Thursday August 30, 2012 Play-off round Finished Anfield

Liverpool 1 - 1 Heart of Midlothian

  • Suarez 88’
  • Templeton 85’

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  1. Liverpool knock Hearts out of Europa League

    Liverpool knock Hearts out of Europa League

    Liverpool progressed to the group stages of the Europa League after a 1-1 draw with Hearts at Anfield saw them go through 2-1 on aggregate. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Liverpool
    • Heart of Midlothian
    • 90+2 The referee blows up a minute early. Hearts are broken, as they go out 2-1 on aggregate. Liverpool go into Friday's Europa League draw.
    • 90+1 Gerrard crosses for Sterling in the centre but Zaliukas clears for a corner.
    • 90' Three minutes of added-on time. If Hearts score, they are through. But at the moment it is Liverpool into Friday's Europa League draw.
    • 87' GOAL for Liverpool and Suarez. 1-1 on the night, 2-1 to Liverpool on aggregate. He takes the ball in the middle of the Hearts half and, after Webster's slip, gets into the left channel past Zaliukas and beats MacDonald at his near post with a left-ffot shot.
    • 85' Liverpool go up the other end, and Grainger hacks Sterling to the floor on the right hand side of the area. Yellow card, but the Hearts defence are able to clear Gerrard's free-kick.
    • 84' Goal! Templeton tries a hugely optimistic shot from 25 yards that goes straight through a fumbling Reina and drops into the goal. Hearts lead 1-0, and it is 1-1 on aggregate.
    • 83' NO. Grainger's curling effort deflects off the wall for a corner.
    • 82' Sterling brings down Templeton 20 yards from goal. Is this Hearts' moment?
    • 80' Still hope for Hearts, who will need to take some risks to get the goal they need.
    • 79' Darren Barr goes into the book for a late challenge.
    • 77' A couple of sharp moments from young Hearts striker Carrick, and he really should have won a foul when Allen came into him from behind.
    • 75' 18-year-old striker Dale Carrick replaces Novikovas, while for Liverpool Fabio Borini comes on for Henderson.
    • 74' Sterling cuts inside Grainger, who manages to get a block in for a corner, which comes to nothing. But Liverpool are well on top now.
    • 73' Templeton gets the ball on the left, but Kelly blocks and Pepe Reina is quickly out to field the ball.
    • 71' Grainger manages to tackle Sterling in the area, and the ball drops to first Suarez and then Gerrard, but the Liverpool skipper is denied at the near post by MacDonald.
    • 70' Henderson sets up Suarez with a pass down the middle, but MacDonald is bravely out to block and gets a knee in the face for his troubles.
    • 68' Faced by two banks of four, Gerrard tries an optimistic curler from 25 yards that is well wide of MacDonald's goal.
    • 67' Driver gets the ball in the Liverpool area, but his control is dreadful and Gerrard is able to close him down.
    • 65' Liverpool break again through Gerrard and Sterling, but Kelly's eventual cross fails to beat the first defender.
    • 64' Andrew Driver replaces Sutton. Driver goes into midfield, and Paterson goes up front for Hearts.
    • 63' Another chance for Suarez after he nicks the ball off a dozy Novikovas, but his left foot shot is just wide of the far post.
    • 62' Suarez misses after rounding the goalkeeper MacGregor after a Henderson through ball. The Uruguyan dallies and McGowan is able to block the ball onto the post.
    • 61' Morgan is replaced by Raheem Sterling.
    • 60' Zaliukas' backheader is a little short, but MacGregor is able to gather under pressure from Suarez, who is penalised for a foul.
    • 59' Templeton gets the ball down the right and sets up Novikovas to cross but Downing is able to sweep up at the back.
    • 58' Martin Skrtel is unable to get a header from a deep Gerrard corner on target.
    • 57' Downing dinks in another cross from he left which is just over Morgan's head, and Suarez as the second man cannot keep it in.
    • 56' Grainger just about hacks away a great cross from the left from Downing, after the former England winger had been found by a 20-yard Carragher pass.
    • 54' Kelly crosses low from the right for Henderson, but the Hearts defence is resolute. But Hearts are unable to keep the ball this half. The ball goes up to Sutton, he loses it, and it comes straight back.
    • 52' The amount of passing that the Liverpool defence do compared to last season is extraordinary. That is the Rodgers effect. Even Carragher is trying ambitious carpet passes tonight.
    • 50' Shelvey has another optimistic effort that sails into the Kop, though he was set up beautifully by a touch back from Suarez.
    • 48' Shelvey's effort is blocked after the ball comes loose from a Gerrard corner.
    • 47' The Hearts midfield have done well in trying to shackle Gerrard, even though the England captain has attempted a couple of sharp link-ups with Suarez.
    • 46' Liverpool in red kick off the second half towards the Kop.
    • 45' No injury-time at the end of the first half, and it is goalless at half-time. So Liverpool still lead 1-0 on aggregate thanks to Andy Webster's own goal. Liverpool had the ball in the net from Adam Morgan, but Suarez was adjudged to have been over the line when he pulled the ball back.
