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Clinical Liverpool punish Lille lapses

Published: Thursday 18 March 2010, 22.50CET
Liverpool FC 3-0 LOSC Lille Métropole (agg: 3-1)
After an early Steven Gerrard penalty, two second-half efforts from Fernando Torres took Liverpool into the last eight.
by Simon Hart
from Anfield

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Match statistics

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Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target21
 
7
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners5
 
6
Offsides3
 
6
Fouls committed13
 
10
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 18 March 2010, 22.50CET

Clinical Liverpool punish Lille lapses

Liverpool FC 3-0 LOSC Lille Métropole (agg: 3-1)
After an early Steven Gerrard penalty, two second-half efforts from Fernando Torres took Liverpool into the last eight.

Liverpool FC's hopes of applying a silver lining to their troubled season are alive after a 3-0 win against LOSC Lille Métropole carried them into the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals.

Steven Gerrard cancelled out Lille's first-leg advantage with an early penalty before Fernando Torres sealed their progress with two second-half strikes.

Liverpool skipper Gerrard said the first goal would be crucial and he delivered it after only eight minutes. Lucas is not known for his dribbling skills but perhaps inspired by the presence at Anfield of Diego Maradona, the Brazilian jinked between two white shirts before going down under a challenge by Adil Rami.

Torres then embarked on a mesmerising run along the byline that ended with a shot deflected behind. With Liverpool on top, more chances followed. Dirk Kuyt failed to squeeze the ball home after Daniel Agger had headed on Gerrard's corner. Kuyt then turned provider, releasing Lucas who shot at Mickaël Landreau, before dinking a cross to Torres who headed wide.

Lille are nicknamed Les Dogues (The Mastiffs) but they were being hounded by Liverpool – typified when Gerrard dispossessed the dawdling Rio Mavuba and found Torres clean through but offside. Still, Lille could have reached half-time level through Eden Hazard, the first-leg match-winner, who saw his shot bounce off Pepe Reina's head after breaking clear via a one-two with Ludovic Obraniak.

Torres, making his first home European start since September, scored Liverpool's second four minutes after the restart. The Spaniard capitalised on Rami's failure to deal with Ryan Babel's long ball, sprinted away from Aurélien Chedjou and finished coolly past Landreau.

Lille coach Rudi García sent on two big strikers, Larsen Touré and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and the latter gave Liverpool a scare on 73 minutes when he met a free-kick at the far post only to find the roof of the net. Liverpool conceded costly late goals twice in the UEFA Champions League group stage but after a long ball had fallen just behind Aubameyang, Torres dispelled any nerves by sweeping home the rebound after Landreau had foiled Gerrard.

Last updated: 27/11/12 13.09CET

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Lineups

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Liverpool

losc

LOSC

25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
16
LandreauMickaël Landreau (GK)
2
G. JohnsonGlen Johnson
4
BalmontFlorent Balmont
Substitution71
5
AggerDaniel Agger
Substitution90+1
7
CabayeYohan Cabaye
Yellow Card80
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
Goal9
10
ObraniakLudovic Obraniak
Yellow Card90
9
TorresFernando Torres
Goal49
Yellow Card73
Goal89
Substitution90+2
15
EmersonEmerson
18
KuytDirk Kuyt
17
FrauPierre-Alain Frau
Substitution59
19
BabelRyan Babel
Substitution80
18
BériaFranck Béria
20
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
22
ChedjouAurélien Chedjou
21
LucasLucas
23
RamiAdil Rami
22
InsuaEmiliano Insua
Yellow Card42
24
MavubaRio Mavuba (C)
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
26
HazardEden Hazard
Substitution86

Substitutes

1
CavalieriDiego Cavalieri (GK)
1
ButelleLudovic Butelle (GK)
15
BenayounYossi Benayoun
Substitution80
3
VandamJerry Vandam
Substitution86
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
Substitution90+1
11
AubameyangPierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Substitution71
24
NgogDavid Ngog
Substitution90+2
20
TouréLarsen Touré
Substitution59
27
P. DegenPhilipp Degen
29
DumontStéphane Dumont
31
El ZharNabil El Zhar
32
SouaréPape Souaré
34
KellyMartin Kelly
35
SouquetArnaud Souquet

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Rudi Garcia (FRA)

Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Renato Faverani (ITA), Andrea Stefani (ITA)

Fourth official

Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Andrea De Marco (ITA), Luca Banti (ITA)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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