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  • Date:17 Mar 2011
  • Kick-off:20:05
  • Venue:Anfield
  • Attendance:37,494
( agg 0 - 1 )
Goal!

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94mins

Claudio Kaka produces a cross.

93mins

Unfair challenge on Danny Wilson by Osorio Alan results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.

91mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raul Meireles by Sa Peraira Silvio. Raul Meireles crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.

91mins

Shot by Albert Ze Meyong from a long way out goes over the net.

90mins

The referee blows for offside against Dirk Kuyt. Miguel Hugo Viana restarts play with the free kick.

89mins

Marcio Mossoro comes on in place of do Carmo Leandro Salino. Martin Skrtel challenges Albert Ze Meyong unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Miguel Hugo Viana.

87mins

Martin Skrtel fouled by Albert Ze Meyong, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.

87mins

Do Carmo Leandro Salino fouled by Martin Skrtel, the ref awards a free kick. Miguel Hugo Viana takes the direct free kick.

86mins

The official flags Dirk Kuyt offside. Guilherme Artur Moraes takes the indirect free kick.

84mins

Rodrigo Lima leaves the field to be replaced by Albert Ze Meyong. Corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles, Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Martin Skrtel takes a shot. Blocked by Guilherme Artur Moraes. Blocked by Junior Paulao.

84mins

Dirk Kuyt crosses the ball, clearance by Alberto Rodriguez.

83mins

Raul Meireles receives a yellow card for dissent.

80mins

Effort from long range by Jay Spearing goes wide right of the target.

80mins

Outswinging corner taken by Raul Meireles, clearance by Alberto Rodriguez.

79mins

Dirk Kuyt produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

79mins

Dirk Kuyt crosses the ball, clearance made by Alberto Rodriguez.

78mins

David Ngog takes a shot. Save by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

77mins

Danny Wilson produces a cross, Headed effort from the edge of the area by Andrew Carroll goes wide of the right-hand upright.

76mins

Jay Spearing replaces Rodriguez Maxi. (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with David Ngog coming on for Joe Cole.

73mins

Claudio Kaka replaces Vanderson Vandinho.

72mins

Caution for Vanderson Vandinho.

72mins

Glen Johnson crosses the ball, Guilherme Artur Moraes makes a save.

71mins

Martin Skrtel booked. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on do Carmo Leandro Salino by Martin Skrtel. Miguel Hugo Viana fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, fantastic save by Jose Reina.

69mins

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

67mins

The referee blows for offside against Andrew Carroll. Guilherme Artur Moraes takes the indirect free kick.

66mins

Rodriguez Maxi fouled by Angelo Miguel Garcia, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Wilson takes the free kick.

64mins

The ball is crossed by Sa Peraira Silvio.

64mins

Osorio Alan fouled by Raul Meireles, the ref awards a free kick. Vanderson Vandinho restarts play with the free kick.

62mins

The offside flag is raised against Andrew Carroll. Guilherme Artur Moraes takes the indirect free kick.

62mins

Junior Paulao gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll. Free kick crossed right-footed by Raul Meireles, clearance by Junior Paulao.

61mins

Do Carmo Leandro Salino has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

61mins

Effort from inside the area by Osorio Alan misses to the left of the target.

60mins

Miguel Hugo Viana takes the outswinging corner, Leiva Lucas manages to make a clearance.

60mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Raul Meireles on Osorio Alan. Miguel Hugo Viana takes the direct free kick.

58mins

Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Raul Meireles misses to the left of the goal.

57mins

Foul by Vanderson Vandinho on Rodriguez Maxi, free kick awarded. Jamie Carragher takes the free kick.

56mins

Unfair challenge on Rocha Paulo Cesar by Jamie Carragher results in a free kick. Rodrigo Lima shoots direct from the free kick, Raul Meireles gets a block in.

54mins

Rodriguez Maxi produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

53mins

Joe Cole produces a cross, clearance made by Alberto Rodriguez.

52mins

Andrew Carroll is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Caution for Junior Paulao. Alberto Rodriguez fouled by Andrew Carroll, the ref awards a free kick. Guilherme Artur Moraes restarts play with the free kick.

50mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Andrew Carroll. Guilherme Artur Moraes restarts play with the free kick.

47mins

Rodriguez Maxi concedes a free kick for a foul on Osorio Alan.

47mins

A cross is delivered by Joe Cole, Angelo Miguel Garcia manages to make a clearance.

