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Liverpool stay on course in Sofia

Published: Thursday 11 August 2005, 0.47CET
PFC CSKA Sofia 1-3 Liverpool FC Fernando Morientes registers twice as the holders claim a two-goal advantage.

Match statistics

CSKA SofiaLiverpool

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target1
 
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 11 August 2005, 0.47CET

Liverpool stay on course in Sofia

PFC CSKA Sofia 1-3 Liverpool FC Fernando Morientes registers twice as the holders claim a two-goal advantage.

Fernando Morientes was twice on target as Liverpool FC moved to the brink of qualification for the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Morientes double
The Spanish international scored a fine first-half header and then a predatory strike in the second period to give the holders control of this third qualifying round tie ahead of the Anfield return on 23 August.

Dimitrov on target
Djibril Cissé had put Liverpool ahead with his fourth goal in five European matches this summer, but after Morientes's first, the Bulgarian champions hit back with a close-range header seconds before the break from Velizar Dimitrov.

Danger men
CSKA were quick and competitive while playing with three up front, while Liverpool - mindful of the fast overlapping full-backs that coach Rafael Benítez had earmarked as the danger men - had John Arne Riise and Luis García hugging the flanks.

Home pressure subsides
Despite two early chances for Cissé, the hosts responded with a neat pass from Velizar Dimitrov which sent Guillaume Zadi through. Goalkeeper José Manuel Reina opted not to dive at the forward's feet, forcing him wide and out of play. The home pressure subsided as Liverpool took charge of possession, and when the visitors finally put together a passing movement with pace, they took the lead.

Captain's role
Steven Gerrard received a pass from García and slipped the ball sideways for Cissé to advance into the box and rifle it into the net from a tight angle. Captain Gerrard was again the provider for the second goal when he whipped a free-kick into the CSKA area for Morientes to head a fine effort past Eugen Hmaruc.

CSKA score
Another Liverpool goal at this point would have ended the tie as a contest, and the visitors had wasted several good openings by the time Mourad Hidiouad got away on the left and sent in a cross which Petar Dimitrov nodded past an exposed Reina.

Final flourish
The holders found themselves facing fired-up opponents after the break, but finally got a third goal in the 58th minute when an excellent exchange saw the ball passed from Gerrard to Cissé, back to Gerrard and then into the feet of Morientes five metres out. The former Real Madrid CF man had the composure to turn and force the ball through Hmaruc's legs for what proved to be the night's final flourish.

Advantage secured
Late bookings for García and Stephen Warnock preceded a fine stoppage-time save by Reina from Evgeni Yordanov which preserved the English team's two-goal advantage.

Last updated: 11/08/05 11.43CET

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Lineups

cska sofia

CSKA Sofia

liverpool

Liverpool

31
HmarucEvgeni Hmaruc (GK)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
2
ZabavníkRadoslav Zabavník
3
FinnanSteve Finnan
27
Tiago SilvaTiago Silva
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä
29
GueyeIbrahima Gueye
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
33
MatićSlavko Matić
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
Substitution70
18
HdiouadMourad Hdiouad
Yellow Card61
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
Goal25
7
YanevHristo Yanev
Substitution35
10
Luis GarcíaLuis García
Yellow Card86
23
GargorovEmil Gargorov (C)
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Substitution65
8
DimitrovVelizar Dimitrov
Goal45
Substitution58
19
MorientesFernando Morientes
Goal31
Goal58
Substitution78
11
Dah ZadiGuillaume Dah Zadi
Substitution79
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
30
Y. TodorovYordan Todorov
28
WarnockStephen Warnock
Yellow Card88

Substitutes

1
MaksićDejan Maksić (GK)
20
CarsonScott Carson (GK)
4
Adrian IvanovAdrian Ivanov
5
BarošMilan Baroš
15
Petar DimitrovPetar Dimitrov
Substitution35
16
HamannDietmar Hamann
Substitution65
21
SakalievStoyko Sakaliev
Substitution58
22
SissokoMohamed Sissoko
Substitution70
19
YordanovEvgeni Yordanov
Substitution79
36
BarragánAntonio Barragán
Substitution78
20
YurukovYordan Yurukov
37
WhitbreadZak Whitbread
17
MatkoMatija Matko

Coach

Miodrag Jesic (SRB) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Jan W. Wegereef (NED)

Assistant referees

Arend Brink (NED), Roger Geutjes (NED)

Fourth official

Reinold Wiedemeijer (NED)

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