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Liverpool   1 - 0   Trabzonspor

Ryan Babel (centre) celebrates his goal against Trabzonspor
Babel's goal was his final action of the match

By Mandeep Sanghera

Liverpool's Joe Cole missed a penalty as his side had to make do with a slender first-leg lead over Trabzonspor in their Europa League qualifier.

The Reds went ahead when Cole set up Ryan Babel to finish with aplomb.

The home side then dominated but after winning a penalty for a foul on Lucas Leiva, Cole saw his tame effort saved.

Reds keeper Pepe Reina impressively saved from Umut Bulut before Christian Poulsen was denied a goal for a dubious foul on keeper Onur Kivrak.

Liverpool's failure to capitalise on their second-half chances will leave boss Roy Hodgson in rueful mood going into the return leg in Turkey next Thursday.

Hodgson, whose former club Fulham were losing finalists in last season's Europa League, had stated his priority this season was the Premier League and had consequently sent out a Reds second string.

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Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and Dirk Kuyt were not even in the home side's squad and Trabzonspor coach Senol Gunes would have had high hopes of earning a measure of revenge over the Merseysiders.

Gunes was the Turkish club's keeper when they were beaten by Liverpool in the second round of the 1976/77 European Cup as the Reds went on to claim their first victory in the competition.

The fact that Gunes is a Manchester United fan would have only added to his motivation.

His side certainly went into the game in good form after winning the Turkish Super Cup - the equivalent of the Community Shield in England - and opening their league campaign with an away victory.

And, apart from keeper Onur Kivrak palming away a Sotirios Kyrgiakos header, the visitors' efforts were seeing them contain Liverpool.

The Reds were almost caught unawares when Burak Yilmaz stole in to win a corner to the near post but he could not get the direction to his header as the ball went harmlessly across the area.

There was a disjointed look about Liverpool in a game which was proving hard work before they broke the deadlock with a moment of inspiration on the stroke of half-time.

Cole produced a surging run from midfield and weighted a lovely pass into the run of Babel, who took a touch before sidefooting high into the far corner.

Joe Cole misses a penalty for Liverpool against Trabzonspor
Cole squanders the chance of opening his Liverpool account

Babel was playing in his preferred striker role as opposed to his normal position on the wing under former Reds manager Rafael Benitez and took advantage of a rare chance which came his way.

However, that was his final action of the match as he was replaced by Fernando Torres at the break and the Spaniard had an immediate impact.

His snapshot forced Kivrak to palm wide and, from the resultant corner, an unmarked Lucas should have done better than to put a 10-yard header wide.

The hosts had now found their stride and their pressure earned them a penalty when Lucas was tripped by Serkan Balci.

Cole, rather than Torres, placed the ball on the spot with thoughts of netting his first goal for the club only to see his penalty parried away by the Trabzonspor keeper.

Milan Jovanovic was also denied his first goal for Liverpool when his low angled shot was saved low to his left by Kivrak.

Liverpool were almost punished for their profligacy and had keeper Reina to thank for maintaining their lead.

Reina's mistake had cost them a late goal in the draw with Arsenal on Sunday but he atoned by getting a hand to Bulut's shot from point-blank range.

Liverpool were denied what appeared to be a legitimate goal when a Kyrgiakos header was only parried against Cole by Kivrak and, despite Poulsen forcing the loose ball in, the goal was disallowed for a foul on the visiting keeper as Trabzonspor held on to keep themselves firmly in the tie.

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Thursday, 19 August 2010

Europa Lge qualifying

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Liverpool 1-0 Trabzonspor FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Babel 45+1

    Liverpool

    Substitutes

    Trabzonspor

    • 35 Kivrak
    • 03 Cale yellow card
    • 04 Glowacki
    • 06 Gulselam yellow card
    • 16 Korkmaz yellow card
    • 08 Inan
    • 17 Yilmaz (Alanzinho 56)
    • 30 Balci yellow card
    • 09 Teofilo Gutierrez
    • 10 Bulut (Yattara 86)
    • 20 Colman (Kacar 77)

    Substitutes

    • 29 Zengin,
    • 23 Kacar,
    • 21 Atas,
    • 25 Alanzinho,
    • 26 Badur,
    • 50 Jaja,
    • 61 Yattara
    Ref: EinwallerAtt: 40,941
    LIVERPOOL
    TRABZONSPOR

