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Liverpool revived by record triumph

Published: Wednesday 7 November 2007, 0.58CET
Liverpool FC 8-0 Beşiktaş JK
Yossi Benayoun scored a hat-trick as the Reds claimed the biggest victory in UEFA Champions League history.
by John Mathews
from Anfield

Match statistics

LiverpoolBeşiktaş

Goals scored8
 
0
Attempts on target19
 
1
Attempts off target8
 
2
Corners3
 
2
Offsides5
 
2
Fouls committed11
 
16
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

Legend:

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Matches

6 November 2007

A Liverpool
8-0
Beşiktaş
A Porto
2-1
Marseille
B Valencia
0-2
Rosenborg
B Schalke
0-0
Chelsea
C Lazio
2-1
Werder
D Celtic
1-0
Benfica
D Shakhtar
0-3
Milan
C Olympiacos
0-0
Real Madrid

7 November 2007

 
Published: Wednesday 7 November 2007, 0.58CET

Liverpool revived by record triumph

Liverpool FC 8-0 Beşiktaş JK
Yossi Benayoun scored a hat-trick as the Reds claimed the biggest victory in UEFA Champions League history.

A Yossi Benayoun hat-trick, two goals apiece for Ryan Babel and Peter Crouch, and a further strike by Steven Gerrard earned Liverpool FC a record UEFA Champions League victory as they swept Beşiktaş JK aside.

Dream response
One point from their opening three matches had left the 2005 winners looking isolated at the bottom of Group A, but they responded in the best possible fashion. Two goals to the good at half-time, they ran away with the game in the second period as Beşiktaş, with memories of beating Liverpool a fortnight ago still fresh, suffered a night to forget.

No tension
If Liverpool and their supporters were tense, there were no obvious signs to begin with. Crouch set up Andriy Voronin for the first opportunity in the fourth minute but the Ukrainian international could not control the England striker's cushioned header and dragged his effort wide. Crouch went close soon after, rising as high as only he seemingly can to meet John Arne Riise's cross, and although he headed a metre wide, his persistence would soon pay off.

Crouch strikes
On 19 minutes Crouch grabbed the breakthrough when he was unwittingly released by Beşiktaş midfielder Edouard Cissé, and although goalkeeper Hakan Arıkan parried his initial strike, he reacted quickest to the rebound and steered it home. Buoyed by their positive start, last season's runners-up only turned up the pressure on Beşiktaş. İbrahim Üzülmez had to head the ball off the line to deny Riise, though the Norwegian was instrumental in creating Liverpool's second.

Benayoun goal
Riise's quickly taken throw-in found Voronin in space down the left and he picked out Benayoun with a measured cross. If the Israeli had been unlucky not to score on 13 minutes when his attempt clipped a post, he made sure second time around – he steadied himself before powering a shot past Hakan Arıkan and into the corner to make it 2-0 on 32 minutes.

Hat-trick complete
Eleven minutes into the second half, Benayoun had completed his hat-trick with a pair of tap-ins that owed much to being in the right place at the right time. In the 53rd minute he side-footed into the unguarded net after Hakan Arıkan had blocked Riise's shot into his path, and when the Beşiktaş goalkeeper failed to hold a stinging free-kick by Gerrard, the midfielder tidied up to claim the first UEFA Champions League hat-trick of the season. Gerrard then blasted in the fifth with the benefit of a deflection in the 69th minute following a neat one-two with Voronin.

Breathless finish
Benayoun turned provider 12 minutes from time, supplying the cross for Babel to fox Hakan Arıkan with a clever back-heel, and there was more than a touch of good fortune about the Dutchman's second when İbrahim Toraman's attempted clearance bounced off Babel's back and looped into the net. With the Kop demanding an eighth, Babel almost answered their calls when nodding against the crossbar, but Crouch eventually obliged with a minute to go, his glancing header coming courtesy of another Benayoun centre.

Last updated: 08/11/07 3.30CET

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Lineups

liverpool

Liverpool

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Beşiktaş

25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
84
Hakan ArıkanHakan Arıkan (GK)
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä
2
Serdar KurtuluşSerdar Kurtuluş
Substitution62
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
3
Mehmet SedefMehmet Sedef
Substitution78
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
Goal69
Substitution73
10
DelgadoMatías Delgado
10
VoroninAndriy Voronin
Substitution72
13
BobôBobô
11
BenayounYossi Benayoun
Goal32
Goal53
Goal56
15
DiattaLamine Diatta
12
Fábio AurélioFábio Aurélio
Substitution63
18
CisséÉdouard Cissé
15
CrouchPeter Crouch
Goal19
Goal89
19
İbrahim Üzülmezİbrahim Üzülmez (C)
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
21
Serdar ÖzkanSerdar Özkan
Yellow Card11
Substitution46
20
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
41
Koray AvcıKoray Avcı
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
58
İbrahim Toramanİbrahim Toraman

Substitutes

40
MartinDavid Martin (GK)
1
Rüştü ReçberRüştü Reçber (GK)
3
FinnanSteve Finnan
6
Mehmet YozgatlıMehmet Yozgatlı
7
KewellHarry Kewell
Substitution72
9
HiguaínFederico Higuaín
Substitution62
9
TorresFernando Torres
17
RicardinhoRicardinho
Substitution78
18
KuytDirk Kuyt
22
Ali TandoğanAli Tandoğan
Substitution46
19
BabelRyan Babel
Substitution63
Goal78
Goal81
78
İbrahim Kaşİbrahim Kaş
21
LucasLucas
Substitution73
99
Batuhan KaradenizBatuhan Karadeniz

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Ertuğrul Sağlam (TUR)

Referee

Markus Merk (GER)

Assistant referees

Sönke Glindemann (GER), Peter Henes (GER)

Fourth official

Jochen Drees (GER)

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