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Friday, 26 February 2010
UNIREA 1-3 LIVERPOOL MATCH REPORT
i thought LIVERPOOL had a strong line-up was a bit surprised by one or two selections, like KUYT not playing, was good to see BABEL getting another start and also N'GOG.
but overall i thought it was a very strong line-up.
it was a tougher game than the scoreline suggests. the park didn't help, very poor surface to play football on i think suiting the home side. UNIREA attacked from the off as they needed a goal and they put LIVERPOOL under a lot of pressure at times with one of their corners givng them an early lead, the big UNIREA defender powering in a free header.
but earlier in the season i think LIVERPOOL would have crumbled, considering the conditions, losing an early goal, but this LIVERPOOL team of recent times is showing a lot of resiliance and did so again.
LIVERPOOL continued to play their passing game and probe for an opening not panicking and they levelled when MASCHERANO hit a rocket from 25 yards into the top corner scoring only his 2nd goal in 3 years, but how important.
with LIVERPOOL taking the lead again in the tie it gave LIVERPOOL more confidence and they soon took the lead on the night with a good goal from BABEL who scored from what only looked a half chance, he controlled the ball brilliantly inside the box when stretching for it before turning and smashing the ball home.
UNIREA still created a few chances and never gave up but GERRARD killed it with a goal in the second half BENAYOUN doing brilliantly before slipping a pass to GERRARD inside the box which ne blasted straight through the UNIREA keeper.
this goal also made him britain's highest goalscorer in european football surpassing ALAN SHEARER'S record of 32 goals in europe. LIVERPOOL played out the match in control and saw off the challenge of UNIREA in which was a tricky tie.
VERDICT- good performance away from home in europe against a team that has wins over GLASGOW RANGERS and SEVILLE in europe this season.
MAN OF THE MATCH- MASCHERANO thought his work rate and passing superb and topped it off with a tremendous goal
Posted by james walker at 21:43