    Possession

    • Liverpool 53%
    • Trabzonspor 47%

    Attempts on target

    • Liverpool 8
    • Trabzonspor 4

    Attempts off target

    • Liverpool 6
    • Trabzonspor 5

    Corners

    • Liverpool 6
    • Trabzonspor 5

    Fouls

    • Liverpool 15
    • Trabzonspor 24
    • Final Result
    • 93:11 The game gets underway.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+0:36 Teofilo Gutierrez challenges Jamie Carragher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
    • 90:00 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
    • 88:34 Martin Kelly takes a shot. Blocked by Egeman Korkmaz.
    • 85:12 Joe Cole takes the direct free kick.
    • 85:12 Substitution Ibrahima Yattara joins the action as a substitute, replacing Umut Bulut.
    • 85:12 Booking Hrvoje Cale goes into the referee's book.
    • 85:03 Foul by Hrvoje Cale on Fernando Torres, free kick awarded.
    • 84:37 Foul by Remzi Giray Kacar on David Ngog, free kick awarded. David Ngog restarts play with the free kick.
    • 84:14 Fabio Aurelio takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
    • 82:54 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Selcuk Inan from the right by-line to the near post, Arkadiusz Glowacki challenges Jamie Carragher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Reina takes the free kick. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Egeman Korkmaz by David Ngog. Direct free kick taken by Egeman Korkmaz.
    • 82:37 Ceyhun Gulselam takes a shot.
    • 82:01 Remzi Giray Kacar fouled by Leiva Lucas, the ref awards a free kick. Selcuk Inan takes the direct free kick.
    • 81:56 The ball is crossed by Selcuk Inan, clearance made by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
    • 81:18 David Ngog gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Egeman Korkmaz. Egeman Korkmaz restarts play with the free kick.
    • 80:32 Ceyhun Gulselam challenges Joe Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Martin Kelly.
    • 79:54 Fabio Aurelio has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
    • 79:19 Arkadiusz Glowacki challenges Fernando Torres unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Cole.
    • 78:02 Fabio Aurelio crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Onur Kivrak.
    • 78:02 Booking Egeman Korkmaz is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 77:48 Unfair challenge on David Ngog by Egeman Korkmaz results in a free kick.
    • 75:52 Fabio Aurelio restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:52 Substitution Remzi Giray Kacar is brought on as a substitute for Gustavo Colman.
    • 75:52 Leiva Lucas fouled by Selcuk Inan, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 75:16 Selcuk Inan challenges Joe Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Christian Poulsen.
    • 74:13 Jamie Carragher challenges Teofilo Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Ceyhun Gulselam from the free kick, blocked by Leiva Lucas.
    • 72:36 Onur Kivrak restarts play with the free kick.
    • 72:36 Substitution Rodriguez Maxi leaves the field to be replaced by David Ngog.
    • 72:36 Christian Poulsen concedes a free kick for a foul on Onur Kivrak.
    • 71:51 Corner taken left-footed by Milan Jovanovic, Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes a shot. Save by Onur Kivrak.
    • 69:58 Long range shot from Joe Cole misses to the left of the goal.
    • 68:13 Egeman Korkmaz concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Cole. Fabio Aurelio fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Onur Kivrak.
    • 66:25 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gustavo Colman, Headed effort from inside the box by Umut Bulut misses to the right of the target.
    • 64:16 Foul by Sotirios Kyrgiakos on Teofilo Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Selcuk Inan shoots direct from the free kick, Jose Reina makes a save.
    • 61:59 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save by Onur Kivrak.
    • 60:40 Unfair challenge on Joe Cole by Egeman Korkmaz results in a free kick. Fabio Aurelio delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
    • 59:14 Inswinging corner taken by Selcuk Inan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos manages to make a clearance.
    • 58:37 Umut Bulut takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
    • 57:00 Umut Bulut has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left of the upright.
    • 56:12 Milan Jovanovic takes a shot. Save by Onur Kivrak.
    • 55:17 Substitution (Trabzonspor) makes a substitution, with Gomes da Costa Alanzinho coming on for Burak Yilmaz.
    • 54:24 The official flags Fernando Torres offside. Onur Kivrak restarts play with the free kick.
    • 53:51 Sotirios Kyrgiakos restarts play with the free kick.
    • 53:51 Booking Ceyhun Gulselam shown a yellow card.
    • 53:47 Ceyhun Gulselam challenges Milan Jovanovic unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 52:25 Corner from the right by-line taken by Milan Jovanovic, Egeman Korkmaz manages to make a clearance.
