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Liverpool   3 - 1   Napoli

Steven Gerrard inspired his side to victory with a second half hat-trick against Napoli
Gerrard again proved the Liverpool team's saviour

By Mandeep Sanghera

Steven Gerrard came off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a win over Napoli in their Europa League Group K game.

Napoli had taken the lead when Ezequiel Lavezzi raced clear and slotted in.

But Gerrard's introduction breathed new life into the Reds and he beat keeper Morgan de Sanctis to an Andrea Dossena backpass to net an equaliser.

Gerrard then slotted in a penalty after Salvatore Aronica brought down Glen Johnson before the Reds skipper dinked in a third to complete his hat-trick.

Napoli had looked the more accomplished side as they passed it about with an authority and composure Liverpool's play had lacked until Reds boss Roy Hodgson introduced Gerrard at half-time.

The midfielder cajoled his stuttering side into a greater urgency and, after David Ngog and Raul Meireles missed two gilt-edged chances, it was left to the Reds captain to grab an equaliser.

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A player who has consistently come to Liverpool's rescue, Gerrard was at it again as determination and dynamism helped raise his side's game and, a penalty as well as a late goal taken with aplomb, completed an impressive turnaround.

The victory will also have been extra sweet as it was played out in front of the club's new owner John W Henry, whose previous game watching Liverpool came when they were beaten at Everton in the Premier League.

Henry, whose New England Sports Venture group completed their takeover of the club in October, was sampling his first Anfield experience along with newly-appointed director of football strategy Damien Comolli.

And, while Hodgson's men started off promisingly, they quickly faded as the visitors took a stranglehold of the game.

Lavezzi had a shot deflected wide off left-back before he lofted a ball to release Edinson Cavani on the home goal only for the Napoli striker to blaze horribly over.

The Italian side were controlling possession against a disjointed Liverpool side made up of mostly youngsters and fringe players.

Lavezzi is a powerfully-built and stocky figure with a deceptive pace, guile and touch about his game and he was at the heart of most of Napoli's threatening forward forays.

He almost punished Jonjo Shelvey for giving the ball away when he curled a shot wide of Reds keeper Pepe Reina's goal before he made no mistake when the home side again made a mistake.

This time it was Reds midfielder Christian Poulsen who mistimed a header which fell to Cavani and he instantly nodded the ball forward to release Lavezzi, who raced through and slid a shot under Reina.

Poulsen tried to make amends for his error be slipping a ball through to Ngog but the young striker could only side-foot wide under pressure from ex-Reds left-back Dossena.

Gerrard's arrival sparked Liverpool to life in the second half but they were failing to make the most of their dominance as they wasted two promising chances.

Meireles slipped a ball across to Ngog, whose attempt to turn in a shot from close range was blocked by keeper De Sanctis.

The two players again combined and this time it was Meireles who could not find the finishing touch as he sent an eight-yard shot wide.

Liverpool owner John Henry and his wife Linda Pizzuti
Henry (right) and wife Linda Pizzuti take in the Anfield atmosphere

However, when Dossena struck a backpass too tamely, Gerrard pounced and his bravery was rewarded as he beat Sanctis to the ball and got his team back on level terms.

Napoli defender Salvatore Aronica was fortunate to stay on the pitch for a tackle on Ngog but Liverpool will feel justice was done when the Italian was punished for bringing down Reds right-back Johnson.

Gerrard drove in the resultant spot-kick before Liverpool's pressure, including a well-timed Lucas Leiva tackle, left him to wonderfully dink past De Sanctis and enhance his reputation as the Anfield side's captain marvel.

