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Liverpool   2 - 0   Rabotnicki Skopje (agg 4 - 0)

David Ngog scores the opener
French striker Ngog nods in an early opener to set up Liverpool's easy victory

By Mark Ashenden

Joe Cole impressed on his competitive debut as Liverpool booked their spot in the Europa League play-offs draw with a 4-0 aggregate win over Rabotnicki.

Cole's curling cross after a corner set up David Ngog to nod in before the French striker soon created the second.

Ngog was hauled down by Fernando Lopes and the recalled Steven Gerrard poked home the penalty as half-time loomed.

Rabotnicki's best efforts came late on with Martin Kelly denying Marcio and Filip Petkovski hitting the right post.

Liverpool's future ownership may remain uncertain, with several parties reportedly keen on replacing Tom Hicks and George Gillett, but on the pitch the team look in relatively healthy shape.

It may not be Europe's premier event, but Roy Hodgson will be delighted with his team's efforts on the night he strode into Anfield for his first home match as manager.

Hodgson said he would put out the "strongest team possible" and dutifully introduced his England quartet who sat out last week's 2-0 victory in Skopje, with starts for Cole, Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Glen Johnson.

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It was Ngog's double strike in the opening leg which set up his side's easy passage on Thursday and although the 21-year-old French striker was on the scoresheet again, it was Cole - so often an observer in the World Cup for England - who caught the eye.

The former Chelsea star orchestrated most of Liverpool's forward movement, and on 13 minutes he began a move that led to Ngog wasting a glorious chance when one-on-one as he casually allowed the keeper to swipe the ball from his feet.

Two minutes later, Cole's clever curling through-ball fell to Dani Pachecho and again the Liverpool's strikeforce proved negligent with the Spaniard too slow to react.

But Cole's artistry was finally rewarded as he picked up Gerrard's short corner and delivered a perfect bending cross for Ngog to head in from close-range.

With the Macedonian side increasingly pushed backwards as Gerrard and Cole dictated the pace and possession, the Anfield faithful were soon celebrating a second goal.

Lopes clumsily hacked down Ngog with five minutes to the break to leave Gerrard to coolly slot in the spot-kick for his 35th European goal for the club.

With the visitors restricted to one long-range free-kick from Nikola Gligorov in the first half, little changed after the break as the hosts continued to dominate with the ball.

They could even afford to bring on midfielder Alberto Aquilani for the impressive Gerrard on the hour, and Cole showed no signs in relinquishing his hunger for pressing goalwards.

Low saves from Martin Bogatinoc twice denied Cole before Ngog headed a Johnson cross narrowly wide.

But with just a few minutes left on the clock, Rabotnicki came close to scoring three times.

Gjorgi Mojsov had a reasonable penalty shout turned down and was booked for falling over Martin Skrtel's challenge and then Kelly was forced into a desperate clearance with Marcio inches away from heading in a consolation.

The Macedonian outfit poured forward and Petkovski was unlucky with a half-volley crashing against the woodwork from 10 yards out.

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Thursday, 5 August 2010

Europa Lge qualifying

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Liverpool 2-0 Rabotnicki Skopje FT
(HT 2-0)(agg 4-0)
  • Ngog 22
  • Gerrard (pen) 40

    Liverpool

    Substitutes

    Rabotnicki Skopje

    • 01 Bogatinov
    • 05 Dimovski
    • 14 Adem
    • 02 Belica
    • 13 Todorovski (Petkovski 87)
    • 16 Gligorov
    • 19 Tuneski
    • 07 Fernando Lopes
    • 10 Filho yellow card (Mojsov 62 yellow card)
    • 15 Da Silva (Marcio 81)
    • 23 Dos Santos

    Substitutes

    • 25 Kandikijan,
    • 03 Sekulovski,
    • 18 Roberto Carlos,
    • 24 Sinkovic,
    • 09 Marcio,
    • 11 Mojsov,
    • 20 Petkovski
    Ref: SippelAtt: 31,202
    LIVERPOOL
    RABOTNICKI SKOPJE

