On this day in 1977 Liverpool triumphed 3-1 over Saint Etienne at Anfield.
Arguably one of the most famous European nights ever at Anfield, up there with the likes of Olympiakos 2005 and Borussia Dortmund 2016, the historic European Cup quarter final second leg against Saint Etienne is remembered by fans for the rapturous atmosphere around Anfield on that night. After losing the first leg of the tie 1-0 in France a win and clean sheet was imperative for the Reds, otherwise they’d need to win by a two goal margin.
The match started out as routinely as any other for Bob Paisley’s men, Kevin Keegan giving the hosts the lead inside four minutes. From there however, it would be until the second half that the game would see another goal and it came at the wrong end, Saint Etienne’s hero from the first leg, Dominique Bathenay struck again, giving the French side the advantage in the tie. Ray Kennedy struck back for Liverpool almost instantly, though they needed another goal in order to progress to the semi-finals.
With 15 minutes remaining David Fairclough was introduced, replacing John Toshack, a substitution that would prove to be pivotal. With less that 10 minutes left the ball fell to David Fairclough who charged beyond the opposition defence leaving him one-on-one with the Etienne goalkeeper. Despite the immense pressure on Fairclough in that moment the super-sub managed to stay composed a hit a well placed shot into the bottom corner at the Kop end, soaking jubilant celebrations as Liverpool progressed to the next round of the European Cup.