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Anji too strong for weakened Liverpool

Published: Thursday 8 November 2012, 20.15CET
FC Anji Makhachkala 1-0 Liverpool FC
A stunning Lacina Traoré lob in first-half added time earned victory for Guus Hiddink's side as they leapfrogged Liverpool at the Group A summit.
by Richard van Poortvliet
from Stadion Lokomotiv

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Match statistics

AnjiLiverpool

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
5
Corners1
 
2
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed6
 
12
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 24/11/2012 18:11 CET

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Published: Thursday 8 November 2012, 20.15CET

Anji too strong for weakened Liverpool

FC Anji Makhachkala 1-0 Liverpool FC
A stunning Lacina Traoré lob in first-half added time earned victory for Guus Hiddink's side as they leapfrogged Liverpool at the Group A summit.

FC Anji Makhachkala's UEFA Europa League ambitions enjoyed a major boost as the Russian side leapfrogged Liverpool FC at the Group A summit following edging a hard-fought encounter in Moscow.

Guus Hiddink's men were far from their best and found it difficult to break down inexperienced if stubborn visitors. However, a moment of brilliance from Lacina Traoré, who produced an excellent turn and finish, sealed all three points for the team from Dagestan. The Reds rarely threatened, but, for all their possession, Anji were unable to add to their lead.

Despite Brendan Rodgers naming a lineup missing a number of regulars, Anji failed to take the initiative early on. Liverpool were content to defend in numbers and it was the English outfit who created the first chance. Adam Morgan, 18, produced an excellent run, slipping a clever reverse pass to put Jordan Henderson through. Goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov did not panic and cut out the midfielder's attempted cross.

Anji had to wait until first-half stoppage time to break the deadlock and they were indebted to an excellent solo goal from Traoré. Mbark Boussoufa's pass found the Ivory Coast forward, who expertly turned Sebastián Coates before delivering a perfectly weighted lob from the edge of the area – guiding the ball past the onrushing Brad Jones.

Both teams failed to stamp their authority on the game for much of the second half, although Liverpool finally created a decent opportunity with 15 minutes to go. Gabulov failed to handle substitute Suso's fizzing shot from distance, but did well to block Joe Cole on the rebound. Traoré should have made the game safe with time running out, yet the 22-year-old's left-footed shot flew just wide with the keeper beaten as Anji held on for a 1-0 victory.

Last updated: 12/11/13 9.16CET

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Lineups

anji

Anji

liverpool

Liverpool

1
GabulovVladimir Gabulov (GK)
1
JonesBrad Jones (GK)
4
SambaChristopher Samba
10
J. ColeJoe Cole
Substitution77
5
João CarlosJoão Carlos
14
HendersonJordan Henderson
6
BoussoufaMbark Boussoufa
16
CoatesSebastián Coates
8
JucileiJucilei
19
DowningStewart Downing
9
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o (C)
23
CarragherJamie Carragher (C)
13
TagirbekovRasim Tagirbekov
33
ShelveyJonjo Shelvey
Yellow Card88
15
LogashovArseni Logashov
35
CoadyConor Coady
Substitution61
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
38
FlanaganJon Flanagan
Yellow Card65
19
TraoréLacina Traoré
Goal45+1
Substitution80
47
WisdomAndre Wisdom
25
Ahmedov                       Odil Ahmedov
Substitution29
50
MorganAdam Morgan
Substitution61

Substitutes

22
PomazanEvgeni Pomazan (GK)
42
GulácsiPéter Gulácsi (GK)
3
GadzhibekovAli Gadzhibekov
11
AssaidiOussama Assaidi
Substitution77
7
AgalarovKamil Agalarov
12
PachecoDaniel Pacheco
Substitution61
10
LahiyalovShamil Lahiyalov
Substitution90+2
22
WilsonDanny Wilson
16
Carcela-GonzálezMehdi Carcela-González
Substitution29
Substitution90+2
30
SusoSuso
Substitution61
20
SmolovFedor Smolov
Substitution80
45
SamaStephen Sama
81
BurmistrovNikita Burmistrov
49
RobinsonJack Robinson

Coach

Guus Hiddink (NED) Brendan Rodgers (NIR)

Referee

David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

Assistant referees

Raúl Cabanero Martínez (ESP), Jorge Canelo Prieto (ESP)

Fourth official

José Miranda (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

César Muñiz (ESP), Javier Estrada (ESP)

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