    Possession

    • Liverpool 66%
    • Rabotnicki Skopje 34%

    Attempts on target

    • Liverpool 13
    • Rabotnicki Skopje 2

    Attempts off target

    • Liverpool 10
    • Rabotnicki Skopje 5

    Corners

    • Liverpool 15
    • Rabotnicki Skopje 1

    Fouls

    • Liverpool 13
    • Rabotnicki Skopje 4
    • Final Result
    • 93:07 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:00 Effort from outside the box by Nikola Gligorov goes wide right of the target.
    • 90:00+1:16 Short corner taken by Alberto Aquilani. The ball is delivered by Daniel Pacheco.
    • 90:00 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gjorgji Mojsov, Filip Petkovski takes a shot from close range that hits the post. Daniel Pacheco takes a shot. Blocked by Egzon Belica.
    • 90:00 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 89:35 Shot by Joe Cole. Save by Martin Bogatinov.
    • 89:18 Attacking throw-in by Martin Kelly (Liverpool).
    • 89:03 Direct free kick taken by Diego Cavalieri.
    • 88:34 Booking Gjorgji Mojsov booked.
    • 87:45 Corner taken by Rodriguez Maxi, clearance made by Filip Petkovski.
    • 87:34 Joe Cole takes a shot. Blocked by Nikola Gligorov.
    • 86:45 Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
    • 86:45 Substitution Filip Petkovski comes on in place of Goce Todorovski.
    • 84:35 Header from deep inside the area by Joe Cole goes over the bar.
    • 83:35 Goal kick taken long by Martin Bogatinov (Rabotnicki Kometal).
    • 83:12 Attacking throw-in by Joe Cole (Liverpool).
    • 82:58 Defending throw-in by Gjorgji Mojsov (Rabotnicki Kometal).
    • 80:15 Rodriguez Maxi decides to take a short corner. Rodriguez Maxi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gjorgji Mojsov. Martin Bogatinov restarts play with the free kick.
    • 80:15 Substitution Fabio Da Silva leaves the field to be replaced by Da Silva Marcio.
    • 79:55 Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. Egzon Belica gets a block in.
    • 77:46 Alberto Aquilani produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.
    • 76:39 Attacking throw-in by Goran Dimovski (Rabotnicki Kometal).
    • 76:25 Gjorgji Mojsov fouled by Martin Kelly, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Goran Dimovski.
    • 74:39 Vladimir Tuneski concedes a free kick for a foul on Alberto Aquilani. Joe Cole takes the free kick. Shot from 35 yards by Alberto Aquilani.
    • 73:56 Attacking throw-in by Emir Adem (Rabotnicki Kometal).Defending throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
    • 73:27 Attacking throw-in by Emir Adem (Rabotnicki Kometal).
    • 72:52 Goal kick taken long by Martin Bogatinov (Rabotnicki Kometal).
    • 72:17 Defending throw-in by Goran Dimovski (Rabotnicki Kometal).
    • 72:17 Substitution Jay Spearing is brought on as a substitute for Leiva Lucas.
    • 70:54 Alberto Aquilani crosses the ball, save by Martin Bogatinov.
    • 70:17 Defending throw-in by Martin Kelly (Liverpool).
    • 69:52 Unfair challenge on Fabio Da Silva by Martin Skrtel results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Vladimir Tuneski.
    • 68:38 Corner taken short by Rodriguez Maxi. The ball is crossed by Glen Johnson, Headed effort on goal by David Ngog from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
    • 67:59 Outswinging corner taken by Rodriguez Maxi from the right by-line, Vladimir Tuneski manages to make a clearance. The ball is swung over by Rodriguez Maxi, blocked by Emir Adem.
    • 67:46 Joe Cole takes a shot. Save by Martin Bogatinov.
    • 67:25 The ball is crossed by Joe Cole, blocked by Alcantara Fernando Lopes.
    • 67:07 Daniel Pacheco takes a shot. Blocked by Alcantara Fernando Lopes.
    • 66:19 Defending throw-in by Emir Adem (Rabotnicki Kometal).
    • 66:19 Substitution Milan Jovanovic leaves the field to be replaced by Rodriguez Maxi.
    • 66:19 Daniel Pacheco produces a cross.
    • 66:03 Alberto Aquilani decides to take a short corner.
