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Unirea Urziceni

  • Bruno Fernandes 19’

Liverpool

  • Mascherano 30’
  • Babel 41’
  • Gerrard 57’

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  1. Liverpool stroll past Unirea

    Liverpool stroll past Unirea

    Javier Mascherano's 30-yard strike sent Liverpool on their way to a 3-1 victory over Unirea and into the last 16 of the Europa League. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Unirea Urziceni
    • Liverpool
    • FT The referee blows up for full-time and Liverpool progress with what turned out to be a comfortable victory after an early scare.
    • 87' Bilasco latches onto an excellent cross from the left and his volley from just a couple of yards out is well saved by Reina!
    • 86' Credit to Unirea, they've not given up the chase and continue to knock the ball about, probing for a way through the Liverpool defence.
    • 82' A Unirea free-kick from midway inside the Liverpool half is flicked on by Semedo but the Reds clear with ease.
    • 78' LIVERPOOL SUB: Benayoun is replaced by Fabio Aurelio.
    • 77' Gerrard jumps in two-footed on Semedo and is extremely lucky not to go into the book.
    • 76' Frunza floats in the free-kick towards the back post and Reina rises to expertly catch.
    • 75' Substitute Semedo is brought down on the right flank and Unirea have a free-kick.
    • 73' Unirea continue to enjoy plenty of possession but Liverpool, with 11 men behind the ball, are more than capable of soaking up the pressure.
    • 72' Will Benitez risk giving Torres a run-out from the bench?
    • 70' The game really is petering out now as Unirea accept their fate and Liverpool preserve themselves for future endeavours.
    • 68' Maftei lets loose with a snap-shot from the right edge of the box which is dragged wide of Reina's post.
    • 67' LIVERPOOL: Skrtel is stretchered off and replaced by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
    • 65' There was little wrong with that Semedo challenge. He was more than entitled to go for the ball.
    • 64' Semedo goes in for a 50-50 challenge with Skrtel, who collapses in a heap and the Liverpool players aren't happy.
    • 63' Rafa Benitez surely has Liverpool's weekend fixture with Blackburn in mind with those changes.
    • 62' UNIREA SUB: Antonio Semedo comes on for Onofras.
    • 62' LIVERPOOL SUB: Carragher is replaced by Martin Kelly.
    • 57' GOAL! Benayoun twists and turns his way in from the right channel and feeds in Gerrard who fires home through a crowd of legs! Game over!
    • 56' UNIREA SUB: Ricardo Vilana comes on for Paraschiv.
    • 55' Gerrard takes the corner, this time from the right, but Arlauskis comes out and catches comfortably.
    • 54' Gerrard swings in the free-kick and Unirea clear for another corner. Arlauskis, who thinks he has been held, is livid and earns a yellow card after complaining to the referee.
    • 53' Gerrard hits it low and Arlauskis has to tip the ball around the post!
    • 51' Unirea concede a free-kick on the edge of the box with Paraschiv handling the ball after a challenge on Gerrard. Gerrard lines it up...
    • 50' Unirea need to score three goals in the second half and that could have made things very interesting!
    • 49' Onofras rises to meet a deep ball at the back post and nods down to Apostol who lashes his shot into the side netting from 10 yards!
    • 47' Will we see Unirea bring the game to Liverpool in this final 45?
    • 46' Liverpool get the second half underway...
    • HT Referee Stefan Johannesson blows up for half-time and it's Liverpool in the driving stead in Romania.
    • 45+1' Liverpool's defending is unconvincing yet again, and Paduretu goes for goal from the edge of the box but his effort is just wide.
    • 45' Frunza and Carragher challenge for a high ball from a poor Reina clearance and Carragher certainly looked to go in high on the Unirea attacker. Free-kick.
    • 44' Mascherano's goal was only his second in his 122 appearances for Liverpool.
    • 43' This time looks just about dead and buried now, although the scoreline is a little harsh on Unirea.
    • 42' That was really poor from Unirea, both in giving away the free-kick and the defending that followed. Unirea keeper Arlauskis should also have done better as the cross came in.
    • 41' GOAL! Unirea fail to clear Gerrard's cross, instead just nodding the ball onto Babel who brings it down experetly before firing home!
    • 40' Unirea concede a needless free-kick on the right and Gerrard will make them pay with one of these sooner or later.
    • 39' This time Liverpool defend with a little more conviction.
    • 37' Unirea have got the wind in their sails and Paduretu's strike forces Reina into an excellent save to turn the ball around the post! Liverpool continue to struggle to defend corners, with Reina punching behind for another...
    • 36' Chaos in the box and Insua nearly puts the ball in his own net! Fortunately for him it goes out for a corner.
    • 35' Unirea win another corner. Can this one prove as valuable as the first?
    • 33' Over in the Ukraine, Hangeland heads Fulham ahead. This could turn out to be an excellent night for English clubs.
    • 32' Babel darts down the left and heads for the byline but is thwarted as Unirea hold firm.
