Friday, May 9, 2014

10 May 1978 - In Retrospect, Celtic Probably Wish They'd Asked For More

On 10 May 1978, Liverpool won its second consecutive European Cup Final, beating Brugge 1-0 at Wembley Stadium before a crowd of 92,000.

With a bye in the first round, Liverpool started their title defense in the second round with 6-3 aggregate victory over East German side Dynamo Dresden. They then defeated Benfica 6-2 on aggregate in the quarterfinals and beat Borussia Mönchenglagbach by the aggregate score of 4-2 in the semifinals.

Brugge's road to the final was paved with wins over Finnish side Kuopion Pallosuera (9-2 aggregate), Panathinaikos (2-1 aggregate), Atlético Madrid (4-3 aggregate), and Juventus (2-1 aggregate).

The only goal in the Final was scored by Liverpool's Scottish forward Kenny Dalglish, whom they had just purchased earlier that season from Celtic for a transfer fee of £440,000. He went on the score 169 goals for the Reds in 501 appearances in all competitions, winning a multitude of honors including six League titles, two more European Cup trophies and one F.A. Cup trophy.

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