The official website for European football

Lively Liverpool in command

Published: Wednesday 2 November 2005, 0.20CET
Liverpool FC 3-0 RSC Anderlecht Goals from Fernando Morientes, Luis García and substitute Djibril Cissé put the holders clear in Group G.
by Alex O'Henley
from Anfield

Match statistics

LiverpoolAnderlecht

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target11
 
2
Attempts off target10
 
5
Corners6
 
2
Offsides5
 
9
Fouls committed13
 
5
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
1

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 2 November 2005, 0.20CET

Lively Liverpool in command

Liverpool FC 3-0 RSC Anderlecht Goals from Fernando Morientes, Luis García and substitute Djibril Cissé put the holders clear in Group G.

Liverpool FC returned to the top of Group G and all but clinched their place in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League with a 3-0 victory against ten-man RSC Anderlecht.

Eleventh defeat
Goals from Fernando Morientes, Luis García and substitute Djibril Cissé mean the defending champions are on ten points with two games left to play having consigned the Belgian side, who had Nenad Ještrović sent off in the closing stages, to their eleventh consecutive defeat in the competition.

Morientes return
Morientes made his first start for Liverpool in the group stage, partnering Peter Crouch in attack with Cissé, scorer of the only goal when the teams met a fortnight ago, dropping to the bench. Frank Vercauteren made three changes to his Anderlecht side following their 2-2 draw at KSC Lokeren OV last Friday with Roland Juhász and Hannu Tihinen returning from injury to bolster the defence.

Wilhelmsson chance
It was the visitors who created the first real opening when captain Pär Zetterberg picked out the run of Christian Wilhelmsson only for the Swedish midfielder to allow the ball to run harmlessly through to José Manuel Reina. Bart Goor then went close with a long-range free-kick before Liverpool constructed their best move of the match on 22 minutes. Steven Gerrard, still operating on the right, received an astute pass from Steve Finnan before whipping in a cross for Crouch, who squeezed the ball just wide of the post.

Proto alert
Liverpool were enjoying plenty of possession without finding the killer pass but they almost made the breakthrough ten minutes later. This time Gerrard returned the compliment to Finnan, who crossed from the right to find Morientes in space six metres out. The Spanish international instinctively volleyed goalwards but his effort was straight at Silvio Proto, and when the ball broke back for Crouch he prodded wide.

Wonder goal
Liverpool were not to be denied though and a minute later they were ahead. Again Gerrard was the orchestrator, the captain drifting infield before flighting a perfectly judged pass into the path of Morientes on the right of the area. The former Real Madrid CF man controlled the ball on his chest before rifling an excellent right-footed shot past the outstretched hand of Proto into the bottom corner.

Influential Gerrard
The hosts continued on the offensive at the start of the second period with Mohamed Sissoko and Jamie Carragher both going close. Rafael Benítez introduced Boudewijn Zenden for Morientes on 52 minutes, leaving García with the responsibility of supporting Crouch. The substitution paid immediate dividends when Liverpool doubled their advantage just after the hour. Finnan swung in another good cross from the right and García nipped in front of Tihinen to glance a perfectly-directed header past Proto.

Opening strike
The Spanish midfielder was given another opportunity moments later when Mark De Man presented him with possession ten metres out but García shot straight at Proto. Liverpool were threatening to score at will although Wilhelmsson - Anderlecht's best player - gave them a fright on 64 minutes when he dribbled in from the left past Carragher before Reina saved.

Cissé climax
Anderlecht played the last 15 minutes with only ten men after substitute Ještrović appeared to aim an insult at Sissoko and referee Kim Milton Nielsen immediately reached into his pocket to produce a red card. Substitute Cissé added a calm third with a minute remaining as Liverpool marched inexorably towards the last 16.

Last updated: 02/11/05 0.22CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2005/matches/round=2201/match=1100310/postmatch/report/index.html#lively+liverpool+command

Lineups

liverpool

Liverpool

anderlecht

Anderlecht

25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
13
ProtoSilvio Proto (GK)
3
FinnanSteve Finnan
4
VanderhaegheYves Vanderhaeghe
Substitution70
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä
5
JuhászRoland Juhász
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
6
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
Substitution79
9
Mbo MpenzaMbo Mpenza
Substitution82
10
Luis GarcíaLuis García
Goal61
14
GoorBart Goor
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
17
WilhelmssonChristian Wilhelmsson
15
CrouchPeter Crouch
Substitution72
21
ZetterbergPär Zetterberg (C)
19
MorientesFernando Morientes
Goal34
Substitution52
24
SerhatAkın Serhat
Substitution70
22
SissokoMohamed Sissoko
Yellow Card21
30
TihinenHannu Tihinen
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
31
De ManMark De Man

Substitutes

1
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
1
ZítkaDaniel Zítka (GK)
7
KewellHarry Kewell
Substitution79
3
DeschachtOlivier Deschacht
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
Substitution72
Goal89
8
JeštrovićNenad Ještrović
Substitution70
Red Card75
16
HamannDietmar Hamann
10
BaseggioWalter Baseggio
Substitution82
17
JosemiJosemi
11
PujolGrégory Pujol
Substitution70
28
WarnockStephen Warnock
15
HasiBesnik Hasi
30
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
Substitution52
34
TraoréLamine Traoré

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Frank Vercauteren (BEL)

Referee

Kim Milton Nielsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Joergen Jepsen (DEN), Torben Jensen (DEN)

Fourth official

Knud Stadsgaard (DEN)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE words, the UEFA Champions League logo and trophy and the UEFA Champions League Final logos are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.