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FULL-TIME: Liverpool FC knocked out of the Champions League

24 Nov 2009 21:38:00

LIVERPOOL'S disappointing season took a turn for the worse as they were bundled out of the Champions League despite a narrow victory over Debrecen in Budapest. David Ngog scored the only goal of a nervy match to secure victory for Rafael Benitez's side but events in Italy, where Fiorentina closed out a 1-0 win over their own over Lyon, ensured the Reds would miss out on the lucrative knockout phase. Champions League: Liverpool FC v Debrecen Champions League: Liverpool FC v Debrecen Champions League: Liverpool FC v Debrecen Champions League: Liverpool FC v Debrecen Champions League: Liverpool FC v Debrecen Liverpool FC beat Debrecen 1-0 in Budapest Liverpool FC beat Debrecen 1-0 in Budapest Liverpool FC beat Debrecen 1-0 in Budapest Liverpool FC beat Debrecen 1-0 in Budapest Liverpool FC beat Debrecen 1-0 in Budapest Liverpool FC's David Ngog, left, and Debreceni VSC's Mirsad Mijadinoski, right, fight for the ball during their Champions League group E soccer match ... Players of Liverpool FC celebrate David Ngog's, right, goal against Debreceni VSC during their Champions League group E soccer match in Budapest, Hung...Debrecen have been the whipping boys of Group E, conceding 13 goals in their previous three matches, but Liverpool were not even able to produce a convincing victory as they exited at this stage for the first time since 2002. Liverpool needed, at least, to settle the issue with a second goal in this match as Debrecen continued to grow in confidence. Poleksic made another fine save to turn away a close range Gerrard effort after he was set-up by Johnson. Debrecen then sent on striker Adamo Coulibaly in place of Peter Szakaly. The big Frenchman had caused Liverpool plenty of problems in the first match between these club's earlier in the season. Emiliano Insua then lost possession to Rudolf on the edge of the box, only regaining the ball with the Debrecen forward throwing himself in the box as Liverpool's nerves frayed even further. Agger's run set-up a chance to Gerrard, but he drove high over from the edge of the box. Debrecen players were going down at every opportunity now, with howls of anger from the home fans.


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