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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 July, 2003, 14:40 GMT 15:40 UK
Thailand 1-3 Liverpool
Michael Owen takes on the Thailand defence
Crowd favourite Michael Owen takes on the Thailand defence
Two goals from Vladimir Smicer and a strike from Emile Heskey were enough to give Liverpool a comfortable friendly win against the Thailand national team in Bangkok on Thursday.

Thailand started well with Reds goalkeeper Chris Kirkland forced to make some smart early saves before Liverpool found their rhythm with Michael Owen, Anthony Le Tallec and Bruno Cheyrou all going close.

Heskey scored the opening goal after 31 minutes with a confident left-footed finish after good work by Didi Hamann.

Thailand responded in first-half injury-time when Somjet capitalised on Djimi Traore's stumble to lift the ball over Kirkland.

Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier continued his pre-season policy of changing the entire team for the second half and Smicer quickly made his mark, converting Milan Baros' cross after just 30 seconds.

And the Czech midfielder killed the game off with his second goal of the game on 65 minutes after Jon Arne Riise found space down the right.


Liverpool team:

Kirkland, Carragher, Henchoz, Traore, Vignal, Hamann, Diouf, Cheyrou, Le Tallec, Owen, Heskey
Subs: Babbel, Biscan, Hyypia, Riise, Pongolle, Murphy, Gerrard, Smicer, Baros, Mellor, Luzi





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