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BBC 5 Live's Mike Ingham
"Exciting game, but desperate defending."
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Leeds manager David O'Leary
"We've got great heart, we've got great spirit."
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Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier
" I thought it was a very good game."
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Leeds' Mark Viduka
"I've played better"
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Saturday, 4 November, 2000, 18:04 GMT
Four-midable Viduka stuns Liverpool
Mark Viduka
Viduka lifts Leeds' winner past Westerveld
Leeds United 4-3 Liverpool

Mark Viduka single-handedly destroyed Liverpool with a four-goal blast in an encounter of stunning drama at Elland Road.

Liverpool appeared to be cruising to a sixth successive victory when they moved into an early two-goal lead through Sami Hyypia and Christian Ziege.

But the giant Australian - who looked a bargain 6m summer signing from Celtic - delivered a display of almost flawless marksmanship.

Liverpool wasted chance after chance, with boss Gerard Houllier left to rue a failed team selection gamble and appalling generosity at both ends of the pitch.


Every time I had a sniff of goal I scored, but I have actually played better. These days are very rare, but it was a fantastic win for us
  Mark Viduka

Viduka meant Victory-V for Leeds - lambasted by manager David O'Leary for losing a two-goal lead in The Worthington Cup at Tranmere Rovers in midweek.

Liverpool's title pretensions have been lifted by their recent good run, but the lack of steel and resolve when faced with the Leeds revival puts massive question marks over their true credentials.

Viduka pulled Leeds level before half time, and was not to be denied his moment of glory even when Vladimir Smicer restored Liverpool's lead.

Patrik Berger
Berger (left) celebrates with Hyypia

He assumed hero status with two goals inside two minutes in the closing stages to give injury-ravaged Leeds - unable even to field a full bench of substitutes - an incredible victory.

Liverpool, full of confidence after the recent winning sequence, made the perfect start by going ahead inside two minutes.

Patrik Berger's free-kick found Liverpool captain Hyypia totally unmarked to glide a close range header past Paul Robinson.

Liverpool were sharper in every respect early on, while Leeds' problems piled up when Jonathon Woodgate was replaced by Danny Hay after 15 minutes.

The change had hardly been made when Liverpool increased their lead, again exploiting a set piece and frailty in the Leeds defence.


We have no-one to blame but ourselves. I felt we should have won - but we collapsed physically at the end
  Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier
Gary Kelly failed to clear and was forced to foul Berger, and when Gary McAllister's free kick swung in, Leeds ignored the arrival of Ziege and the German headed comfortably past Robinson.

Leeds were in disarray, but were thrown an unlikely lifeline when Ziege went from hero to villain after 24 minutes.

He was guilty of a casual piece of defending, allowing Alan Smith to charge down his clearance and Viduka lofted a precise finish over the advancing Sander Westerveld.

As the game threatened to boil over, Lee Bowyer - who had already been booked for a foul on Smicer - was fortunate to escape a red card for a shocking foul on Heskey.

The battle was now seriously joined, but Liverpool should have sewn matters up before half time.

Constant threat

Smicer and Dietmar Hamann missed clear-cut openings, while Heskey's header was diverted off the line by Kelly.

In a real roller-coaster first 45 minutes, Leeds ended on top, with Westerveld forced to save brilliantly from former Everton midfield man Olivier Dacourt.

And Liverpool had another escape in first half injury time after Ziege had been booked for elbowing Smith.

Berger was then booked for handball, and Ian Harte saw his resulting free kick deflect on to the base of an upright off McAllister.

Viduka had been a constant threat to Liverpool, and he put Leeds level inside the first minute of the second half, flashing a header into the top corner from Kelly's cross.

And Leeds almost claimed the lead seven minutes later after an astonishing mix-up between Markus Babbel and Westerveld.


We got lucky, but I always felt we could score against them. I loved beating Liverpool as a player - and I like it as a manager
  Leeds manager David O'Leary
Westerveld lost control of Babbel's over-hit back pass, and when Smith stole in, it took an almost miraculous clearance from Jamie Carragher to save Liverpool.

Chances were being carved out constantly, with defensive mistakes piling up, both Heskey and Babbel missing out with chances for Liverpool.

Liverpool's pressure paid off after 61 minutes, when Czech Republic team-mates Berger and Smicer combined for the third.

Berger stole in behind the Leeds defence, and he crossed for Smicer to beat Robinson from close range.

Emile Heskey
Heskey rides a challenge
Liverpool's failure to kill off the game was punished after 72 minutes when the brilliant Viduka completed his hat-trick.

The giant Aussie picked up Dacourt's pass, and almost completed an about turn to escape Berger and score.

And to add to Liverpool's misery, Berger was stretchered off with an injury after collapsing to the ground.

Elland Road was in ecstasy two minutes later - and the remarkable Viduka was the scorer again chipping perfectly over Westerveld as Liverpool appealed for offside.

Liverpool were broken and beaten, leaving Leeds to a celebrate a victory they could barely believe.

Leeds: Robinson, Kelly, Harte, Woodgate, Matteo, Bowyer, Bakke, Dacourt, Burns, Smith, Viduka. Subs: Jones, Hay, Milosevic, Evans.

Liverpool: Westerveld, Carragher, Ziege, Babbel, Hyypia, Smicer, Murphy, McAllister, Hamann, Berger, Heskey. Subs: Henchoz, Fowler, Gerrard, Arphexad, Barmby.

Referee: D Elleray (Harrow-on-the-Hill)

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