Thursday December 2, 2010 Group Stage: Group K Finished Stadionul Ghencea

Steaua Bucuresti 1 - 1 Liverpool

  • Éder Bonfim 61’
  • Jovanovic 19’

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    Liverpool through despite howler

    Liverpool stuttered to a 1-1 draw against Steaua Bucharest in Romania, but the result took them into the Europa League's last 32. More

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    Time:90'
    • Steaua Bucuresti
    • Liverpool
    • - Liverpool qualify, Steaua still have work to do to get out of Group K. Job done for Liverpool, but it was far from pretty. We'll be bringing you LIVE text commentary from Villarreal v Zagreb in just a few moments. Why not go and have a look?
    • 90+3' FULL-TIME! The ball is stuck on the Liverpool left side. Bucharest cannot attack, the Reds hold on, and the referee blows his whistle.
    • 90+2' Lacatus still shouting instructions on the sidelines - he's hoping to inspire one last push from his side.
    • 90+1' Tanase on the ball for the hosts, looking for options, but the intensity has left these last couple of minutes.
    • 90' This game looks destined to end a draw as Bucharest play out time in the Liverpool half.
    • 89' Final Liverpool change - Lucas replaces Pacheco.
    • 89' Nicolita looking dangerous for Bucharest there, using a stepover to free up some space on the right but playing a poor cross which Liverpool clear. Warning for the Reds.
    • 88' Kyrgiakos makes a nuisance of himself in the box but cannto get to the header. Pacheco stands and admires his handiwork from the corner, only to find himself offside.
    • 87' Geraldo gives away a corner for Liverpool which Pacheco will take.
    • 86' Latovlevici hobbling here for the hosts as the time ticks down.
    • 85' Steaua looking assured in possession, but struggling to cut through Liverpool. Tanase is reduced to a speculative shot from range which Reina gathers.
    • 84' Kelly throws down the line from near the corner flag, but Steaua soon win a throw of their own on a congested wing.
    • 83' Stalemate in midfield for the moment. Are Liverpool happy with the draw? It would be enough to put them through.
    • 81' Bonfim picks up a booking for sticking a leg out as Eccleston ran with the ball. Aurelio will take the free kick from around halfway.
    • 80' Surdu off, and Szekely on in his place for the home side.
    • 79' Liverpool change: Jovanovic off, 19-year-old Nathan Eccleston on.
    • 78' STANCU! Curls a shot just over the bar and Reina scrambles back to be sure he won't be lobbed.
    • 77' Steaua look as if they fancy they can win this - as well they might, given their superiority in the second half.
    • 76' Poulsen on the ball - trying to get a Liverpool attack going. He's been quite anonymous today.
    • 75' Here comes the change - Ngog on, Cole off.
    • 74' Latovlevici tries a long cross from deep but it's too powerful for Nicolita to control.
    • 73' Nicolita crosses from the right and Reina gathers comfortably. Immaculate before the goal, calm afterwards - just one moment of horror.
    • 71' Still Hodgson has yet to turn to his bench - and Bucharest are starting to press once again.
    • 70' In the other Group K game Cavani has completed a hat-trick and Napoli are back to 3-3 in Utrecht.
    • 69' Nicolita tries his luck from just outside the area on the half-volley when the ball falls his way - not all that far away...
    • 68' Hodgson has Ngog and Lucas on the bench if he wants to turn to experience, and teenagers Eccleston and Robinson if he wants to try the unexpected.
    • 67' Liverpool looking better after the goal went in - this is the most possession they've enjoyed all match.
    • 66' LIVERPOOL HIT THE BAR! Kyrgiakos gets a header on Aurelio's corner - empty goal but under pressure from Gardos and the keeper Tatarasanu the Greek hits the bar!
    • 65' Liverpool, remember, would still qualify with a point tonight, so as embarrassing as the goal was, it's not a fatal blow to their hopes.
    • 64' Aurelio takes Liverpool's second corner of the match - after a bit of head tennis the home side clear.
    • 63' Good move from Liverpool - started by Shelvey and a decent low cross from Cole which doesn't find its mark.
    • 62' Yellow for Nicolita after a clumsy challenge - he'll miss Steaua's final group game.
    • 61' Three minutes before the goal I'd described Reina as a "calming presence" - until then he had been. An inexplicable error from the goalkeeper.
    • 60' GOAL! BONFIM SCORES! REINA TO BLAME! It's a shocker - Angelov puts in a good cross but the header from Bonfim is tame enough - Reina takes his eye off it, lets it through his legs, and it dribbles agonisingly over the line.
    • 59' Good ball from Nicolita, and a glancing defensive header from Kyrgiakos flashes all the way across goal to nobody in particular. Danger for the visitors again.
    • 58' Nicolita's cross takes a deflection off Aurelio and loops dangerously towards Reina's crossbar - the keeper opts to give it a hand going out, and Steaua have a corner.
    • 57' Reina makes a good catch as a high cross from the right swirls in the air. He's been a calming presence for the Reds.
    • 56' Ryan Babel offside as the ball is lumped forward from deep. It's not been vintage Liverpool - but so far it hasn't mattered.
