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Liverpool reign in Spain

Published: Thursday 4 November 2004, 0.08CET
RC Deportivo La Coruña 0-1 Liverpool FC Jorge Andrade's own goal seals the visitors' first win in Spain for 21 years.

Match statistics

DeportivoLiverpool

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target2
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
1
Corners3
 
4
Offsides4
 
7
Fouls committed11
 
23
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 4 November 2004, 0.08CET

Liverpool reign in Spain

RC Deportivo La Coruña 0-1 Liverpool FC Jorge Andrade's own goal seals the visitors' first win in Spain for 21 years.

By Fergus O'Shea at the Riazor

A Jorge Andrade own goal gave Liverpool FC their first win in Spain for 21 years and enhanced their chances of progressing from Group A while placing RC Deportivo La Coruña's own future in the UEFA Champions League in serious doubt.

Sergio returns
Despite not having scored in Europe this season, Deportivo entered tonight's fixture on the back of a six-match unbeaten run. Sergio González returned from suspension to start along with Héctor Berenguel in the absence through injury of influential defender Manuel Pablo García and the veteran Maura Silva. Another change in coach Javier Irureta's 4-2-3-1 formation saw the more experienced Enrique Romero replace Joan Capdevilla at full-back.

Bišcan impact
Having lost Djibril Cissé to a broken leg for the season in the weekend draw at Blackburn Rovers FC and with Florent Sinama-Pongolle still not fully recovered from an ankle injury, Liverpool coach Rafa Benítez played Harry Kewell off Milan Baroš. With Xabi Alonso only fit enough to start from the bench, Igor Bišcan lined up in central midfield. The Croatian made an immediate impact, sending the ball over the top with less than a minute played for Baroš who was unable to dribble around José Molina.

Frenzied atmosphere
The chance set the tone for an exciting half, with fans from both clubs creating a frenzied atmosphere inside the Riazor. Depor brought their faithful to their feet in the seventh minute when Sergio, in space 20 metres from goal, unleashed a ferocious strike that fizzed narrowly wide of Chris Kirkland's right-hand post. Yet it was Liverpool who struck first following a fine run from Bišcan.

Pandiani opening
The midfielder beat two men and fed John Arne Riise who delivered a low cross which was turned in by home defender Jorge Andrade under pressure from Baroš, who appeared keen to claim the goal from two metres. Despite conceding their 100th goal in UEFA competitions and their first at the Riazor in the Champions League since December 2002, Depor were soon back on the attack. Within two minutes Walter Pandiani had a chance to level only to allow the ball to escape him on a greasy surface.

Goalline clearance
As half-time approached, Andrade atoned for his own goal with a goalline clearance which prevented the Reds from establishing a two-goal advantage. Riise orchestrated the attack, breaking free down the left and releasing a rasping drive - from an identical position from where he scored at Ewood Park at the weekend - which the Portuguese defender did well to clear with Molina beaten.

Extra Amo
Having struggled to cope with the threat of Baroš in the first period, central defender César Martín was substituted in favour of Pablo Amo. The replacement almost came good at the opposite end in the 53rd minute as he came within a whisker of heading in Albert Luque's free-kick. Moments earlier Luque had gone close himself, drilling in a low drive which Kirkland initially fumbled before recovering as Víctor Sánchez ominously closed in.

Midfield enhanced
Benítez reacted by replacing Kewell with Steve Finnan, a defender who added numbers to the Liverpool midfield. With a little over 30 minutes to play, Diego Tristán - the man who had scored all of Depor's last three goals - replaced the largely ineffective Pandiani, although the striker could not make his mark. Last year's semi-finalists pressed in search of an equalizer but a snapshot from Juan Carlos Valerón, which curled over from 20 metres, was the closest they came.

Andrade suspended
Moments earlier Andrade's night had gone from bad to worse as he collected a booking which means he is suspended for the Matchday 5 game against Olympiacos CFP - a fixture Depor must win.

Last updated: 04/11/04

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Lineups

deportivo

Deportivo

liverpool

Liverpool

1
MolinaJosé Francisco Molina (GK)
22
KirklandChris Kirkland (GK)
3
RomeroEnrique Romero (C)
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä (C)
Yellow Card81
4
DuscherAldo Duscher
5
BarošMilan Baroš
Substitution84
5
César MartínCésar Martín
Yellow Card37
Substitution46
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
7
PandianiWalter Pandiani
Substitution59
7
KewellHarry Kewell
Substitution58
8
Sergio GonzálezSergio González
10
Luis GarcíaLuis García
Substitution90+1
14
Jorge AndradeJorge Andrade
Goal14
Yellow Card76
16
HamannDietmar Hamann
18
VíctorSánchez Víctor
17
JosemiJosemi
19
LuqueAlbert Luque
21
TraoréDjimi Traoré
21
ValerónJuan Carlos Valerón
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
Yellow Card57
24
HéctorBerenguel Héctor
Substitution65
25
BišćanIgor Bišćan

Substitutes

13
MunúaGustavo Munúa (GK)
1
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
9
TristánDiego Tristán
Substitution59
2
HenchozStéphane Henchoz
10
FranFran
3
FinnanSteve Finnan
Substitution58
11
MunitisPedro Munitis
24
Sinama PongolleFlorent Sinama Pongolle
Substitution84
12
ScaloniLionel Scaloni
Substitution65
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Substitution90+1
15
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
15
DiaoSalif Diao
20
Pablo AmoPablo Amo
Substitution46
28
WarnockStephen Warnock

Coach

Javier Iruretagoyena Amiano (ESP) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Volker Wezel (GER), Harry Ehing (GER)

Fourth official

Peter Gagelmann (GER)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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