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Liverpool overpower Steaua

Published: Thursday 16 September 2010, 22.50CET
Liverpool 4-1 FC Steaua Bucureşti
Second-half goals from David Ngog (2) and Lucas guaranteed Roy Hodgson's charges a victorious start to the Group K campaign.
by Simon Hart
from Anfield

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Match statistics

LiverpoolSteaua

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target10
 
2
Attempts off target5
 
2
Corners9
 
1
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed16
 
14
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 16 September 2010, 22.50CET

Liverpool overpower Steaua

Liverpool 4-1 FC Steaua Bucureşti
Second-half goals from David Ngog (2) and Lucas guaranteed Roy Hodgson's charges a victorious start to the Group K campaign.

Liverpool FC made a winning start to their Group K campaign by overcoming FC Steaua Bucureşti through second-half goals from David Ngog (2) and Lucas.

When Joe Cole struck after 27 seconds, Liverpool's fans might have anticipated a comfortable evening but Cristian Tănase equalised after 13 minutes and with opportunities scarce, it took Ngog's spot-kick to restore their lead soon after the restart. Lucas and Ngog added a touch of gloss with two late goals, securing a fifth straight win in the UEFA Europa League for Anfield manager Roy Hodgson, the man who led Fulham FC to the final last season.

Cole had been sent off on his Anfield debut and missed a penalty here against Trabzonspor but he made an immediate impact with his first Liverpool goal. It followed a mistake by Octavian Obrudan who played a weak back-pass that Cole capitalised on with a low finish past Ciprian Tătăruşanu. Steaua, like Liverpool, scored with their first shot on target through skipper Tănase. Collecting Gerardo Alves's forward pass, Bogdan Stancu threaded the ball on to Tănase who, breaking between two Liverpool defenders, chipped deftly beyond Pepe Reina.

Although Steaua lost full-back Ifeanyi Emeghara to injury, Bănel Nicoliţă replacing him, the visitors were largely untroubled until half-time by a Liverpool side featuring eight changes from their last Premier League outing. Hodgson left out Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres altogether, no doubt mindful of Sunday's trip to Manchester United FC.

There were 25,605 inside Anfield and the mood was subdued but Liverpool silenced the small band of Steaua fans in the 55th minute. Gerardo Alves was penalised for holding Sotiris Kyrgiakos and Ngog tucked away the spot-kick. Tănase curled wide after sidestepping Kyrgiakos and that was as good as it got for Steaua as substitute Lucas thrashed home Liverpool's third from 20 metres before Ngog, his persistence taking him past two yellow shirts, drilled in a fourth in added time for his fifth goal in the competition.

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Lineups

liverpool

Liverpool

steaua

Steaua

25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK) (C)
12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
3
KoncheskyPaul Konchesky
3
EmegharaIfeanyi Emeghara
Substitution20
4
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
4
AbrudanOctavian Abrudan
Yellow Card44
5
AggerDaniel Agger
8
RăduţMihai Răduţ
Substitution73
10
J. ColeJoe Cole
Goal1
Substitution88
9
KapetanosPantelis Kapetanos
Yellow Card55
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
10
TănaseCristian Tănase (C)
Goal13
17
Maxi RodríguezMaxi Rodríguez
Yellow Card62
Substitution85
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
19
BabelRyan Babel
Substitution79
20
AngelovStanislav Angelov
Substitution52
24
NgogDavid Ngog
Goal55
Goal90+1
23
Geraldo AlvesGeraldo Alves
26
Spearing Jay Spearing
26
BicfalviEric Bicfalvi
34
KellyMartin Kelly
28
StancuBogdan Stancu

Substitutes

1
JonesBrad Jones (GK)
33
LunguCezar Lungu (GK)
2
G. JohnsonGlen Johnson
6
GardoşFlorin Gardoş
12
PachecoDaniel Pacheco
Substitution85
16
NicoliţăBănel Nicoliţă
Substitution20
21
LucasLucas
Substitution79
Goal81
21
Ricardo GomesRicardo Gomes
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
24
SurduRomeo Surdu
Substitution73
33
ShelveyJonjo Shelvey
29
Éder BonfimÉder Bonfim
Substitution52
Yellow Card90+1
39
EcclestonNathan Eccleston
Substitution88
32
ApostolIulian Apostol

Coach

Roy Hodgson (ENG) Ilie Dumitrescu (ROU)

Referee

César Muñiz (ESP)

Assistant referees

José Miranda (ESP), Javier Novoa Robles (ESP)

Fourth official

Carlos Delgado Ferreiro (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Antonio Rubinos Pérez (ESP), David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

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