    • 52:18 Rodriguez Maxi produces a cross, Ceyhun Gulselam makes a clearance.
    • 52:05 Penalty taken by Joe Cole saved by Onur Kivrak. Liverpool 1-0 Trabzonspor.
    • 50:58 Booking Booking for Serkan Balci.
    • 50:53 Serkan Balci challenges Leiva Lucas unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
    • 50:21 Corner taken left-footed by Milan Jovanovic from the right by-line, clearance made by Egeman Korkmaz.
    • 49:15 Effort on goal by Christian Poulsen from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 47:52 Fernando Torres fouled by Egeman Korkmaz, the ref awards a free kick. Rodriguez Maxi takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:43 Corner taken left-footed by Milan Jovanovic, Headed effort from inside the area by Leiva Lucas misses to the right of the target.
    • 45:28 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Onur Kivrak makes a save.
    • 45:01 Substitution Fernando Torres replaces Ryan Babel.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:15 The assist for the goal came from Joe Cole.
    • 45:00+0:15 GOAL - Ryan BabelLiverpool 1 - 0 Trabzonspor Ryan Babel fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Trabzonspor.
    • 45:00 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • 44:36 The offside flag is raised against Joe Cole. Onur Kivrak restarts play with the free kick.
    • 43:39 The referee penalises Ryan Babel for handball. Onur Kivrak takes the direct free kick.
    • 42:31 Hrvoje Cale challenges Rodriguez Maxi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rodriguez Maxi takes the free kick.
    • 40:07 Jamie Carragher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Burak Yilmaz. Burak Yilmaz produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 38:08 Teofilo Gutierrez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
    • 37:23 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Milan Jovanovic, Unfair challenge on Arkadiusz Glowacki by Martin Kelly results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Onur Kivrak.
    • 37:03 The ball is crossed by Rodriguez Maxi, Hrvoje Cale gets a block in.
    • 34:05 A cross is delivered by Burak Yilmaz, Sotirios Kyrgiakos makes a clearance.
    • 33:32 Ryan Babel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Egeman Korkmaz. Free kick taken by Egeman Korkmaz.
    • 31:18 The ball is delivered by Joe Cole, Egeman Korkmaz makes a clearance.
    • 30:15 Milan Jovanovic fouled by Burak Yilmaz, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Fabio Aurelio.
    • 28:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Milan Jovanovic by Ceyhun Gulselam. Free kick crossed right-footed by Rodriguez Maxi from left channel, clearance by Egeman Korkmaz.
    • 28:10 Selcuk Inan concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Cole. Free kick taken by Joe Cole.
    • 27:32 Ceyhun Gulselam fouled by Leiva Lucas, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Selcuk Inan, save made by Jose Reina.
    • 26:30 Unfair challenge on Serkan Balci by Milan Jovanovic results in a free kick. Serkan Balci takes the free kick.
    • 24:32 Foul by Egeman Korkmaz on Ryan Babel, free kick awarded. Fabio Aurelio has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
    • 21:30 Umut Bulut takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
    • 18:46 Ryan Babel challenges Hrvoje Cale unfairly and gives away a free kick. Egeman Korkmaz takes the free kick.
    • 16:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ceyhun Gulselam on Milan Jovanovic. Christian Poulsen takes the free kick.
    • 12:31 Umut Bulut crosses the ball.
    • 11:14 Sotirios Kyrgiakos fouled by Teofilo Gutierrez, the ref awards a free kick. Christian Poulsen takes the free kick.
    • 10:06 Corner taken right-footed by Gustavo Colman, Burak Yilmaz has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
    • 9:30 Teofilo Gutierrez fouled by Christian Poulsen, the ref awards a free kick. Selcuk Inan takes the free kick.
    • 7:24 Joe Cole crosses the ball, Arkadiusz Glowacki makes a clearance.
    • 6:42 Teofilo Gutierrez is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
    • 5:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Teofilo Gutierrez. Selcuk Inan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 4:10 Inswinging corner taken by Rodriguez Maxi from the left by-line, Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes a shot. Onur Kivrak makes a save.
    • 1:37 Martin Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Umut Bulut. Selcuk Inan restarts play with the free kick. Corner from the left by-line taken by Selcuk Inan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos manages to make a clearance. The ball is sent over by Teofilo Gutierrez, Sotirios Kyrgiakos manages to make a clearance. Burak Yilmaz sends in a cross, free kick awarded for a foul by Teofilo Gutierrez on Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Jose Reina takes the free kick. Selcuk Inan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Milan Jovanovic. Rodriguez Maxi takes the free kick.

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