    • 65:37 David Ngog concedes a free kick for a foul on Goce Todorovski. Direct free kick taken by Egzon Belica.
    • 64:49 Martin Kelly produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 63:32 Attacking throw-in by Martin Kelly (Liverpool).
    • 61:24 Free kick taken by Alcantara Fernando Lopes.
    • 61:24 Substitution Gjorgji Mojsov replaces Jose Ze Carlos.
    • 61:24 Substitution Alberto Aquilani joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Gerrard.
    • 61:24 Martin Kelly concedes a free kick for a foul on Jose Ze Carlos.
    • 59:47 Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
    • 58:24 The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson, David Ngog takes a shot. Comfortable save by Martin Bogatinov.
    • 58:09 Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
    • 57:50 Daniel Pacheco has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 57:00 Shot from outside the box by Nikola Gligorov misses to the left of the target.
    • 55:16 Effort on goal by Glen Johnson from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 53:41 Inswinging corner taken by Milan Jovanovic from the right by-line, Goce Todorovski makes a clearance.
    • 53:29 Joe Cole takes a shot. Save by Martin Bogatinov.
    • 52:41 Unfair challenge on Dos Santos Wandeir by Milan Jovanovic results in a free kick. Martin Bogatinov takes the free kick.
    • 51:11 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line to the near post, Vladimir Tuneski makes a clearance.
    • 49:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Goce Todorovski by Leiva Lucas. Goran Dimovski takes the free kick.
    • 48:47 Joe Cole sends in a cross.
    • 48:34 Short corner worked by Milan Jovanovic.
    • 48:20 Effort on goal by Milan Jovanovic from 25 yards. Martin Bogatinov makes a save.
    • 46:41 David Ngog produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
    • 45:36 Joe Cole delivers the ball.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:07 Attacking throw-in by Emir Adem (Rabotnicki Kometal).
    • 45:00+0:17 Goal kick taken short by Martin Bogatinov (Rabotnicki Kometal).
    • 45:00 The referee blows for half time.
    • 44:15 David Ngog takes a shot. Martin Bogatinov gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line, Alcantara Fernando Lopes manages to make a clearance.
    • 42:05 Unfair challenge on Joe Cole by Goce Todorovski results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
    • 41:11 Defending throw-in by Emir Adem (Rabotnicki Kometal).
    • 40:55 Defending throw-in by Emir Adem (Rabotnicki Kometal).
    • 40:19 Defending throw-in by Martin Kelly (Liverpool).
    • 40:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikola Gligorov by Leiva Lucas. Alcantara Fernando Lopes restarts play with the free kick.
    • 39:15 Assist on the goal came from David Ngog.
    • 39:15 GOAL - Steven GerrardLiverpool 2 - 0 Rabotnicki Skopje Placed penalty scored by Steven Gerrard. Liverpool 2 (4)-(0) 0 Rabotnicki Kometal.
    • 38:22 Alcantara Fernando Lopes challenges David Ngog unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
    • 37:50 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Milan Jovanovic from the right by-line to the near post, Vladimir Tuneski manages to make a clearance.
    • 36:42 Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
    • 35:47 Joe Cole is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Martin Bogatinov takes the free kick.
    • 34:28 Centre by Goran Dimovski, Fabio Da Silva takes a shot. Jamie Carragher gets a block in.
    • 34:10 Steven Gerrard concedes a free kick for a foul on Goce Todorovski. Egzon Belica takes the direct free kick.
    • 33:14 Attacking throw-in by Martin Kelly (Liverpool).
    • 32:17 Shot by Dos Santos Wandeir from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
    • 31:23 The offside flag is raised against Glen Johnson. Alcantara Fernando Lopes restarts play with the free kick.
    • 30:19 Defending throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
