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Basel turn up heat on Liverpool

Published: Wednesday 25 September 2002, 23.40CET
Liverpool FC 1-1 FC Basel Liverpool fail to hold on to lead as Basel earn a point.

Match statistics

LiverpoolBasel

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target16
 
2
Attempts off target11
 
4
Corners6
 
1
Offsides1
 
4
Fouls committed12
 
12
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 25 September 2002, 23.40CET

Basel turn up heat on Liverpool

Liverpool FC 1-1 FC Basel Liverpool fail to hold on to lead as Basel earn a point.

Liverpool FC 1-1 FC Basel
Liverpool FC's continued participation in this season’s UEFA Champions League was thrown into doubt after a disappointing 1-1 draw against Group B rivals FC Basel at Anfield.

Complicated passage
The result left the English Premiership side with just one point from two games and facing a complicated passage through their qualifying group. The home side never looked like adding to Milan Baroš's opener on 34 minutes and the Swiss outfit, showing both commitment and flair, were well worth their equaliser through Julio Hernán Rossi, just before the break.

Out-of-sorts Owen 
Anfield stadium, celebrating its 100th European game, had no doubt hoped for a more polished performance especially from the out-of-sorts Michael Owen. However, the England striker once again lacked his usual predatory instincts and was substituted towards the end of the 90 minutes.

Riise rattles bar 
Liverpool, however, started brightly, with their opening chance coming as early as the first minute. John Arne Riise hit a volley into the ground from just inside the area only to see goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbühler tip the spiralling ball on to the bar. The visitors failed to heed the early warning of the young Norwegian’s potency in front of goal and on ten minutes Riise once again rattled the woodwork.

Baroš breaks deadlock
The game ebbed and flowed for most of the first period, but it was the influential Baroš who broke the deadlock on 34 minutes, with a sweet right-footed shot low into the corner of the net after a neat return pass from Emile Heskey.

Basel hit back
Liverpool were in the ascendancy after that but once again the lapses of concentration in defence which have dogged Gérard Houllier's side this season allowed the visitors back into the game. Antonio Esposito picked up a loose clearance and floated a delicate chip over Jamie Carragher and into the path of Argentinian striker Rossi who calmly finished with a shot between Jerzy Dudek's legs.

Midfield suffocated 
The goal galvinised Basel in the second period and they quickly suffocated Liverpool's midfield, sorely missing the drive of the suspended Dietmar Hamann. Steven Gerrard had a couple of long-range efforts easily gathered by Zuberbühler and as the game progressed the energy of younger players such as Bruno Cheyrou and Baroš faded.

Henchoz spares blushes
Liverpool almost paid a greater price in the final minutes as Danny Murphy dithered on the ball and the impressive Mario Cantaluppi broke free on the right flank. However, Stéphane Henchoz's timely intervention kept Liverpool in the game, and maybe the competition.

Last updated: 26/09/02 4.34CET

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Lineups

liverpool

Liverpool

basel

Basel

1
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
1
ZuberbühlerPascal Zuberbühler (GK)
2
HenchozStéphane Henchoz
4
QuennozAlexandre Quennoz
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä (C)
7
EspositoAntonio Esposito
5
BarošMilan Baroš
Goal34
10
Hakan YakinHakan Yakin
Substitution67
8
HeskeyEmile Heskey
Substitution71
12
BarberisSébastien Barberis
10
OwenMichael Owen
Substitution79
13
GiménezChristian Giménez
13
MurphyDanny Murphy
15
YakinMurat Yakin (C)
17
GerrardSteven Gerrard
17
CantaluppiMario Cantaluppi
18
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
20
HaasBernt Haas
Yellow Card65
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
24
AtoubaThimothée Atouba
28
CheyrouBruno Cheyrou
33
RossiJulio Rossi
Goal43
Substitution74

Substitutes

22
KirklandChris Kirkland (GK)
18
RapoEric Rapo (GK)
6
BabbelMarkus Babbel
5
ZwyssigMarco Zwyssig
9
DioufEl Hadji Diouf
Substitution71
Yellow Card88
8
VarelaCarlos Varela
15
BergerPatrik Berger
Substitution79
9
KoumantarakisGeorge Koumantarakis
21
DiaoSalif Diao
11
TumHervé Tum
Substitution74
25
BišćanIgor Bišćan
16
DuruzGrégory Duruz
Substitution67
30
TraoréDjimi Traoré
23
P. DegenPhilipp Degen

Coach

Gérard Houllier (FRA) Christian Gross (SUI)

Referee

Dick J.H. van Egmond (NED)

Assistant referees

Adrianus Inia (NED), Jan Willem van Veluwen (NED)

Fourth official

Peter van Dongen (NED)

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