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Downing strike earns Liverpool win against Anji

Published: Thursday 25 October 2012, 23.15CET
Liverpool FC 1-0 FC Anji Makhachkala
Stewart Downing's second-half strike made the difference, helping Brendan Rodgers' side leapfrog the visitors to the top of Group A.
by Simon Hart
from Anfield
Downing strike earns Liverpool win against Anji
Jonjo Shelvey congratulates Stewart Downing after Liverpool go ahead ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LiverpoolAnji

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
3
Attempts off target7
 
3
Corners5
 
3
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed8
 
15
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 21/10/2012 10:22 CET

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Published: Thursday 25 October 2012, 23.15CET

Downing strike earns Liverpool win against Anji

Liverpool FC 1-0 FC Anji Makhachkala
Stewart Downing's second-half strike made the difference, helping Brendan Rodgers' side leapfrog the visitors to the top of Group A.

Liverpool FC earned a narrow but deserved victory against FC Anji Makhachkala to climb above the visitors to the top of UEFA Europa League Group A.

Five days after recording a belated first home win in the Premier League this season, Brendan Rodgers' evolving side prevailed by the same 1-0 scoreline, Stewart Downing striking from the edge of the box in the 53rd minute. It was Liverpool's 550th European goal and means they will travel to face Anji in Moscow on 8 November with a two-point advantage over Guus Hiddink's men, beaten here for the first time in 14 fixtures.

The match was slow to warm up though Oussama Assaidi, Liverpool's slightly built Morocco winger, certainly did his bit to excite the Anfield crowd in the first half. With his jinking runs he troubled the Anji defence, coming in from the left to set up Luis Suárez and Glen Johnson in the opening quarter, though neither troubled Vladimir Gabulov with their near-post shots.

Liverpool came closer after 24 minutes, but Jonjo Shelvey shot wastefully over after being played in by Suárez. The Uruguayan international was then involved in fashioning another clear opening as Johnson surged clear after a one-two, only to mis-kick with just Gabulov to beat.

The second half began with Raheem Sterling on in place of Johnson, forcing Downing to drop to left-back, yet it did not stop him getting forward for his decisive goal. As he ran infield from the left, no Anji player got close and he took full advantage, arrowing a fine right-footed shot across Gabulov and into the far corner.

That forced Anji to awaken as an attacking force, although it was not until the 70th minute that Brad Jones had a save to make from a rising Samuel Eto'o effort. Lacina Traoré turned wide a low cross by Shamil Lahiyalov with the clock running down, but it was Liverpool's night.

Last updated: 27/10/12 0.13CET

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Lineups

liverpool

Liverpool

anji

Anji

1
JonesBrad Jones (GK)
1
GabulovVladimir Gabulov (GK)
2
G. JohnsonGlen Johnson
Substitution46
4
SambaChristopher Samba
Yellow Card21
4
Nuri ŞahinNuri Şahin
5
João CarlosJoão Carlos
5
AggerDaniel Agger
Yellow Card81
6
BoussoufaMbark Boussoufa
Substitution77
7
SuárezLuis Suárez
Yellow Card75
7
AgalarovKamil Agalarov
Yellow Card43
Substitution62
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
9
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o (C)
11
AssaidiOussama Assaidi
14
ShatovOleg Shatov
19
DowningStewart Downing
Goal53
16
Carcela-GonzálezMehdi Carcela-González
33
ShelveyJonjo Shelvey
Substitution79
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
37
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel
20
SmolovFedor Smolov
Substitution64
47
WisdomAndre Wisdom
21
G. GabulovGeorgi Gabulov

Substitutes

42
GulácsiPéter Gulácsi (GK)
22
PomazanEvgeni Pomazan (GK)
14
HendersonJordan Henderson
3
GadzhibekovAli Gadzhibekov
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
10
LahiyalovShamil Lahiyalov
Substitution77
24
AllenJoe Allen
Substitution79
13
TagirbekovRasim Tagirbekov
30
SusoSuso
15
LogashovArseni Logashov
Substitution62
31
SterlingRaheem Sterling
Substitution46
17
MuhammadSharif Muhammad
36
YesilSamed Yesil
19
TraoréLacina Traoré
Substitution64

Coach

Brendan Rodgers (NIR) Guus Hiddink (NED)

Referee

Bas Nijhuis (NED)

Assistant referees

Angelo Boonman (NED), Rob van de Ven (NED)

Fourth official

Erwin Zeinstra (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Pol van Boekel (NED), Dennis Higler (NED)

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