    • 29:35 Milan Jovanovic delivers the ball, comfortable save by Martin Bogatinov.
    • 29:07 Daniel Pacheco delivers the ball, save made by Martin Bogatinov.
    • 28:47 Goal kick taken short by Martin Bogatinov (Rabotnicki Kometal).
    • 27:57 Joe Cole has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 26:27 The assistant referee signals for offside against David Ngog. Martin Bogatinov restarts play with the free kick.
    • 26:01 The ball is sent over by Joe Cole, clearance made by Egzon Belica.
    • 25:35 A cross is delivered by Leiva Lucas, clearance by Egzon Belica.
    • 24:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Skrtel on Fabio Da Silva. Jose Ze Carlos takes the free kick.
    • 24:01 Defending throw-in by Goran Dimovski (Rabotnicki Kometal).
    • 23:06 Daniel Pacheco takes a inswinging corner to the near post, David Ngog has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 22:59 Daniel Pacheco sends in a cross, Egzon Belica makes a clearance.
    • 22:10 Unfair challenge on David Ngog by Alcantara Fernando Lopes results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard.
    • 21:05 The assist for the goal came from Joe Cole.
    • 21:05 GOAL - David NgogLiverpool 1 - 0 Rabotnicki Skopje David Ngog scores a headed goal from inside the box. Liverpool 1 (3)-(0) 0 Rabotnicki Kometal.
    • 20:36 Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Save by Martin Bogatinov. Short corner taken by Steven Gerrard,
    • 20:01 Attacking throw-in by Martin Kelly (Liverpool).
    • 19:48 Defending throw-in by Goran Dimovski (Rabotnicki Kometal).
    • 19:02 Emir Adem makes a clearance.
    • 19:02 Booking Jose Ze Carlos goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 18:16 Corner taken by Milan Jovanovic from the right by-line to the near post,
    • 18:11 The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson, clearance by Egzon Belica.
    • 16:02 Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).Defending throw-in by Emir Adem (Rabotnicki Kometal).
    • 15:14 Daniel Pacheco takes a shot. Blocked by Emir Adem.
    • 14:52 Attacking throw-in by Martin Kelly (Liverpool).
    • 14:45 Milan Jovanovic delivers the ball, Alcantara Fernando Lopes makes a clearance.
    • 13:26 Goal kick taken long by Martin Bogatinov (Rabotnicki Kometal).
    • 11:46 Daniel Pacheco concedes a free kick for a foul on Goran Dimovski. Jose Ze Carlos has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Diego Cavalieri.
    • 11:24 Attacking throw-in by Goran Dimovski (Rabotnicki Kometal).
    • 9:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Glen Johnson on Goce Todorovski. Alcantara Fernando Lopes takes the free kick.
    • 8:57 Martin Kelly challenges Jose Ze Carlos unfairly and gives away a free kick. Goran Dimovski restarts play with the free kick.
    • 7:51 Attacking throw-in by Martin Kelly (Liverpool).
    • 7:16 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line, save by Martin Bogatinov.
    • 6:45 The assistant referee flags for offside against David Ngog. Martin Bogatinov takes the indirect free kick.
    • 5:20 Defending throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
    • 5:03 Defending throw-in by Emir Adem (Rabotnicki Kometal).
    • 4:47 Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
    • 3:36 Attacking throw-in by Emir Adem (Rabotnicki Kometal).
    • 3:15 Defending throw-in by Goran Dimovski (Rabotnicki Kometal).
    • 2:38 A cross is delivered by Joe Cole.
    • 1:47 Dos Santos Wandeir has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.
    • 0:57 Martin Kelly delivers the ball.
    • 0:39 Attacking throw-in by Martin Kelly (Liverpool).
    • 0:29 Attacking throw-in by Martin Kelly (Liverpool).

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    Rabotnicki 0-2 Liverpool
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    Hodgson pleased with Ngog finishing
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