Thursday February 18, 2010 Last 32 Finished Anfield

Liverpool 1 - 0 Unirea Urziceni

  • N'Gog 81’

  1. Liverpool leave it late

    Liverpool leave it late

    David N'Gog spared Liverpool's blushes as Rafa Benitez's side left it late to defeat Unirea Urziceni 1-0. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Liverpool
    • Unirea Urziceni
    • FT The referee blows up for full-time and Liverpool escape with a 1-0 win despite a decidely lacklustre performance.
    • 90+1' The delivery from the Unirea free-kick is a good one but Agger confidently heads clear.
    • 90' There will be four minutes of added time.
    • 90' UNIREA SUB: Paduretu is replaced by Raul Rusescu as Unirea have a free-kick on the left flank.
    • 89' LIVERPOOL SUB: Looks like that knock took something out of N'Gog and he's replaced by Lucas.
    • 87' UNIREA SUB: Ricardo Vilana comes on for Paraschiv.
    • 87' N'Gog goes down after a challenge from Maftei and clutches his ankle but is soon back to his feet.
    • 85' Gerrard controls the ball on his chest 25 yards out before dragging it back and unleashing a volley which is just wide! Great play from the Liverpool talisman!
    • 81' GOAL! Babel fires a diagonal ball into the box which substitute Pacheco knocks down and N'Gog heads home.
    • 79' Bilasco picks up the ball midway inside the Liverpool half and has a bit of space but his effort, aimed at the top corner, is woefully wide.
    • 76' LIVERPOOL SUB: Aquilani, making only his seventh Liverpool start, is replaced by 19-year-old Dani Pacheco.
    • 75' UNIREA SUB: Laurentiu Marinescu replaces Onofras for the visitors.
    • 74' Chaos in the Unirea box as Carragher and Gerrard both have bites of the cherry before N'Gog can't get over his shot, which goes over.
    • 71' The Kop momentarily rises to their feet as Skrtel meets a corner but his powerful header is over.
    • 66' Gerrard has a lame penalty appeal turned down. He tried to push the ball around the defender but was just muscled out of possession.
    • 64' LIVERPOOL SUB: Riera is replaced by Ryan Babel.
    • 63' Aurelio goes for goal from distance and it's a great strike which Arlauskis expertly pushes round the post!
    • 62' A deflected cross finds Paraschiv on the edge of the box in acres of space but the ball doesn't bounce kindly for him and his rushed shot is easily saved by Reina.
    • 59' Carrager's heavy touch inadvertedly plays the ball to Gerrard but the Liverpool captain shoots over the bar.
    • 58' Brandan is booked for clipping Gerrard from behind. That's a big blow for Unirea as he'll miss the second leg.
    • 55' Paduretu embarks on a huge run down the line and wins his side their first corner of the match!
    • 52' Carragher skips down the right to receive the ball and fires in a fierce cross with Gerrard heads wide. Should have done better!
    • 51' Unirea embark on a rare attack but Bilasco's pass is overplayed.
    • 48' ...but it comes to nothing.
    • 47' Liverpool start the second half in the same way they spent much of the first - with a corner.
    • 46' The second half is underway. Surely is will be better than what was an awful opening 45 minutes?
    • HT The referee blows up for half-time and, despite Liverpool dominating possession, the home side have had real problems breaking down Unirea.
    • 44' Liverpool half-clear the free-kick but it's soon played back into the box although Reina has been fouled.
    • 44' Bilasco is chopped down by Skrtel as Urinea embark on a rare attack.
    • 42' Agger strikes the free-kick but it goes straight into the wall.
    • 40' Liverpool are on the attack again with Gerrard skipping through the middle and the Liverpool captain is brought down by Fernandes, who is booked.
    • 37' N'Gog brings a long ball down on his chest before turning and shooting just wide from the edge of the box! Best move of the match.
    • 36' Gerrard whips in a mean corner which Giedrius Arlauskis unconvincingly punches away. Liverpool regather possession and win ANOTHER corner.
