skip to content

Unirea 1 Liverpool 3 (agg 1-4): Gerrard passes Shearer record

26 Feb 2010 07:53:53

Unirea 1 Liverpool 3 (agg 1-4): Gerrard passes Shearer record

Steven Gerrard chalked up another landmark in a glittering career after becoming a European recordbreaker in the Steaua Stadium. The Liverpool skipper rounded off a convincing Europa League win with a 57th-minute strike to become Britain's highest scorer in Europe, eclipsing Alan Shearer's tally of 32 goals. Unbridled glee: Yossi Banyoun grabs goalscorer Javier Mascherano after his exquisite opener Gerrard said: 'It's always nice to break records. I've been working really hard to get back among the goals, but the most pleasing thing is that we have progressed into the next round.' HEADER HEREUnirea Urziceni (4-5-1): Arlauskis 6; Maftei 6, Galamaz 6 (Mehmedovic 27, 7), Fernandes 7, Bordeanu 7; Onofras 7 (Semedo 62, 6), Paraschiv 6 (Vilana 56, 6), Paduretu 7, Apostol 7, Frunza 7; Bilasco 6.Booked: Onofras, Fernandes, Arlauskis.Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Reina 6; Carragher 7(Kelly 61, 6), Skrtel 7 (Kyrgiakos 66, 6), Agger 7, Insua 6; Lucas 7, Mascherano 7; Benayoun 6 (Aurelio 77, 6), Gerrard 8, Babel 7; Ngog 6.Booked: Babel, Mascherano.Man of the match: Steven Gerrard.Referee: Stefan Johannesson (Sweden). However, Javier Mascherano showed his shot-shy team-mates as a perfect first-time connection on the bobbliest of surfaces beat Unirea keeper Giedrius Arlauskis comprehensively from 30 yards. The contact and timing could hardly have been better as it took the sting out of a Unirea side who were good value for their 18th-minute lead. Bruno Fernandes' header put an extra spring in Unirea's sprightly step, but they were stopped in their tracks when Mascherano struck in the 29th minute. Ryan Babel fired Liverpool in front in the 40th minute, and it became a comfortable passage into the last 16 - where they will play French club Lille - when Gerrard pounced from close range to establish their first three-goal return since Hull were demolished 6-1 in September. Tidy performance: Steven Gerrard helped Liverpool ease into the last-16 The one worry was a second-half injury to Martin Skrtel, carried off with a suspected broken foot after a block tackle by substitute Antonio Semedo that went unpunished. Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez said: 'It was a bad tackle, and it looks like a break. It's great for a club with our history that Stevie should have set a new record in Europe, and I was pleased with our character after we came back so well from their early goal.' Liverpool's defence could have done with being as tight as the security outside. Turnstile staff frisked fans and confiscated bottles and even coins. Scores of Liverpool followers took their seats pounds lighter. Shear class: Liverpool's Steven Gerrard celebrates breaking goal-scoring record with Yossi Benayoun Unirea levelled the tie with a deserved breakthrough. Daniel Agger nicked the ball away from Marius Onofras with the goal at his mercy, but there was no reprieve from the resulting corner, Fernandes ring to power a header high into the net from Razvan Paduretu's kick. Liverpool looked in danger of another embarrassment in a season that has already had its fair share, but Mascherano stunned a raucous home crowd with a brilliantly struck equaliser. Unirea failed to deal decisively with Jamie Carragher's right-wing cross but could hardly have envisaged Mascherano's first-time thunderbolt from an unconvincing clearance which flew high into the net for his second goal of the season and third for the club. Injury blow: Liverpool's Martin Skrtel is carried on a stretcher Still the plucky Romanian champions refused to lie down as Emiliano Insua almost deflected another Paduretu corner into his own net, and the little midfield playmaker forced a full-length save from Pepe Reina seconds later. But a Gerrard free-kick delivered with pace and bend gave Babel, making a rare start, the chance to register his fourth goal of the season from close range in the 40th minute. Gerrard then added another after going close twice. Yossi Benayoun weaved into the area and Gerrard whipped the ball off his toes with a swing of the right boot.  Rafa Benitez gets grilled by Romania's press and asked: Why are you so fat?Mascherano targets Europa glory to boost Liverpool hopes of top-four finishLIVE: EUROPA LEAGUE - Unirea Urziceni v Liverpool and Shakhtar Donetsk v Fulham - as it happensLIVERPOOL FC


Daily_Mail

Sponsored links