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  • Date:10 Mar 2011
  • Kick-off:18:00
  • Venue:Estadio AXA
  • Attendance:15,000
  • Alan - pen (17)
Goal!

Live Commentary

96mins

The referee blows for offside against Glen Johnson. Free kick taken by Junior Paulao.

95mins

Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Angelo Miguel Garcia gets a block in.

95mins

Centre by Dirk Kuyt, Alberto Rodriguez makes a clearance.

94mins

Sotirios Kyrgiakos concedes a free kick for a foul on Albert Ze Meyong. Jorge Helder Barbosa comes on in place of Rocha Paulo Cesar. Free kick crossed left-footed by Miguel Hugo Viana from left channel.

91mins

A cross is delivered by Albert Ze Meyong.

87mins

Unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll by Junior Paulao results in a free kick. Raul Meireles takes the free kick.

87mins

Jamie Carragher delivers the ball.

85mins

Centre by Osorio Alan, Effort on goal by Sa Peraira Silvio from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

83mins

Unfair challenge on Miguel Hugo Viana by Leiva Lucas results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Miguel Hugo Viana from right channel, save by Jose Reina.

82mins

A cross is delivered by Glen Johnson, Guilherme Artur Moraes makes a save.

82mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Claudio Kaka on Dirk Kuyt. Glen Johnson takes the free kick.

80mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Cole on Claudio Kaka. Direct free kick taken by Junior Paulao.

77mins

Foul by Leiva Lucas on Rocha Paulo Cesar, free kick awarded. (Braga) makes a substitution, with Albert Ze Meyong coming on for Rodrigo Lima. Free kick taken by Sa Peraira Silvio.

72mins

The ball is swung over by Angelo Miguel Garcia, Raul Meireles gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Miguel Hugo Viana, save by Jose Reina. Outswinging corner taken by Miguel Hugo Viana, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.

70mins

Angelo Miguel Garcia concedes a free kick for a foul on Raul Meireles. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.

70mins

Leiva Lucas concedes a free kick for a foul on Osorio Alan. Junior Paulao restarts play with the free kick.

69mins

Junior Paulao replaces Marcio Mossoro.

68mins

The ball is crossed by Raul Meireles, Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Save by Guilherme Artur Moraes. Corner taken by Raul Meireles, Header from close range by Sotirios Kyrgiakos clears the bar.

66mins

Unfair challenge on Osorio Alan by Glen Johnson results in a free kick. Miguel Hugo Viana takes the direct free kick.

64mins

Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Blocked by Alberto Rodriguez. Inswinging corner taken by Raul Meireles from the left by-line. The assistant referee flags for offside against Andrew Carroll. Indirect free kick taken by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

62mins

Martin Skrtel fouled by Rodrigo Lima, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.

61mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Andrew Carroll. Indirect free kick taken by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

61mins

Inswinging corner taken by Raul Meireles from the left by-line, Unfair challenge on Angelo Miguel Garcia by Andrew Carroll results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

59mins

Glen Johnson crosses the ball, clearance by Alberto Rodriguez.

58mins

Osorio Alan delivers the ball, blocked by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.

58mins

Andrew Carroll delivers the ball, Claudio Kaka makes a clearance.

57mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Angelo Miguel Garcia on Glen Johnson. Christian Poulsen goes off and Andrew Carroll comes on. Joe Cole restarts play with the free kick.

54mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jay Spearing. Guilherme Artur Moraes takes the free kick.

53mins

The ball is delivered by Jay Spearing.

49mins

Raul Meireles delivers the ball, Miguel Hugo Viana manages to make a clearance.

49mins

Corner taken by Raul Meireles played to the near post, Claudio Kaka manages to make a clearance.

48mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Cole by do Carmo Leandro Salino. Raul Meireles crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Sa Peraira Silvio.

47mins

Corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles from the left by-line, Alberto Rodriguez manages to make a clearance.

47mins

Alberto Rodriguez concedes a free kick for a foul on Dirk Kuyt. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jamie Carragher from right channel, Claudio Kaka manages to make a clearance.

46mins

Joe Cole delivers the ball, save by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

46mins

Rodrigo Lima is caught offside. Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.

44mins

Foul by Leiva Lucas on Marcio Mossoro, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Miguel Hugo Viana from the free kick, save by Jose Reina.

43mins

Unfair challenge on Joe Cole by do Carmo Leandro Salino results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.

42mins

Angelo Miguel Garcia concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Cole. Raul Meireles takes the free kick.

39mins

Osorio Alan concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Poulsen. Free kick crossed right-footed by Raul Meireles, clearance made by Claudio Kaka.

