1978 European Super Cup

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1978 European Super Cup
First leg
Date 4 December 1978
Venue Emile Versé Stadium, Brussels
Referee Károly Palotai (Hungary)
Attendance 35,000
Second leg
Date 19 December 1978
Venue Anfield, Liverpool
Referee Nicolae Rainea (Romania)
Attendance 23,598
1977
1979

The 1978 UEFA Super Cup was a football match played over two legs between Liverpool of England and Anderlecht of Belgium. The first leg was played at the Emile Versé Stadium, Brussels on 4 December 1978 and the second leg was played on 19 December 1978 at Anfield, Liverpool. It was the annual European Super Cup contested between the winners of the European Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup. Liverpool were the reigning champions, while Anderlecht were appearing in the competition for the second time after winning the 1976 edition.

The teams qualified for the competition by winning the European Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup. Anderlecht won the 1977–78 European Cup Winners' Cup beating Austrian team Austria Wien 4–0 in the final. Liverpool qualified by winning the 1977–78 European Cup. They beat Belgian team Club Brugge 1–0 in the final.

Watched by a crowd of 35,000 at the Emile Versé Stadium, Anderlecht took an early lead in the first half of the first leg when Franky Vercauteren and François Van der Elst scored. Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case scored in between the Anderlecht goals. Anderlecht extended their lead in the second half courtesy of a Rob Rensenbrink goal to secure a 3–1 victory. A crowd of 23,598 saw Liverpool take the lead in the second leg at Anfield, when Emlyn Hughes scored. Anderlecht equalised in the second half when Van der Elst scored. A late goal by David Fairclough meant Liverpool won the second leg 2–1. Thus, Anderlecht won the tie 4–3 on aggregate to secure their second Super Cup trimuph.

Background[edit]

Anderlecht qualified for the Super Cup by winning the 1977–78 European Cup Winners' Cup. They beat Austrian team Austria Wien 4–0 in the final. The result meant Anderlecht won the competition for the second time after the first victory in 1976.[1] Anderlecht were appearing in the competition for the second time after they won the 1976 edition.[2]

Liverpool qualified for the competition as winners of the 1977–78 European Cup. They defeated Belgian team Club Brugge 1–0 in the 1978 to win the European Cup for the second consecutive season.[3] They were the current holders of the Super Cup after beating German team Hamburg in the previous season's competition.[4]

Both teams had exited the respective European competitions they were competing in before the competition. Anderlecht were eliminated in the second round of the 1978–79 European Cup Winners' Cup by eventual winners Barcelona. Anderlecht won the first leg 3–0, but a 3–0 victory by Barcelona in the second leg meant the tie went to extra-time and a subsequent penalty shootout, which they lost 4–1.[5] Liverpool were competing in the 1978–79 European Cup and were eliminated in the first round by the eventual winners Nottingham Forest in the first round. Forest won the first leg 2–0 and 0–0 draw in the second leg saw them progress at Liverpool's expense.[6]

First leg[edit]

Summary[edit]

François Van der Elst, who scored Anderlecht's second goal in the first leg.

The first leg was held at the Emile Versé Stadium, the home ground of Anderlecht. It was the home side that opened the scoring in the 17th minute. Striker Rob Rensenbrink advanced down the right-hand side of the pitch and passed the ball across the Liverpool penalty area towards midfielder Franky Vercauteren who headed the ball into the Liverpool goal. Five minutes later, Anderlecht came close to extending their lead, but Benny Nielsen's shot was saved by Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence. Liverpool started to exert themselves upon the match following this and equalised in the 27th minute when midfielder Jimmy Case scored from the edge of the Anderlecht penalty area. Five minutes before half-time Anderlecht extended their lead. Defender François Van der Elst found space in the Liverpool defence and his shot beat Clemence in the Liverpool goal to give Anderlecht a 2–1 lead. Anderlecht defender Jean Thissen was shown a yellow card before the end of the half for a late tackle on Liverpool striker Kenny Dalglish.[7]

Anderlecht began the second half the better of the two sides as they pushed forward in an attempt to extend their lead. Rensenbrink, in particular, was in good form as he caused numerous problems for Liverpool defender Emlyn Hughes, who started because of an injury to Phil Thompson after being absent himself for a lengthy period. Liverpool replaced David Johnson with midfielder Steve Heighway in an attempt to get back into the match but it was to no avail as Anderlecht extended their lead late in the second half when Rensenbrink scored. No further goals were scored and the referee blew for full-time with the final score 3–1 to Anderlecht.[7]

Liverpool manager Bob Paisley was critical of his team's performance in the first leg: "We threw it away, our attitude was wrong and we were careless. Anderlecht are a great team going forward, but we never attacked them as we should.Our approach seems to have gone a bit wrong and we've lost our scoring touch where earlier in the season our finishing was great."[8]

Details[edit]

4 December 1978
20:00 CET
Anderlecht Belgium 3–1 England Liverpool
Vercauteren Goal 17'
Van der Elst Goal 38'
Rensenbrink Goal 87'
Report
[9]
Case Goal 27'
Emile Versé Stadium, Brussels
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Károly Palotai (Hungary)
GK 1 Netherlands Nico De Bree
DF 2 Belgium François Van der Elst
DF 3 Belgium Hugo Broos
DF 4 Netherlands Johnny Dusbaba
DF 5 Belgium Jean Thissen Booked 45'
MF 6 Belgium Franky Vercauteren
FW 7 Denmark Benny Nielsen
MF 8 Netherlands Ruud Geels
MF 9 Netherlands Arie Haan
MF 10 Belgium Ludo Coeck
FW 11 Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink
Substitutes:
GK 12 Belgium Jacky Munaron
FW 13 Belgium Ronny Martens
DF 14 Belgium Gilbert Van Binst
MF 15 Netherlands Matty Van Toorn
Manager:
Belgium Raymond Goethals


