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Cissé adds to Anderlecht agony

Published: Thursday 20 October 2005, 0.45CET
RSC Anderlecht 0-1 Liverpool FC The holders moved nearer qualification from Group G as they condemned Anderlecht to a tenth straight group stage defeat.
by David Minton
from Constant Vanden Stock

Match statistics

AnderlechtLiverpool

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target4
 
6
Attempts off target6
 
9
Corners7
 
6
Offsides6
 
1
Fouls committed12
 
13
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 20 October 2005, 0.45CET

Cissé adds to Anderlecht agony

RSC Anderlecht 0-1 Liverpool FC The holders moved nearer qualification from Group G as they condemned Anderlecht to a tenth straight group stage defeat.

Liverpool FC's second away win in UEFA Champions League Group G has kept the holders on course for the knockout phase. Striker Djibril Cissé's 20th-minute volley condemned RSC Anderlecht to their third 1-0 defeat in the section, while extending the hosts' unwanted record at this stage of the competition to ten straight losses.

Changes made
Rafael Benítez handed Sami Hyypiä a 53rd consecutive European start as he opted for a seemingly conservative 4-5-1 formation with Cissé the lone striker. Anderlecht, for their part, made three changes. Hannu Tihinen's recovery from illness consigned Lamine Traoré to the bench while Bart Goor and Pär Zetterberg replaced Fabrice Ehret and Walter Baseggio respectively.

Goor denied
Goor was immediately in the action, played through on goal by Christian Wilhelmsson after a flowing move, but José Manuel Reina came sharply off his line to save with his legs.

Riise to the fore
Gradually the visitors found their stride with Dietmar Hamann shooting narrowly wide before Luis García missed a golden chance in the 13th minute, firing over from in front of goal from John Arne Riise's perfectly weighted pull-back. Finding space on the left, Riise was becoming ever more involved. The Norwegian's curled effort with his less-favoured right foot was brilliantly turned behind by Silvio Proto.

Cissé strike
That was the precursor to the goal as the ensuing corner, swung in by Hamann, was brilliantly volleyed home by Cissé for his ninth goal of the season.

Chances spurned
A second almost followed in similar fashion. Again a corner caused problems for the home defence, but this time goalkeeper Proto made an outstanding point-blank save from Djimi Traoré. Goor spurned Anderlecht's best opportunity to equalise before the break, collecting Mbo Mpenza's controlled header but skewing the ball off target.

Riise rocket
Riise, continuing to venture down the left flank to great effect, flashed a thunderous volley centimetres wide as the second half got under way. Anderlecht replied with Anthony Vanden Borre's poked attempt forcing Reina into action.

Wilhelmsson threatens
The action became stretched as Anderlecht desperately chased their first goal of the group stage, seeking to exploit the room left by Riise's forays forward. A sign of coach Frank Vercauteren's intent saw holding midfielder Yves Vanderhaeghe replaced by Baseggio. They had a penalty appeal refused when Wilhelmsson's cross was blocked by Jamie Carragher, and the Swedish midfielder then shot across goal as the fightback gathered momentum.

Cissé chance
But Liverpoool were breaking dangerously and Cissé held his head in his hands after dragging a left-foot effort just wide from yet another opening created by the indefatigable Riise.

Changes made
Anderlecht were unbowed, although another Vanden Borre miss at the far post left the home supporters frustrated. With fifteen minutes remaining the coaches made contrasting substitutions. Harry Kewell made his first appearance since May's UEFA Champions League final, on for Cissé, while Anderlecht switched to three at the back with forward Akin Serhat replacing Olivier Deschacht.

Proto brilliance
A wonderful Proto save with his feet prevented Mohamed Sissoko adding a second for Liverpool, who continued to threaten on the break with García denied by another fine stop in the dying minutes. However, Liverpool were content with the solitary strike which keeps them alongside Chelsea FC at the top of Group G on seven points, four above Real Betis Balompié with Anderlecht looking doomed to a fight for a UEFA Cup place at best.

Last updated: 20/10/05 9.54CET

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Lineups

anderlecht

Anderlecht

liverpool

Liverpool

13
ProtoSilvio Proto (GK)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
Yellow Card85
3
DeschachtOlivier Deschacht
Substitution75
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä
4
VanderhaegheYves Vanderhaeghe
Substitution61
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
Substitution88
8
JeštrovićNenad Ještrović
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
Goal20
Substitution75
9
Mbo MpenzaMbo Mpenza
10
Luis GarcíaLuis García
14
GoorBart Goor
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Yellow Card60
17
WilhelmssonChristian Wilhelmsson
16
HamannDietmar Hamann
21
ZetterbergPär Zetterberg (C)
17
JosemiJosemi
30
TihinenHannu Tihinen
Substitution50
21
TraoréDjimi Traoré
31
De ManMark De Man
22
SissokoMohamed Sissoko
Substitution82
37
Vanden BorreAnthony Vanden Borre
23
CarragherJamie Carragher (C)

Substitutes

1
ZítkaDaniel Zítka (GK)
20
CarsonScott Carson (GK)
6
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
3
FinnanSteve Finnan
10
BaseggioWalter Baseggio
Substitution61
7
KewellHarry Kewell
Substitution75
11
PujolGrégory Pujol
15
CrouchPeter Crouch
15
HasiBesnik Hasi
19
MorientesFernando Morientes
24
SerhatAkın Serhat
Substitution75
28
WarnockStephen Warnock
Substitution88
34
TraoréLamine Traoré
Substitution50
30
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
Substitution82

Coach

Frank Vercauteren (BEL) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Massimo Busacca (SUI)

Assistant referees

Matthias Arnet (SUI), Stéphane Cuhat (SUI)

Fourth official

Carlo Bertolini (SUI)

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