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Liverpool   1 - 2   Fiorentina

Liverpool's players were left dejected by another late defeat
Liverpool's players were left dejected by another late defeat

By Chris Bevan

Liverpool's disappointing Champions League campaign ended in miserable fashion, with Alberto Gilardino's last-gasp goal giving Fiorentina victory.

Rafa Benitez's side already knew they could not progress from Group E, while their opponents had already qualified.

Yossi Benayoun headed the Reds in front when he met Steven Gerrard's free-kick.

But Martin Jorgensen levelled with a low shot and Gilardino ensured his side topped the group when he turned in a Juan Vargos cross in injury time.

It was the third time the Reds had conceded a late goal in Europe this season, after doing so in both their matches against Lyon, and again they paid a heavy price for a defensive lapse.

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But, in truth, Liverpool were unlucky to lose and it was probably of greater significance to their fans that £20m midfielder Alberto Aquilani made his first start and Fernando Torres, who played the last 30 minutes, returned to action after more than a month out.

That duo will hope to play a big part in the remainder of Liverpool's season - starting with Sunday's crunch Premier League encounter with Arsenal.

Understandably, Benitez had one eye on that game against the Gunners and, judging from the subdued atmosphere, so did the majority of the Anfield crowd.

Fiorentina, who sowed the seeds of Liverpool's Champions League exit with a stunning win in Italy at the end of September, were also short of inspiration early on - with their crippling injury list a mitigating factor.

So, most of the focus in the first half was on Aquilani, who arrived from Roma in August with a big reputation and price-tag, but until now had only played 22 minutes of first-team football from the bench because of injury.

The 25-year-old Italian international showed plenty of neat touches early on, as well as a willingness to tackle when he won the ball from Lorenzo De Silvestri and set Andrea Dossena free down the left.

Aquilani was also covering a lot of ground but he could not provide much in the way of creativity in the final third, something the entire Liverpool side were sorely lacking - despite enjoying most of the possession.

Fiorentina had the first meaningful efforts on goal, with Diego Cavalieri tipping over De Silvestri's bullet header before pushing away Riccardo Montolivo's scuffed volley from the resulting corner.

But it was Liverpool who took the lead just before half-time when Gerrard fired in a free-kick from the right and Benayoun found space to flick it past Sebastien Frey.

Fiorentina came out with more purpose after the break and immediately put Cavalieri under pressure when he struggled to deal with Gianluca Comotto's whipped cross under pressure from Gilardino.

Liverpool might have extended their lead with a carbon copy of their first goal when Gerrard fizzed in another free-kick from the right - but this time it eluded Daniel Agger, who threw himself at the ball but could not make contact.

Instead, the visitors were quickly level when Jorgensen rifled a powerful shot into the bottom corner after good work by Gilardino on the edge of the box.

Daniel Pacheco replaced Aquilani after 76 minutes and, with his first touch, fired in a low shot that was pushed wide by Frey.

At long last the game burst into life, with both sides pushing forward for the win.

It was the visitors who got it, with Vargas stealing the ball off Liverpool's rookie defender Stephen Darby and crossing for Gilardino to slot home from close range.

Fiorentina march into the last 16 of the Champions League, while Liverpool's next European game will be in the last 32 of the Europa League in February.

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Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Liverpool 1-2 Fiorentina FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Benayoun 43
  • Jorgensen 63
  • Gilardino 90+2

Liverpool

Substitutes

Fiorentina

  • 01 Frey
  • 02 Kroldrup
  • 14 Natali
  • 23 Pasqual
  • 25 Comotto
  • 29 De Silvestri (Castillo 83)
  • 04 Donadel
  • 18 Montolivo yellow card
  • 20 Jorgensen (Vargas 71)
  • 24 Santana (Marchionni 71)
  • 11 Gilardino yellow card

Substitutes

  • 35 Avramov,
  • 90 Seculin,
  • 06 Vargas,
  • 41 Aya,
  • 45 Federico Carraro,
  • 09 Castillo,
  • 32 Marchionni
Ref: SkominaAtt: 40,863
LIVERPOOL
FIORENTINA

