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Utrecht and Liverpool draw a blank

Published: Thursday 30 September 2010, 20.50CET
FC Utrecht 0-0 Liverpool FC
Chances were at a premium as the visitors failed to celebrate their 300th UEFA club competition game in style, but stayed top of Group K.
Utrecht and Liverpool draw a blank
Liverpool striker Fernando Torres vies for possession with Utrecht's Mihai Neşu ©Getty Images

Match statistics

UtrechtLiverpool

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
4
Attempts off target7
 
7
Corners5
 
2
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed10
 
16
Yellow cards0
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Thursday 30 September 2010, 20.50CET

Utrecht and Liverpool draw a blank

FC Utrecht 0-0 Liverpool FC
Chances were at a premium as the visitors failed to celebrate their 300th UEFA club competition game in style, but stayed top of Group K.

Defensive discipline prevailed as FC Utrecht and Liverpool FC played out a goalless draw in UEFA Europa League Group K.

Functional rather than free-flowing summed up a game in which the Reds started the brighter but the Eredivisie side went closer to scoring. Roy Hodgson's visitors nevertheless escaped with a professional point to add to the three they secured on Matchday 1, enough to keep them top of their section.

Their first-half buzz, marked by the flighty Joe Cole and the enterprising Glen Johnson, was as easy on the eye as it was for Utrecht to repel. Hodgson's charges laid a solid enough foundation with an admirable patience to their passing but, Raúl Meireles's meek header and Fernando Torres's bending shot aside, lacked the devil to threaten Michel Vorm's goal.

Indeed, it was the hosts who finished the half on the front foot, Pepe Reina denying Dries Mertens from an acute angle before Tim Cornelisse headed narrowly over from the ensuing corner.

After 55 minutes of prodding, probing and only partial sightings on goal, came 30 seconds in which both sides were left ruing their lack of poise. Michael Silberbauer was the first culprit, meeting Mertens' corner with an ungainly touch which Meirles headed off the line. Reina soon had the ball in his hands and, in the blink of an eye, it was with Torres, who turned Dirk Kuyt's pass towards goal, where the sprawling Vorm awaited.

Silberbauer whistled one shot marginally over, and another into Reina's grasp. But it was Jacob Mulenga who went closest, stealing in front of Martin Kelly and on to a speculative punt upfield only to roll the ball centimetres wide.

Last updated: 02/10/10 2.01CET

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Lineups

utrecht

Utrecht

liverpool

Liverpool

1
VormMichel Vorm (GK)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
2
CornelisseTim Cornelisse
2
G. JohnsonGlen Johnson
3
NeşuMihai Neşu
4
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
Yellow Card55
7
DuplanEdouard Duplan
Substitution69
9
TorresFernando Torres
8
SilberbauerMichael Silberbauer (C)
10
J. ColeJoe Cole
Substitution81
9
Van WolfswinkelRicky van Wolfswinkel
18
KuytDirk Kuyt
11
MertensDries Mertens
21
LucasLucas
Yellow Card35
17
SchutAlje Schut
23
CarragherJamie Carragher (C)
20
LenskyJacob Lensky
Substitution83
28
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
24
MulengaJacob Mulenga
34
KellyMartin Kelly
Yellow Card61
29
WuytensJan Wuytens
37
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel

Substitutes

19
SinouhKhalid Sinouh (GK)
1
JonesBrad Jones (GK)
12
DemougeFrank Demouge
14
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
14
Van der MaarelMark van der Maarel
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
18
MaguireBarry Maguire
Substitution69
17
Maxi RodríguezMaxi Rodríguez
Substitution81
22
KellerSander Keller
19
BabelRyan Babel
25
VorstermansIsmo Vorstermans
24
NgogDavid Ngog
27
NijholtGianluca Nijholt
Substitution83
26
Spearing Jay Spearing

Coach

Ton du Chatinier (NED) Roy Hodgson (ENG)

Referee

Duarte Gomes (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Ricardo Santos (POR)

Fourth official

Cosme Machado (POR)

Additional assistant referees

João Ferreira (POR), Bruno Esteves (POR)

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