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Liverpool rally to victory

Published: Wednesday 27 July 2005, 0.57CET
FBK Kaunas 1-3 Liverpool FC Djibril Cissé, Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard all find the net for holders.

Match statistics

KaunasLiverpool

Goals scored1
 
3
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts1
 
3
on target1
 
3
off target0
 
0
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Fouls suffered0
 
0
Passes0
 
0
completed0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 27 July 2005, 0.57CET

Liverpool rally to victory

FBK Kaunas 1-3 Liverpool FC Djibril Cissé, Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard all find the net for holders.

By Pavle Gognidze from S. Darius & S. Girenas stadium

Liverpool FC remain on course to defend their UEFA Champions League title after closing in on a place in the third qualifying round with a comfortable 3-1 win against FBK Kaunas.

Shock lead
However, it was the Lithuanian side that drew first blood, Giedrius Barevicius giving them a shock lead midway through the first half. But by the half-hour mark, goals from Djibril Cissé and Jamie Carragher had restored order, before Steven Gerrard sealed victory from the penalty spot on 54 minutes – his sixth goal in three games.

Kaunas form
The result will be a disappointment for Kaunas, who went into the game optimistic after easing through the first qualifying round 8-2 against HB Tórshavn. Indeed, spurred on by a partisan capacity crowd, they started the evening on the attack and Tomas Tomašauskas would have broken through on five minutes had a poor first touch not let him down.

Crouch debut
Liverpool soon settled though and when Gerrard's sublime long ball was centred by Cissé, the on-rushing Peter Crouch, a €10.1m arrival during the summer, looked set to mark his debut in style. But a timely intervention by Eduardas Kurskis denied the striker a shot at goal.

Rapid counterattack
Kaunas were slowly being forced on the back foot but finally broke out of their half on 21 minutes, the in-form Arturas Rimkevicius leading an attack down the right flank before firing a low cross into a crowded penalty box where Barevicius was on hand to bundle the ball in.

Lack of composure
But for José Manuel Reina's awareness, Kaunas could have made it 2-0 soon after. The Spanish goalkeeper was forced to sprint off his line to head clear with Rimkevicius bearing down as Liverpool struggled to regain their composure. A sweeping move a minute later soon did that, Crouch directing Boudewijn Zenden's looping cross into the path of Cissé, who applied a stylish finish.

Aerial superiority
Kaunas struggled to deal with Liverpool's superior aerial prowess and three minutes later another cross, this time from Gerrard, saw Liverpool take the lead with Carragher rising unmarked to head his first goal for six years. The holders never looked back.

Gerrard penalty
Only a superb goal-line clearance from Irmantas Zelmikas prevented the effervescent Cissé from extending the lead before the interval, but Gerrard made no mistake after the break, picking himself up to convert a penalty. The Liverpool captain was almost immediately replaced by Mohamed Sissoko and the game's tempo went with him as the Premiership outfit settled back and began thinking of Friday's third qualifying round draw, ahead of next Tuesday's second leg at Anfield.

Last updated: 27/07/05 17.56CET

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Lineups

kaunas

Kaunas

liverpool

Liverpool

12
KurskisEduardas Kurskis (GK)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
3
ZelmikasIrmantas Zelmikas
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä
4
PaceviciusMindaugas Pacevicius
Substitution45
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
5
KančelskisTomas Kančelskis (C)
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
Goal55
Substitution60
6
ManchkhavaNukri Manchkhava
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
Goal27
7
BareviciusGiedrius Barevicius
Goal21
Substitution72
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
11
RimkevičiusArturas Rimkevičius
15
CrouchPeter Crouch
Substitution75
13
KlimekArkadiusz Klimek
17
JosemiJosemi
18
BagužisMindaugas Bagužis
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
Goal30
19
PoderisEimantas Poderis
30
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
Yellow Card32
25
TamošauskasTomas Tamošauskas
Substitution88
34
PotterDarren Potter
Substitution63

Substitutes

1
KilijonasŠarūnas Kilijonas (GK)
1
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
9
MačiulisNerijus Mačiulis
Substitution88
10
Luis GarcíaLuis García
Substitution63
15
PapeckysTadas Papeckys
Substitution72
19
MorientesFernando Morientes
Substitution75
30
PetrenkoVadim Petrenko
Substitution45
Yellow Card58
22
SissokoMohamed Sissoko
Substitution60
8
BeniušisRičardas Beniušis
16
HamannDietmar Hamann
14
KijanskasTadas Kijanskas
28
WarnockStephen Warnock
23
KunevičiusDainius Kunevičius
35
MedjaniCarl Medjani

Coach

Alexander Piskarev (RUS) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

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