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Gerrard on the spot to save Liverpool

Published: Wednesday 5 November 2008, 0.55CET
Liverpool FC 1-1 Club Atlético de Madrid
Steven Gerrard's penalty five minutes into added time earned the hosts a share of the Group D spoils following Maxi Rodríguez's first-half opener.
by John Mathews
from Anfield
Gerrard on the spot to save Liverpool
Steven Gerrard sweeps in Liverpool's late penalty ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LiverpoolAtlético

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
2
Attempts off target11
 
3
Corners11
 
2
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed7
 
15
Yellow cards0
5
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Wednesday 5 November 2008, 0.55CET

Gerrard on the spot to save Liverpool

Liverpool FC 1-1 Club Atlético de Madrid
Steven Gerrard's penalty five minutes into added time earned the hosts a share of the Group D spoils following Maxi Rodríguez's first-half opener.

Steven Gerrard's penalty five minutes into added time earned Liverpool FC a share of the Group D spoils, denying Club Atlético de Madrid a famous victory at Anfield.

Poor record
The Spanish side looked to have sealed progress to the UEFA Champions League knockout stages as they led through Maxi Rodríguez's 37th-minute opener, but Liverpool, and Gerrard in particular, can never be discounted. Atlético had put up stout resistance to mounting pressure from the hosts until Mariano Pernía fouled Gerrard in the box. The England international midfielder is a past master at late interventions and duly sent Leo Franco the wrong way to grab a late, late equaliser.

Missing stars
Both sets of supporters were disappointed by the absence of star strikers Fernando Torres and Sergio Agüero in the starting lineups, though the latter was fit enough for a place on the visitors' substitutes. The game was not short of pace, however. Liverpool forced a corner after a mere 40 seconds and had a great chance to snatch an early lead. Fábio Aurélio swung the corner in and Robbie Keane forced the ball on to Daniel Agger, but the Danish defender could not connect properly.

Keane opportunity
Keane got much better purchase on a glorious 35-metre pass by Xabi Alonso on 15 minutes but, meeting it on the bounce, he fired narrowly wide. Atlético almost broke through at the other end four minutes later after Diego Forlán set up Mariano Pernía to cross invitingly for Simão, whose instant shot from close range failed to match the approach play, sailing over the bar.

Atlético masterpiece
The opener, when it came for Atlético eight minutes before half-time, was a work of art worthy of Madrid's Prado Museum. Simplicity itself, the move began with a searching long pass from centre-back John Heitinga, which was beautifully controlled by Antonio López on the right flank and, when he crossed to Maxi, one touch by the Argentinian took it past Jamie Carragher before he drilled in low to Pepe Reina's right.

Pressure mounts
Liverpool were visibly sharper as the second half unfolded. Agger was in the thick of things for the English side as he ventured forward again, glancing a header just over the top from Fábio Aurélio's free-kick. Remarkably, the Danish centre-back appeared to be Liverpool's most dangerous weapon, even if his volley from an unmarked position in the box was easily gathered by Leo Franco. A quick one-two between Gerrard and Keane almost unlocked the door on 70 minutes, but the Liverpool skipper's shot was too high while Agger again went close with a header.

Late drama
Atlético introduced Agüero to little effect yet seemed to have weathered the storm, until Gerrard intervened to ensure a repeat of the 1-1 scoreline between these sides a fortnight ago. The teams remain level at the Group D summit, a healthy five points clear of Olympique de Marseille and PSV Eindhoven.

Last updated: 05/11/08 0.06CET

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Lineups

liverpool

Liverpool

atlético

Atlético

25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
25
Leo FrancoLeo Franco (GK)
5
AggerDaniel Agger
3
Antonio LópezAntonio López
7
KeaneRobbie Keane
Substitution71
4
PerníaMariano Pernía
Yellow Card90+3
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
Goal90+5
5
HeitingaJohn Heitinga
Yellow Card90+3
11
RieraAlbert Riera
Substitution61
7
ForlánDiego Forlán
Substitution71
12
Fábio AurélioFábio Aurélio
8
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
11
Maxi RodríguezMaxi Rodríguez (C)
Goal37
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
12
Paulo AssunçãoPaulo Assunção
18
KuytDirk Kuyt
18
ManicheManiche
Yellow Card67
20
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
Substitution77
20
SimãoSimão
Substitution90
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
21
PereaLuis Perea
Yellow Card90+3

Substitutes

1
CavalieriDiego Cavalieri (GK)
1
CoupetGrégory Coupet (GK)
2
DossenaAndrea Dossena
9
Luis GarcíaLuis García
Substitution90
15
BenayounYossi Benayoun
10
AgüeroSergio Agüero
Substitution71
Yellow Card90+3
19
BabelRyan Babel
Substitution61
14
Sinama PongolleFlorent Sinama Pongolle
21
LucasLucas
Substitution77
16
BanegaÉver Banega
24
NgogDavid Ngog
Substitution71
22
Pablo IbáñezPablo Ibáñez
27
P. DegenPhilipp Degen
24
CamachoIgnacio Camacho

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Ignacio Ambríz (MEX)

Referee

Martin Hansson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Stefan Wittberg (SWE), Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)

Fourth official

Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)

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