Man of the Match:

Assistant Referees:

GK 1 England Ray Clemence
RB 2 England Phil Neal
LB 3 England Alan Kennedy
CB 4 England Emlyn Hughes
LM 5 England Ray Kennedy
CB 6 Scotland Alan Hansen
CF 7 Scotland Kenny Dalglish
RM 8 England Jimmy Case
CF 9 England David Johnson Substituted off 54'
CM 10 England Terry McDermott
CM 11 Scotland Graeme Souness
Substitutes:
MF 12 Republic of Ireland Steve Heighway Substituted in 54'
GK 13 England Steve Ogrizovic
FW 14 England David Fairclough
MF 15 England Sammy Lee
DF 16 England Brian Kettle
Manager:
England Bob Paisley

Second leg[edit]

Summary[edit]

David Fairclough (pictured in 2008), who scored the last goal in the second leg.

Anderlecht's 3–1 victory in the first leg meant that Liverpool needed to score two goals to force the tie into extra-time. Despite heavy fog at Anfield, the match went ahead and Liverpool opened the scoring in the 13th minute. A shot by midfielder Jimmy Case was saved by Anderlecht goalkeeper Nico De Bree, but the ball rebounded to Emlyn Hughes who scored to give Liverpool a 1–0 lead. Following the goal, the Liverpool fans chanted "Oggy, Oggy tell us who scored" towards goalkeeper Ogrizovic, as the heavy fog made it difficult to identify players. Ogrizovic made a number of vital saves to keep Liverpool's hopes alive, saving from François Van der Elst and Rob Rensenbrink.[10]

Liverpool continued to attack to try and score the goal they needed to level the tie, but they were unable to do so with chances not being converted, including a shot by Kenny Dalglish, which was saved by De Bree. Liverpool were made to pay for their missed chances in the 71st minute when Van der Elst scored. A series of passes between himself and Rensenbrink saw him in space in the Liverpool penalty area and his shot went into the Liverpool goal to level the score at 1–1 and extend Anderlecht's lead in the tie to 4–2. Liverpool scored in the 87th minute when a pass by defender Phil Thompson was headed down by Dalglish to substitute David Fairclough who scored to make the score 2–1. However, Liverpool were unable to find the third goal they needed to send the match into extra time.[10] Thus, despite losing the match 2–1, Anderlecht won the Super Cup 4–3 on aggregate to become the first club to win the Super Cup for the second time.[11]

Following the match, referee Nicolae Rainea explained his decision to play the match despite heavy fog: "When I went out there before kick-off I decided I could see well enough and so I decided to play. I am afraid many spectators would not get a very clear view but there was no time I had any thoughts of abandoning the game." Liverpool manager Bob Paisley was critical of the decision to play the match: "You can't play football in conditions like that, it's ridiculous." Paisley suggested the competition should be played in April when the weather was better: "I think a match like this, between two leading team should be played in better weather, say in April. I know it's difficult, but it's farcical when good players like these have to slither about in fog and can't see each other."[12]

Details[edit]

19 December 1978
19:30 GMT
Liverpool England 2–1 Belgium Anderlecht
Hughes Goal 13'
Fairclough Goal 87'
Report
[13]
Van der Elst Goal 71'
Anfield, Liverpool
Attendance: 23,598
Referee: Nicolae Rainea (Romania)
GK 1 England Steve Ogrizovic
RB 2 England Phil Neal
LB 3 England Emlyn Hughes
CB 4 England Phil Thompson
LM 5 England Ray Kennedy
CB 6 Scotland Alan Hansen
CF 7 Scotland Kenny Dalglish
RM 8 England Jimmy Case
CF 9 England David Fairclough
CM 10 England Terry McDermott
CM 11 Scotland Graeme Souness
Substitutes:
FW 12 England David Johnson
GK 13 England Ray Clemence
MF 14 Republic of Ireland Steve Heighway
MF 15 England Sammy Lee
DF 16 England Brian Kettle
Manager:
England Bob Paisley


Man of the Match:

Assistant Referees:

GK 1 Netherlands Nico De Bree
DF 2 Belgium Gilbert Van Binst
DF 3 Netherlands Matty Van Toorn
DF 4 Netherlands Johnny Dusbaba
DF 5 Belgium Jean Thissen
MF 6 Belgium Franky Vercauteren
FW 7 Belgium François Van der Elst
MF 8 Netherlands Ruud Geels Substituted off 46'
MF 9 Netherlands Arie Haan
MF 10 Belgium Ludo Coeck
FW 11 Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink
Substitutes:
FW Belgium Ronny Martens Substituted in 46'
Manager:
Belgium Raymond Goethals

Post-match[edit]

Anderlecht finished the 1978–79 Belgian First Division in second place, four points behind champions Beveren. Thus, they would compete in the 1979–80 UEFA Cup.[14] Liverpool finished the 1978–79 Football League in first place, eight points clear of second-placed Nottingham Forest. Their domestic championship triumph meant they would compete in the European Cup the following season.[15]

References[edit]

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