Wednesday August 27, 2008 Qualifying Round 3 Finished Anfield

Liverpool 1 - 0 Standard Liège

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  1. Liverpool scrape through

    Liverpool scrape through

    Liverpool were saved the embarrassment of an early exit from the Champions League thanks to an extra-time winner from Dirk Kuyt. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Liverpool
    • Standard Liège
    • 22:39 Thanks for joining me for a tense evening's action; make sure you join us live for the draw for the group stages tomorrow.
    • 120 FULL-TIME: All over! Liverpool leave it late again! With an estimated £25million jackpot on the line, that was a little too late to leave it!
    • 119 Liege win a corner and throw everyone forward...Liverpool clear...
    • 117 GOAL! KUYT SAVES LIVERPOOL! The striker sneaks in at the back post to prod home Babel's cross! Anfield errupts, and Liverpool have got themselves off the hook!
    • 116 Babel does well to work himself a yard of shooting space...but then waits a moment too long to get his effort on goal in from the edge of the box, Marcos Camozzato clearing.
    • 115 Replays are suggesting that perhaps Oguchi Onyewu did bring down the Liverpool youngster with that challenge in the box a couple of minutes to go...a let off for the visitors.
    • 113 NO PENALTY! Nabil El Zhar goes down in the box under a challenge from Oguchi Onyewu...hearts in mouths for a moment, but the referee rules no-foul - to the obvious disappointment of the home side. Not a clear-cut penalty, if anything at all.
    • 111 Liege are attempting to take the sting out of the match on the rare occasions they get the ball...there isn't too much ambition from the Belgian side at the moment...
    • 110 FINE STRIKE! Arbeloa tests the keeper with a fierce drive from distance...Rorys Aragon is up to the save, palming clear.
    • 108 The Liege fans have been superb throughout tonight; they are still singing their side onwards...God knows what they'll do should they manage to nick a goal or win on penalties...
    • 105 HALF-TIME, EXTRA-TIME: Liverpool were the more dominant side, but didn't really create anything of note. 15 minutes to break the deadlock, or we have the lottery of penalties...
    • 104 GOOD CHALLENGE: Marcos Camozzato times his challenge on Kuyt well after Liverpool break down the right...corner to the home side at the end of the first half of extra-time...
    • 101 LIEGE SUB: Salim Toeme comes on to replace Igor De Camargo for the final twenty minutes or so...
    • 98 Dante is booked for a mis-timed sliding challenge on Nabil El Zhar; Liege coach Laszlo Boloni cheekily claims the Liverpool youngster was diving to the UEFA official on the touchline.
    • 97 The two managers clash on the touchline as Liverpool keep possession for themselves following the re-start after Deiudonne Mbokani's treatment for a fake injury...Benitez is claiming that Liverpool were right to keep the ball as the Liege man dived. Fair point.
    • 96 Deiudonne Mbokani is down clutching his ankle after a challenge with Alonso...replays show there was nothing in it...purely time-wasting...
    • 94 DECENT EFFORT! Axel Witsel, who has been very quiet after impressing in the first leg, fizzes in a shot from distance...comfortably saved by Reina...
    • 92 No changes from either side at the end of 90 minutes...Benitez was giving out plenty of instructions to his side...they were looking the better side in the second half, but who knows what might happen?
    • 91 OFF WE GO!
    • 90 END OF 90 MINUTES: We'll have 30 more minutes...nerve-wracking time for Liverpool...
    • 90 Babel needs some treatment after landing awkwardly...he looks to have winded himself, but is back on after a bit of treatment.
    • 89 ANOTHER DECENT EFFORT! Alonso fires in a low, skidding shot from 30 yards...again, straight down the throat of the Liege keeper.
    • 88 JUST WIDE! Kuyt flashes his shot just wide after cutting in from the flank...keeper seemed to have it covered at the back post.
    • 87 LIEGE SUB: Dalmat is replaced by Jovanovic, a player with a fantastic scoring record for his club...Liege haven't threatened at all for a long time, perhaps the sub can freshen things up...
    • 85 Extra-time looming here; there's no doubt about it.
    • 83 OFFSIDE: Kuyt is correctly adjudged offside after just mis-timing his run into the box as he tried to get on the end of Alonso's lofted pass into the right channel. Disappointing, but the correct decision.
