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Lille   1 - 0   Liverpool

By Mike Henson

Eden Hazard of Lille celebrates
Hazard, voted Ligue 1's young player of 2009, celebrates his goal

Liverpool face an uphill task to progress from the last 16 of the Europa League after Eden Hazard's goal gave a lively Lille side a first-leg lead.

After the hosts' bright opening, it took a superb double save from Mickael Landreau to deny Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres and maintain parity.

Yohan Cabaye went close before Hazard's free-kick floated over a packed penalty box and into the far corner.

Torres threatened late on but was crowded out by a scrambling defence.

After tripping up away to Wigan three days earlier in the league, Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez had claimed the match would provide his side an immediate chance to recover their stride.

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But it was Rudi Garcia's side who were faster out of the traps as Cabaye exercised Jose Reina with a well-struck shot and Hazard's dangerous low ball fizzed clear across the six-yard box.

The French side held Valencia at Stadium Lille Metropole to a draw in the group stages and their crisp passing in the first 20 minutes suggested Benitez might be satisfied to repeat his previous club's result.

Some slick interplay of their own conjured Liverpool's first opening as Ryan Babel and Torres exchanged passes to slice open the defence before the Dutchman saw his shot blocked by Mickael Landreau.

The goalkeeper came to his side's rescue again after an electric burst from Torres took the ball from halfway to the edge of the box before drawing a foul from the chasing pack of defenders.

Landreau first palmed away Steven Gerrard's fierce drive before clawing out a header from Torres that seemed destined for the net.

The 19-year-old Hazard was impressive throughout and his darting run behind the Liverpool defence after the interval seemed timed to perfection, but his progress was harshly halted by the assistant referee's flag.

At the other end, Landreau was fortunate when Babel unleashed a ferocious shot straight at him before Liverpool also enjoyed an escape as Daniel Agger narrowly avoided putting the ball into his own net.

Javier Mascherano chases down Franck Beria
Javier Mascherano chases down Franck Beria

A superb long-range effort from Cabaye had Reina worried as it whistled over the bar before the Spanish goalkeeper took two attempts to grasp substitute Stephane Dumont's skidding shot.

A awkward challenge from Jamie Carragher prompted penalty appeals from the hosts, but Lille's pressure was finally rewarded when Hazard's curling set-piece cleared everyone and bounced into the bottom corner of Reina's goal.

A last-ditch challenge from Agger did just enough to divert Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's effort on to the post as Lille threatened to take a more comfortable advantage to Anfield on 18 March.

As time ran out Torres was afforded a brief glimpse of goal but the ball was ushered away before the striker could pull the trigger.

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Thursday, 11 March 2010

Europa League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Lille 1-0 Liverpool FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Hazard 85

    Lille

    • 16 Landreau
    • 15 Emerson
    • 18 Beria
    • 23 Rami
    • 04 Balmont
    • 07 Cabaye (Dumont 73)
    • 10 Obraniak (Toure 83 yellow card)
    • 22 Chedjou
    • 24 Mavuba
    • 26 Hazard
    • 17 Frau (Aubameyang 77 yellow card)

    Substitutes

    • 01 Butelle,
    • 03 Vandam,
    • 32 Souare,
    • 29 Dumont,
    • 35 Souquet,
    • 11 Aubameyang,
    • 20 Toure

