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Late goals lead Liverpool through

Published: Wednesday 3 August 2005, 0.40CET
Liverpool FC 2-0 FBK Kaunas (agg: 5-1) Strikes from Steven Gerrard and Djibril Cissé confirm progress.

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Published: Wednesday 3 August 2005, 0.40CET

Late goals lead Liverpool through

Liverpool FC 2-0 FBK Kaunas (agg: 5-1) Strikes from Steven Gerrard and Djibril Cissé confirm progress.

UEFA Champions League holders Liverpool FC progressed to the third qualifying round as late goals from substitutes Steven Gerrard and Djibril Cissé earned a 2-0 win against FBK Kaunas at Anfield, the Lithuanian champions losing out 5-1 on aggregate.

Liverpool stutter
The home side failed to create clear goalscoring chances for much of the game against determined opponents, and although Kaunas struggled to make any attacking impact they maintained their defensive shape admirably. It took the introduction of Gerrard to break the deadlock in the 77th minute before Cissé volleyed in a fine second late on.

Manchkhava drive
Fernando Morientes had the first chance for Liverpool on 14 minutes as he latched on to a long throw from Boudewijn Zenden, directing his header goalwards only for Sarunas Kilijonas to save. A fizzing free-kick from Nukri Manchkhava forced Carson to make a good stop three minutes later, but that proved a rare chance for Kaunas. Mohamed Sissoko looked bright on his full debut after joining from Valencia CF, but positives were rare for the hosts in a disappointing first half.

Cissé threat
Half-time substitute Cissé looked bright after the break and he unleashed a fierce right-footed drive which flashed just wide of the Kaunas goal eight minutes into the second period. Manchkhava then had two chances to open the scoring on 56 minutes - his initial low drive was met by Sami Hyypiä but the defender's attempted clearance was straight at his opponent, whose powerful strike flew over.

Hyypiä header
Kaunas's goalscorer in last week's meeting, Giedrius Barevicius, was introduced on 66 minutes as the visitors sought to mount a last-ditch attempt to overturn the first-leg deficit. It proved a forlorn hope, however, Liverpool threatening again two minutes later as Hyypiä headed Dietmar Hamann's corner against the crossbar.

Gerrard impact
The breakthrough did then arrive, with Gerrard's 74th-minute introduction the catalyst. Within three minutes, the Liverpool captain lifted Anfield; his effort from the left following a corner looked harmless enough but Kilijonas allowed the ball to squirm under his body and into the net.

Final flourish
The home side finished with a flourish, Luis García's cross picking out Cissé to volley the second four minutes from time. Liverpool next face either KF Tirana or CSKA Sofia in the third qualifying round. The Bulgarian team lead 2-0 ahead of the second leg on Wednesday.

Last updated: 03/08/05 11.00CET

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Lineups

liverpool

Liverpool

kaunas

Kaunas

20
CarsonScott Carson (GK)
1
KilijonasŠarūnas Kilijonas (GK)
3
FinnanSteve Finnan
3
ZelmikasIrmantas Zelmikas
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä (C)
5
KančelskisTomas Kančelskis (C)
10
Luis GarcíaLuis García
6
ManchkhavaNukri Manchkhava
15
CrouchPeter Crouch
Substitution55
11
RimkevičiusArturas Rimkevičius
16
HamannDietmar Hamann
Substitution75
18
BagužisMindaugas Bagužis
19
MorientesFernando Morientes
Substitution46
19
PoderisEimantas Poderis
Substitution88
22
SissokoMohamed Sissoko
20
KvaratskheliaGivi Kvaratskhelia
28
WarnockStephen Warnock
23
KunevičiusDainius Kunevičius
30
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
30
PetrenkoVadim Petrenko
Substitution46
37
WhitbreadZak Whitbread
31
PehlićEdin Pehlić
Substitution66

Substitutes

25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
12
KurskisEduardas Kurskis (GK)
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
7
BareviciusGiedrius Barevicius
Substitution66
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard
Substitution75
Goal77
8
BeniušisRičardas Beniušis
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
Substitution46
Goal86
9
MačiulisNerijus Mačiulis
Substitution88
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
13
KlimekArkadiusz Klimek
Substitution46
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
14
KijanskasTadas Kijanskas
34
PotterDarren Potter
Substitution55
15
PapeckysTadas Papeckys

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Alexander Piskarev (RUS)

Referee

Gianluca Paparesta (ITA)

Assistant referees

Narciso Pisacreta (ITA), Stefano Ayroldi (ITA)

Fourth official

Oscar Girardi (ITA)

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