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Last-gasp González lifts Reds

Published: Wednesday 9 August 2006, 23.53CET
Liverpool FC 2-1 Maccabi Haifa FC Late substitute Mark González struck with virtually his first touch to earn Liverpool a hard-earned victory at Anfield.

Match statistics

LiverpoolM. Haifa

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 9 August 2006, 23.53CET

Last-gasp González lifts Reds

Liverpool FC 2-1 Maccabi Haifa FC Late substitute Mark González struck with virtually his first touch to earn Liverpool a hard-earned victory at Anfield.

Mark González had been on the field for no more than two minutes when he announced his arrival as a Liverpool FC player in the best possible way, scoring the Reds' late winner in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League third round qualifying tie against Maccabi Haifa FC.

Confident display
Up to the Chilean's 88th-minute strike, the Israeli champions had looked poised to earn a draw following a confident display in the backyard of the five-times winners. Not only did Maccabi frustrate Liverpool for long spells, they also stunned the Anfield crowd by taking the lead through the nippy Brazilian Gustavo Boccoli just before the half-hour mark.

Cool finish
Israeli football's players' player of the year ran from inside his own half and exchanged passes with Roberto Colautt before finishing coolly in the corner past the on-rushing Pepe Reina. Liverpool were back on level terms within four minutes, however, as Mohamed Sissoko's strike was parried by Nir Davidovich and another debutant, Craig Bellamy, reacted quickest to sweep the rebound into the roof of the net.

Delayed kick-off
The home side had approached the match anxious to put the record straight after three consecutive friendly defeats, but with the rain falling heavily on Merseyside, Rafael Benítez's team were forced to wait as referee Wolfgang Stark delayed the kick-off for ten minutes due to crowd congestion outside the ground.

Gerrard pushed forward
Liverpool lined up in a 4-4-1-1 formation with Steven Gerrard pushed forward into an advanced role supporting Bellamy, and Boudewijn Zenden and Jermaine Pennant tasked with providing the ammunition from the flanks. Other than Bellamy's strike, however, a powerful John Arne Riise drive that flew comfortably wide was the best of their first-half efforts.

Maccabi threat
For Maccabi, the lively Congolese, Alain Masudi, caught the eye on the right flank while Brazilian midfielders Dirceu Xavir, Xavier Anderson and Boccoli displayed no lack of creativity. Indeed even after the introduction of Luis García and Peter Crouch in the Liverpool attack, the visitors looked threatening as the clock ticked down. Roberto Colautti's header across goal missed by a whisker, with Reina credited for a fingertip save. As it was the winner arrived at the other end but Maccabi retain reason for optimism ahead of the second leg at a neutral venue on 23 August.

Last updated: 10/08/06 11.24CET

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Lineups

liverpool

Liverpool

m. haifa

M. Haifa

25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
1
DavidovitchNir Davidovitch (GK)
3
FinnanSteve Finnan
3
HaraziAlon Harazi
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä
5
AndersonXavier Anderson
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
7
BoccoliGustavo Boccoli
Goal29
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
Substitution86
9
ColauttiRoberto Colautti
Yellow Card78
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
10
MasudiAlain Masudi
Substitution89
16
PennantJermaine Pennant
15
XavirDirceu Xavir
17
BellamyCraig Bellamy
Goal32
Substitution65
18
MagralashviliHaim Magralashvili
Yellow Card40
22
SissokoMohamed Sissoko
Yellow Card64
19
OlarraRafael Olarra
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
20
KatanYaniv Katan (C)
Substitution86
32
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
Substitution55
21
KeinanDekel Keinan

Substitutes

1
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
22
Al-MadonTom Al-Madon (GK)
10
Luis GarcíaLuis García
Substitution55
12
MeliksonMaor Melikson
Substitution86
11
GonzálezMark González
Substitution86
Goal87
14
MeshumarEyal Meshumar
Substitution89
15
CrouchPeter Crouch
Substitution65
2
KananIslam Kanan
2
KromkampJan Kromkamp
8
SuanAbas Suan
29
PalettaGabriel Paletta
16
HemedTomer Hemed
37
PeltierLee Peltier
17
GazalRavid Gazal

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Roni Levy (ISR)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER), Harry Ehing (GER)

Fourth official

Felix Brych (GER)

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