FC Augsburg 0-0 Liverpool: Honours even after dull draw in Germany

on 18.02.2016


Liverpool drew 0-0 away to FC Augsburg in the Europa League last-32 on Thursday evening, with the Reds favourites to progress going into next week’s second-leg.

AUGSBURG, GERMANY - Thursday, February 18, 2016: Liverpool's Alberto Moreno in action against FC Augsburg during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg match at the Augsburg Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

FC Augsburg 0-0 Liverpool

Europa League – WWK Arena – Thursday 18th February 2016

Pre-match

Jurgen Klopp showed exactly how seriously he is taking the competition, as he named exactly the same starting eleven that beat Aston Villa 6-0 on Sunday.

Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge once again started in attack, while Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho were the preferred centre-back pairing.

This was the biggest match in Augsburg’s history, and a potentially tricky night lay in store for Liverpool.

AUGSBURG, GERMANY - Thursday, February 18, 2016: Liverpool's players line up for a team group photograph before the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg match against FC Augsburg at the Augsburg Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

First-half

It was a low-key, scrappy opening 20 minutes to the game, with Firmino’s scuffed shot the only moment of note. Sturridge also nearly pounced, but the ball got away from the 26-year-old.

Augsburg striker Raul Bobadilla had to be replaced by Caiuby midway through the first-half, which was a blow to the hosts.

The match continued to be something of a non-event, but considering Liverpool were the visitors, they were easily the more content of the two teams.

Sturridge’s long-range shot deflected wide of the target, while Jordan Henderson‘s tame shot went straight into the hands of Marwin Hitz.

Dominik Kohr shot wide after slopp work from Emre Can, while Alexander Esswein forced Simon Mignolet into a decent stop.


That was pretty much that in the opening 45 minutes, and as a contest, it really could only get better after the interval. The Reds had very much played within themselves.

AUGSBURG, GERMANY - Thursday, February 18, 2016: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino in action against FC Augsburg during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg match at the Augsburg Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Second-half

There were no changes at half-time, with a much-needed injection needed in the second-half.

A fluent move involving Coutinho and Alberto Moreno led to the Brazilian poking wide, while Sturridge missed a glorious chance to open the scoring after nice work from James Milner.

Markus Feulner shot wide for Augsburg, as the match finally sprang into life. Paul Verhaegh almost diverted into his own net.

Sturridge, who looked a little rusty all evening, was replaced by Divock Origi in the 68th minute. Could Liverpool nick a win?

Moreno’s 30-yard shot almost crept past Hitz, eventually spinning wide for a corner, while Henderson volleyed over the crossbar.

Kostas Stafylidis almost pounced at the other end, following slack Liverpool marking, and substitute Ji hit the post with four minutes remaining.

A very poor match ended in stalemate, and Liverpool will go into the second-leg at Anfield as firm favourites to progress to the last-16. The Reds were solid but unspectacular.

AUGSBURG, GERMANY - Thursday, February 18, 2016: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge misses a chance against FC Augsburg during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg match at the Augsburg Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

TIA Man of the Match: Kolo Toure


FC Augsburg: Hitz, Verhaegh, Janker, Klavan, Stafylidis, Esswein, Kohr, Feulner, Altintop (Koo 87′), Werner (Ji 80′), Bobadilla (Caiuby 23′).

Subs not used: Gelios, Opare, Max, Thommy.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Sakho, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Milner (Ibe 80′), Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge (Origi 68′).

Subs not used: Ward, Randall, Caulker, Lucas, Benteke.

Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan (Spain)

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  1. Its quiet a shame what crop of average lads we have in our midfield.they showed no sense of urgency and just couldn’t hold possession for even a minute.and for hendo,my God a captain who is a midfielder with set-piece duties yet can’t take a decent corner.what’s his use really?just pathetic

  2. Id say we were quite lucky to come away with a draw in this one. They were alot better on the ball, more sharp and alert and just lacked bit of luck in the finish. A good string of passes and anything really clear cut never came our way. Funny as the last 48hrs the subject was about wingers and tonight was all about the fact we have no width. If someone mentions Ibe as the next Stirling again id go mental. Henderson deary me fella, how long do you need to find form after an injury?

