FT Hearts 0-1 Liverpool
Europa League Play-Off Round, First Leg
Thursday, 23rd August 2012
Tynecastle, Edinburgh (Scotland)
A second half own goal from Hearts defender Andy Webster was the difference between the two sides as the Reds took control of the first leg of this Europa League play-off round tie.
Webster indadvertedly put the ball into his own net from a wicked Martin Kelly cross that had even passed the lurking Reds striker Fabio Borini.
Borini had earlier missed a glorious opportunity to put the visitors ahead just before half time when youngster Raheem Sterling unselfishly set him up for a simple one-one-one finish, but his effort hit the post.
It was a strong performance from Hearts in front of a packed Tynecastle stadium, but their efforts weren’t enough to get a result and Liverpool go into next week’s second leg at Anfield one goal to the good.
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Heart of Midlothian: MacDonald, Grainger, McGowan, Barr Booked (Robinson – 87′ ), Webster, Zaliukas, Paterson, Templeton (Driver – 79′ ), Taouil, Sutton, Novikovas (Carrick – 84′ ).
Substitutes: Enckelman, McGowan, McHattie, Driver, Robinson, Smith, Carrick.
Liverpool: Reina, Agger, Carragher, Kelly, Robinson (Downing – 62′ ), Henderson, Spearing (Allen – 67′ ), Adam, Sterling, Shelvey, Borini (Morgan – 90′)
Substitutes: Jones, Coates, Flanagan, Downing, Lucas, Allen, Morgan.
Webster ’78 (own goal)