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Steaua Bucharest   1 - 1   Liverpool

Milan Jovanovic put Liverpool ahead against Steaua Bucharest
Jovanovic put the Reds ahead in Bucharest

By Mandeep Sanghera

Liverpool secured their passage to the last 32 of the Europa League, despite a blunder from goalkeeper Pepe Reina in a draw at Steaua Bucharest.

Milan Jovanovic put the Reds ahead after he found the bottom corner with a header from Ryan Babel's cross.

But Reina let a Eder Bomfim header squirm under him as Steaua equalised.

A Sotirios Kyrgiakos header hit the crossbar for Liverpool before they saw out the game and progressed with a point in their penultimate group game.

It was a workmanlike rather than inspiring performance from the Merseysiders as they did the job they set out to do with a weakened side.

With eight regular first-teamers either missing through injury or being rested, Reds boss Roy Hodgson reshuffled his pack, as he has done in the Europa League this season, to give promising youngsters vital experience and fringe senior players a chance to impress.

606: DEBATE
21 goals

Jovanovic and Babel fall into the latter category and they combined to help give the visitors the lead after their first notable attack.

Eric Bicfalvi had just wasted a chance by heading high for Steaua from close range before Jovanovic showed him how to do it by twisting his neck to find the power and direction to send Babel's floated cross past keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu.

Babel again caused the Romanians problems when he seized upon a poor Florin Gardos clearing header and slipped a ball across to leave team-mate Joe Cole with a great chance, with only Tatarusanu to beat.

Cole's first touch let him down and, after the home side's defence blocked his sight of goal, the playmaker was forced to pass to Jovanovic before Daniel Pacheco, who was a peripheral figure, drove a shot wide.

The way in which Cole squandered the gilt-edged chance epitomised the lack of confidence Hodgson has cited as one of the reasons why the 29-year-old's Reds career has yet launch, while it was also evidence of a player missing match sharpness after five weeks out with a hamstring injury.

Cole's struggles regularly resulted in him being caught in possession or failing to find his target with passes as his penchant for the creative and mercurial, on which he has based his career, looked in desperately short supply.

Liverpool had coped comfortably with Steaua until either side of half-time when the Romanians should have equalised.

Bogdan Stancu found himself with the Reds goal at his mercy when he came off the better after challenging Liverpool central defender Kyrgiakos for a cross, but the Steaua striker could only shoot horribly wide.

Cristian Tanase's pinpoint cross then found Geraldo Alves unmarked in the Liverpool box only for the Steaua centre-back to head straight at Reina.

However, the home side's efforts were rewarded when Bonfim's speculative header embarrassingly squirmed under Reina, whose view was blocked by Romeo Surdu just before the ball reached him.

Kyrgiakos crashed a header against the Steaua crossbar from a Fabio Aurelio corner as Liverpool went close to scoring a winner before the visitors held the home side at arm's length to see out the game and make it to the knockout stages.


Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson:
"I'm very happy and happy most of all that the team we had confidence in to take on this tough task of playing Steaua away were able to produce the performance and get the result we needed.

"All credit to Steaua, they made us work hard, but we are happy with the point and qualification.

"It's a good achievement considering we have gone through this Europa League campaign giving many players a chance to play who don't normally play in the Premier League."

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Thursday, 2 December 2010

Europa League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Steaua Bucharest 1-1 Liverpool FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Eder 61
  • Jovanovic 19

Steaua Bucharest

  • 12 Tatarusanu
  • 06 Gardos
  • 14 Latovlevici (Szekely 80)
  • 23 Geraldo
  • 29 Eder yellow card
  • 10 Tanase
  • 16 Nicolita yellow card
  • 21 Gomes
  • 26 Bicfalvi (Angelov 46)
  • 24 Surdu yellow card
  • 28 Stancu

Substitutes

  • 33 Lungu,
  • 03 Emeghara,
  • 04 Abrudan,
  • 18 Martinovic,
  • 20 Angelov,
  • 91 Matei,
  • 07 Szekely

