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Fiorentina   2 - 0   Liverpool

Stevan Jovetic slots past Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina to put Fiorentina ahead in their Champions League Group E match
Jovetic beats Reds keeper Pepe Reina to put Fiornetina ahead

By Mandeep Sanghera

Stevan Jovetic was Liverpool's tormentor as he scored twice in Fiorentina's surprise win over the Reds in their Champions League Group E tie.

The teenager pierced the visitors' offside trap and slotted past Pepe Reina to put his side deservedly ahead.

He added a second when he diverted in a powerful Juan Vargas strike.

Liverpool had chances to get back into the game but Lucas Leiva put a free header high and Fernando Torres skied a close-range volley.

The Reds did not lose away from home in the Champions League last season but were undone by a poor first-half showing and an inspired Viola at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Liverpool had also found the net in their previous 21 Champions League matches and their failure to do so against the Serie A side saw them miss out on Bayern Munich's record scoring run of 22 games.

Fiorentina fielded 19-year-old Jovetic in attack because of striker Alberto Gilardino's absence through suspension and the teenager relished the stage on his first Champions League start.

A bustling and energetic presence in the hole behind fellow forward Adrian Mutu, Montenegro international Jovetic was a major influence as the Italian side took the game to Liverpool after weighing up their rivals.

His reward came when he timed his run to perfection to beat the Liverpool offside trap and latched on to a Cristiano Zanetti pass before calmly slotting past Reina.

The assured home defence were giving little away as their organisation and discipline created a barrier the Reds struggled to make any impression on.

It gave the Italian side the foundation to push forward with confidence, and their work-rate and movement saw Liverpool struggle to keep them at bay.

606: DEBATE

The Reds have looked vulnerable in defence so far this season and they conceded a 12th goal in 10 games when Jovetic diverted in a powerful, angled Vargas drive at the near post.

Liverpool had found space and time at a premium as Fiorentina constantly and quickly closed them down and robbed them of possession.

The presence of combative midfielder Javier Mascherano, who is sidelined with a groin strain, was missing but the game changed after half-time.

The visitors increased the tempo and urgency in their play, while Fiorentina sat back and relied on counter-attacks to preserve their lead.

Rafael Benitez's side almost capitalised when Yossi Benayoun cut in from the left byline and had a well-struck shot blocked by keeper Sebastien Frey.

Lucas put a free six-yard header over from the resulting corner when he should have done better and Dirk Kuyt had a shot deflected wide as Liverpool searched for a way back into the game.

Fiorentina were weathering the pressure and Gerrard chested the ball down before having a shot blocked as the home side showed the resolute and stubborn defending Italian teams are famed for.

Torres felt he should have had a penalty after a forceful Alessandro Gamberini tackle late on before he blazed a near-post volley over from a Martin Skrtel cross.

But there was to be no breakthrough for the visitors as Fiorentina held on leaving their fans to raucously celebrate a memorable victory.

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Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Fiorentina 2-0 Liverpool FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Jovetic 28
  • Jovetic 37

    Fiorentina

    • 01 Frey
    • 03 Dainelli
    • 05 Gamberini
    • 25 Comotto
    • 06 Vargas (Jorgensen 74)
    • 08 Jovetic
    • 15 Zanetti
    • 18 Montolivo
    • 19 Gobbi
    • 10 Mutu (Donadel 82)
    • 32 Marchionni (De Silvestri 89)

    Substitutes

    • 35 Avramov,
    • 02 Kroldrup,
    • 23 Pasqual,
    • 29 De Silvestri,
    • 04 Donadel,
    • 20 Jorgensen,
    • 09 Castillo

    Liverpool

    Substitutes

    Ref: BrychAtt: 33,426
    FIORENTINA
    LIVERPOOL

    Possession

    • Fiorentina 50%
    • Liverpool 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Fiorentina 5
    • Liverpool 5

