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Champions prove their class

Published: Wednesday 20 July 2005, 0.03CET
Total Network Solutions FC 0-3 Liverpool FC (agg: 0-6) Liverpool progress comfortably against TNS in Wrexham.

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Published: Wednesday 20 July 2005, 0.03CET

Champions prove their class

Total Network Solutions FC 0-3 Liverpool FC (agg: 0-6) Liverpool progress comfortably against TNS in Wrexham.

By Trevor Haylett at The Racecourse

Two late moments of individual brilliance from Steven Gerrard gave Liverpool FC the comfortable victory they were looking for from their UEFA Champions League first qualifying round second leg tie against Welsh champions Total Network Solutions FC in Wrexham.

Cissé opener
The Liverpool captain added to his first-leg hat-trick by coming off the bench to score in the 85th and 86th minutes. It was tough on TNS goalkeeper Gerard Doherty who until then had prevented the holders from adding to Djibril Cissé's 26th-minute breakthrough with a collection of fine saves, including a second-half penalty.

Trio of changes
Cissé was one of three Liverpool changes from last week's 3-0 victory at Anfield, and was clearly looking to make his mark. A blistering fourth-minute surge took him clear of the defence but Doherty came out to block him.

TNS opportunities
The goalkeeper foiled the French striker again minutes later but between the chances TNS enjoyed two promising attacks themselves. Another followed on 16 minutes as Liverpool struggled to make their superiority tell - this time Jamie Wood was unable to get his shot away.

King error
But just as TNS were beginning to impose themselves, John Arne Riise's floated centre found defender Chris King wanting at the far post and Cissé gave Liverpool the lead with a firm left-footed strike. It nearly became two before the interval with Anthony Le Tallec denied by Philip Baker's goalline clearance.

Penalty miss
The underdogs could be satisfied with their first-half work but came under severe pressure after the restart. Jamie Carragher's point-blank header was brilliantly stopped by Doherty only for Darren Potter, seizing on the rebound, to be fouled. Dietmar Hamann's spot-kick was weak and Doherty pushed it away.

Reina troubled
The goalkeeper again came to the rescue as Steve Finnan fired in a powerful low shot following a free-kick, but new Liverpool No1 José Manuel Reina was also busy at the other end. Indeed, the Spaniard was beaten twice, first in the 67th minute when Steven Beck's drive came back off the post before substitute Marc Lloyd-Williams's 75th-minute effort was ruled offside.

Kaunas await
Then Gerrard got a grip on things in thrilling fashion and enabled Liverpool to gain another 3-0 win. The champions visit Lithuania's FBK Kaunus in the first leg of their second qualifying round tie next week.

Last updated: 20/07/05 15.21CET

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Lineups

tns

TNS

liverpool

Liverpool

1
DohertyGerard Doherty (GK) (C)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
2
NaylorMartin Naylor
3
FinnanSteve Finnan
3
KingChris King
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä
4
BakerPhil Baker
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
5
EvansSteve Evans
Substitution78
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
Goal26
6
HolmesTommy Holmes
13
Le TallecAnthony Le Tallec
Substitution58
7
RuscoeScott Ruscoe
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Substitution68
10
BeckSteven Beck
Substitution68
16
HamannDietmar Hamann
12
TonerJohn Toner
23
CarragherJamie Carragher (C)
Substitution53
14
HoganBarry Hogan
30
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
15
WoodJamie Wood
Substitution58
34
PotterDarren Potter

Substitutes

26
ActonRichard Acton (GK)
20
CarsonScott Carson (GK)
8
WilliamsMarc Williams
Substitution58
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard
Substitution68
Goal82
Goal83
9
WildeMichael Wilde
10
Luis GarcíaLuis García
Substitution58
11
LawlessJohn Lawless
17
JosemiJosemi
16
LeahJohn Leah
29
MorientesFernando Morientes
17
WardNicholas Ward
Substitution68
28
WarnockStephen Warnock
18
JacksonMichael Jackson
Substitution78
37
WhitbreadZak Whitbread
Substitution53

Coach

Kenneth Michael Mckenna (WAL) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Carlo Bertolini (SUI)

Assistant referees

Rudolf Käppeli (SUI), Stefan Bühlmann (SUI)

Fourth official

Reto Rutz (SUI)

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