Thursday November 8, 2012 Group Stage: Group A Finished Lokomotiv Stadium

Anzhi Makhachkala 1 - 0 Liverpool

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  1. Europa League - Liverpool rookies suffer narrow loss at Anzhi

    Europa League - Liverpool rookies suffer narrow loss at Anzhi

    A young Liverpool side slumped to a 1-0 loss to Anzhi Makhachkala in their Europa League Group A match at Moscow's Lokomotiv Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Anzhi Makhachkala
    • Liverpool
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! A 1-0 win for Anzhi over Liverpool. A forgettable match, but the home side have the victory.
    • 90+1' Lahiyalov arrives to be replaced by Carcela-González for the home side.
    • 89' We are into three minutes of time added on.
    • 88' Flanagan picks out Henderson in the box, but he can only lift the shot miles over the bar. Goalkick to Anzhi.
    • 87' Carcela-González limping off here for some treatment. Liverpool minutes to save themselves from a draw.
    • 86' Shelvey has been booked for a foul on Carcela-González.
    • 84' Zhirkov forces Jones to keep out his driven shot.
    • 83' Quite clear that Eto'o is now the out ball for the home side. This has been a pretty poor match, but looks like Anzhi have done enough to pocket these three points.
    • 82' Anzhi now operating with nine men behind the ball here and hitting on the break.
    • 81' Samba provides Pacheco with a glimmer of hope, but he can't take advantage as he is muscled off the ball.
    • 79' Jucilei races into the Liverpool box as Anzhi break up the park, but Shelvey does enough to scramble the danger clear after blocking the shot.
    • 78' Another change for Anzhi as Smolov replaces Traoré, who could have had a treble tonight.
    • 77' Henderson decides to go for curling shot from distance, but the ball is high and wide. Never really troubling the Anzhi goalkeeper there.
    • 76' Super chance for Traore to bury the match as he dashed through the middle of the Liverpool defence, but he slips the shot wide with only Jones to beat.
    • 74' That is going to be Cole's last action of the match as he is replaced by Assaidi. Disappointing end to the evening for Cole.
    • 73' Gabulov fails to hold a long ranger by Suso. Chance for Cole on the rebound, but he can only knock the ball straight at the home keeper. Should have been 1-1.
    • 72' Golden chance for the second for Traore, whose header is straight into the arms of Jones when it looked easier to net.
    • 70' Dani Pacheco clips Arseni Logashov for a free-kick to the home side. Zhirkov then tries to dart beyond Andre Wisdom, but Liverpool clear the danger.
    • 69 Moubarak Boussoufa gives the ball away for no apparent reason. Sloppy piece of play.
    • 67' Eto'o tries to pick out Traore with a pass through the middle, but Liverpool have enough bodies back.
    • 66' Liverpool earn a free-kick in the middle of their own half after Eto'o clips Suso with a late challenge.
    • 65' Rodgers obviously trying to rescue this game with the introduction of Pacheco and Suso an attempt to add some spice to the attack.
    • 64' Eto'o tries to slide the ball out wide to a team-mate, but Downing was back doing some fine covering work.
    • 63' Flanagan has collected a yellow card for a late challenge on Tagirbekov. Looked a harsh call by the referee.
    • 62' Tagirbekov drills an effort at goal with some venom, but always spinning wide of goal. We remain with Anzhi holding this 1-0 lead.
    • 61' Pacheco also given the nod to take over from Morgan for the visiting side.
    • 60' Changes come here as Suso takes over from Coady for Liverpool.
    • 58' Coates forced to race back to making a fine challenge on Traore as he rampaged up the park.
    • 57' Traore again makes space for himself from 25 yards, but fires the ball low and hard. It trickles wide. Liverpool avoid falling two goals behind.
    • 56' Eto'o uncorks his first real shot of the night from distance. But Jones dives to his left to make sure Eto'o's curling effort stays out.
    • 55' Liverpool continue to chase the ball as Anzhi dominate possession with some ease here. Game being played in a congested midfield.
    • 54' Henderson concedes a free-kick for a foul on Eto'o. Bit of frustration.
    • 53' Morgan is crowded out before Shelvey mishits an effort from the edge of the box. Better from Liverpool. Moving the ball well here.
    • 52' The home fans have stuck with their side tonight, and are rewarded with the lead courtesy of that Traore effort.
    • 51' Morgan makes a hopeful run into the box before firing a shot into a side netting. Difficult to score from the range. Never really on.
    • 50' Once again Anzhi in no rush to press up the park. Very patient in their moves forward.
    • 49' Coady brings down Traore and the home side will have a free-kick here just inside the Liverpool half.
    • 48' Traore almost in for his second of the night, but Liverpool scramble the ball clear in their own area.
    • 47' Cole and Samba compete for a high ball, but all too easy for the former Blackburn man to win the ball in the air.
    • 46' We are off and running then in the second half of this match.
    • 45+1' The home fans in party mood as the teams head up the tunnel for the break. Forgettable game so far, but that goal was memorable. A 1-0 lead for Anzhi.
    • 44' GOAL! Traore lifts the ball over Jones and Liverpool trail 1-0. A stunning goal as he left Coates for dead with a deft chip before doing likewise to the goalkeeper with a lob.
    • 42' Liverpool will be keen to get the break level here. Formation has worked a treat as Liverpool regroup.
    • 40' Some eye-catching play by Henderson to pick out Downing out wide. Liverpool looking a lot livelier at the end of this first half. Tactics have been spot on so far.
    • 39' Downing with a dangerous ball into the middle, but Samba is well positioned to make a clearing header.
    • 38' Downing throws in a decent free-kick. Cole gets a touch on the delivery, but can't nudge the loose ball towards goal.
    • 37' With nothing much else happening of note, just spotted Russia coach Fabio Capello in the stands watching this.