    Attempts off target

    • Fiorentina 3
    • Liverpool 7

    Corners

    • Fiorentina 4
    • Liverpool 10

    Fouls

    • Fiorentina 7
    • Liverpool 13
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:54 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+0:37 Fabio Aurelio delivers the ball, blocked by Lorenzo De Silvestri.
    • 88:43 Cristiano Zanetti concedes a free kick for a foul on Andriy Voronin. Steven Gerrard fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 88:43 Substitution Lorenzo De Silvestri joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marco Marchionni.
    • 87:57 The ball is crossed by Andriy Voronin, clearance by Massimo Gobbi.
    • 85:12 The ball is sent over by Marco Donadel.
    • 84:58 Stevan Jovetic fouled by Leiva Lucas, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Cristiano Zanetti.
    • 84:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Stevan Jovetic. Indirect free kick taken by Cristiano Zanetti.
    • 83:32 Ryan Babel crosses the ball, Steven Gerrard has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
    • 82:46 Ryan Babel challenges Riccardo Montolivo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Riccardo Montolivo restarts play with the free kick.
    • 81:30 Martin Skrtel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adrian Mutu. Free kick taken by Stevan Jovetic.
    • 81:30 Substitution Marco Donadel replaces Adrian Mutu.
    • 79:36 Shot from just outside the box by Steven Gerrard goes over the bar.
    • 79:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Cristiano Zanetti on Fernando Torres. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.
    • 79:06 Substitution Dirk Kuyt leaves the field to be replaced by Andriy Voronin.
    • 78:34 Short corner taken by Martin Jorgensen from the left by-line.
    • 78:17 Adrian Mutu takes a shot. Blocked by Jamie Carragher.
    • 76:30 Adrian Mutu fouled by Martin Skrtel, the ref awards a free kick. Adrian Mutu restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:50 The ball is delivered by Martin Skrtel, Fernando Torres takes a shot from inside the six-yard box clearing the crossbar.
    • 75:00 Fernando Torres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alessandro Gamberini. Sebastian Frey restarts play with the free kick.
    • 73:44 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard played to the near post, Alessandro Gamberini manages to make a clearance.
    • 73:44 Substitution Martin Jorgensen comes on in place of Juan Manuel Vargas.
    • 73:07 Fabio Aurelio delivers the ball, Dario Dainelli makes a clearance.
    • 71:35 Leiva Lucas challenges Stevan Jovetic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Adrian Mutu, comfortable save by Jose Reina.
    • 71:04 Substitution Ryan Babel joins the action as a substitute, replacing Emiliano Insua.
    • 69:57 Corner taken left-footed by Fabio Aurelio from the right by-line, save made by Sebastian Frey.
    • 69:04 The assistant referee signals for offside against Juan Manuel Vargas. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
    • 68:14 Fernando Torres decides to take a short corner, The ball is swung over by Fabio Aurelio, Sebastian Frey makes a save.
    • 68:05 Fernando Torres sends in a cross, Cristiano Zanetti gets a block in.
    • 67:33 The official flags Riccardo Montolivo offside. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
    • 67:14 Juan Manuel Vargas delivers the ball, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
    • 66:21 Fabio Aurelio takes the outswinging corner, Dirk Kuyt has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
    • 65:54 The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson, clearance made by Sebastian Frey.
    • 65:42 The ball is sent over by Dirk Kuyt, clearance by Dario Dainelli.
    • 64:07 The ball is crossed by Fabio Aurelio, save made by Sebastian Frey.
    • 63:30 Gianluca Comotto sends in a cross, comfortable save by Jose Reina.
    • 62:28 Fernando Torres is ruled offside. Sebastian Frey takes the free kick.
    • 61:39 Short corner worked by Fabio Aurelio.
    • 61:20 Shot by Steven Gerrard. Dario Dainelli gets a block in.
    • 61:06 The ball is sent over by Glen Johnson, clearance made by Gianluca Comotto.
    • 60:38 A cross is delivered by Marco Marchionni, comfortable save by Jose Reina.
    • 58:38 Jamie Carragher has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 58:05 Fabio Aurelio takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Dario Dainelli.
    • 57:55 Emiliano Insua sends in a cross, Gianluca Comotto gets a block in.
    • 56:16 Marco Marchionni produces a cross, Fabio Aurelio gets a block in.
    • 55:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabio Aurelio by Stevan Jovetic. Fabio Aurelio takes the free kick.
    • 54:19 Emiliano Insua sends in a cross.
    • 52:01 Fabio Aurelio takes a inswinging corner.
    • 51:39 Corner from the left by-line taken by Fabio Aurelio, clearance made by Riccardo Montolivo.
    • 51:12 The ball is crossed by Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres takes a shot. Blocked by Alessandro Gamberini.
    • 50:18 Fernando Torres has a drilled shot. Save by Sebastian Frey.