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Thursday, 4 November 2010

Europa League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Liverpool 3-1 Napoli FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Gerrard 75
  • Gerrard (pen) 88
  • Gerrard 89
  • Lavezzi 28

Liverpool

Substitutes

Napoli

  • 26 De Sanctis yellow card
  • 06 Aronica
  • 08 Dossena yellow card
  • 14 Campagnaro yellow card
  • 28 Cannavaro
  • 05 Pazienza
  • 11 Maggio
  • 17 Hamsik (Yebda 84)
  • 23 Gargano
  • 07 Cavani yellow card
  • 22 Lavezzi

Substitutes

  • 33 Gianello,
  • 02 Grava,
  • 13 Santacroce,
  • 18 Zuniga,
  • 21 Yebda,
  • 77 Sosa,
  • 12 Dumitru
Ref: FautrelAtt: 33,895
LIVERPOOL
NAPOLI

Possession

  • Liverpool 52%
  • Napoli 48%

Attempts on target

  • Liverpool 7
  • Napoli 3

Attempts off target

  • Liverpool 8
  • Napoli 4

Corners

  • Liverpool 2
  • Napoli 5

Fouls

  • Liverpool 9
  • Napoli 11
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:24 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+2:18 Booking Edinson Cavani receives a caution.
  • 90:00+0:35 Foul by Nathan Eccleston on Paolo Cannavaro, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Salvatore Aronica.
  • 88:25 The assist for the goal came from Leiva Lucas.
  • 88:25 GOAL - Steven GerrardLiverpool 3 - 1 Napoli Steven Gerrard finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 3-1 Napoli.
  • 87:29 Penalty awarded for a foul by Salvatore Aronica on Glen Johnson. The assist for the goal came from Glen Johnson.
  • 87:29 GOAL - Steven GerrardLiverpool 2 - 1 Napoli Penalty scored by Steven Gerrard. Liverpool 2-1 Napoli.
  • 84:50 Steven Gerrard challenges Hugo Armando Campagnaro unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paolo Cannavaro.
  • 83:07 Salvatore Aronica challenges Glen Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard.
  • 83:07 Substitution (Napoli) makes a substitution, with Hassan Yebda coming on for Marek Hamsik.
  • 81:43 Shot from long range by Steven Gerrard misses to the right of the target.
  • 81:43 Substitution Leiva Lucas is brought on as a substitute for David Ngog.
  • 81:21 Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot. Blocked by Michele Pazienza.
  • 80:10 Edinson Cavani takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
  • 79:52 The ball is sent over by Jonjo Shelvey, Salvatore Aronica makes a clearance.
  • 78:21 Jonjo Shelvey produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
  • 75:08 Booking Morgan De Sanctis receives a yellow card for dissent.
  • 74:48 GOAL - Steven GerrardLiverpool 1 - 1 Napoli Steven Gerrard grabs a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-1 Napoli.
  • 71:59 Unfair challenge on Ezequiel Lavezzi by Jamie Carragher results in a free kick. Ezequiel Lavezzi restarts play with the free kick.
  • 70:37 Hugo Armando Campagnaro challenges Nathan Eccleston unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Steven Gerrard from the free kick.
  • 70:25 Walter Gargano is penalised for a handball. Jay Spearing takes the direct free kick.
  • 68:51 Jonjo Shelvey is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paolo Cannavaro takes the indirect free kick.
  • 67:26 Raul Meireles takes a shot. Save made by Morgan De Sanctis.
  • 66:31 Booking Sotirios Kyrgiakos receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 66:11 Booking Booking for Hugo Armando Campagnaro.
  • 64:58 Raul Meireles has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 64:11 Substitution (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Nathan Eccleston coming on for Christian Poulsen.
  • 63:33 Corner taken by Ezequiel Lavezzi from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Steven Gerrard.
  • 63:18 Jay Spearing is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Michele Pazienza.
  • 62:32 The ball is swung over by Jonjo Shelvey.
  • 59:10 The ball is sent over by David Ngog, Jonjo Shelvey has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
  • 58:49 Andrea Dossena produces a cross, Sotirios Kyrgiakos makes a clearance.
  • 56:17 The assistant referee flags for offside against David Ngog. Paolo Cannavaro takes the indirect free kick.
  • 54:26 Andrea Dossena crosses the ball, Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance.
  • 51:41 Cristian Maggio gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonjo Shelvey. Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morgan De Sanctis by Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Morgan De Sanctis takes the direct free kick.