Liverpool

Substitutes

Ref: Bulent YildirimAtt: 20,000
STEAUA BUCHAREST
LIVERPOOL

Possession

  • Steaua Bucharest 60%
  • Liverpool 40%

Attempts on target

  • Steaua Bucharest 3
  • Liverpool 1

Attempts off target

  • Steaua Bucharest 7
  • Liverpool 2

Corners

  • Steaua Bucharest 10
  • Liverpool 4

Fouls

  • Steaua Bucharest 7
  • Liverpool 7
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:03 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 88:56 Substitution Leiva Lucas is brought on as a substitute for Daniel Pacheco.
  • 87:45 The offside flag is raised against Ryan Babel. Ricardo Gomes takes the indirect free kick.
  • 87:11 Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Pacheco, Florin Gardos manages to make a clearance.
  • 85:32 Cristian Tanase takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jose Reina.
  • 82:21 Ryan Babel concedes a free kick for a foul on Florin Gardos. Free kick taken by Florin Gardos.
  • 80:22 Free kick crossed left-footed by Fabio Aurelio from left channel.
  • 80:22 Booking Booking for Bonfim Eder.
  • 80:15 Bonfim Eder concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Eccleston.
  • 79:32 Substitution Iasmin Latovlevici leaves the field to be replaced by Janos Szekely.
  • 77:57 Substitution Nathan Eccleston on for Milan Jovanovic.
  • 77:32 Effort on goal by Bogdan Stancu from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 74:16 Substitution David Ngog comes on in place of Joe Cole.
  • 73:26 Foul by Joe Cole on Ricardo Gomes, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ricardo Gomes.
  • 70:55 Bonfim Eder fouled by Fabio Aurelio, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Bonfim Eder.
  • 69:12 Effort from the edge of the area by Banel Nicolita goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 64:58 Corner taken left-footed by Fabio Aurelio from the left by-line, Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes a shot.
  • 63:31 Outswinging corner taken by Fabio Aurelio.
  • 62:12 The free kick is delivered left-footed by Fabio Aurelio from left wing.
  • 62:12 Booking The referee cautions Banel Nicolita for unsporting behaviour.
  • 62:01 Banel Nicolita concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Babel.
  • 60:19 The assist for the goal came from Banel Nicolita.
  • 60:19 GOAL - Bonfim EderSteaua Bucharest 1 - 1 Liverpool Bonfim Eder finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Steaua Bucuresti 1-1 Liverpool.
  • 59:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Cole by Ricardo Gomes. Danny Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 58:05 Banel Nicolita takes the outswinging corner, Sotirios Kyrgiakos makes a clearance.
  • 56:51 Milan Jovanovic fouled by Banel Nicolita, the ref awards a free kick. Fabio Aurelio takes the direct free kick.
  • 56:22 The referee blows for offside against Ryan Babel. Cristian Tatarusanu takes the free kick.
  • 53:50 The referee penalises Ricardo Gomes for handball. Free kick taken by Joe Cole.
  • 53:23 Handball by Stanislav Angelov. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 51:36 Danny Wilson challenges Stanislav Angelov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Iasmin Latovlevici produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 49:08 Alves Geraldo takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
  • 48:42 Short corner taken by Cristian Tanase from the left by-line.
  • 45:08 Unfair challenge on Banel Nicolita by Jonjo Shelvey results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Iasmin Latovlevici, Jose Reina makes a save.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • 45:01 Substitution Eric Bicfalvi goes off and Stanislav Angelov comes on.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:19 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+1:24 Inswinging corner taken by Cristian Tanase.
  • 43:58 Bogdan Stancu has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
  • 41:54 Eric Bicfalvi produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
  • 41:10 Corner taken by Banel Nicolita.
  • 38:28 Outswinging corner taken by Banel Nicolita.
  • 34:51 Inswinging corner taken by Cristian Tanase from the right by-line.
  • 33:42 Joe Cole is ruled offside. Florin Gardos takes the indirect free kick.
  • 32:03 Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Pacheco, save by Cristian Tatarusanu.
  • 31:25 Cristian Tanase takes the inswinging corner, Jose Reina makes a comfortable save.
  • 26:57 Ricardo Gomes concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonjo Shelvey. Free kick taken by Danny Wilson.
  • 26:28 Handball decision goes against Christian Poulsen. Free kick taken by Ricardo Gomes.
  • 25:26 Joe Cole has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 21:23 Shot from just outside the box by Iasmin Latovlevici goes over the bar.
  • 19:54 Alves Geraldo fouled by Ryan Babel, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alves Geraldo.
  • 19:32 Danny Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 19:32 Booking Romeo Surdu booked.
  • 19:15 Romeo Surdu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonjo Shelvey.
  • 18:10 Assist on the goal came from Ryan Babel.
  • 18:10 GOAL - Milan JovanovicSteaua Bucharest 0 - 1 Liverpool Milan Jovanovic scores a headed goal from inside the area. Steaua Bucuresti 0-1 Liverpool.
  • 18:05 The ball is crossed by Ryan Babel,
  • 15:41 Romeo Surdu produces a cross, Close range header by Eric Bicfalvi goes over the crossbar.
  • 14:53 Outswinging corner taken by Banel Nicolita from the right by-line.
  • 14:40 Ryan Babel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Banel Nicolita. Direct free kick taken by Romeo Surdu.
  • 11:58 The referee penalises Milan Jovanovic for handball. Iasmin Latovlevici takes the free kick.
  • 9:49 The official flags Romeo Surdu offside. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
  • 4:53 The ball is swung over by Cristian Tanase.
  • 2:58 Jonjo Shelvey fouled by Banel Nicolita, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jonjo Shelvey.
  • 1:37 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Banel Nicolita.
  • 1:13 Corner from the left by-line taken by Cristian Tanase, clearance made by Fabio Aurelio.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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see also
Steaua v Liverpool as it happened
02 Dec 10 |  Football
Liverpool 4-1 Steaua Bucharest
16 Sep 10 |  Europe


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