UEFA Europa League Live Blog: Liverpool Vs. Steaua Bucharest
This is my first live blog, so please be gentle with me.
Roy Hodgson won't be able to play this game with a full deck tonight as Liverpool's star players, Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres, have been omitted from the squad ahead of their clash with Romanian team Steaua Bucuresti. It will be interesting to see how Liverpool make-do without them.
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Maxi Rodriguez and Paul Konchesky keep their place on Liverpool's starting 11 tonight.
The full squad list is as follows:
Reina, Kelly, Kyrgiakos, Agger, Konchesky, Spearing, Meireles, Maxi, Cole, Babel, Ngog
Subs: Jones, Johnson, Pacheco, Lucas, Carragher, Shelvey, Eccleston
Tatarusanu, Emeghara, Abrudan, Geraldo, Latovlevici, Radut, Angelov, Bicfalvi, Tanase, Stancu, Kapetanos
Subs: Lungu, Gardos, Nicolita, Gomes, Surdu, Eder, Apostol
Cesar Muniz Fernandez (Spain)
My prediction: 2-1, Liverpool. Cole and N'gog will most likely score a goal each.
Enjoy the game.
AND THAT'S IT!
It looks like they CAN do it without Torres and Gerrard. Even Dirk Kuyt took an evening off and they still won. N'gog and Joe Cole were absolutely fantastic tonight. I would definitely play Cole on Saturday against United. He helped Chelsea turn them over at Old Trafford last season. Omen perhaps...?
Steaua Bucharest do have a few good moves up their sleeves; Tanase and Stancu have a predator's tenacity but the team's defending still need a bit of sharpening up. Call it a learning curve.
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Pacheco tries the long shot as well. The ball goes just over the bar though.
Corner to Liverpool.
N'gog gets a bit of a helping hand from a Steaua player on the ground as an arm accidentally touches the ball on. N'gog finishes in the left hand side.
OFF - Cole
ON - Eccleston
Foul on Liverpool.
YELLOW CARD - Bonfim.
Steaua seem to have entered 'damage limitation'. Attacks have lately been few and far between as Liverpool have kept possession for quite a while.
Cross punched away before Lucas got to it.
Free kick Liverpool
Corner comes to nothing.
Throw in to Steaua.
Corner to Liverpool.
OFF - Maxi Rodriguez
ON - Daniel Pacheco.
Bonfim drives a cross from the right but it's too close to Reina. Saved.
Bucuresti press forward still.
Maxi almost sets up a follow-up goal but nobody connects with his cross.
Lucas with a CANNONBALL of a shot. Replaces Gerrard superbly.
Shot goes thundering into the right hand side of the net after being given infinite time and space to run up to the ball.
Ball sails high and wide.
Free kick to Steaua.
Cole chips into the box with his right foot, but it's headed away by Geraldo.
OFF - Babel
ON - Lucas
Babel shoots but it's blocked again.
Corner to Liverpool. Maybe Babel needs to curl a bit more... :p
Tanase shows another great piece of skill (nutmeg) and tries a shot, but it bends too shallowly to the right.
Kyrgiakos holds Surdu off the ball for a Liverpool goal kick.
throw in to Steaua
Geraldo defends against Cole.
SUB - STEAUA:
OFF - Radut
ON - Surdu.
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