    • 81 LIVERPOOL SUB: Keane is replaced by Nabil El Zhar, the youngster on his 22nd birthday.
    • 79 Gerrard wastes a good chance to send in a dangerous cross, firing a shot from a very tight angle high and wide from the right...not very clever from the skipper...
    • 76 OVER! Alonso superbly picks out Gerrard with a disguised pass, but the skipper blasts over from 20 yards as the defence closed in.
    • 74 GREAT CHANCE! Liverpool work a nice free-kick, the ball is cut back to Keane, eight yards out...but he mis-kicks his attempted shot, which is blocked on the edge of the six-yard box.
    • 74 Liege have become less and less effective going forward...they have created nothing in the last 15 minutes or is going to be about concentration for them now...
    • 73 Babel seems to have been given something of a free role...he is popping up all over the shop at the moment, trying to stretch the game and create some space.
    • 71 Arbeloa's cross to the back post looks to be finding Torres...but Marcos gets up well to head behind for another Liverpool corner...
    • 70 Igor De Camargo is booked for what looked like an accidental trip on Gerrard as the Liverpool skipper attempted to break from midfield...
    • 69 ON TARGET! Babel and Gerrard combine to set up Alonso with a shooting chance from 25 yards...low, straight, but down the throat of the keeper.
    • 68 A deep cross to the back post is just met by Torres, but he can't direct the ball with any power towards any of his team-mates.
    • 66 Liverpool are beginning to have more of the ball in the Liege final third now, although the visitors are defending well...still, the pressure is being cranked up a little...
    • 64 Liverpool win a free-kick when Dante catches Arbeloa with a clumsy kick out on the right wing...the set-piece is launched into the box, but cleared.
    • 63 CHANCE! Torres does well to cut inside on the edge of the box, beating a man before getting his shot away on his left...but a deflection takes the pace off the ball and Oguchi Onyewu clears...
    • 61 LIVERPOOL SUB: Babel comes on to replace Benayoun on the left wing for the home side...the same change that inspired the comeback against Middlesbrough on Saturday...
    • 60 Sarr is booked for blocking off Torres out on the right complaints.
    • 57 Adama Sarr is injured in a clash of shins with Torres as the two challenged for a loose ball...accidental, and the player is soon on his feet again...
    • 55 Marouane Fellaini is penalised for climbing on Skrtel as he challenged for the ball at a free-kick, lofted into the Liverpool box.
    • 54 ...cleared at the near post by Kuyt...
    • 53 Skrtel gives away a corner when he is forced to head a cross from deep behind...
    • 52 Dalmat is more effective at the other end, winning his side a corner...nothing comes of it, but this half is showing a similar pattern to the first, with Liege threatening more
    • 50 Dalmat gives the ball away on the edge of his box...straight to Torres, but his shot from 20 yards is weak and deflected through to the keeper.
    • 49 Liege break through Marcos...but his ball into the path of De Camargo isn't really helpful to the striker...
    • 48 Oguchi Onyewu gives away a free-kick down in the corner after putting a hand in the face of Torres...cleared at the near post...
    • 47 No changes from either side at the break...Benitez will probably give it ten minutes or so, and if nothing changes, then he'll be forced into a substitution.
    • 46 THE SECOND HALF IS UNDERWAY...Big half this for Liverpool...
    • 45 HALF-TIME: 0-0 at the break, but without Reina, Liverpool would be staring down the barrel. Plenty for Benitez to work with at the break...
    • 44 Torres flicks on a long clearance...Keane sprints on to the header, but Sarr comes across to put the ball out...fine defending from the Liege man on the edge of his box.
    • 42 Adama Sarr comes flying across to put the ball out of play after Torres is released down the right channel...Liege have defended superbly, on the few occasions they have been stretched.
    • 40 The longer this match goes on, the more dangerous for Liverpool, because if Liege score once then the home side will need two to get past them. And what about extra-time and penalties? We still have those on the cards if the score remains 0-0...
    • 38 Finally Torres gets the chance to run at the Liege defence after he is picked out by Martin Skrtel...but Dalmat sprints back and makes a super tackle to win the ball back...
    • 36 Kuyt tries to play in Arbeloa with a cute little reverse pass...but it is easily read by Dante, who clears. Nothing is coming off for Liverpool tonight.
    • 34 The draw for the group stages will be screened live on this website tomorrow lunchtime; tune in and see who Standard Liege have drawn...
