Anzhi 1-0 Liverpool
Thursday, 8th November 2012
Liverpool’s hopes of progressing past the group stage of the Europa League took a blow on Thursday night when they went down 1-0 to Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia.
Lacina Traore looped the ball over Brad Jones on the stroke of half time to score the only goal in a game dominated by Liverpool’s tiki-taka posession-based football.
But again, this possession amounted to nothing and chances were few and far between.
After four games, Liverpool sit second in group A on six points, level with third placed Young Boys and one point off top spot, where Anzhi sit. Udinese’s hopes look slim – the Italian club have four points.
Anzhi Makhachkala: Gabulov, Samba, Carlos, Tagirbekov, Logashov, Boussoufa, Jucilei, Zhirkov, Ahmedov (Gonzalez – 29′ ), Eto’o, Traore (Smolov – 80′ ).
Substitutes: Pomazan, Gadzhibekov, Agalarov, Lakhiyalov, Gonzalez (Lakhiyalov – 90′ ), Smolov, Burmistrov.
Liverpool: Jones, Coates, Carragher, Flanagan, Wisdom, Cole (Assaidi – 77′ ), Henderson, Downing, Shelvey, Coady (Suso – 61′ ), Morgan (Pacheco – 61′ ).
Substitutes: Gulacsi, Wilson, Sama, Robinson, Assaidi, Pacheco, Suso.
Ref: David Borbalan