 1976 UEFA Super Cup final ©Getty Images

Bayern München 2-1 Anderlecht
(Müller 58 88; Haan 16)

Anderlecht 4-1 Bayern München
(Rensenbrink 20 82, Van Der Elst 25, Haan 59; Müller 63)

Anderlecht win 5-3 on aggregate

A third successive European Champion Clubs' Cup triumph saw Bayern München emerge as the greatest European team of the mid-1970s, but it did not see any change of fortunes in the UEFA Super Cup, as for the second season in succession they failed to exert dominance over the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup winners.

In 1974 they had been denied the chance to win the Super Cup because they could not decide a mutually-agreeable date for the two-legged final with Magdeburg. The following year they fell foul of 1975 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup winners Dynamo Kyiv, losing 3-0 to three Oleh Blokhin goals over two legs.

Their third chance at UEFA Super Cup glory came with a game against 1976 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup winners Anderlecht, in the first of the UEFA Super Cup finals to be played in the competition's now traditional slot in mid-summer. However, despite a bright start, the German side were to come a cropper in the second leg.

Having scored for Ajax in the 1973 final, Arie Haan opened the scoring for Anderlecht in the 1976 final after 16 minutes, but Gerd Müller was to have the final say at the Olympiastadion on 17 August 1976, scoring in the 58th and 88th minutes to delight the 40,000 crowd and give his side a first-leg lead.

Like Blokhin the previous season, Müller was to score three goals across the two legs at the final, but his 63rd-minute effort at the Parc Astrid in Brussels on 30 August was too little too late, as Bayern were already trailing to goals from Rob Rensenbrink, François van der Elst and Arend Haan.

Insult was added to injury eight minutes from time when Rensenbrink added his second of the night to the delight of the home crowd in the Belgian capital. The game ended 4-1 to Anderlecht, leaving them 5-3 up on aggregate, and denying Bayern their missing trophy for the third season in succession.