    • 44' Liverpool break, and the ball finds Suarez, then Gerrard tries to set up Morgan, but the youngster can't keep the ball in on the touchline.
    • 43' Carragher fouls Templeton on the edge of the area, but his subsequent free-kick is cleared.
    • 41' Gerrard releases Kelly down the right with a superb ball into the channel, but Novikovas does well to tackle.
    • 40' The ball sits up nicely for Templeton up against Downing on the edge of the area, but the 23-year-old's shot soars into the Kop.
    • 38' Joe Allen slides in on Zaliukas and brings him down with a clumsy challenge, but no foul says referee Vladislav Bezborodov.
    • 36' Carragher releases Downing down the left, and he cuts inside Paterson to set up Suarez, but the Uruguayan is closed down as he attempts to shot from 25 yards out.
    • 34' Grainger shows great composure to shepherd the ball back for MacDonald under pressure from Suarez.
    • 32' Zaliukas sets up Templeton with a fine ball, but John Sutton is unable to stretch to reach his pass.
    • 31' Adam Morgan has a goal ruled out when the Russian linesman rules that the ball was over the line when Suarez brought the ball back from the touchline.
    • 30' BREAKING: Liverpool Football Club can confirm that Andy Carroll has joined West Ham United on a season-long loan.
    • 28' Gerrard skips past Andy Webster and Ryan McGowan, but MacGregor is out quickly to smother as the England captain attempts to chip the ball into the net from the left hand side of six-yard box.
    • 26' Morgan runs straight at the Hearts defence but his grubber shot is well saved by Hearts' goalkeeper MacDonald.
    • 25' There is a clumsy one-two on the edge of the area between David Templeton and Callum Paterson, then Paterson goes down under a Jamie Carragher challenge, but there is no penalty according to referee Vladislav Bezborodov.
    • 23' Martin Kelly gets the ball down the right, but his cross is overhit and too close to the goalkeeper, with Jonjo Shelvey wanting the ball pulled back to near the penalty spot.
    • 21' Hearts are looking very comfortable, but Liverpool are once again impressive in midfield. Gerrard tries a long-distance effort that is straight at Arvydas Novikovas.
    • 19' A nice move from Hearts, with Zaliukas setting up fellow midfielder Mehdi Taouil, but the Moroccan shoots wide.
    • 17' A lovely keepball passage of Liverpool possession ends with Suarez unable to control the ball in the area, though there was a hint of handball as the ball popped up and hit Grainger.
    • 13' Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov looks on from the stands, with the Hearts fans in good voice. Dylan McGowan gets the ball on the right with a good chance to cross, but shanks it straight into the Kop.
    • 9' Hearts have not looked overawed at Anfield, and they win a throw-in on the left taken by Danny Grainger.
    • 5' Alex Morgan fouls Arvydas Novikovas with a very poor attempted tackle.
    • 4' Corner to Liverpool after a great break from Suarez.
    • 2' Jordan Henderson breaks for Liverpool after some nice possession football down the left from Hearts. The SPL side are obviously trying to take on the makeshift left-back Stewart Downing.
    • 20:04 Kick off for Hearts, all in white.
    • 19:16 LIVERPOOL: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Downing, Allen, Henderson, Gerrard, Shelvey, Suarez, Morgan…SUBS: Jones, Johnson, Enrique, Agger, Coates, Borini, Sterling. ///HEARTS: MacDonald; R McGowan, Webster, Zaliukas, Grainger; Paterson, Barr, Taouil, Novikovas, Templeton; Sutton...SUBS: Hamilton, Robinson, Driver, Holt, D McGowan, McHattie, Carrick.
    • 19:18 Goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald returns after missing last week’s game on paternity leave, while his replacement Peter Enckelman is nursing a shoulder injury so teenager Jack Hamilton takes his place on the bench.
    • 19:13 Captain Marius Zaliukas has recovered from a thigh complaint and starts for Hearts.
    • 19:12 Rodgers rested the pair for last week’s 1-0 win at Tynecastle, but the duo return in a strong-looking Liverpool team. Young forward Adam Morgan partners Suarez up front. Raheem Sterling, who made his full debut in last week's match, drops to the bench.
    • 19:11 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has recalled Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez for their Europa League play-off second leg match with Hearts at Anfield.
  • Summary

    • 87' GOAL for Liverpool and Suarez. 1-1 on the night, 2-1 to Liverpool on aggregate. He takes the ball in the middle of the Hearts half and, after Webster's slip, gets into the left channel past Zaliukas and beats MacDonald at his near post with a left-ffot shot.
    • 84' Goal! Templeton tries a hugely optimistic shot from 25 yards that goes straight through a fumbling Reina and drops into the goal. Hearts lead 1-0, and it is 1-1 on aggregate.
    • 62' Suarez misses after rounding the goalkeeper MacGregor after a Henderson through ball. The Uruguyan dallies and McGowan is able to block the ball onto the post.

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