    • 31' Fernandes is booked for a challenge on Ngog seconds after kick-off.
    • 31' What a difference one goal makes. Mascherano's away goal means Unirea now need to score twice to go through.
    • 30' GOAL! The ball is pumped back into the box and half-cleared to Mascherano who lashes home from 30 yards! Unstoppable!
    • 29' Gerrard swings in another free-kick but is presented with a box full of white Unirea shirts and the home side clear.
    • 28' Onofras is booked for bringing down Babel on the left flank.
    • 27' That's a real blow for Unirea, Galamaz, their captain, was a real bedrock in defence in the first leg.
    • 27' UNIREA SUB: The injures Galamaz is replaced by Ersin Mehmedovic.
    • 26' The problem for Liverpool now is that they have real problems breaking Unirea down in the first leg - and it won't be any easier tonight!
    • 26' Gerrard floats his free-kick towards the back post but the England midfielder has over-hit it and the ball goes out for a goal-kick.
    • 25' In the mean time, Galamaz has taken a knock and his night could be over.
    • 23' Gerrard stands over a Liverpool free-kick on the right flank. The skipper swings it in and Arlauskis comes out with a totally unconvincing punch before the visitors earn another free-kick, this time on the left wing.
    • 22' And the goal will raise that age old debate over zonal marking. Lucas was left with two men on his hands and Fernandes took full advantage!
    • 21' What now for Rafa Benitez and Liverpool? Unirea have shown in 20 minutes here more than they did in 90 at Anfield.
    • 20' Babel is booked for raising his arm while going into an aerial challenge with Maftei.
    • 19' GOAL! Fernandes rises to meet the corner and powers a thumping header past Reina!
    • 18' Onofras latches onto a through ball as the Liverpool back four fall asleep but Carragher recovers to slide in and hand Unirea a corner.
    • 17' Most Liverpool fans were expecting a walkover at Anfield, but Unirea are no fools and demolished Rangers 4-1 at Ibrox in Champions League Group G.
    • 16' That said, Liverpool have regained possession and are happy to ping the ball around, patiently waiting for a gap in the Unirea back line.
    • 15' Unirea are showing some nice touches and are certainly seeing more of the ball than they did at Anfield.
    • 14' Follow LIVE comments of Fulham's match by clicking here...
    • 12' Fulham are also in action this evening against Shakhtar Donetsk, while Everton kick off at Sporting Lisbson at 8:05pm (GMT).
    • 11' Liverpool are up to the challenge with Gerrard leading the line to head clear.
    • 10' Unirea break and Apostol chips in a ball from the right side of the box which is headed out for a corner.
    • 10' Babel attempts to latch onto a long ball over the top but is offside.
    • 8' Unirea play in Europe this season courtesy of their first Romanian league title last year.
    • 6' It's Liverpool who are looking to set the tempo in these opening exchanges.
    • 5' First sight of goal goes to Liverpool and Steven Gerrard produces a fine save from Arlkauskis with a 20 yarder!
    • 3' Unirea went to Liverpool with one tactic in mind - to defend. But the Romanian's have to score tonight if they stand any chance of going through and it'll be interesting to see what attacking threat they hold.
    • 1' And we're off!
    • - What way do you see this one going? Leave your predictions in the comments section below. Fancy a flutter? Bet on the Europa League with Eurosport Bet...
    • - The game is being played at Steaua Bucharest's stadium as Urinea's 7,000 capacity ground does not meet UEFA standards
    • - Liverpool just about hold the advantage in this one having registered a 1-0 win in a turgid first leg at Anfield: Liverpool leave it late
    • - THE TEAMS ARE IN:
    • - UNIREA: Arlauskis, Maftei, Galamaz, Bruno Fernandes, Bordeanu, Paduretu, Paraschiv, Apostol, Onofras, Bilasco, Frunza Subs: Tudor, Mehmedovic, Rusescu, Nicu, Semedo, Vilana, Marinescu
    • - LIVERPOOL: Reina, Carragher, Agger, Skrtel, Insua, Babel, Gerrard, Lucas, Mascherano, Benayoun, Ngog Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Torres, Aurelio, Kyrgiakos, Kuyt, Kelly
    • - REFEREE: Stefan Johannesson (Sweden)
    • - HERE SOME LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS TO WHET YOUR APPETITE:
    • - Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is likely to be on the bench again. The Spain international made his comeback against Manchester City on Sunday after five weeks out with a knee injury which required surgery but David Ngog is likely to start.
    • - Midfielder Yossi Benayoun is pushing for a place in the starting line-up having also made his comeback - from a broken rib - at City. With Maxi Rodriguez ineligible having already played in Europe for Atletico Madrid, Benayoun could contest the left-sided role with Albert Riera.
    • - Defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos, currently serving a domestic suspension which rules him out of Sunday's match at home to Blackburn, is available but may remain on the bench as he did for the first leg.
    • - Welcome to the LIVE text commentary of Liverpool's trip to Unirea Urziceni in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie.
  • Summary

