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Budapest win too late for Liverpool

Published: Wednesday 25 November 2009, 0.46CET
Debreceni VSC 0-1 Liverpool FC
The five-time champions must settle for a place in the UEFA Europa League despite a victory in Hungary secured by David Ngog's goal.
by Chris Burke
from Ferenc Puskás Stadium

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Match statistics

DebrecenLiverpool

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target1
 
6
Attempts off target2
 
9
Corners3
 
12
Offsides3
 
2
Fouls committed22
 
17
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Wednesday 25 November 2009, 0.46CET

Budapest win too late for Liverpool

Debreceni VSC 0-1 Liverpool FC
The five-time champions must settle for a place in the UEFA Europa League despite a victory in Hungary secured by David Ngog's goal.

Liverpool FC supplied the win they needed as a minimum requirement in Budapest, but their evening ended in misery as victory for ACF Fiorentina against Olympique Lyonnais knocked the Merseyside club out of the UEFA Champions League at the first hurdle.

Acute disappointment
The five-time European champions were too strong for Debreceni VSC en route to recording their second Group E success, both against the Hungarian titleholders, but the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 now beckons after Fiorentina overcame Lyon 1-0 to advance with their French opponents. Liverpool's disappointment is sure to be acute, though the damage was done before tonight's contest, which could hardly have started better for Rafael Benítez's men when David Ngog struck the only goal of the game from point-blank range after four minutes.

Perfect start
Missing the injured Fernando Torres for this must-win occasion, Liverpool's travelling supporters were asked to put faith in lone forward Ngog. The 20-year-old Frenchman does not enjoy the rarefied reputation of his Spanish colleague, yet it was he who settled any early nerves, leaping to flick past Vukašin Poleksić after Jamie Carragher had headed back across goal following a short corner. It was the third time in three home matches that Debrecen had conceded inside the first six minutes and they almost fell further behind when Dirk Kuyt plunged in vain to meet a Steven Gerrard cross.

Ngog chances

The visitors' monopoly on possession should perhaps have sparked a second goal, as Ngog fired straight at Poleksić following some bustling work from Kuyt. Finally, with 33 minutes gone, András Herczeg's team had a glimpse of their own at the target, but the promising Gergely Rudolf nodded wide and normal service was resumed when Ngog forced Poleksić to save impressively with a curling effort.

Gerrard threat
The news from Florence must have been dispiriting to Liverpool ears at the interval, yet they quickly settled back into their pattern of domination after the restart. Tangible chances proved harder to come by, however, though fit-again defender Norbert Mészáros had to be quick to block a Gerrard attempt and Poleksić then saved low down from the Reds' captain after his colleagues had worked the ball around from the ensuing corner.

Conviction evaporating
Lucas was next to try his luck with a glancing header too fine to find the net from Kuyt's cross, before a foraging Daniel Agger run allowed Gerrard to let fly a defiant strike from distance that fizzed over. Debrecen were certainly faring no better, despite the introduction of the lively Adamo Coulibaly, but any conviction looked to be slowly seeping out of the Premier League outfit, with the knowledge that this comfortable display could ultimately count for nothing.

Final games
They even began ceding opportunities in the closing minutes as both Coulibaly and Rudolf tested Pepe Reina, the duo seeking to post Debrecen's first point of the section. They will have one last chance away to Lyon on 9 December, when Liverpool will aim to exit the competition on a high at home against Fiorentina.

Last updated: 27/11/12 22.09CET

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Lineups

debrecen

Debrecen

liverpool

Liverpool

1
PoleksićVukašin Poleksić (GK)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
10
BodnárLászló Bodnár
2
G. JohnsonGlen Johnson
14
RudolfGergely Rudolf
5
AggerDaniel Agger
17
MészárosNorbert Mészáros
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
Substitution90+2
21
FodorMarcell Fodor
Substitution78
12
Fábio AurélioFábio Aurélio
Substitution89
24
MijadinoskiMirsad Mijadinoski
18
KuytDirk Kuyt
25
SzelesiZoltán Szélesi
Yellow Card23
20
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
30
KissZoltán Kiss (C)
21
LucasLucas
55
SzakályPéter Szakály
Substitution62
22
InsuaEmiliano Insua
77
CzvitkovicsPéter Czvitkovics
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
86
Z. LaczkóZsolt Laczkó
24
NgogDavid Ngog
Goal4
Substitution77

Substitutes

12
PantićDjordje Pantić (GK)
1
CavalieriDiego Cavalieri (GK)
6
Luis RamosLuis Ramos
4
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Substitution90+2
7
DombiTibor Dombi
Substitution78
15
BenayounYossi Benayoun
Substitution77
16
KomlósiÁdám Komlósi
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
22
BernáthCsaba Bernáth
26
Spearing Jay Spearing
33
J. VargaJózsef Varga
37
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel
39
CoulibalyAdamo Coulibaly
Substitution62
38
DossenaAndrea Dossena
Substitution89

Coach

András Herczeg (HUN) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Björn Kuipers (NED)

Assistant referees

Sander van Roekel (NED), Berry Simons (NED)

Fourth official

Richard Liesveld (NED)

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