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Fiorentina spoil Reds' swan song

Published: Thursday 10 December 2009, 0.30CET
Liverpool FC 1-2 ACF Fiorentina
Alberto Gilardino struck in injury time to complete a comeback win that sealed top spot for the Viola and a sorry Liverpool campaign.
by Simon Hart
from Anfield

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Match statistics

LiverpoolFiorentina

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target2
 
8
Attempts off target2
 
3
Corners9
 
7
Offsides7
 
7
Fouls committed7
 
13
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 10 December 2009, 0.30CET

Fiorentina spoil Reds' swan song

Liverpool FC 1-2 ACF Fiorentina
Alberto Gilardino struck in injury time to complete a comeback win that sealed top spot for the Viola and a sorry Liverpool campaign.

Alberto Gilardino struck in injury time to ensure ACF Fiorentina advanced to the UEFA Champions League first knockout round as Group E winners with a 2-1 comeback victory at eliminated Liverpool FC.

Unwanted record
Trailing to Yossi Benayoun's first-half header, the Viola drew level through Martin Jørgensen before Gilardino snatched victory in dramatic fashion when he turned in Juan Vargas's low cross in the final seconds at a rain-sodden Anfield. If a second successive home defeat – an unwanted first in Europe for Liverpool – marked a sorry end to the hosts' UEFA Champions League campaign, for Fiorentina the fairy tale goes on, this fifth consecutive victory ensuring they will fear nobody in the last 16.

Viola threat
Fiorentina entered the contest looking to make sure of top spot in the group and they were almost presented with an early goal by Daniel Agger's under-hit back pass. Mario Santana reacted sharply but Liverpool goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri – making his first UEFA Champions League appearance of the season in place of Pepe Reina – got there first. After Jørgensen had blazed wildly over from the edge of the box, the Viola twice came close to a breakthrough. Lorenzo De Silvestri, one of several fringe players featuring for the injury-hit visitors, powered in a header from a Jørgensen corner that Cavalieri tipped over, the Brazilian then getting down low to turn away Riccardo Montolivo's volley from Jørgensen's next delivery.

Aquilani start
In truth with Liverpool's fate – their first group-stage elimination under Rafael Benítez – already sealed, the match unfolded at a slow tempo. Anfield got its first sight of Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani starting in Liverpool red, four months after his arrival from AS Roma, yet it was their usual inspiration, Steven Gerrard, who set up Benayoun's opening goal two minutes before the break. Gerrard, presented before kick-off with a memento of his recent 500th appearance, swung in a free-kick from the right which Benayoun met at the near post with a glancing header that Sébastien Frey got a hand to but could not stop going in off the far upright.

Inspirational leaders
Scenting a morale-boosting victory, Liverpool found another gear in the second half and Gerrard almost teed up a second with another wickedly delivered free-kick only for Agger to mistime his attempted diving header. Instead, Fiorentina drew level in the 63rd minute through Jørgensen. Gianluca Comotto slipped the ball forward to Gilardino on the edge of Liverpool's area and the striker laid it off to the left where the Viola skipper let fly with a first-time effort. Liverpool sought a response and after Gerrard had shot into the side-netting, 18-year-old debutant Jaime Pacheco – replacing Aquilani – drew a low save from Frey from the edge of the box.

Late winner
Instead, with the rain pouring down, the Viola grabbed victory as Gilardino buried the ball past Cavalieri to send the visiting supporters into raptures. For Liverpool it was a case of what might have been. If games lasted 89 minutes they would be through – yet the UEFA Europa League now awaits a team already stung twice previously in added time by Olympique Lyonnais.

Last updated: 27/11/12 21.31CET

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Lineups

liverpool

Liverpool

fiorentina

Fiorentina

1
CavalieriDiego Cavalieri (GK)
1
FreySébastien Frey (GK)
4
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Substitution76
2
KrøldrupPer Krøldrup
5
AggerDaniel Agger
4
DonadelMarco Donadel
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
11
GilardinoAlberto Gilardino
Goal90+2
Yellow Card90+3
15
BenayounYossi Benayoun
Goal43
14
NataliCesare Natali
18
KuytDirk Kuyt
Substitution65
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
Yellow Card66
20
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
Substitution86
20
JørgensenMartin Jørgensen (C)
Goal63
Substitution72
22
InsuaEmiliano Insua
23
PasqualManuel Pasqual
32
DarbyStephen Darby
24
SantanaMario Santana
Substitution72
37
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel
25
ComottoGianluca Comotto
38
DossenaAndrea Dossena
29
De SilvestriLorenzo De Silvestri
Substitution83

Substitutes

25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
35
AvramovVlada Avramov (GK)
9
TorresFernando Torres
Substitution65
90
SeculinAndrea Seculin (GK)
12
Fábio AurélioFábio Aurélio
Substitution86
6
Vargas Juan Vargas
Substitution72
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
9
CastilloJosé Ignacio Castillo
Substitution83
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
32
MarchionniMarco Marchionni
Substitution72
26
Spearing Jay Spearing
41
AyaRamzi Aya
47
PachecoDaniel Pacheco
Substitution76
45
CarraroFederico Carraro

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Cesare Prandelli (ITA)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Primož Arhar (SVN), Marko Stančin (SVN)

Fourth official

Roberto Ponis (SVN)

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