47mins

Rocha Paulo Cesar challenges Raul Meireles unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Raul Meireles.

45mins

The ball is delivered by Rodriguez Maxi, Andrew Carroll has a headed effort at goal from just inside the area that misses to the right of the goal.

42mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles, save made by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

40mins

Raul Meireles fouled by Rodrigo Lima, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Carragher takes the direct free kick.

39mins

Unfair challenge on Guilherme Artur Moraes by Andrew Carroll results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

36mins

A cross is delivered by Sa Peraira Silvio, clearance made by Danny Wilson.

35mins

Leiva Lucas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rocha Paulo Cesar. The free kick is swung in right-footed by do Carmo Leandro Salino, clearance by Glen Johnson.

34mins

Dirk Kuyt crosses the ball.

30mins

Corner taken by Miguel Hugo Viana, Close range header by Osorio Alan misses to the right of the target.

30mins

Osorio Alan takes a shot. Blocked by Glen Johnson.

27mins

A cross is delivered by Raul Meireles, save by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

26mins

Foul by Alberto Rodriguez on Joe Cole, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Raul Meireles.

26mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Miguel Hugo Viana, save made by Jose Reina.

26mins

The ball is delivered by Osorio Alan, clearance by Jamie Carragher.

24mins

The referee blows for offside. Junior Paulao takes the free kick.

21mins

Corner taken by Raul Meireles, Unfair challenge on Vanderson Vandinho by Andrew Carroll results in a free kick. Guilherme Artur Moraes takes the free kick.

20mins

Osorio Alan has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left.

19mins

Unfair challenge on Rodriguez Maxi by do Carmo Leandro Salino results in a free kick. Raul Meireles takes the free kick.

18mins

Danny Wilson produces a cross, Guilherme Artur Moraes makes a save.

17mins

The ball is crossed by Sa Peraira Silvio, save by Jose Reina.

15mins

Rodrigo Lima takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.

14mins

Miguel Hugo Viana delivers the ball, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.

12mins

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

11mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Junior Paulao by Andrew Carroll. Junior Paulao restarts play with the free kick.

10mins

Corner taken by Raul Meireles from the right by-line to the near post, Andrew Carroll has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

9mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rodriguez Maxi by do Carmo Leandro Salino. Free kick crossed right-footed by Raul Meireles, clearance by Miguel Hugo Viana.

9mins

Corner taken by Raul Meireles from the left by-line, Andrew Carroll has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

8mins

Joe Cole takes a shot. Save made by Guilherme Artur Moraes. Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Angelo Miguel Garcia gets a block in.

6mins

The official flags Andrew Carroll offside. Indirect free kick taken by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

5mins

Foul by Danny Wilson on Angelo Miguel Garcia, free kick awarded. Do Carmo Leandro Salino restarts play with the free kick.

3mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rodriguez Maxi by Angelo Miguel Garcia. Direct free kick taken by Raul Meireles.

2mins

The official flags Dirk Kuyt offside. Guilherme Artur Moraes restarts play with the free kick.

2mins

Glen Johnson produces a cross, clearance by Miguel Hugo Viana.

1mins

Rodrigo Lima fouled by Leiva Lucas, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Miguel Hugo Viana from right wing, save by Jose Reina.

Match Preview

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is seemingly resisting the urge to rush Andy Carroll into his starting line-up, despite needing to turn around a 1-0 deficit when they face Braga at Anfield on Thursday.

The Reds' record signing is continuing in his bid to regain full fitness but may have to settle for a place on the substitutes' bench yet again for this Europa League last-16 second leg tie.

Dalglish told the pre-match press conference that his £35million striker is nearing peak condition but is unsure of when he will unleash him from the start of a game.

"The fitter he gets the more tempting it will be but when that day comes I don't know," he said.

"He is fit and well but what we do with him remains to be seen. Whether we will start with him or he comes on in the second half will be decided by how he does in training and what we think is best for us on the night."

Liverpool will be trying to overcome their Portuguese opponents without their inspirational captain Steven Gerrard, but the skipper is on the road to recovery following an operation on his groin: "Steven has had his operation and he feels good. He has started his rehabilitation already." Dalglish added.

Braga coach Domingos Paciencia has claimed Liverpool are not on a par with his side ahead of the game. Paciencia brushed aside suggestions from Dalglish that the first-leg defeat was more down to a poor Liverpool performance rather than a good Braga display.

