Melbourne Victory 0 - 2 Liverpool

Match info: Friendly Match at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Date: 24/07/2013 KO: 11:00 Ref: Jumpei Lida Att: 95,446

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Melbourne V



Steven Gerrard 32
Iago Aspas 90

FT (ht: 0-1)

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  • A final mention should go to the crowd, who created a fantastic atmosphere inside the MCG. It was a typical pre-season friendly on the pitch, but far from it off it. Well done to all!

  • That's it. Steven Gerrard scored in the first half before Iago Aspas put the seal on the victory for Liverpool with the last kick of the game. Youngsters Jordan Ibe, Raheem Sterling and Andre Wisdom put in impressive performances, while Luis Suarez produced some moments of quality as a second-half substitute. Melbourne Victory, meanwhile, can be proud to have stayed in the game for so long, especially in the absence of so many first-team players.

  • GOAL! I spoke too soon! Luis Suarez produces some trademark skill inside the penalty area to set up Iago Aspas for a tap-in.

  • It looks certain that this game will finish 1-0, with Liverpool keeping the ball well as the clock ticks on.

  • Iago Aspas gets a brief sight of goal but he hesitates and is unable to get his shot away, with Adrian Leijer the man providing the block. The resulting corner sees Daniel Agger force Nathan Coe into action with a firm header.

  • Francesco Stella replaces Liverpool fan Andrew Nabbout, who has done well tonight, for Melbourne Victory.

  • Suarez sets up a shooting chance for Downing with a clever backheel, but the midfielder's shot is well blocked.

  • The attendance here tonight has just been announced as 95,446. The vast, vast majority of those fans are supporting Liverpool. It's been a tremendous atmosphere - but the game is now petering out.

  • He's been on less than five minutes but Suarez is already showing the ability that made Liverpool turn down a £40million bid from Arsenal for the forward. He's already completed one nutmeg in the Victory box - pure class.

  • Suarez is quickly involved, thinking about a shot before passing to fellow substitute Stewart Downing, who wins but then wastes a corner.

  • Luis Suarez is finally on to play the last 18 minutes. Simon Mignolet, Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas are among the other newcomers to the game as Brendan Rodgers makes a raft of changes.

  • Borini has another effort, but this one is easily saved by Nathan Coe after a deflection.

  • Raheem Sterling sets himself up for a shot on the edge of the box but, not for the first time, is well off target with his effort.

  • Steven Gerrard is replaced by Lucas Leiva. Gerrard has been dominant throughout and, of course, scored Liverpool's goal.

  • Borini suddenly looks like a new player! He goes close again with a bicycle kick inside the box. That would have been special!

  • That's more like it from Borini. The forward uses his strength to hold off his marker then fire in a well-struck volley which forces Nathan Coe into action. The ball then goes straight down the other end, with Brad Jones making a rather unconventional save from Connor Pain.

  • Two of Liverpool's quieter players here almost combine, but Jordan Henderson's cross does not reach Fabio Borini as Nathan Coe steps out to catch.

  • A few Liverpool players are starting to look tired, with short passes becoming a recurring theme. Expect some subs shortly.

  • Jordan Henderson gets his second effort of the game on target - and it's another pea roller, which hardly troubles Nathan Coe. A pass may have been a better option.

  • A succession of Liverpool corners came to nothing, but Luis Suarez is warming up again. It looks as though we'll get to see the Arsenal target pretty soon.


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