Possession

  • Liverpool 54%
  • Fiorentina 46%

Attempts on target

  • Liverpool 3
  • Fiorentina 6

Attempts off target

  • Liverpool 2
  • Fiorentina 3

Corners

  • Liverpool 9
  • Fiorentina 7

Fouls

  • Liverpool 7
  • Fiorentina 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:28 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
  • 90:00+2:44 Booking Alberto Gilardino is given a yellow card.
  • 90:00+1:49 Juan Manuel Vargas provided the assist for the goal.
  • 90:00+1:49 GOAL - Alberto GilardinoLiverpool 1 - 2 Fiorentina Alberto Gilardino finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-2 Fiorentina.
  • 88:52 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Marco Marchionni, Daniel Pacheco manages to make a clearance.
  • 88:47 Alberto Gilardino sends in a cross, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.
  • 88:17 Juan Manuel Vargas crosses the ball, save made by Diego Cavalieri.
  • 87:54 Andrea Dossena is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Marco Marchionni takes the indirect free kick.
  • 87:01 Fernando Torres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Per Kroldrup. Manuel Pasqual takes the direct free kick.
  • 86:04 Centre by Emiliano Insua, clearance made by Cesare Natali.
  • 85:45 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line.
  • 84:59 Steven Gerrard takes the direct free kick.
  • 84:59 Substitution Javier Mascherano leaves the field to be replaced by Fabio Aurelio.
  • 84:59 Fernando Torres fouled by Per Kroldrup, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 84:13 Outswinging corner taken by Juan Manuel Vargas, Riccardo Montolivo takes a shot. Save by Diego Cavalieri.
  • 83:51 Alberto Gilardino decides to take a short corner.
  • 83:35 Marco Marchionni takes a shot. Save by Diego Cavalieri.
  • 82:55 Stephen Darby crosses the ball, clearance made by Per Kroldrup.
  • 82:00 Substitution (Fiorentina) makes a substitution, with Jose Ignacio Castillo coming on for Lorenzo De Silvestri.
  • 81:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Riccardo Montolivo on Daniel Pacheco. Daniel Pacheco restarts play with the free kick.
  • 80:34 Steven Gerrard sends in a cross.
  • 80:07 Per Kroldrup concedes a free kick for a foul on Fernando Torres. Steven Gerrard takes the direct free kick.
  • 78:32 Gianluca Comotto concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrea Dossena. Emiliano Insua takes the direct free kick.
  • 77:19 Juan Manuel Vargas takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Unfair challenge on Stephen Darby by Marco Marchionni results in a free kick. Diego Cavalieri takes the free kick.
  • 76:44 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line to the near post, save by Sebastian Frey.
  • 76:24 Daniel Pacheco takes a shot. Sebastian Frey makes a save.
  • 75:11 Daniel Agger takes the direct free kick.
  • 75:11 Substitution (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Daniel Pacheco coming on for Alberto Aquilani.
  • 75:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marco Marchionni on Javier Mascherano.
  • 73:28 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Lorenzo De Silvestri makes a clearance.
  • 73:24 A cross is delivered by Fernando Torres, Manuel Pasqual manages to make a clearance.
  • 72:37 Alberto Gilardino fouled by Martin Skrtel, the ref awards a free kick. Marco Donadel takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 70:38 Substitution (Fiorentina) makes a substitution, with Juan Manuel Vargas coming on for Martin Jorgensen.
  • Correction - 70:38 Substitution Marco Marchionni comes on in place of Mario Alberto Santana.
  • 70:38 Substitution (Fiorentina) makes a substitution, with Juan Manuel Vargas coming on for Martin Jorgensen.
  • 70:38 Substitution Marco Marchionni comes on in place of Mario Alberto Santana.
  • 70:23 Steven Gerrard produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 69:34 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line to the near post, Fernando Torres takes a shot. Blocked by Manuel Pasqual.
  • 69:28 Steven Gerrard delivers the ball, Per Kroldrup gets a block in.
  • 67:10 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard to the near post, Marco Donadel makes a clearance.
  • 66:43 Foul by Per Kroldrup on Fernando Torres, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Gerrard from right wing, clearance made by Gianluca Comotto.
  • 65:21 Free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.
  • 65:21 Booking Riccardo Montolivo is booked.
  • 65:13 Unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard by Riccardo Montolivo results in a free kick.
  • 64:32 Substitution Fernando Torres is brought on as a substitute for Dirk Kuyt.
  • 62:35 Assist on the goal came from Alberto Gilardino.
  • 62:35 GOAL - Martin JorgensenLiverpool 1 - 1 Fiorentina Martin Jorgensen fires in a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-1 Fiorentina.
  • 61:16 The assistant referee flags for offside against Alberto Gilardino. Martin Skrtel takes the indirect free kick.
  • 59:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Manuel Pasqual on Yossi Benayoun. Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard.
