Liverpool 3 - 0 Gomel

Match info: Europa League Qualifying - 3rd Round at Anfield

Date: 09/08/2012 KO: 20:05 Ref: Kenn Hansen Att: 43,256

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Fabio Borini 21
Steven Gerrard 41
Glen Johnson 72



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  • The whistle goes for full-time and Liverpool are into the hat for tomorrow's Europa League play-off draw after an emphatic 3-0 victory over Gomel at Anfield that clinches a 4-0 aggregate success.

  • Is there time for one more goal? Suarez will not stop trying as he goes for a shot from 25 yards, but it is a harmless effort that Bushma holds easily.

  • Agger stays alert in a potentially dangerous situation to head the ball back into the arms of Reina.

  • Lucas, who missed so much of last season due to injury, receives a well-deserved ovation for a solid display as he is replaced by Spearing.

  • Gomel's final change sees Klimovich make way for Yevseyenko.

  • Gerrard releases Suarez with an outrageous flick but the flag goes up for offside and, despite the Uruguayan's protestations, it was the right decision.

  • Gerrard draws a comfortable save out of Bushma with a shot from distance before Downing sweeps an effort wide.

  • Liverpool's passing has been slick all evening but they have also had good variety to their attacking play, with Suarez's dribbling the highlight of their performance and Downing also a threat on the right wing.

  • Liverpool may be on the brink of sealing a place in the next round but they are still working hard to close down their opponents at the earliest possible opportunity.

  • Rodgers makes a double change and Carragher is greeted by a huge roar as he replaces Skrtel. Adam is also on for Shelvey in midfield.

  • Gomel make a second change as Kirilchik comes on for Kozeka for the closing quarter of an hour.

  • GOAL! Johnson makes it 3-0 to Liverpool on the night with a stunning left-footed volley from outside the area that leaves Bushma with no chance as it flies past his despairing dive.

  • Suarez tries his luck from 25 yards and it is a dangerous, dipping strike, but Bushma makes the save and gets up quickly to gather the ball before it squirms away.

  • Gomel have been harder to break down in this second half and it will be interesting to see if their superior match-fitness, having started their domestic season some time ago, becomes a factor in the closing stages.

  • Gomel finally enjoy a spell of possession but they waste the opportunity to apply some serious pressure as Alumona lets the ball get away from him and ends up fouling Agger.

  • Liverpool win a free-kick 25 yards from goal and Suarez steps up to take it, but he may not be getting the next set-piece after blazing his effort over the bar.

  • It is Gomel who make the first change of the night as Nowak is withdrawn and Lipatkin comes on in his place.

  • Gomel win a corner but it comes to nothing. Liverpool's defence has been well organised tonight and Rodgers will be pleased with their solidity at the back if they go on to keep a clean sheet.

  • Shelvey has certainly not been holding back in the tackle and he is shown a yellow card following a mistimed challenge on Kozeka that results in the Gomel man requiring attention from the physio.

  • Gomel have been unable to keep possession for a significant period of time all night and Liverpool deserve credit for their committed approach to winning the ball back.


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