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BBC Sport's John Murray
"Liverpool's much heralded return was an anti-climax"
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Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier
"We started in the worst possible way"
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BBC Sport's Richard Fleming
reviews Tuesday's Champions League action
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Tuesday, 11 September, 2001, 20:55 GMT 21:55 UK
Liverpool held by Boavista
Steven Gerrard, right, runs to congratulate goalscorer Michael Owen
Gerrard (r) runs to congratulate goalscorer Owen
Liverpool 1-1 Boavista

A Michael Owen goal proved the high point on a night of frustration for Liverpool as they were held to a draw in their Champions League Group B clash against Portugal's Boavista.

Boavista took a surprise lead after just two minutes with Brazilian striker Silva's shot stunning the Anfield crowd.

Liverpool looked nervous at the back throughout but remained patient and were rewarded after 28 minutes.

The in-form Owen rescued a point for manager Gerard Houllier's side when he curled a shot into the top corner of the visitors' goal.

  Key incidents
2 mins: Silva's shot gives Boavista the lead
19: Hyypia heads narrowly wide
20: Duda's headers is well saved by Dudek
28: Owen equalises for Liverpool

The home side pushed for a winner while Boavista were a threat on the counter-attack but it ended in a stalemate.

It was not the result Liverpool had hoped for after receiving a rousing welcome from the home crowd on their return to Europe's premier competition for the first time since 1985.

They suffered the worst possible start when the home defence failed to clear a long ball by Boavista goalkeeper Ricardo.

Silva steered a header towards Alexandre Goulart before powering the return into the Liverpool goal.

The Anfield side were again caught out by a high ball played into the box and this time Duda flicked a header towards the far post.

Liverpool's new goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek had to react quickly to dive low to his right and impressively palm the effort away for a corner.


It's a bit frustrating - we are conceding too many goals, and that is where we have to improve our game
Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier

There was no panic from Liverpool and they did not have to wait long for the equaliser.

Midfielder Steven Gerrard found Emile Heskey who turned and played a ball into the path of an in-form Owen.

The England striker clinically curled a shot into the top corner of the Boavista goal.

The Portuguese champions almost caught Liverpool out shortly after the interval but Duda dragged a shot across goal wide.

Houllier's side pushed forward in search of a goal but Boavista were always a threat at the other end.

The visitors again caused confusion in the Liverpool area with a cross but Pedro Emanuel was penalised for a late challenge on Dudek who bravely saved at the Boavista player's feet.


Teams:

Liverpool: Dudek, Carragher, Henchoz, Hyypia, Vignal, Gerrard, McAllister, Hamann, Murphy, Heskey, Owen. Subs: Arphexad, Fowler, Redknapp, Riise, Barmby, Biscan, Litmanen.

Boavista: Ricardo, Frechaut, Turra, Emanuel, Erivan, Petit, Alexandre, Glauber, Sanchez, Duda, Silva. Subs: William, Serginho, Loja, Pedro Emanuel, Gouveia, Bosingwa, Marcio.

Referee: Kyros Vassaras (Greece)

 VOTE RESULTS
Who will go furthest in the Champions League?

Arsenal
 12.87% 

Celtic
 12.52% 

Liverpool
 31.25% 

Man Utd
 43.35% 

15102 Votes Cast

Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

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