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Last Updated:  Saturday, 1 March, 2003, 19:08 GMT
Worthington Cup clockwatch
All the action as it happens from the Worthington Cup final in Cardiff.

Goalflashes and major incidents (all times GMT):

1556: Full-time at the Millennium Stadium as Liverpool are crowned 2003 Worthington Cup winners.

1552: Vladimir Smicer almost converts a third for Liverpool after good work by Danny Murphy.

1549: Liverpool 2-0 Man Utd
As Man Utd push forward in search of an equaliser there is room for Michael Owen to score a goal at the other end which virtually ensures that the cup will be returning to Anfield.

1534: Ruud van Nistelrooy shoots straight at Jerzy Dudek from a fantastic position inside the box.

1526: This time it is Fabien Barthez who pulls off a memorable save, preventing Steven Gerrard for scoring again.

1522: Jerzy Dudek pulls off another great save, this time from Ruud van Nistelrooy.

1515: Danny Murphy hits a decent effort straight at Fabien Barthez.

1508: The second half begins.

1451: Half-time in Cardiff with Liverpool 1-0 up.

1447: Jerzy Dudek makes a brilliant save from Juan Veron then Paul Scholes' follow-up is blocked by Stephane Henchoz. The Worthington Cup final is really living up to its billing now.

1442: Liverpool 1-0 Man Utd
Steven Gerrard lines up a long range shot which flies into the top corner of the net via a big deflection off David Beckham's outstretched boot.

1438: Michael Owen skips through the Man Utd defence but is thwarted by Fabien Barthez.

1425: Ryan Giggs crosses and Ruud van Nistelrooy diverts the ball agonisingly wide from close range - the best chance so far.

1403: The game kicks off.


Team news:

Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Wes Brown - who were all doubtful for the big game - are passed fit as Sir Alex Ferguson is able to pick a full-strength side for Man Utd.

Dietmar Hamann returns to the Liverpool side as Gerard Houllier is also able to select a first-choice eleven.


Big match build-up
By Paul Fletcher
BBC Sport in Cardiff

With the sun shining over Cardiff, the fans of both Liverpool and Manchester United are enjoying the spring weather and oiling their voices with a few pints of pre-match lubrication.

Both sets of supporters are desperate to put one over their fiercest rivals and in doing so make an early admission to the trophy cabinet.

Some Liverpool fans enjoying a pre-match pint were quick to remind the Manchester fans nearby that they regard the Millennium Stadium as a second home.

The United supporters quickly responded with chants of "Ooh Aah Cantona", a reference to the French star's winning goal in the 1996 FA Cup Final.

Manchester United have not been to a major final since they won the European Cup in 1999 and Liverpool's season, which at one stage promised so much, has faltered alarmingly.

But for the more entrepreneurial-minded the match is not so much an opportunity to win bragging rights but a chance to make money.

All around the ground businessmen spying a chance to make money are wheeling wheeled trolleys full of flags, scarves and other paraphernalia along the road so the willing fans can further underline their loyalty with a few colourful accessories.

By 1200 GMT Westgate, the road running alongside the ground, was awash with red and the atmosphere one of friendly banter mixed with nervous anticipation.

An hour later and the supporters were flooding into the stadium to get an early view of the pitch and watch their heroes warm up for the match.

The atmosphere is really starting build and the sense of anticipation growing as two of England┐s biggest teams prepare to do battle.





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