  • 51:08 Steven Gerrard produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 50:57 David Ngog takes a shot. Save by Morgan De Sanctis.
  • 49:54 The ball is crossed by Ezequiel Lavezzi, Cristian Maggio takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.
  • 48:22 Corner from left by-line taken by Ezequiel Lavezzi.
  • 46:43 Foul by Andrea Dossena on Steven Gerrard, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard from right wing, clearance by Edinson Cavani.
  • 46:43 Booking Andrea Dossena receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 45:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Hugo Armando Campagnaro on Steven Gerrard. Direct free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Milan Jovanovic goes off and Steven Gerrard comes on.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:46 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 45:00+0:02 Foul by Walter Gargano on David Ngog, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jonjo Shelvey, Salvatore Aronica makes a clearance.
  • 42:19 David Ngog concedes a free kick for a foul on Paolo Cannavaro. Paolo Cannavaro restarts play with the free kick.
  • 39:05 The ball is delivered by Raul Meireles, clearance made by Cristian Maggio.
  • 38:24 Hugo Armando Campagnaro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Milan Jovanovic. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jonjo Shelvey from left wing, Cristian Maggio makes a clearance.
  • 37:14 Glen Johnson takes a shot. Save by Morgan De Sanctis.
  • 35:30 A cross is delivered by Raul Meireles.
  • 32:57 The ball is swung over by Milan Jovanovic, clearance by Salvatore Aronica.
  • 32:44 The ball is swung over by Milan Jovanovic, Andrea Dossena manages to make a clearance.
  • 32:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Konchesky by Hugo Armando Campagnaro. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
  • 30:33 Effort from the edge of the box by David Ngog goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 27:28 The assist for the goal came from Edinson Cavani.
  • 27:28 GOAL - Ezequiel LavezziLiverpool 0 - 1 Napoli Goal scored by Ezequiel Lavezzi from just inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 0-1 Napoli.
  • 26:59 Effort from long range by Hugo Armando Campagnaro goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 24:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Glen Johnson on Edinson Cavani. Free kick taken by Salvatore Aronica.
  • 24:51 Booking Glen Johnson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 24:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Ngog by Salvatore Aronica. Direct free kick taken by Jay Spearing.
  • 23:33 Ezequiel Lavezzi produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
  • 21:36 David Ngog takes a shot. Comfortable save by Morgan De Sanctis.
  • 19:27 Edinson Cavani takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
  • 14:02 Ezequiel Lavezzi decides to take the corner short.
  • 13:39 The ball is swung over by Andrea Dossena, save by Jose Reina.
  • 11:12 Raul Meireles concedes a free kick for a foul on Salvatore Aronica. Free kick taken by Paolo Cannavaro.
  • 9:33 Edinson Cavani produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
  • 8:47 Foul by Raul Meireles on Morgan De Sanctis, free kick awarded. Morgan De Sanctis takes the free kick.
  • 7:13 Corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Sotirios Kyrgiakos misses to the right of the target.
  • 6:24 David Ngog is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Hugo Armando Campagnaro.
  • 5:16 Ezequiel Lavezzi decides to take a short corner.
  • 4:16 Centre by Raul Meireles, save by Morgan De Sanctis.
  • 3:00 The ball is swung over by Paul Konchesky, blocked by Paolo Cannavaro. Jonjo Shelvey delivers a pass corner to short, save by Morgan De Sanctis.
  • Correction - 2:02 The ball is crossed by Milan Jovanovic, Morgan De Sanctis makes a save.
  • 2:02 A cross is delivered by Milan Jovanovic, save by Morgan De Sanctis.
  • 1:53 Centre by Glen Johnson.
  • 0:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Edinson Cavani. Jamie Carragher takes the free kick.
  • 0:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marek Hamsik by Paul Konchesky. Free kick taken by Hugo Armando Campagnaro.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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4 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

