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Sparta bow out as Kuyt rescues Liverpool

Published: Thursday 24 February 2011, 20.53CET
Liverpool FC 1-0 AC Sparta Praha (agg: 1-0)
Dirk Kuyt got his head to a Raul Meireles corner four minutes from time at Anfield as the injury-hit Reds staggered into the round of 16.
Sparta bow out as Kuyt rescues Liverpool
Dirk Kuyt celebrates scoring Liverpool's late winner against Sparta ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LiverpoolSparta Praha

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target9
 
2
Attempts off target14
 
6
Corners7
 
5
Offsides4
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
23
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 24 February 2011, 20.53CET

Sparta bow out as Kuyt rescues Liverpool

Liverpool FC 1-0 AC Sparta Praha (agg: 1-0)
Dirk Kuyt got his head to a Raul Meireles corner four minutes from time at Anfield as the injury-hit Reds staggered into the round of 16.

Dirk Kuyt headed in with four minutes to go to send Liverpool FC through to the UEFA Europa League round of 16, with AC Sparta Praha failing to cause their hosts enough problems at Anfield.

Kuyt craned his neck to nod in Raul Meireles's corner as Liverpool finally found some penetration after 176 minutes without a goal in this tie, averting the unwanted prospect of extra time in the process.

With Steven Gerrard injured, the Reds hardly exploded into Kenny Dalglish's first European home game as the club's manager. Moments after lifting a shot over the bar, Sparta's Václav Kadlec got his head to Libor Sionko's cross following a slick move down the right. Pepe Reina's save was comfortable enough, but Liverpool looked distracted.

Chances came their way regardless. Jaromír Blažek scrambled Sotiris Kyrgiakos's downward header around his right-hand post, and Meireles speared over from Martin Kelly's cross as Liverpool broke quickly following a Sparta corner which Reina came for and missed. Later Blažek blocked a David Ngog shot, before warding Joe Cole off the loose ball.

Ngog received further indication that this was not his night after the break; he had the ball taken off his toes as he powered into the area and then miscued badly when Kuyt's pull-back from the left found him in space. Meireles clipped a cheeky ball through for the French striker with 15 minutes to go, but this time Blažek denied him, racing off his line to force the ball out of play.

The goalkeeper then smothered a Kuyt shot as thoughts turned to extra time, but the Dutchman did better when a Meireles corner found him in the shadow of Blažek's goal. Further missed chances from Ngog and Cole mattered not, and SC Braga await in the round of 16.

Last updated: 28/05/11 0.17CET

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Lineups

liverpool

Liverpool

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK) (C)
29
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
4
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
2
ŘepkaTomáš Řepka (C)
5
AggerDaniel Agger
Substitution85
3
PamićManuel Pamić
Yellow Card32
Substitution90
10
J. ColeJoe Cole
7
SionkoLibor Sionko
Substitution74
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
8
MatějovskýMarek Matějovský
Yellow Card40
18
KuytDirk Kuyt
Goal86
9
KweukeLeony Kweuke
Yellow Card64
21
LucasLucas
Yellow Card90+2
13
KušnírOndřej Kušnír
22
WilsonDanny Wilson
14
V. KadlecVáclav Kadlec
24
NgogDavid Ngog
21
BrabecErich Brabec
28
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
Yellow Card34
Substitution65
25
VacekKamil Vacek
34
KellyMartin Kelly
Yellow Card30
Substitution46
38
AbenaMartin Abena
Substitution78

Substitutes

42
GulácsiPéter Gulácsi (GK)
1
ZítkaDaniel Zítka (GK)
12
PachecoDaniel Pacheco
5
PodanýJakub Podaný
Substitution74
14
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
15
KladrubskýJiří Kladrubský
17
Maxi RodríguezMaxi Rodríguez
22
ZemanMartin Zeman
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
Substitution46
Yellow Card59
27
HušekLuboš Hušek
26
Spearing Jay Spearing
Substitution65
40
KerićAndrej Kerić
Substitution90
37
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel
Substitution85
41
PekhartTomáš Pekhart
Substitution78

Coach

Kenny Dalglish (SCO) Jozef Chovanec (CZE)

Referee

Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Assistant referees

Milovan Ristić (SRB), Vladimir Jovanović (SRB)

Fourth official

Danilo Grujić (SRB)

Additional assistant referees

Boško Jovanetić (SRB), Vlado Glodjović (SRB)

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