37mins

Unfair challenge on Rodrigo Lima by Martin Skrtel results in a free kick. Miguel Hugo Viana takes the direct free kick. Marcio Mossoro takes a shot. Effort from 30 yards by Sa Peraira Silvio.

36mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Miguel Hugo Viana, clearance made by Leiva Lucas. Miguel Hugo Viana produces a cross.

35mins

Unfair challenge on Miguel Hugo Viana by Christian Poulsen results in a free kick. The referee shows Christian Poulsen a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Rodrigo Lima takes the free kick. Miguel Hugo Viana produces a drilled left-footed shot from 25 yards. Jay Spearing gets a block in.

35mins

Unfair challenge on Marcio Mossoro by Christian Poulsen results in a free kick. Miguel Hugo Viana takes the direct free kick.

34mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rocha Paulo Cesar by Dirk Kuyt. Miguel Hugo Viana takes the direct free kick.

33mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rocha Paulo Cesar on Jay Spearing. Direct free kick taken by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.

30mins

The ball is swung over by Rocha Paulo Cesar, Jose Reina makes a comfortable save.

30mins

Osorio Alan produces a cross, clearance by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.

28mins

Joe Cole is ruled offside. Guilherme Artur Moraes takes the indirect free kick.

27mins

Glen Johnson delivers the ball, blocked by Osorio Alan.

27mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Rodrigo Lima. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.

26mins

Claudio Kaka concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Cole. Claudio Kaka booked for unsporting behaviour. Raul Meireles produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

23mins

Jamie Carragher fouled by Rodrigo Lima, the ref awards a free kick. Leiva Lucas takes the free kick.

21mins

Glen Johnson fouled by Angelo Miguel Garcia, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Glen Johnson.

21mins

Dirk Kuyt is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Miguel Hugo Viana takes the indirect free kick.

20mins

The ball is crossed by Sa Peraira Silvio, Sotirios Kyrgiakos manages to make a clearance.

19mins

Corner taken by Raul Meireles played to the near post, Sotirios Kyrgiakos concedes a free kick for a foul on Guilherme Artur Moraes. Guilherme Artur Moraes restarts play with the free kick.

19mins

Centre by Jay Spearing, clearance by Alberto Rodriguez.

19mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alberto Rodriguez on Dirk Kuyt. Leiva Lucas restarts play with the free kick.

17mins

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcio Mossoro by Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Osorio Alan scores a placed penalty. Braga 1-0 Liverpool.

15mins

Unfair challenge on Alberto Rodriguez by Dirk Kuyt results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Miguel Hugo Viana.

14mins

Dirk Kuyt is caught offside. Alberto Rodriguez takes the free kick.

14mins

Foul by Jay Spearing on Rocha Paulo Cesar, free kick awarded. Sa Peraira Silvio takes the free kick.

12mins

Jay Spearing takes a shot. Sa Peraira Silvio gets a block in.

12mins

A cross is delivered by Dirk Kuyt, blocked by Sa Peraira Silvio.

10mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Osorio Alan. Miguel Hugo Viana crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance made by Glen Johnson.

9mins

The ball is swung over by Angelo Miguel Garcia.

7mins

Dirk Kuyt is caught offside. Free kick taken by Alberto Rodriguez.

5mins

Centre by Glen Johnson, save by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

4mins

A cross is delivered by Sa Peraira Silvio, Sotirios Kyrgiakos makes a clearance.

4mins

A cross is delivered by Sa Peraira Silvio, clearance made by Jay Spearing.

3mins

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Alberto Rodriguez.

1mins

Raul Meireles challenges Miguel Hugo Viana unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Miguel Hugo Viana.

Match Preview

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has claimed the return to fitness of Andy Carroll could prove pivotal in the final three months of the season. Carroll is in line for his European bow for the Reds against Braga in Portugal on Wednesday, having made his long-awaited debut as a substitute in Sunday's 3-1 win over Manchester United.

The club have been careful to manage the England international's injury, rejecting the chance to rush him back early in the wake of Fernando Torres' departure to Chelsea. But Dalglish always knew his £35million striker was likely to play a major part in what remains of this season and is looking forward to the player reaching full fitness.

Dalglish said: "He is a massive player and I suppose the fact we put him on the (Europa League squad) list at the beginning of February when we had to put names forward shows we had great faith in him being fit and great faith in Andy.

"He is a great attribute for us but he is only a great attribute when he is fit and well and it is up to us to keep him fit. The game is part and parcel of his recuperation. Everyone knows he would love to play, but then so would I."