"Most managers said when they played us at home, they say the same thing," said the Braga coach, whose side are bidding to reach the quarter-finals for the first time.

"When we played Benfica, Porto (both of whom are still in the competition) and Sporting they are the ones who play well, the others not so good. We are well aware it will be a different match from the first one.

"We know Liverpool are a good team but for them to go through they have to score two goals. We respect them a lot but it was an important win (in Portugal), not conceding a goal at home.

"But whether home or away we always try to score and that will be the main aim. The best approach is to be aware of our possibilities and chances. If we get through it will be history for Braga."

Few changes are expected to the side which won last week, although captain Vandinho is expected to play having been out injured for a month. For Liverpool, midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is training again after knee surgery last month but is some way short of being ready for action, as are Martin Kelly and Fabio Aurelio (hamstring), while striker Luis Suarez is ineligible.

Formation:442Manager: Kenny Dalglish

Liverpool

Formation: 451Manager: Domingos Paciencia

Braga

  • Jose Reina
  • Glen Johnson
  • Jamie Carragher
  • Martin Skrtel
  • Danny Wilson
  • Rodriguez Maxi
  • Leiva Lucas
  • Raul Meireles
  • Joe Cole
  • Andrew Carroll
  • Dirk Kuyt
  • SUBS
  • Peter Gulacsi
  • Daniel Pacheco
  • Sotirios Kyrgiakos
  • David Ngog
  • Jay Spearing
  • Christian Poulsen
  • John Flanagan

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Match Report

Euro exit for Reds Liverpool exited the Europa League with a whimper after a goalless draw at home to Braga, dealing a blow to their hopes of returning to the competition next season. Trailing 1-0 from the first leg of their last-16 tie, even a first start for record signing Andy Carroll could not turn things around as the visitors employed every trick in the book to hang on to their advantage. The Reds have not failed to qualify for Europe since 1999 but having lost the chance of entering as defending Europa League champions, they must now look to their domestic form. However, they trail fifth-placed Tottenham by six points and have played one match more and it will take an impressive run of results for them to reel in the Londoners. With Liverpool low on creativity and even shorter on chances, the watching Reds owner John Henry, who sanctioned the #35million January purchase of Carroll, must have left wondering just how much it costs to buy a goal at this level. The 22-year-old striker had his moments but very few were in areas in which he could utilise his talent. Liverpool's defence looked for him at every available opportunity - although sometimes he was not necessarily the best option - and his aerial prowess was soon in evidence. An early flick-on put Joe Cole through on the left of the area and his shot was parried by Artur back into the path of the former Newcastle striker but his shot was deflected behind. Carroll headed behind Raul Meireles' corner and it was only set-pieces which really presented him with anything approaching a chance. Too often the England international was asked to win long diagonal balls 30 yards out with his back to goal. Liverpool's supposed wide players - in truth the Reds have lacked genuine width for a long time - Cole and Maxi Rodriguez never got themselves into what could be described as threatening positions in which to deliver crosses for Carroll to attack. The big front man soon discovered everything would not go his way, though, as he was penalised when Paulo Cesar pushed him into Miguel Garcia at another Meireles corner. Danny Wilson's unfamiliarity at left-back was often exploited by Alan, the goalscorer in Portugal last week, but aside from Rodrigo Lima's drilled 35-yard shot straight at Jose Reina, making his 300th appearance, they were content to soak up the pressure. However, the methods the Portuguese side used to frustrate their opponents, rolling around on the floor to waste time, required a firm hand and Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi was found desperately wanting as he allowed the game to get away from him before half-time. Rocchi had no option but to get his cards out soon after the interval when Carroll, frustrated by Paulao's attempts to shepherd the ball out of play, swung a wild tackle at the defender and both players were booked. Liverpool's first chance of the second half fell to Meireles when Dirk Kuyt crossed to the penalty spot but the Portugal international looped his header well over. Tension was beginning to grow inside Anfield and the impact of Carroll, watched by England manager Fabio Capello who had arrived from watching Manchester City exit the competition earlier in the evening, was starting to wane. As the match entered its last quarter Glen Johnson finally put in a dangerous cross but Meireles was just short of reaching it. One late Carroll header appeared destined to find the net from a Meireles corner only for Kuyt to get in the way in the six-yard area. That just about summed up his - and Liverpool's - night as they went out of the competition despite not losing a home match in Europe all season.

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