  • AA Gent3-1Sporting
    FT
  • AEK Athens1-1Anderlecht
    FT
  • BATE Borisov3-1FC Sheriff Tiraspol
    FT
  • Bayer Leverkusen1-0Aris Salonika
    FT
  • Club Bruges0-2Dinamo Zagreb
    FT
  • CSKA Moscow3-1Palermo
    FT
  • Dynamo Kiev2-0AZ Alkmaar
    FT
  • FC Porto1-1Besiktas
    FT
  • Getafe0-3VfB Stuttgart
    FT
  • Hajduk Split2-3Zenit St P'sbg
    FT
  • Juventus0-0SV Salzburg
    FT
  • Lausanne Sports1-3Sparta Prague
    FT
  • Lech Poznan3-1Man CityFT
  • Levski Sofia2-2Lille
    FT
  • Liverpool3-1NapoliFT
  • Odense BK2-0Young Boys
    FT
  • PAOK Salonika1-0Villarreal
    FT
  • Paris SG0-0Borussia Dortmund
    FT
  • PSV Eindhoven3-0Debrecen
    FT
  • Rapid Vienna1-2CSKA Sofia
    FT
  • Rosenborg1-2Atletico Madrid
    FT
  • Sampdoria0-0FC Metalist Kharkiv
    FT
  • Sevilla4-0Karpaty Lviv
    FT
  • Steaua Bucharest3-1FC Utrecht
    FT

Europa Group A table snapshot

As it stood on 4 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Lech Poznan 4 2 7
2 Man City 4 2 7
3 Juventus 4 0 4
4 SV Salzburg 4 -4 2

Europa Group B table snapshot

As it stood on 4 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bayer Leverkusen 4 5 8
2 Atletico Madrid 4 3 7
3 Aris Salonika 4 -1 4
4 Rosenborg 4 -7 3

Europa Group C table snapshot

As it stood on 4 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Sporting 4 8 9
2 Lille 4 0 5
3 AA Gent 4 -3 4
4 Levski Sofia 4 -5 4

Europa Group D table snapshot

As it stood on 4 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Dinamo Zagreb 4 3 7
2 PAOK Salonika 4 1 7
3 Villarreal 4 -1 6
4 Club Bruges 4 -3 2

Europa Group E table snapshot

As it stood on 4 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 BATE Borisov 4 6 10
2 Dynamo Kiev 4 1 7
3 FC Sheriff Tiraspol 4 -2 3
4 AZ Alkmaar 4 -5 3

Europa Group F table snapshot

As it stood on 4 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 CSKA Moscow 4 11 12
2 Sparta Prague 4 0 7
3 Palermo 4 -5 3
4 Lausanne Sports 4 -6 1

Europa Group G table snapshot

As it stood on 4 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Zenit St P'sbg 4 7 12
2 Anderlecht 4 0 4
3 AEK Athens 4 -3 4
4 Hajduk Split 4 -4 3

Europa Group H table snapshot

As it stood on 4 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 VfB Stuttgart 4 8 12
2 Young Boys 4 -1 6
3 Odense BK 4 -2 3
4 Getafe 4 -5 3

Europa Group I table snapshot

As it stood on 4 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 PSV Eindhoven 4 6 10
2 FC Metalist Kharkiv 4 4 7
3 Sampdoria 4 0 5
4 Debrecen 4 -10 0

Europa Group J table snapshot

As it stood on 4 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Sevilla 4 5 9
2 Paris SG 4 3 8
3 Borussia Dortmund 4 0 5
4 Karpaty Lviv 4 -8 0

Europa Group K table snapshot

As it stood on 4 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 4 5 8
2 Steaua Bucharest 4 -1 5
3 Napoli 4 -2 3
4 FC Utrecht 4 -2 3

Europa Group L table snapshot

As it stood on 4 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 FC Porto 4 6 10
2 Besiktas 4 0 7
3 Rapid Vienna 4 -3 3
4 CSKA Sofia 4 -3 3


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