Braga manager Domingos Paciencia believes his side are capable of pulling off a shock result over the two legs. He said: "We have two choices, either stop here or make history. With concentration, humility and attitude we believe it is possible. We are a surprise team in this competition."

Paciencia also insisted that the Europa League is still a priority despite his side lying just sixth in the league. He added: "The fans, the club, the region are all seeking to be recognised internationally. We are aware that we can do better in the league but also go one step further in Europe and reach the quarter-finals."

The former Portugal striker praised Liverpool's style but believes their big win against title hopefuls Benfica at the weekend proves his team can mix it with the very best.

He added: "They are quick up front, Liverpool are a very difficult team [to beat]. To beat Manchester United at any time tells you everything you need to know."

"What we did against Benfica demonstrates that we can win against any team. We want to leave everything open for the second leg." M

Formation:4231Manager: Domingos Paciencia

Braga

Formation: 4231Manager: Kenny Dalglish

Liverpool

  • Guilherme Artur Moraes
  • Angelo Miguel Garcia
  • Claudio Kaka
  • Alberto Rodriguez
  • Sa Peraira Silvio
  • do Carmo Leandro Salino
  • Miguel Hugo Viana
  • Osorio Alan
  • Marcio Mossoro
  • Rocha Paulo Cesar
  • Rodrigo Lima
  • SUBS
  • Figueiredo Cristiano
  • Junior Paulao
  • Jorge Helder Barbosa
  • Albert Ze Meyong
  • Coelho Dani
  • Joseph Peterson
  • Capela Anibal

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Match Report

Reds miss out on record Liverpool failed in their attempts to equal a club record 14-match unbeaten run in Europe with a 1-0 defeat against Braga in their last-16 first-leg Europa League tie in Portugal. The location of the AXA Stadium is no stranger to displays of hard labour, having been carved into the face of the former Monte Castro quarry. But Kenny Dalglish's side were so devoid of movement at times they appeared to be taking inspiration from the huge chunks of rock still visible at one end of the unique ground. They lacked pace and creativity without injured captain Steven Gerrard and the ineligible livewire forward Luis Suarez, who was instrumental in terrorising Manchester United in Sunday's 3-1 victory. Even a European debut for #35million record signing Andy Carroll after half-time could not turn things around after Brazilian Alan had converted a 17th-minute penalty. The omens were there from the start with a side featuring three defensive midfielders - albeit with Jay Spearing patrolling the right side of a 4-2-3-1 - which still never looked comfortable or particularly solid. They spent much of the opening quarter of an hour chasing possession, although the hosts never came close to threatening Jose Reina's goal. They were just getting into their stride, however, and in the 17th minute when Mossoro raced onto a through-ball to the right of the penalty area he was brought down by Sotirios Krygiakos' mis-timed tackle. The spot-kick was expertly slotted away by the Brazilian, who must have one of the least exotically-sounding names of all his countrymen. Raul Meireles was given a hard time by Braga fans on his return to his homeland, having moved to Anfield from nearby Porto. He had a rare shooting opportunity from a 25-yard free-kick but drilled his effort into the wall. Pressure was growing on Liverpool though and centre-back Kaka, almost lived up to the reputation of his more illustrious namesake when he attempted a cheeky shot from a narrow angle after taking a corner but drilled the ball into the side-netting. Left-back Silvio went even closer with a thunderous 35-yard volley which beat Reina but rattled back off the crossbar. The visitors were crying out for some creativity and pace to be injected and to that end all seven substitutes were sent out to warm-up during the interval. Ten minutes after the restart Carroll was sent on for Christian Poulsen, with Spearing dropping back into central midfield and Meireles moving to the right. His early involvement saw him head over Meireles' corner, although he was adjudged to have committed a foul in the act, and then had a shot deflected for a corner. Carroll's arrival certainly livened things up, with Braga unable to handle his aerial power; Liverpool's problem was they were not proving him with decent enough crosses to threaten the hosts' goal. When Meireles did whip one in from the right it was Dirk Kuyt who controlled it and volleyed over the crossbar. The closing stages became increasingly scrappy as the Reds pushed for an equaliser. Carroll continued to win headers with confident regularity but they were mostly in non-threatening positions from Reina's long punts up field, with absolutely no service coming from either flank with Cole cutting a particularly inconsequential figure. Braga by no means look like a side who will pose a significant danger at Anfield in a week's time but Liverpool's greatest problems are of their own making. They have scored once in five away matches in Europe this season. Their home record is much better, and they need it to be if they are to turn things around.

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