  • 57:55 The ball is sent over by Emiliano Insua, clearance by Mario Alberto Santana.
  • 57:28 Corner from the right by-line taken by Steven Gerrard, clearance made by Martin Jorgensen.
  • 56:09 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Per Kroldrup makes a clearance.
  • 54:54 The ball is sent over by Emiliano Insua, Manuel Pasqual makes a clearance.
  • 53:38 Lorenzo De Silvestri is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
  • 53:27 Dirk Kuyt is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Marco Donadel.
  • 49:58 Andrea Dossena produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
  • 49:32 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line to the near post, Marco Donadel manages to make a clearance.
  • 49:26 The ball is crossed by Andrea Dossena, Per Kroldrup makes a clearance.
  • 47:57 Cesare Natali produces a cross.
  • 47:34 Steven Gerrard is caught offside. Gianluca Comotto takes the indirect free kick.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:25 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 45:00+0:46 Inswinging corner taken by Martin Jorgensen, Headed effort on goal by Cesare Natali from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
  • 45:00+0:40 The ball is delivered by Manuel Pasqual, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
  • 45:00+0:20 Steven Gerrard crosses the ball, save made by Sebastian Frey.
  • 44:39 Martin Jorgensen delivers the ball, Diego Cavalieri makes a save.
  • 44:00 Foul by Martin Skrtel on Mario Alberto Santana, free kick awarded. Marco Donadel takes the direct free kick.
  • 42:40 Steven Gerrard provided the assist for the goal.
  • 42:40 GOAL - Yossi BenayounLiverpool 1 - 0 Fiorentina Yossi Benayoun finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Liverpool 1-0 Fiorentina.
  • 41:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Manuel Pasqual on Steven Gerrard. Steven Gerrard delivers the ball,
  • 41:38 The ball is swung over by Lorenzo De Silvestri, save made by Diego Cavalieri.
  • 40:31 The official flags Dirk Kuyt offside. Per Kroldrup takes the indirect free kick.
  • 39:40 The ball is crossed by Emiliano Insua.
  • 37:50 Unfair challenge on Alberto Gilardino by Martin Skrtel results in a free kick. Riccardo Montolivo restarts play with the free kick.
  • 36:31 The offside flag is raised against Dirk Kuyt. Sebastian Frey takes the free kick.
  • 35:17 Mario Alberto Santana concedes a free kick for a foul on Emiliano Insua. Direct free kick taken by Emiliano Insua.
  • 34:09 The ball is swung over by Manuel Pasqual.
  • 33:33 The assistant referee signals for offside against Martin Jorgensen. Diego Cavalieri restarts play with the free kick.
  • 32:50 Corner taken right-footed by Martin Jorgensen, Riccardo Montolivo takes a shot. Save by Diego Cavalieri.
  • 32:06 Corner taken right-footed by Martin Jorgensen, Lorenzo De Silvestri takes a shot. Save by Diego Cavalieri.
  • 31:59 Manuel Pasqual sends in a cross, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
  • 30:07 The referee blows for offside. Sebastian Frey takes the free kick.
  • 27:15 Lorenzo De Silvestri challenges Steven Gerrard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Emiliano Insua restarts play with the free kick.
  • 26:25 Shot from just outside the box by Martin Jorgensen misses to the right of the goal.
  • 25:50 Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Martin Jorgensen misses to the left of the goal.
  • 24:16 Alberto Aquilani gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Riccardo Montolivo. Sebastian Frey takes the direct free kick.
  • 23:08 Dirk Kuyt is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Per Kroldrup.
  • 21:02 The ball is swung over by Andrea Dossena, Cesare Natali manages to make a clearance.
  • 19:40 A cross is delivered by Steven Gerrard, Cesare Natali manages to make a clearance.
  • 18:44 Steven Gerrard takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Riccardo Montolivo.
  • 16:48 The ball is crossed by Gianluca Comotto, save by Diego Cavalieri.
  • 15:25 Marco Donadel is adjudged to have handled the ball. Javier Mascherano takes the free kick.
  • 13:56 Alberto Gilardino is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Diego Cavalieri.
  • 11:44 The offside flag is raised against Gianluca Comotto. Indirect free kick taken by Diego Cavalieri.
  • 11:38 The ball is swung over by Gianluca Comotto, clearance made by Daniel Agger.
  • 11:34 The ball is delivered by Riccardo Montolivo, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
  • 7:04 The ball is swung over by Emiliano Insua.
  • 4:24 Andrea Dossena produces a cross.
  • 2:51 Unfair challenge on Gianluca Comotto by Andrea Dossena results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sebastian Frey.
  • 1:48 The referee blows for offside. Diego Cavalieri takes the direct free kick.
  • 1:11 Foul by Martin Skrtel on Alberto Gilardino, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Manuel Pasqual.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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