    • 32 If Gerrard has been ineffective, Keane has been anonymous; the new striker has barely touched the ball, never mind created anything.
    • 31 DEFLECTED! Gerrard attempts an ambitious shot from 35 yards after a free-kick is rolled into his path...deflected high and wide for a corner.
    • 30 A SHOT ON TARGET! Fabio Aurelio takes a quick free-kick short, collecting the pass before firing in a shot from distance...low, and comfortably saved by Rorys Aragon at his near post.
    • 38 Gerrard has had little opportunity to stamp his authority on the has been played mostly in the Liverpool half, if the truth be told.
    • 26 Crunching tackle from Martin Skrtel on De Camargo; Liverpool need a few more of those.
    • 25 Reina and Oguchi Onyewu challenge for a high ball lofted back into the penalty area after a half-cleared free-kick...the Liverpool keeper gets enough on the ball to clear.
    • 23 Liege are playing with a fantastic confidence and ambition; they have got a real chance of winning this match, you know.
    • 21 SO CLOSE! Audacious effort from Marcos Camozzato, who cracks a volley from 35 yards out on the angle...Reina looks concerned as the ball dips and swerves...a yard wide.
    • 20 JUST WIDE! Alonso comes on to a piece of mis-control from Arbeloa...he hits a first-time shot from 30 yards....always curling away from goal, a couple of yards wide.
    • 18 ANOTHER FINE SAVE! Igor De Camargo and Deiudonne Mbokani got for the same ball in the looks like the chance has gone...but De Camargo crosses to Marouane Fellaini, who hits a left-foot volley...tipped around the post from Reina. Another good save from the Spanish keeper, who has kept Liverpool in this match from the first whistle of the first leg.
    • 16 WOEFUL! Gerrard does well to play in Benayoun, cutting in from the left wing...the first touch is excellent, but he is eventually muscled out and his shot is scuffed horribly wide.
    • 15 ...the corner is cleared by the head of Kuyt, but only out for a throw and the chance for Oguchi Onyewu to hurl in a long throw...cleared again.
    • 13 Deiudonne Mbokani is shoved over by Arbeloa just inside the Liverpool half...Liege knock the ball about the back before launching it long...and winning their second corner of the night...
    • 12 Liverpool are giving the ball away and getting caught in possession a little too often to be able to build anything...the crowd are getting on their back already...
    • 10 Dante tries to release Igor De Camargo with an early pass after nicking the ball from Kuyt...but the pass is mis-directed.
    • 9 Torres wins his side a free-kick when he goes down under a soft Sarr challenge on the right corner of the box...Fabio Aurelio whips in a dangerous cross...fisted clear by the keeper, but only to Torres...who has his shot blocked from 12 yards.
    • 8 WHAT A SAVE! Deiudonne Mbokani cracks a low left-foot shot in from 25 yards after controlling the ball on his chest...but Reina gets down to tip the ball around the post and out for a corner...the keeper has saved his side there.
    • 7 Liege have started their league campaign with two comfortable wins and sit back on top of their domestic league; they are such a difficult opponent for Liverpool to have drawn at this stage...Álvaro Arbeloa wastes a good chance to stick Kuyt in down the right.
    • 5 Bonfim Dante and Igor De Camargo caused Liverpool plenty of problems in the first leg...they will have to be on full guard at the back, certainly...
    • 4 Benayoun and Torres combine well down the left channel...but the winger just can't find Gerrard breaking into the box with his low cut-back...promising signs for the home side, though.
    • 3 Keane and Torres haven't really clicked as yet; Reds fans will be keen to see some sign of a partnership up front this evening...perhaps even a goal? Or would that be too much to ask?
    • 2 ...headed clear by Sarr...
    • 2 Liverpool have a good early spell of possession inside the Liege half...Gerrard curls a dangerous free-kick into the box...
    • 1 OFF WE GO! Liverpool kick off as the crowd try to get behind their side on what could be a nervy night...
    • 19:56 Big night for the home side; for Liverpool not to reach the Champions League Group Stages would be nothing short of a disaster...
    • 19:55 Gerrard plays for Liverpool, despite claims he is not 100 percent fit, even at this stage of the season...Benayoun is preferred to Babel on the left
    • 19:39 Hi there; welcome to our live coverage of Liverpool's crunch second leg tie against Standard Liege: have we got a huge shock on our hands here?
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