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Liverpool spoil Toulouse's big day

Published: Thursday 16 August 2007, 0.40CET
Toulouse FC 0-1 Liverpool FC Andriy Voronin's powerful finish earned last season's runners-up victory in the afternoon heat of Toulouse.
Liverpool spoil Toulouse's big day
Peter Crouch (left) congratulates goalscorer Andriy Voronin ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ToulouseLiverpool

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 16 August 2007, 0.40CET

Liverpool spoil Toulouse's big day

Toulouse FC 0-1 Liverpool FC Andriy Voronin's powerful finish earned last season's runners-up victory in the afternoon heat of Toulouse.

Andriy Voronin's classy finish gave last season's UEFA Champions League finalists Liverpool FC victory at Toulouse FC in the first leg of their third qualifying round tie.

Powerful shot
Voronin was making his European debut for Liverpool after his summer transfer from Bayer 04 Leverkusen and, just before half-time, the Ukrainian's powerful shot gave the five-time champions a lead to take to Anfield on 28 August. Toulouse, on their UEFA Champions League bow, have a tough task if they are to win a two-legged European tie for only the second time.

Afternoon heat
With the game kicking off in the afternoon due to the Assumption Day holiday in France, a temperature in excess of 30C contributed to the quiet opening. Steven Gerrard curled a free-kick centimetres wide on three minutes with the ball only just eluding Voronin, but it was not until midway through the half that the next real chance arrived, Gerrard shooting over.

Voronin strikes
Johan Elmander's angled effort forced Pepe Reina into a save before the half-hour, but with both teams sitting back the goal came as something of a surprise. Steve Finnan's long ball was headed on by Peter Crouch on the edge of the box to Voronin who controlled, turned and fired past a helpless Nicolas Douchez in the Toulouse goal.

Douchez intervention
Fodé Mansare came into the Toulouse midfield for the second half, when the home side were restricted to long-range attempts from Achille Emana and Elmander. Douchez then made a superb intervention as Crouch looked to head the ball beyond his grasp, while Gerrard again came close after fine work by Ryan Babel, who formed a useful understanding with his new team-mate.

Torres bow
With around 15 minutes left another Liverpool signing, Fernando Torres, made his UEFA Champions League debut as Voronin's replacement, but the Spain forward never really had an opportunity to emulate his colleague by getting on the scoresheet. Still, Liverpool's record of never exiting this competition in the third qualifying round seems on course to continue.

Last updated: 16/08/07 10.17CET

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Lineups

toulouse

Toulouse

liverpool

Liverpool

15
Paulo CésarPaulo César
Substitution69
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
10
BergougnouxBryan Bergougnoux
Substitution46
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
25
DieuzeNicolas Dieuze (C)
15
CrouchPeter Crouch
16
DouchezNicolas Douchez (GK)
3
FinnanSteve Finnan
13
EbondoAlbin Ebondo
Substitution83
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
Substitution64
9
ElmanderJohan Elmander
Yellow Card59
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä
2
FofanaMohamed Fofana
20
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
5
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
14
SirieixPantxi Sirieix
10
VoroninAndriy Voronin
Goal43
Substitution78
20
EmanaAchille Emana
11
BenayounYossi Benayoun
Substitution58
28
CettoMauro Cetto
Yellow Card79
19
BabelRyan Babel

Substitutes

8
BatllesLaurent Batlles
5
AggerDaniel Agger
7
MansaréFodé Mansaré
Substitution46
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
1
RiouRudy Riou (GK)
18
KuytDirk Kuyt
6
Jonsson                       Jon Olafur Jonsson
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
Substitution58
21
GignacAndré-Pierre Gignac
Substitution69
22
SissokoMohamed Sissoko
Substitution64
17
FabinhoFabinho
9
TorresFernando Torres
Substitution78
22
SissokoMoussa Sissoko
Substitution83
Yellow Card90+1
30
ItandjeCharles Itandje (GK)

Coach

Élie Baup (FRA) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE), Christos Gennaios (GRE)

Fourth official

Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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