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Ngog strike brings Reds relief

Published: Thursday 18 February 2010, 23.15CET
Liverpool FC 1-0 FC Unirea Urziceni
David Ngog's header nine minutes from time provided Liverpool with a narrow advantage to take to Romania for the second leg next Thursday.

Match statistics

LiverpoolUnirea Urziceni

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target22
 
5
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners14
 
1
Offsides1
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
8
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 18 February 2010, 23.15CET

Ngog strike brings Reds relief

Liverpool FC 1-0 FC Unirea Urziceni
David Ngog's header nine minutes from time provided Liverpool with a narrow advantage to take to Romania for the second leg next Thursday.

David Ngog's late header earned Liverpool FC a narrow advantage to take to Romania after a match in which FC Unirea Urziceni made life awkward for their hosts at Anfield.

Liverpool are three-times UEFA Cup winners and manager Rafael Benítez lifted the trophy with Valencia CF in 2004. Yet they struggled to open up a resolute Unirea side in what was both clubs' first appearance in the revamped UEFA Europa League and required the intervention of substitutes Ryan Babel and Daniel Pacheco who combined to set up Ngog with nine minutes remaining. Babel swung a cross over from the left which Pacheco met at the far post, nodding the ball across to Ngog to finish.

The Merseysiders lost twice at Anfield in the UEFA Champions League group stage but a more comfortable evening looked on the cards when, inside 30 seconds, Steven Gerrard got clear to force an early save from Giedrius Arlauskis. Yet the game took a different course with the visitors, making their first competitive outing since mid-December, showing the spirit and resilience that helped them earn more UEFA Champions League points than Liverpool before both finished third in their pools.

In new coach Roni Levy's first outing since replacing Dan Petrescu, Unirea sat deep and set out to contain Liverpool, and it was a plan that largely succeeded, despite a 10-0 corner count by half-time. Dirk Kuyt drew a low save from Arlauskis, who also stopped Ngog's deflected shot, but otherwise Liverpool were frustrated.

The game opened up fractionally after the break with the occasional Unirea foray into Liverpool territory, and Fábio Aurelio forced a fingertip save from Arlauskis with a 20-metre effort just after the hour. Martin Škrtel then headed over from an Aurelio corner, while Arlauskis denied Gerrard. There was a glimmer of a chance for Iulian Apostol at the other end as he robbed Javier Mascherano and curled a shot wide, but Liverpool soon had their breakthrough.

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Lineups

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Liverpool

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Unirea Urziceni

25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
1
ArlauskisGiedrius Arlauskis (GK)
4
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Substitution75
6
GalamazGeorge Galamaz (C)
5
AggerDaniel Agger
7
BilaşcoMarius Bilaşco
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
8
ParaschivSorin Paraschiv
Substitution86
11
RieraAlbert Riera
Substitution63
10
PădureţuRăzvan Pădureţu
Substitution90+1
12
Fábio AurélioFábio Aurélio
25
OnofraşMarius Onofraş
Substitution75
18
KuytDirk Kuyt
19
BrandánPablo Brandán
Yellow Card58
20
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
Yellow Card68
22
Bruno FernandesBruno Fernandes
Yellow Card41
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
24
MafteiVasile Maftei
24
NgogDavid Ngog
Goal81
Substitution89
30
FrunzăSorin Frunză
37
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel
32
ApostolIulian Apostol

Substitutes

1
CavalieriDiego Cavalieri (GK)
74
TudorDaniel Tudor (GK)
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
4
MehmedovićErsin Mehmedović
19
BabelRyan Babel
Substitution63
14
RusescuRaul Rusescu
Substitution90+1
21
LucasLucas
Substitution89
16
NicuEpaminonda Nicu
22
InsuaEmiliano Insua
18
Ricardo GomesRicardo Gomes
Substitution86
27
P. DegenPhilipp Degen
20
MarinescuLaurenţiu Marinescu
Substitution75
47
PachecoDaniel Pacheco
Substitution75
23
BordeanuValeriu Bordeanu

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Roni Levy (ISR)

Referee

Eric Braamhaar (NED)

Assistant referees

Wilco Lobbert (NED), Rob van de Ven (NED)

Fourth official

Tom van Sichem (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Pol van Boekel (NED), Peter Janssen (NED)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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