    • 34' Shakhtar Donetsl have just equalised against Fulham, the other English team in Europa League action tonight. Follow that match here...
    • 33' Gerrard tries to juggle the ball through the Unirea defence but can't quite get it under control and is dispossessed.
    • 31' Liverpool's play takes a familiar pattern...plenty of possession but without any real end product. This time Riera sends his cross too long.
    • 28' Reira takes the corner but the referee blows up for a free-kick after Bilasco was caught by N'Gog.
    • 27' Reira strikes from distance and it takes a deflection for yet another Liverpool corner.
    • 25' Frunza goes for goal but doesn't catch it right at all and the ball tamely dribbles out for a goal-kick.
    • 24' Liverpool are having to defend for the first time in the game as Frunza prepares to take a free-kick 35 yards out in the left channel.
    • 23' Reira floats in a decent ball but Fernandes is first to it to head clear.
    • 22' Gerrard sends in a deep ball which Brandan heads out for another corner.
    • 21' It's another Liverpool corner...Gerrard wonders over.
    • 20' Before last week's defeat against Arsenal, Rafa Benitez's side registered three wins and a draw - has their season turned the corner?
    • 17' Liverpool continue to knock the ball around with ease. It can only be a matter of time before they score because Unirea are just backing off too much.
    • 15' Aurelio goes for goal with a left-footed free-kick from 30 yards but it's comfortably wide of the post.
    • 15' Kuyt slips the ball through the legs of the defender and chips into the box but Fernandes heads clear.
    • 14' Carragher plays tonight despite nursing a groin injury suffered against Arsenal last week.
    • 13' Reira pumps a long ball forward which looks to be blocked by a stray Unirea hand but the referee waves play on.
    • 12' Unirea clear Gerrard's corner at the first attempt.
    • 11' Kuyt tries to flick a pass into the box but its box and fortunately falls to the Liverpool attacker again and his shoot is well saved by Arlauskis. Liverpool corner.
    • 10' Liverpool are of course without four of their key men: Torres, Bennayoun and Johnson are injured with Rodriguez is cup-tied.
    • 8' The draw for the last 16 has already been made and the winner of this two-legged affair with play either Lille of Fenerbahce.
    • 7' Gerrard flicks on for Riera on the halfway line but he's easily dispossessed.
    • 6' Unirea Urziceni won the Romanian liga for the first time last season.
    • 5' Liverpool are enjoying plenty of possession and are patiently building up, looking for the gap.
    • 4' The Romanian league has been on a winter break with December 14 and this is Unirea's first competitive game since!
    • 3' Unirea finished third in Group G behind Sevilla and Stuttgart, with Rangers bottom.
    • 2' Liverpool find themselves in the Europa League having finished third in the Champions League Group E behind Fiorentina and Lyon.
    • 1' Great start by Liverpool! The Reds charge out of the blocks and Kuyt flicks on for Gerrard with the England man forcing Giedrius Arlauskis into the save!
    • 1' And we're off!
    • - LIVERPOOL: Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Aurelio, Mascherano, Aquilani, Kuyt, Gerrard, Riera, Ngog Subs: Cavalieri, Kyrgiakos, Babel, Lucas, Insua, Degen, Pacheco
    • - UNIREA URZICENI: Arlauskis, Maftei, Galamaz, Bruno Fernandes, Brandan, Paraschiv, Onofras, Paduretu, Apostol, Frunza, Bilasco Subs: Tudor, Mehmedovic, Rusescu, Nicu, Vilana, Marinescu, Bordeanu
    • - ...and the referee is Eric Braamhaar (Holland).
    • - Follow LIVE text commentary of Liverpool's Europa League last 32 first leg clash with Unirea Urziceni here from 8.05pm (GMT).
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  • Liverpool

    Manager: Rafael Benítez

  • Unirea Urziceni

    Manager: Roni Levi

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