    • 87' Bilasco latches onto an excellent cross from the left and his volley from just a couple of yards out is well saved by Reina!
    • 57' GOAL! Benayoun twists and turns his way in from the right channel and feeds in Gerrard who fires home through a crowd of legs! Game over!
    • 53' Gerrard hits it low and Arlauskis has to tip the ball around the post!
    • 49' Onofras rises to meet a deep ball at the back post and nods down to Apostol who lashes his shot into the side netting from 10 yards!
    • 45+1' Liverpool's defending is unconvincing yet again, and Paduretu goes for goal from the edge of the box but his effort is just wide.
    • 41' GOAL! Unirea fail to clear Gerrard's cross, instead just nodding the ball onto Babel who brings it down experetly before firing home!
    • 37' Unirea have got the wind in their sails and Paduretu's strike forces Reina into an excellent save to turn the ball around the post! Liverpool continue to struggle to defend corners, with Reina punching behind for another...
    • 30' GOAL! The ball is pumped back into the box and half-cleared to Mascherano who lashes home from 30 yards! Unstoppable!
    • 19' GOAL! Fernandes rises to meet the corner and powers a thumping header past Reina!
    • 18' Onofras latches onto a through ball as the Liverpool back four fall asleep but Carragher recovers to slide in and hand Unirea a corner.
    • - UNIREA: Arlauskis, Maftei, Galamaz, Bruno Fernandes, Bordeanu, Paduretu, Paraschiv, Apostol, Onofras, Bilasco, Frunza Subs: Tudor, Mehmedovic, Rusescu, Nicu, Semedo, Vilana, Marinescu
    • - LIVERPOOL: Reina, Carragher, Agger, Skrtel, Insua, Babel, Gerrard, Lucas, Mascherano, Benayoun, Ngog Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Torres, Aurelio, Kyrgiakos, Kuyt, Kelly
    • - Welcome to the LIVE text commentary of Liverpool's trip to Unirea Urziceni in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie.

Team lineup & ratings

  • Unirea Urziceni

    Manager: Roni Levi

  • Liverpool

    Manager: Rafael Benítez

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • G. Arlauskis Yellow Card
      • V. Maftei
      • G. Galamaz Substitution Out (27′)
      • Bruno Fernandes Goal Yellow Card
      • V. Bordeanu
      • S. Paraschiv Substitution Out (56′)
      • R. Paduretu
      • I. Apostol
      • D. Onofras Yellow Card Substitution Out (62′)
      • S. Frunza
      • M. Bilasco

      Subs

      • E. Nicu
      • E. Mehmedovic Substitution In27′
      • R. Rusescu
      • A. Semedo Substitution In62′
      • D. Tudor
      • R. Gomes Substitution In56′
      • L. Marinescu
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Reina
      • J. Carragher Substitution Out (61′)
      • D. Agger
      • M. Škrtel Substitution Out (66′)
      • E. Insúa
      • S. Gerrard Goal
      • J. Mascherano Goal Yellow Card
      • Y. Benayoun Substitution Out (78′)
      • Lucas
      • R. Babel Goal Yellow Card
      • D. N'Gog

      Subs

      • Fábio Aurélio Substitution In78′
      • F. Torres
      • A. Aquilani
      • M. Kelly Substitution In61′
      • D. Cavalieri
      • D. Kuyt
      • S. Kyrgiakos Substitution In66′
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