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Owen seals Spartak's fate

Published: Tuesday 22 October 2002, 22.40CET
FC Spartak Moskva 1-3 Liverpool FC Michael Owen's hat-trick eliminates Spartak from the first group stage.

Match statistics

Spartak MoskvaLiverpool

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target3
 
5
Attempts off target3
 
4
Corners3
 
5
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed19
 
8
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Tuesday 22 October 2002, 22.40CET

Owen seals Spartak's fate

FC Spartak Moskva 1-3 Liverpool FC Michael Owen's hat-trick eliminates Spartak from the first group stage.

A hat-trick from Michael Owen helped Liverpool FC gain an important 3-1 victory over FC Spartak Moskva and eliminated the Russian side from this season's UEFA Champions League.

Close-range strikes
The English Premiership leaders had to recover from a goal down after Aleksandr Danishevski had smashed the Russian side ahead midway through the first half. But Owen's quick equaliser was followed by two close-range strikes after half-time to strengthen the visitors' position in Group B and put qualification for the second stage beyond their hosts.

All change
Spartak coach Oleg Romantsev made four changes to the side beaten 5-0 when the sides met at Anfield three weeks ago, notably bringing back Artem Bezrodny to the starting lineup. His trickery on the Spartak left coupled with Aleksandr Pavlenko's width on the opposite flank made for a stretched game and Liverpool struggled to find their feet in the opening quarter.

Captain goes close
Missing the influential duo of Stéphane Henchoz and Steven Gerrard, Gérard Houllier's side were unable to establish an early rhythm and it was the hosts who created the game's first real opportunity. Captain Vladimir Beschastnykh, at the hub of everything in a spirited Spartak midfield, carried the ball forward and beat two players before firing a low drive which zipped across the turf but just wide of Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek's left-hand post.

Baroš chances
At the other end, Czech Republic striker Milan Baroš had two good chances to break the deadlock. The 21-year-old first latched on to Danny Murphy's corner but failed to force the ball past Spartak keeper Maxym Levitzky. A minute later Baroš had far more time and space, but cracked a right-foot effort wide.

Deadly Danishevski
Liverpool's frustration turned to despair two minutes later when Pavlenko found Danishevski with a neat infield pass and the striker had time to take a touch before unleashing a ferocious eleven-metre effort high past Dudek into the Liverpool net for Spartak's first goal in this season's competition.

Quick reply
But only six more minutes had elapsed when, after John Arne Riise stretched to intercept Beschastnykh's dangerous pass forward, Liverpool turned defence into attack and found an equaliser. The Norwegian worked the ball out wide - eventually finding Jamie Carragher - and the right-back delivered a terrific cross which Owen rose to head downwards past Levitsky.

Abramidze rescue
Six minutes into the second half it seemed Liverpool would take the lead as Owen raced into the area, kept his feet under pressure from two Spartak defenders and shaped to shoot 13 metres out, but a terrific sliding tackle from Valeri Abramidze denied the 22-year-old.

Dudek denies
Dudek came to Liverpool's rescue midway through the second period, making a wonderful near-post save from Danishevski, whose first-time volley from Pavlenko's right-wing cross had seemed destined for the back of the net. But with 20 minutes remaining, Liverpool took the lead. Sami Hyypiä crashed a header against the bar from Murphy's free-kick and the ball fell to Owen, who stabbed the ball over the line with his left foot from close range.

Owen magic
Owen's hat-trick was sealed during four minutes of added time when, with Spartak pressing in search of an equaliser, Murphy found room in the area on the counterattack and his square ball was tapped in by the England striker.

Last updated: 23/10/02 13.27CET

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Lineups

spartak moskva

Spartak Moskva

liverpool

Liverpool

1
LevitskyMaxym Levitsky (GK)
1
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
2
KovtunYuri Kovtun
Substitution36
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä (C)
11
BeschastnykhVladimir Beschastnykh (C)
5
BarošMilan Baroš
Substitution70
14
KalynychenkoMaxym Kalynychenko
Yellow Card31
8
HeskeyEmile Heskey
Substitution56
20
DanishevskiAleksandr Danishevski
Goal23
10
OwenMichael Owen
Goal29
Goal70
Goal90+1
21
BezrodnyArtem Bezrodny
13
MurphyDanny Murphy
25
PavlenkoAleksandr Pavlenko
16
HamannDietmar Hamann
29
MitreskiIgor Mitreski
Substitution82
18
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
30
SoninAleksandr Sonin
Substitution60
21
DiaoSalif Diao
44
AbramidzeValeri Abramidze
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
55
KhlestovDmitri Khlestov
Yellow Card76
30
TraoréDjimi Traoré

Substitutes

45
CherchesovStanislav Cherchesov (GK)
19
ArphexadPegguy Arphexad (GK)
3
KebeBaye Kebe
Substitution36
6
BabbelMarkus Babbel
4
TchuisseJerry Tchuisse
7
ŠmicerVladimír Šmicer
8
Marcelo SilvaMarcelo Silva
9
DioufEl Hadji Diouf
Substitution70
13
KoudriashovDmitri Koudriashov
Substitution82
25
BišćanIgor Bišćan
Substitution76
41
TorbinskiDmitri Torbinski
Substitution60
27
VignalGrégory Vignal
Substitution56
Substitution76
42
EssienOkon Essien
33
MellorNeil Mellor

Coach

Oleg Romantsev (RUS) Gérard Houllier (FRA)

Referee

Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Assistant referees

Egon Bereuter (AUT), Walter Staudinger (AUT)

Fourth official

Wolfgang Sowa (AUT)

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