    • 55' Tamase, Latovlevici, Gomes, Bonfim and Angelov all combine in a patient move - before Nicolita's through ball very nearly plays in Latovlevici on the run! Good build-up, but Reina gathers this time.
    • 54' Babel dances his way into a little space, but the Bucharest defence is holding firm. He's forced to go backwards.
    • 53' Kelly's long ball breaks for Cole, but he loses possession once again. Not a good game so far for the Englishman, but he is returning from injury and still finding his way.
    • 52' Stancu wins a free kick after a tackle from Wilson. Not his finest - and that gives the home side a set piece 35 yards out. Latovlevici opts to shoot - and it's a dreadful effort, high and wide.
    • 51' 3-2 to Utrecht, by the way, in Group K's other game. Napoli will take little consolation frrom the goalfest if they lose this one.
    • 50' REINA HAS TO SAVE! Steaua work the short corner again and in it comes in to Geraldo, whose header is angled towards the far post but not far enough into the corner to beat the Spanish number two.
    • 49' Some good play from Kelly, watching Tanase carefully and sliding in to deny him - but he has to concede a corner.
    • 48' Through ball looks like it might interest Pacheco but Tatarasanu gets there first. Steaua back on the move.
    • 48' A throw for Liverpool deep in their own half. Steaua coach Marian Lacatus is looking less than amused.
    • 47' Good ball, but Reina gets enough of a fist on it to get it clear. Liverpool begin the second half on the back foot.
    • 46' Dreadful tackle from behind from Shelvey gives away a dangerous free kick which Latovlevici lines up from the right.
    • 46' The second half begins! One change - Bicfalvi replaced by Angelov for the hosts.
    • - Liverpool have not been particularly pretty, but their opponents have missed their best opportunity and Liverpool took theirs. The last 32 awaits if they avoid defeat. Join us in a few minutes to see if they can do it.
    • 45+2' HALF-TIME: Steaua try to work it short, but it ends with Shelvey dismissing Tanase - and that's the final action of the half!
    • 45+1' Tanase and Surdu combine down the left - it is broken up by Kelly at the expense of a corner.
    • 45' Two extra minutes to play in the first half.
    • 44' STANCU! BAD MISS! He turned Kyrgiakso after Gomes' ball and from all of six yards out he smacks his shot wide of goal. Real chance to level the score!
    • 43' It's been a quiet game so far - according to the official statistics, Steaua have managed just three shots, all off target. Liverpool have only had three too, but they did convert one.
    • 42' Good ball in from Surdu - headed out well by Kyrgiakos - it falls straight to Tanase for a shot, but it's driven left of goal.
    • 41' Kelly clears this one as Tanase threatens to get past him wide on the left. Bucharest having the better of possession here but have yet to turn it into much to worry Liverpool.
    • 40' After a good work from Tanase to find some space on the left, he spoils it with an appalling cross which soars out of play behind the goal.
    • 39' Decent shape to the delivery from Nicolita, but it goes straight out of the penalty area and Liverpool escape out of their half.
    • 38' Nicolita sees his cross from the right blocked by Aurelio. He gets another chance when fed the ball from the throw - once again it's blocked, but this time Bucharest have their sixth corner.
    • 37' Pacheco chases Latovlevici back into his own half down the right flank, but cannot rob him of the ball.
    • 36' No trouble this time for the Reds, and Liverpool clear through a Reina goal kick. Shelvey tries to link up with Pacheco but his pass is intercepted.
    • 35' Surdu has looked like the stand-out player in the Bucharest line-up - he wins another corner this time, and the Romanians can probe from the set piece.
    • 34' Ricky van Wolfswinkel has scored his second of the evening and Utrecht lead Napoli 2-1 in the other Group K game. Bad news for the Italian club, who have yet to record a win in the group stages.
    • 33' Tatarusanu punches the ball clear without great conviction and the ball lands in Shelvey's path on the outside of the area. His shot slides tamely wide of the upright.
    • 32' Reina gathers that one without great ceremony, and Liverpool break upfield. Babel, who's been fairly isolated, does well to win a corner at the other end.
    • 31' Krygiakos slides in on Surdu to give away a Steaua corner.
    • 30' The crowd has gone quiet - we began with the noise of great European nights of years gone by, but the fans have been subdued by the goal.
    • 29' Cole's not looking on top of his game so far - there seems to be a lack of understanding between him, Babel and Jovanovic, and a couple of his attempted through balls have ended up in no man's land.
    • 28' Eder Bonfim tries a cross with the outside of his boot but Aurelio has looked assured so far and he makes the block look straightforward.
    • 27' Jovanovic is felled trying to negotiate his way past three red-and-blue shirts, and wins a free kick in the process.
    • 26' Free kick for Bucharest just beyond halfway, but they get precisely nowhere with it.
    • 25' CHANCE GOES BEGGING FOR LIVERPOOL! Babel on the break plays in Joe Cole, who cannot quite control the ball and hit an early shot with the goal at his mercy. Back it goes to Jovanovic, whose opportunity never quite arrives, and he lays off for Pacheco, who eventually drives it wide.
