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banner Tuesday, 15 May, 2001, 11:45 GMT 12:45 UK
Liverpool's Uefa Cup run

BBC Sport Online looks at Liverpool's route to the Uefa Cup final in Dortmund


Liverpool 1-0 Barcelona

Barcelona 0
Liverpool 0

Liverpool 1
McAllister (pen)
Barcelona 0

Liverpool came in for some criticism for their defensive approach to the first leg of the final in Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium, but it paid off for them in the end.

The attacking threat of Rivaldo, Kluivert et al was stymied in Barcelona, setting up Liverpool for a home victory.

It was a close-run thing, though. Only Gary McAllister's penalty at the end of the first half separated the sides - so Liverpool were forced to hold their breath and hope their defence held out. It did.


Liverpool 2-0 Porto

Porto 0
Liverpool 0

Liverpool 2
Owen, Murphy
Porto 0

(l-r) Emile Heskey, Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard
Owen (centre) has been crucial both at home and in Europe
Liverpool won this tie on the back of another disciplined performance in the away leg before beating Porto at home.

They frustrated the Portuguese side on their travels, before winning 2-0 in a combative tie at Anfield.

Liverpool escaped a couple of scares, but in the end their defence again held firm.

Fourth round

Liverpool 2-1 Roma

Roma 0
Liverpool 2

Owen 2

Liverpool 0
Roma 1

A vintage performance in the first leg away in Rome set the foundations for this win - but it was a lucky and controversial passage into the last eight for Liverpool.

There was no arguing about Liverpool's fine 2-0 win in the Olympic stadium. After a controlled defensive performance in the first half, two second-half goals from Michael Owen sealed the tie.

But it was less plain sailing in Anfield. Gianni Guigou scored in the second half to give the Italian Serie A leaders a lifeline - and then Liverpool survived an amazing penalty decision.

First the referee gave a penalty after Markus Babbel appeared to handle the ball in the area, but then he reversed his decision. Roma's post-match appeal to Uefa was rejected.

Third round

Liverpool 4-2 Olympiakos

Olympiakos 2
Alexandris 2
Liverpool 2
Barmby, Gerrard

Liverpool 2
Barmby, Heskey
Olympiakos 0

Emile Heskey
Heskey has been in good form in Europe
Liverpool proved too much for Olympiakos at Anfield after a closely-fought 2-2 draw in Greece.

Ultimately, it was a comfortable win for Liverpool, with a goal in each half in the home leg.

The Greek tie had been much closer fought, as Olympiakos twice clawed level after Liverpool had taken the lead.

Liverpool 4-2 Slovan Liberec

Liverpool 1
Slovan Liberec 0

Slovan Liberec 2
Stajner 2
Liverpool 3
Heskey, Barmby, Owen

Liverpool's fragile one-goal lead almost proved insufficient in the away leg in the Czech Republic.

Liberec took a 2-0 lead at home (to make it 2-1 on aggregate) as Liverpool struggled to get into the game.

But Nick Barmby put them back in pole position after heading in a Christian Ziege free kick - and goals from Emile Heskey and Michael Owen made the tie safe before Liberec snatched a late consolation.

First round

Liverpool 1-0 Rapid Bucharest

Rapid Bucharest 0
Liverpool 1


Liverpool 0
Rapid Bucharest 0

A comfortable 1-0 away victory in the first leg was enough for Liverpool.

They controlled the match in Romania, and Nick Barmby grabbed the all-important goal.

Bucharest needed to score at Anfield, but they proved too negative.

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