Liverpool 1 - 0 Anzhi Makhachkala

Match info: Europa League - Group A at Anfield

Date: 25/10/2012 KO: 20:05 Ref: B Nijhuis Att: 39,358

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Stewart Downing 53


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  • An accurate assessment from me this time. All over at Anfield and Liverpool have run out 1-0 winners. Hardly a thriller but Liverpool deserved it - Anzhi offered little going forward throughout the 90 minutes.

  • Correction. It SHOULD have gone long. It's knocked to Eto'o but he plays a dreadful attempted through-ball and Liverpool clear easily. Surely the last chance for Anzhi gone now.

  • Free-kick to Anzhi near halfway. This will go long...

  • Assaidi knocks the ball back to Suarez, who goes down claiming what looked to be a certain free-kick. Play continues and Anzhi break but it comes to nothing.

  • As we enter three minutes of added time, Carcela-Gonzalez cuts inside onto his left-foot and drills in a cross-shot which is off target and too far ahead of Traore.

  • Sterling wriggles his way into the Anzhi box - courtesy of what looked an obvious handball - but he's eventually turned away from danger.

  • Liverpool cough up possession too easily and Anzhi break. Carcela-Gonzalez thinks he's drawn a foul from Downing down the right but the referee is unimpressed.

  • Liverpool happy to keep the ball from the corner. No need for them to force an opening with the lead they already have.

  • Sterling turns Zhirkov but the former Chelsea man does well to get back at him, albeit at the expense of a corner.

  • Liverpool spring forward through the lively Assaidi. He turns it inside to Gerrard centrally. He takes a touch and fires in a shot which is always flying over the crossbar.

  • It's Anzhi pressing as the clock ticks down - but Gerrard nicks in to take the ball off Shatov's toes and clear.

  • Decent stuff from Anzhi - finally. Eto'o and Shatov both heavily involved in a move which ends with Traore getting a shot away but it's a fraction behind him and he can't divert it goalwards.

  • Sterling uses his body well to shield the ball out on the left and turn inside but his right-footed shot is always flying well wide.

  • Carcela-Gonzalez cuts inside Downing and goes down. He thinks it's a foul so grabs the ball - and is penalised for handball.

  • The corner is headed goalwards by Agger but Vladimir Gabulov gathers pretty comfortably towards his back post. As he holds the ball in on hand looking to clear downfield Agger cheekily heads it out and volleys it home. He's booked as a result.

  • Joe Allen replaces Shelvey in the Liverpool midfield. Not quite happened for Shelvey tonight.

  • Sterling does well to force a corner for Liverpool despite having a couple of Anzhi players in close attendance.

  • Udinese have pulled one back in Switzerland. 2-1 to Young Boys in that one now. Liverpool still top as it stands though.

  • Spate of corners for Anzhi ends with Jones gathering confidently inside his six-yard box and quickly flinging the ball out to Suarez. Poor ball from the Uruguayan, though.

  • That's Boussoufa's last involvement, with Shamil Lakhiyalov coming on.


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