    • 24' Liverpool would qualify for the next round with a game to spare should the scoreline remain the same. In the other group game it's 1-1 between Utrecht and Napoli.
    • 23' Midway through the first half, and despite the Romanians' bright start it doesn't look like Liverpool's unbeaten record against them is under threat.
    • 22' Nicolita collapses in the area after losing out to Reina and Aurelio - he doesn't have much of a case, and soon enough he's back on his feet.
    • 21' Tanase picks out Latovlevici with a promising ball down the left, but the full-back's cross swerves towards goal and high over the bar. Disappointing delivery.
    • 20' Surdu picks up a booking after jumping unfairly for the ball.
    • 19' Against the run of play, but a very impressive counter-attack, and that should settle the visitors after a tricky early spell.
    • 18' JOVANOVIC SCORES! LIVERPOOL LEAD! A sweeping counter-attack which Jovanovic himself started. The ball ended up with Babel on the right who showed great skill to stand a ball up, and the free transfer summer signing headed accurately into the far corner.
    • 18' Reina has to be quick to clear a backpass after Surdu and Stancu chase him down, but he does it in time.
    • 17' Miscommunication between Tanase and Latovlevici - and the ball goes out for a Liverpool throw.
    • 16' BICFALDI! WASTES A GREAT CHANCE! Bucharest probe and finally make some headway, only for Surdu's dangerous whipped ball from the right to be met by Bicfalvi, who was completely unchallenged, and he heads over the bar.
    • 14' Babel gives away a foul challenging Nicolita near halfway - he's already looking frustrated.
    • 13' Very scrappy. Neither side have strung more than a handful of passes together.
    • 12' Steaua coach Marius Lacatus looking calm so far - but he's got a tough job - he's their fourth boss of the year, and the board and fans expect more than the side is currently showing at home.
    • 11' Tanase tries a long crossfield ball but Shelvey half-blocks it - that's been the way of much of the half - neither side making much headway.
    • 10' Surdu, playing up front for Bucharest today, feels his shin after a challenge with Kyrgiakos.
    • 9' Cole picks out Shelvey with a pass across the field but the youngster loses possession and Gardos once again tries to get his side on the move.
    • 8' Gardos strokes the ball forward from defence as Bucharest aim to find a way through their opponents. No joy so far - they look the better side, but it's been uninspiring play so far.
    • 7' Liverpool hammered Steaua 4-1 at Anfield earlier in the season - but the home side look a better prospect with their own fans behind them.
    • 6' Liverpool yet to make much progress against their opponents - Reina has whacked several kicks forward and repeatedly they've come straight back to him.
    • 5' Aurelio gets down the left, the first time the full-backs have involved themselves for the visitors. But Bucharest win the ball back and waste no time sending their own man Latovlevici flying down the wing. Another decent delivery, but this one goes out for a goal kick.
    • 4' Hodgson is leaning in casual fashion on the dugout, shouting instructions to his young side.
    • 3' Tanase has the chance to strike from the edge of the box but fluffs his attempt. After some scrappy play, Reina will have a goal kick.
    • 2' Unoconvincing clearance from Kelly - a second corner for Bucharest.
    • 1' Latovlevici gets down the left hand side and wins a corner for the visitors, who come forward at once.
    • 1' Away we go in Bucharest!
    • 18:00 A loud crowd in Bucharest - the crowd are determined to get behind their side - a win would set the Romanians up with every chance of qualification too.
    • 18:00 Liverpool will be in their white away kits tonight - the home side will play in their traditional red and blue stripes.
    • 17:55 The players are in the tunnel, waiting behind the referees. Play just five minutes away at the Stadionul Ghencea.
    • 17:50 Both sides likely to line-up in 4-2-3-1 formations tonight - and Liverpool fans will be interested to see how Ryan Babel fares in the lone striker role.
    • 17:45 Steaua's form is up-and-down at the moment - they grabbed a 2-2 draw against Cluj on the weekend. Read the scouting report here.
    • 17:40 So another experimental line-up from Hodgson, and that's been Woy's way in the Europa League this year. It's a chance for Reds fans to have a closer look at the likes of Shelvey and Pacheco, as well as Wilson, who has started just one Carling Cup game since his move from Rangers in the summer. And, of course, Joe Cole is back in the team after his hamstring injury.
    • 17:35 BUCHAREST: Tatarusanu, Bonfim, Gardos, Geraldo, Latovlevici, Gomes, Bicfalvi, Nicolita, Stancu, Tanase, Surdu /// LIVERPOOL: Reina, Kelly, Wilson, Kyrgiakos, Aurelio, Poulson, Shevey, Cole, Pacheco, Jovanovic, Babel
    • 17:30 And in twelve years, the Qataris will have a chance to host the 2022 World Cup. More on that surprise result.
    • 17:25 A bad afternoon for England - the 2018 World Cup is going elsewhere. Read how it all unfolded.
    • 17:20 These two sides are top of Group K - and a draw for Liverpool tonight would seal qualification and take the Reds into the last 32. Group K as it stands.
    • 17:15 Good evening everyone and welcome to LIVE updates from the Europa League, where Liverpool are in action against Steaua Bucharest in Romania.
  • Summary