    • 36' Anzhi trying to up the pace. This has been a pretty turgid first period, but Liverpool won't be complaining about that.
    • 34' Cole looks to pick out Morgan, but he is well snuffed out of a dangerous position and ultimately loses possession.
    • 33' The Anzhi owner watching this with some real intent from high up in the stands. Not getting much return on his money so far tonight.
    • 32' Yuri Zhirkov bounds down the left. He turns back after seeing Traore well marked.
    • 31' Brilliant stop by Jones to leap to his left and nudge away the shot by Eto'o from the edge of the box.
    • 30' Eto'o show his usual menace by dancing to the edge of the Liverpool box, but the English side have plenty of time to make the clearance.
    • 28' Liverpool seem to be content with the way this 4-2-4 formation is working out so far. Have certainly snuffed out the threat from the home team.
    • 27' Shelvey performing well for Liverpool this evening so far, but the visiting side yet to trouble the home goal.
    • 26' Early chance for Carcela-González to make an impression, but he leans back and ends up lifting a shot well over the bar. Poor finish.
    • 25' First change of the day comes from Anzhi as Carcela-González replaces Ahmedov.
    • 24' Shelvey wallops a ball into the heart of the opposition box, but easy pickings for Gabulov as he comes off his line to collect.
    • 23' Flanagan has been penalised for a late tackle on Traore, but Liverpool are quick to get themselves back on the front foot.
    • 22' Downing with a fine piece of defending to make sure Logashov can't get a free run and shot at the visiting goal.
    • 21' Carlos across to win the ball from Henderson's pass after he tried to pick out Morgan with a one-two.
    • 20' Liverpool's eight games against Russian clubs have ended W5 D1 L2 (W2 D0 L1 in Russia). Prior to matchday three, the most recent contest was the 2005 UEFA Super Cup, where the Reds beat CSKA Moscow 3-1 in Monaco. Anji's Yuri Zhirkov was on the losing side in that fixture.
    • 19' Shelvey and Henderson try to combine, but the ball ends up running straight into the arms of home goalkeeper Gabulov.
    • 18' Anzhi with just the one shot at goal in the opening 20 minutes, Liverpool yet to try their luck.
    • 17' This is very conservative stuff from the home side. Enjoying plenty of possession, but not really going anywhere with the ball.
    • 16' Samba having to keep an eye on Morgan before winning the ball. Decent covering work from Henderson's ball over the top.
    • 15' Traore with nowhere to go out wide. Ends up stubbing a cross straight out of play. Poor stuff really from him.
    • 14' So far, so good for Liverpool as they keep a decent back line that enables Jamie Carragher to marshal his troops well.
    • 13' Downing brings the ball up the park for Liverpool after Zhirkov was snufferd out by the tracking back of Flanagan.
    • 12' Not a full house in this ground, but the Anzhi fans make themselves heard on what is a freezing evening.
    • 11' The home team have won their last four European home games without conceding a goal. The 1-0 loss at Anfield was their first away from home in UEFA club competition and only their second reverse in a European game.
    • 10' Joe Cole certainly looking lively with his movement as another offside flag goes up against the former England man.
    • 9' Cole tries to pick out Shelvey with a decent chip into the area, but Joao Carlos is there to clear the danger.
    • 8' Liverpool certainly starting brightly enough here as Zhirkov concedes a free-kick for a foul on Morgan.
    • 7' Traore on another dash into the Liverpool area, but Jones is quickly off his line to smother the loose ball.
    • 6' An offside flag goes up as Traore is deemed to have gone just too soon.
    • 5' Tagirbekov fires a shot at goal from inside the visiting box, but easy enough save for Jones. Was a bit far out.
    • 4' Wisdom taking no chances as he rolls the ball back to Jones before Morgan goes for a run to pressure the ball in the home half.
    • 3' The home side trying to knock it about at the back. Being very patient here as Samba rolls it back to his goalkeeper.
    • 2' Liverpool have won all three of their UEFA Europa League away matches this season. They have never lost a UEFA Cup or UEFA Europa League group stage fixture on the road, recording three draws and a win.
    • 1' We are off and running on a freezing evening in Moscow.
    • 16.57 Teams on their way out here. Should be an interesting evening with Liverpool fielding such a young side.
    • 16.55 Zelijko Petrovic (Anzhi assistant coach): "The players are very motivated to play. I expect that we play much better. Most important is to win this game because if we win we make a big step to the next round. Also for Russian football it's very important."
    • 16.50 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: “As long as we keep playing our performance level is important. That we control games and dominate the ball with the young players we have, we clearly have a great future going forward.”
    • 16.45 Anzhi boss Guus Hiddink, who is expected to attend the match despite missing the press conference due to the death of a friend, will have an abundance of name talent at his disposal, with ex-Barcelona and Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o and former Premier League players Chris Samba and Yuri Zhirkhov all starting. Midfield enforcer Jucilei is fit again following injury and starts the match.
    • 16.40 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will rotate his squad again for their tie against Anzhi in Moscow. Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Joe Allen, Nuri Sahin, Daniel Agger, Jose Reina, Glen Johnson Raheem Sterling and Jose Enrique have not travelled as the Reds play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Youngsters Stephen Sama, Adam Morgan and Conor Coady have been called into the squad. Morgan and Coady start.
    • 16.35 Liverpool team: Jones, Wisdom, Carragher, Coates, Flanagan, Shelvey, Henderson, Coady, Downing, Cole, Morgan..subs: Gulacsi, Wilson, Robinson, Assaidi, Pacheco, Suso, Sama.
    • 16.30 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Europa League Group match between Anzhi Makhachkala and Liverpool from Moscow.
  • Summary

