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Unirea undone by Liverpool pedigree

Published: Thursday 25 February 2010, 20.48CET
FC Unirea Urziceni 1-3 Liverpool FC (agg: 1-4)
Javier Mascherano, Ryan Babel and Steven Gerrard ensured the five-time European champions' progress.
Unirea undone by Liverpool pedigree
Yossi Benayoun (left) is first to congratulate Javier Mascherano on his equaliser against Unirea ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Unirea UrziceniLiverpool

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target11
 
9
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners8
 
5
Offsides1
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
15
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 25 February 2010, 20.48CET

Unirea undone by Liverpool pedigree

FC Unirea Urziceni 1-3 Liverpool FC (agg: 1-4)
Javier Mascherano, Ryan Babel and Steven Gerrard ensured the five-time European champions' progress.

Liverpool FC came from behind to beat FC Unirea Urziceni 3-1 on the night and 4-1 on aggregate to book a place in the UEFA Europa League round of 16.

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Though Rafael Benítez's charges did ultimately ensure the natural order, they did so the hard way. The first-leg advantage handed to them by David Ngog's late strike at Anfield was quickly wiped out by Bruno Fernandes, but Javier Mascherano's first goal of the season restored parity in Romania. Ryan Babel and Steven Gerrard then gave the Reds a three-goal cushion that proved enough for the Premier League side to cruise through to a last-16 date with LOSC Lille Métropole.

Unirea were not cowed by their visitors' European pedigree, deservedly going in front inside 20 minutes. Liverpool's defence were caught flat-footed by Răzvan Pădureţu's corner and Bruno Fernandes climbed highest to ignite the tie. The response was not long in coming, though, and after Gerrard tried his luck from distance, Mascherano showed his captain how to do it, rifling in from 20 metres to draw the Reds level.

Unirea were unbowed as Pădureţu's artistry and set-piece delivery continued to cause trouble, but it was Gerrard who came to the fore five minutes before half-time, delivering a free-kick that found its way to Babel, who controlled with aplomb, swivelled and finished.

Another Gerrard set piece prompted Unirea goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis into action soon after the break, yet it was from open play that the England midfielder put the tie to bed once and for all. Yossi Benayoun did the legwork, snaking his way through the Unirea defence before cleverly feeding his midfield colleague, whose finish spun in via Arlauskis's legs. Marius Ioan Bilaşco was somehow denied by Pepe Reina late on but the damage had long since been done.

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Lineups

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Unirea Urziceni

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Liverpool

1
ArlauskisGiedrius Arlauskis (GK)
Yellow Card54
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
6
GalamazGeorge Galamaz (C)
Substitution27
5
AggerDaniel Agger
7
BilaşcoMarius Bilaşco
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
Goal57
8
ParaschivSorin Paraschiv
Substitution56
15
BenayounYossi Benayoun
Substitution77
10
PădureţuRăzvan Pădureţu
19
BabelRyan Babel
Yellow Card20
Goal41
22
Bruno FernandesBruno Fernandes
Goal19
Yellow Card31
20
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
Goal30
Yellow Card61
23
BordeanuValeriu Bordeanu
21
LucasLucas
24
MafteiVasile Maftei
22
InsuaEmiliano Insua
25
OnofraşMarius Onofraş
Yellow Card28
Substitution62
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
Substitution61
30
FrunzăSorin Frunză
24
NgogDavid Ngog
32
ApostolIulian Apostol
37
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel
Substitution66

Substitutes

74
TudorDaniel Tudor (GK)
1
CavalieriDiego Cavalieri (GK)
4
MehmedovićErsin Mehmedović
Substitution27
4
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
14
RusescuRaul Rusescu
9
TorresFernando Torres
16
NicuEpaminonda Nicu
12
Fábio AurélioFábio Aurélio
Substitution77
17
SemedoAntónio Semedo
Substitution62
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
Substitution66
18
Ricardo GomesRicardo Gomes
Substitution56
18
KuytDirk Kuyt
20
MarinescuLaurenţiu Marinescu
34
KellyMartin Kelly
Substitution61

Coach

Roni Levy (ISR) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Stefan Johannesson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Magnus Sjöblom (SWE), Peter Martinsson (SWE)

Fourth official

Magnus Ahlsèn (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Martin Ingvarsson (SWE), Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)

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