    • 66' LIVERPOOL HIT THE BAR! Kyrgiakos gets a header on Aurelio's corner - empty goal but under pressure from Gardos and the keeper Tatarasanu the Greek hits the bar!
    • 60' GOAL! BONFIM SCORES! REINA TO BLAME! It's a shocker - Angelov puts in a good cross but the header from Bonfim is tame enough - Reina takes his eye off it, lets it through his legs, and it dribbles agonisingly over the line.
    • 50' REINA HAS TO SAVE! Steaua work the short corner again and in it comes in to Geraldo, whose header is angled towards the far post but not far enough into the corner to beat the Spanish number two.
    • 44' STANCU! BAD MISS! He turned Kyrgiakso after Gomes' ball and from all of six yards out he smacks his shot wide of goal. Real chance to level the score!
    • 25' CHANCE GOES BEGGING FOR LIVERPOOL! Babel on the break plays in Joe Cole, who cannot quite control the ball and hit an early shot with the goal at his mercy. Back it goes to Jovanovic, whose opportunity never quite arrives, and he lays off for Pacheco, who eventually drives it wide.
    • 18' JOVANOVIC SCORES! LIVERPOOL LEAD! A sweeping counter-attack which Jovanovic himself started. The ball ended up with Babel on the right who showed great skill to stand a ball up, and the free transfer summer signing headed accurately into the far corner.
    • 16' BICFALDI! WASTES A GREAT CHANCE! Bucharest probe and finally make some headway, only for Surdu's dangerous whipped ball from the right to be met by Bicfalvi, who was completely unchallenged, and he heads over the bar.
    • 17:35 BUCHAREST: Tatarusanu, Bonfim, Gardos, Geraldo, Latovlevici, Gomes, Bicfalvi, Nicolita, Stancu, Tanase, Surdu /// LIVERPOOL: Reina, Kelly, Wilson, Kyrgiakos, Aurelio, Poulson, Shevey, Cole, Pacheco, Jovanovic, Babel
    • 17:15 Good evening everyone and welcome to LIVE updates from the Europa League, where Liverpool are in action against Steaua Bucharest in Romania.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Steaua Bucuresti

    Manager: Marius Lacatus

  • Liverpool

    Manager: Roy Hodgson

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • C. Tatarusanu
      • Éder Bonfim Goal Yellow Card
      • F. Gardos
      • Geraldo
      • J. Latovlevici
      • R. Gomes
      • E. Bicfalvi Substitution Out (45′)
      • B. Nicolita Yellow Card
      • B. Stancu
      • C. Tanase
      • R. Surdu Yellow Card Substitution Out (80′)

      Subs

      • S. Angelov Substitution In45′
      • I. Emeghara
      • J. Szekely Substitution In80′
      • O. Abrudan
      • N. Martinovic
      • C. Lungu
      • C. Matei
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Reina
      • M. Kelly
      • D. Wilson
      • S. Kyrgiakos
      • Fábio Aurélio
      • C. Poulsen
      • J. Shelvey
      • J. Cole Substitution Out (75′)
      • D. Pacheco Substitution Out (90′)
      • M. Jovanovic Goal Substitution Out (79′)
      • R. Babel

      Subs

      • B. Jones
      • M. Škrtel
      • D. N'Gog Substitution In75′
      • Lucas Substitution In90′
      • N. Eccleston Substitution In79′
      • J. Robinson
      • J. Flanagan
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