    • 49:17 Stevan Jovetic concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Skrtel. Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 48:29 Dirk Kuyt crosses the ball, save by Sebastian Frey.
    • 47:55 Steven Gerrard produces a cross.
    • 46:40 Corner taken left-footed by Fabio Aurelio, Leiva Lucas has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
    • 46:14 Yossi Benayoun takes a shot from 12 yards. Save made by Sebastian Frey.
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:08 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 45:00+0:15 Juan Manuel Vargas crosses the ball.
    • 44:26 The assistant referee flags for offside against Fernando Torres. Free kick taken by Sebastian Frey.
    • 44:14 Fabio Aurelio sends in a cross, Alessandro Gamberini makes a clearance.
    • 43:27 The official flags Stevan Jovetic offside. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
    • 43:09 The referee blows for offside. Sebastian Frey takes the indirect free kick.
    • 42:47 The ball is sent over by Emiliano Insua.
    • 41:32 Fabio Aurelio takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Gianluca Comotto.
    • 38:40 Yossi Benayoun gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dario Dainelli. Sebastian Frey takes the free kick.
    • 36:27 Juan Manuel Vargas provided the assist for the goal.
    • 36:27 GOAL - Stevan JoveticFiorentina 2 - 0 Liverpool Stevan Jovetic gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fiorentina 2-0 Liverpool.
    • 36:27 The ball is swung over by Juan Manuel Vargas,
    • 36:18 Gianluca Comotto produces a cross, clearance by Martin Skrtel.
    • 35:52 Steven Gerrard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Juan Manuel Vargas. Sebastian Frey restarts play with the free kick.
    • 34:20 Jamie Carragher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stevan Jovetic. Cristiano Zanetti takes the indirect free kick.
    • 34:00 Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Comfortable save by Sebastian Frey.
    • 32:24 Gianluca Comotto produces a cross, clearance by Fabio Aurelio.
    • 31:53 The ball is crossed by Gianluca Comotto, clearance made by Glen Johnson.
    • 31:14 Marco Marchionni takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
    • 30:45 Shot by Juan Manuel Vargas from 18 yards. Save made by Jose Reina.
    • 30:20 Marco Marchionni produces a cross.
    • 29:39 Adrian Mutu is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 28:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Massimo Gobbi on Fabio Aurelio. Free kick crossed by Fabio Aurelio, save made by Sebastian Frey.
    • 27:33 The assist for the goal came from Cristiano Zanetti.
    • 27:33 GOAL - Stevan JoveticFiorentina 1 - 0 Liverpool Stevan Jovetic finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fiorentina 1-0 Liverpool.
    • 26:42 Fernando Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on Massimo Gobbi. Sebastian Frey takes the indirect free kick.
    • 26:24 Shot by Juan Manuel Vargas. Jose Reina makes a comfortable save.
    • 25:18 Shot by Marco Marchionni from deep inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
    • 25:13 Gianluca Comotto delivers the ball, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
    • 23:07 The ball is crossed by Marco Marchionni.
    • 21:59 Effort from outside the penalty area by Stevan Jovetic goes wide left of the goal.
    • 21:28 Yossi Benayoun delivers the ball, save made by Sebastian Frey.
    • 21:21 The ball is swung over by Fernando Torres.
    • 20:51 Dario Dainelli challenges Steven Gerrard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Fabio Aurelio.
    • 20:33 Emiliano Insua fouled by Marco Marchionni, the ref awards a free kick. Fabio Aurelio restarts play with the free kick.
    • 17:54 The ball is crossed by Massimo Gobbi, Jose Reina makes a comfortable save.
    • 17:44 The ball is sent over by Juan Manuel Vargas, Glen Johnson gets a block in.
    • 16:56 The official flags Fernando Torres offside. Free kick taken by Sebastian Frey.
    • 16:19 Stevan Jovetic sends in a cross, Adrian Mutu conjures a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 15:38 Juan Manuel Vargas takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
    • 15:23 Shot from 12 yards by Stevan Jovetic. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.
    • 14:29 Juan Manuel Vargas delivers the ball, blocked by Glen Johnson.
    • 13:52 The ball is swung over by Fabio Aurelio.
    • 11:05 Stevan Jovetic delivers the ball, clearance by Martin Skrtel.
    • 10:34 Corner taken right-footed by Marco Marchionni from the right by-line, clearance by Dirk Kuyt.
    • 9:27 The referee blows for offside against Adrian Mutu. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.
    • 7:01 The ball is swung over by Gianluca Comotto.
    • 6:40 Leiva Lucas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cristiano Zanetti. Stevan Jovetic restarts play with the free kick.
    • 5:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Fernando Torres on Alessandro Gamberini. Sebastian Frey restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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