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Zverotić late show keeps Young Boys in the hunt

Published: Thursday 22 November 2012, 23.25CET
Liverpool FC 2-2 BSC Young Boys
Elsad Zverotić struck two minutes from time at Anfield to earn a point for Martin Rueda's visitors and keep alive their hopes of qualifying.
by Simon Hart
from Anfield
Zverotić late show keeps Young Boys in the hunt
Basel celebrate Elsad Zverotić's late equaliser ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LiverpoolYoung Boys

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target6
 
7
Attempts off target7
 
7
Corners13
 
4
Offsides7
 
1
Fouls committed14
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 24/11/2012 16:00 CET

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Published: Thursday 22 November 2012, 23.25CET

Zverotić late show keeps Young Boys in the hunt

Liverpool FC 2-2 BSC Young Boys
Elsad Zverotić struck two minutes from time at Anfield to earn a point for Martin Rueda's visitors and keep alive their hopes of qualifying.

Elsad Zverotić's late strike kept alive BSC Young Boys' UEFA Europa League ambitions just when it seemed the trap door was about to open on Martin Rueda's team.

Zverotić flashed a shot past Pepe Reina from the edge of the box with two minutes remaining to earn the visitors a 2-2 draw and leave them level on seven points with Liverpool FC with one round of Group A matches to play.

Prior to the Montenegrin defender's intervention, Liverpool were on course to qualify after Jonjo Shelvey and Joe Cole had scored either side of Raúl Bobadilla's powerful half-volley. Instead Brendan Rodgers' men will travel to Udinese Calcio with their fate uncertain, albeit they only need to match Young Boys' result at home to FC Anji Makhachkala to advance.

There was no indication of the late drama to come in a first half largely dominated by a Liverpool team for whom youngster Shelvey shone in an unaccustomed central striking role. He twice sent team-mates clear but neither Cole nor Jordan Henderson, released by a lovely back-heel, could capitalise. In the end it was Shelvey himself who broke the deadlock. Cole burst into the box on a one-two with Suso, just beating goalkeeper Marco Wölfli to the return and crossing for Shelvey to nod into the empty net.

By that stage both sides had lost a defender to injury – Young Boys' Dušan Veškovac and Liverpool's Andre Wisdom – and the Swiss club might have conceded another before half-time. Instead Raphael Nuzzolo hacked Martin Škrtel's effort off the line and Suso dragged a shot wide.

Young Boys awoke as an attacking force on the restart, Zverotić firing a whisker wide before Bobadilla levelled in emphatic fashion. Collecting Alexander Farnerud's pass on his knee, he lashed the ball across Reina and into the far corner. Cole restored the Reds' lead with his first Liverpool goal since April 2011, turning on a Steven Gerrard pass inside the area and beating Wölfli with a low strike. That looked like curtains for Young Boys but Zverotić decided otherwise.

Last updated: 10/03/13 17.56CET

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Lineups

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Liverpool

young boys

Young Boys

25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
1
WölfliMarco Wölfli (GK) (C)
4
Nuri ŞahinNuri Şahin
Yellow Card78
4
NefAlain Nef
10
J. ColeJoe Cole
Goal72
Substitution75
8
FarnerudAlexander Farnerud
11
AssaidiOussama Assaidi
9
BobadillaRaúl Bobadilla
Goal52
14
HendersonJordan Henderson
13
ZverotićElsad Zverotić
Goal88
Yellow Card89
19
DowningStewart Downing
14
C. SchneuwlyChristian Schneuwly
Substitution82
23
CarragherJamie Carragher (C)
19
ZárateGonzalo Zárate
30
SusoSuso
Substitution61
22
VeškovacDušan Veškovac
Substitution23
33
ShelveyJonjo Shelvey
Goal33
23
SutterScott Sutter
37
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel
29
NuzzoloRaphael Nuzzolo
Substitution77
47
WisdomAndre Wisdom
Substitution31
33
LecjaksJan Lecjaks

Substitutes

1
JonesBrad Jones (GK)
18
MvogoYvon Mvogo (GK)
3
EnriqueJosé Enrique
2
González                      Alexander González
7
SuárezLuis Suárez
Substitution61
3
OjalaJuhani Ojala
Substitution23
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard
Substitution31
7
VitkieviezMatías Vitkieviez
Substitution82
16
CoatesSebastián Coates
10
CostanzoMoreno Costanzo
24
AllenJoe Allen
20
FreyMichael Frey
Substitution77
31
SterlingRaheem Sterling
Substitution75
30
P. DoubaïPascal Doubaï

Coach

Brendan Rodgers (NIR) Martin Rueda (SUI)

Referee

Alon Yefet (ISR)

Assistant referees

Shabtai Nahmias (ISR), Nissan Davidy (ISR)

Fourth official

Dvir Shimon (ISR)

Additional assistant referees

Eli Hacmon (ISR), Ziv Adler (ISR)

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