    Liverpool

    Substitutes

    Ref: LarsenAtt: 18,000
    LILLE
    LIVERPOOL

    Possession

    • Lille 57%
    • Liverpool 43%

    Attempts on target

    • Lille 5
    • Liverpool 6

    Attempts off target

    • Lille 4
    • Liverpool 1

    Corners

    • Lille 4
    • Liverpool 3

    Fouls

    • Lille 13
    • Liverpool 20
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:17 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+3:39 Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Aurelien Chedjou gets a block in. Corner taken by Steven Gerrard.
    • 90:00+3:05 Daniel Agger fouled by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • Correction - 90:00+2:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Albert Riera by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard. The offside flag is raised against Daniel Agger. Mickael Landreau takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+2:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Albert Riera by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Gerrard from left wing.
    • 90:00+1:27 Short corner taken by Eden Hazard.
    • 90:00+0:59 Foul by Leiva Lucas on Antonio Mavuba, free kick awarded. Mickael Landreau restarts play with the free kick.
    • 88:50 Stephane Dumont concedes a free kick for a foul on Albert Riera. Free kick taken by Glen Johnson.
    • 87:52 Daniel Agger takes the direct free kick.
    • 87:52 Booking Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goes into the book.
    • 87:45 Foul by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Emiliano Insua, free kick awarded.
    • 86:49 Substitution Nabil El Zhar comes on in place of Dirk Kuyt.
    • 86:49 Effort from inside the box by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hits the post.
    • 85:05 Booking Larsen Toure receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 84:05 GOAL - Eden HazardLille 1 - 0 Liverpool Eden Hazard scores a goal direct from the free kick from a long way out to the top right corner of the goal. Lille 1-0 Liverpool.
    • 83:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by Jamie Carragher.
    • 82:26 Substitution (Lille) makes a substitution, with Larsen Toure coming on for Ludovic Obraniak.
    • 80:42 Stephane Dumont challenges Leiva Lucas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Glen Johnson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 79:17 Albert Riera challenges Florent Balmont unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ludovic Obraniak, Jamie Carragher makes a clearance.
    • 78:07 Albert Riera challenges Aurelien Chedjou unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adil Rami takes the direct free kick.
    • 77:15 Unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Aurelien Chedjou results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Albert Riera from the free kick.
    • 76:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Franck Beria on Albert Riera. Daniel Agger takes the free kick.
    • 76:15 Substitution Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on for Pierre-Alain Frau.
    • 75:25 Stephane Dumont takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.
    • 72:06 Substitution Stephane Dumont on for Yohan Cabaye.
    • 72:06 Substitution Albert Riera is brought on as a substitute for Ryan Babel.
    • 70:45 Shot from just outside the box by Yohan Cabaye goes over the bar.
    • 69:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Yohan Cabaye on Leiva Lucas. Daniel Agger takes the direct free kick.
    • 66:31 Booking Fernando Torres goes into the book.
    • 65:32 Yohan Cabaye decides to take the corner short.
    • 65:00 Yohan Cabaye takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save. Short corner taken by Ludovic Obraniak.
    • 62:34 Foul by Fernando Torres on Ludovic Obraniak, free kick awarded. Ludovic Obraniak crosses the ball in from the free kick, Jamie Carragher makes a clearance.
    • 62:05 Florent Balmont restarts play with the free kick.
    • 62:05 Booking Booking for Emiliano Insua for unsporting behaviour.
    • 62:00 Emiliano Insua gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eden Hazard.
    • 61:29 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, save by Mickael Landreau.
    • 59:38 Pierre-Alain Frau is ruled offside. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
    • 59:07 Ryan Babel takes a shot. Mickael Landreau makes a save.
    • 58:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Conceicao Emerson on Javier Mascherano. Glen Johnson takes the direct free kick.
    • 58:01 Yohan Cabaye concedes a free kick for a foul on Fernando Torres. Free kick taken by Fernando Torres.
    • 57:06 The offside flag is raised against Fernando Torres. Mickael Landreau restarts play with the free kick.
    • 49:58 The assistant referee flags for offside against Eden Hazard. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
    • 46:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Emiliano Insua on Florent Balmont. Free kick crossed by Ludovic Obraniak, Adil Rami gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Carragher. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:12 The referee blows for half time.
    • Correction - 45:00 Javier Mascherano challenges Pierre-Alain Frau unfairly and gives away a free kick. Yohan Cabaye has an effort direct from the free kick.
    • 45:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pierre-Alain Frau by Javier Mascherano. Strike on goal comes in from Yohan Cabaye from the free kick.
    • 44:12 Eden Hazard takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
    • 42:04 Unfair challenge on Adil Rami by Dirk Kuyt results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mickael Landreau.
    • 41:44 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save made by Mickael Landreau.
    • 40:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard by Adil Rami. Steven Gerrard has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Mickael Landreau.
    • 39:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Florent Balmont by Leiva Lucas. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ludovic Obraniak from right wing, clearance by Daniel Agger.
    • 37:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Agger on Eden Hazard. Direct free kick taken by Franck Beria.
    • 35:13 Foul by Ryan Babel on Franck Beria, free kick awarded. Ludovic Obraniak takes the free kick.
    • 34:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pierre-Alain Frau by Glen Johnson. Yohan Cabaye takes the free kick.
    • 33:14 Steven Gerrard takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
    • 32:43 Strike from close range by Pierre-Alain Frau clears the bar.
    • 32:05 Conceicao Emerson is caught offside. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.
    • 27:48 Javier Mascherano challenges Antonio Mavuba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Antonio Mavuba.
    • 25:13 Ryan Babel takes a shot. Mickael Landreau makes a save.
    • 24:02 Foul by Steven Gerrard on Ludovic Obraniak, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Adil Rami.
    • 22:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Florent Balmont by Fernando Torres. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ludovic Obraniak, save by Jose Reina.
    • 18:56 Foul by Fernando Torres on Aurelien Chedjou, free kick awarded. Aurelien Chedjou takes the free kick.
    • 16:18 Leiva Lucas challenges Yohan Cabaye unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ludovic Obraniak.
    • 14:03 Steven Gerrard takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
    • 12:17 Unfair challenge on Ludovic Obraniak by Ryan Babel results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adil Rami.
    • 11:05 Conceicao Emerson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres. Glen Johnson takes the direct free kick.
    • 7:30 Antonio Mavuba is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
    • 3:22 Steven Gerrard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Florent Balmont. Adil Rami takes the free kick.
    • 2:13 Ludovic Obraniak decides to take the corner short.
    • 0:36 Yohan Cabaye takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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