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24 Feb 2011 20:30:04

Kuyt late show sends Reds through

Dirk Kuyt headed an 85th-minute winner to snatch a 1-0 victory over Sparta Prague in Kenny Dalglish's first European tie as Liverpool manager.Both sides had squandered numerous chances in a scrappy Europa League round of 32 encounter but Liverpool's superior quality was eventually rewarded by the hard-working Kuyt.David Ngog, Joe Cole and Raul Meireles had also gone close in front of a sell-out 42,949 crowd which further underlined the gathering momentum of Dalglish's new regime.Sparta, backed by 3,000 of their own raucous fans, contributed fully to an eventful, if low-quality, clash but were eventually undone as Kuyt profited from a late corner.The Reds' victory came at a cost, however, as defenders Martin Kelly and Daniel Agger were forced off with injuries.


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