    • 79' Jucilei races into the Liverpool box as Anzhi break up the park, but Shelvey does enough to scramble the danger clear after blocking the shot.
    • 76' Super chance for Traore to bury the match as he dashed through the middle of the Liverpool defence, but he slips the shot wide with only Jones to beat.
    • 73' Gabulov fails to hold a long ranger by Suso. Chance for Cole on the rebound, but he can only knock the ball straight at the home keeper. Should have been 1-1.
    • 72' Golden chance for the second for Traore, whose header is straight into the arms of Jones when it looked easier to net.
    • 57' Traore again makes space for himself from 25 yards, but fires the ball low and hard. It trickles wide. Liverpool avoid falling two goals behind.
    • 56' Eto'o uncorks his first real shot of the night from distance. But Jones dives to his left to make sure Eto'o's curling effort stays out.
    • 44' GOAL! Traore lifts the ball over Jones and Liverpool trail 1-0. A stunning goal as he left Coates for dead with a deft chip before doing likewise to the goalkeeper with a lob.
    • 31' Brilliant stop by Jones to leap to his left and nudge away the shot by Eto'o from the edge of the box.
    • 16.35 Liverpool team: Jones, Wisdom, Carragher, Coates, Flanagan, Shelvey, Henderson, Coady, Downing, Cole, Morgan..subs: Gulacsi, Wilson, Robinson, Assaidi, Pacheco, Suso, Sama.

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  • Anzhi Makhachkala

    Manager: Guus Hiddink

  • Liverpool

    Manager: Brendan Rodgers

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