      • Captain Marvel Henderson will be leading this club into a Final at Wembley. He hasn’t got long to sort his head out really. What the frigginn hell’s wrong with him?

        • Probably all home sick and wants to go home to Sunderland the all conquering hero like they do in the movies….

          • Off the pitch he may be great with the players and schooled by Stevie but on the pitch he’s been poor as captain and surely there must be a change in the summer if he doesn’t fix up. I mean as leader and inspiration he should be an example and since the injury he’s looked abysmal. Between him and Milner id say both are on the rob at LFC. Its an easy pay day.

    • Problem with Hendo is that he’s not actually recovered. It’s going to be with him bascially the rest of his career, if not the rest of his life. Just a niggling irritation in his foot, always there, sometimes worse, sometimes not much at all. It’s going to take him some time to come to terms with that, if he even can. Most athletes have to play through pain at some point but it takes a new degree of maturity and determination to do it all the time.

  3. I thought we played well at times, a bit strange that it seemed to be Clyne, Milner and Coutinho doing the best attacking, but Sturridge and Firmino were off tonight. Hendo, Clyne and Toure were a solid defensive unit on one side in contrast to the horror show of Can, Moreno and Sakho. Klopp should fine Moreno and Can whenever they don’t try to block a cross. Thought we looked better with Origi and in hindsight he should have started. Not sure why everyone has it in for Hendo, thought he was decent tonight the odd Hollywood pass excepting.

  4. The players were probably still hungover after the celebrations beating ‘the mighty’ Villa 6-0 to move up to 8th.

    Should have won the game tonight to rest players next week for the final. Instead now it’s going to be a battle at Anfield then City 3 days later.

    Once again the ‘seniors’ have let us down. Why aren’t the Academy kids given a run, get them bedded in for next season?

  5. Something off topic. According to 5y UEFA Ranking Premier League will loose a rank by 16/17 and will be then 4th. That means premier league is loosing a safe champions league place.

  6. Made all the more uninspiring by the incessant, pointless droning of Michael Owen. Sometimes I wish for the BT Sport empire to collapse in financial ruin, just so I won’t have to hear him “commentate”.

      • I really dislike the concept of the pundit. What’s wrong with just a commentator, telling you what is going on? Why do we have to have some self-important git give their opinion on every turn of play? I just want to know what’s going on and then, if something exciting happens, the commentator gets a bit excited. Simples.

        • Owen isn’t a good pundit but sometimes I feel he gets far too much of a hard time just because he’s Michael Owen. Not the greatest insights and sometimes he says obvious stuff into mic but Lallas is a whole another level of m0r0nic.

          • True, it’s a double edged sword for him. Bottom line is that he wouldn’t have this job if he wasn’t Michael Owen. If he was just some average football player from the past 20 years there really isn’t anything else going for him, he wouldn’t get a look-in. So since he gets the job for being Michael Owen, he’s definitely going to get that extra scrutiny that comes from being Michael Owen too. I don’t hate the guy and he’s not terrible, he’s just a bit dull and I’d just rather go through my life without his voice in my ear.

        • Unfortunately, the art of the color commentary has been pretty much destroyed by the presence of so many hacks. Originally they provided unique insight into the game only available to those with a very experienced eye. They augmented the play-by-play but generally stayed out of the way.

          However, now they just never shut up. They feel they have to fill the space with constant yapping regardless of how obvious, or trivial, or pointless their commentary is.

          I kid you not. 15 minutes into todays game Lallas actually said out loud that given the shape of the game so far if Augsburg would feel completely destroyed if they didn’t win the game.

          huh? what game was he watching?

          • To be fair, Lallas is an exceptionally poor commentator of the game. I cringe everytime I listen to him…another color commentator that makes me cringe is that hack in BeIn Sports covering La Liga matches…Ray Hudson. Easily the worst commentator out there for me. Can’t stand his commentary.

  7. A repeat performance and even this Augsburg outfit could dump us out at Anfield. The walking-pace, no-pressing stuff we displayed in the first half was perhaps the worst we’ve played given the attacking quality we had on the pitch. Then there’s the CB formerly known as Sakho and his partner in crime, Mignolet…

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