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  • Date:24 Feb 2011
  • Kick-off:18:00
  • Venue:Anfield
  • Attendance:42,949
( agg 1 - 0 )
  • Kuyt (85)
Goal!

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92:29 +2.29

Tomas Pekhart is adjudged to have handled the ball. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.

92:08 +2.08

Shot by Joe Cole from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

91:10 +1.10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrej Keric by Leiva Lucas. The referee books Leiva Lucas for unsporting behaviour. Kamil Vacek delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, save made by Jose Reina.

90:53 +0.53

David Ngog takes a shot. Save by Jaromir Blazek.

89:17

Manuel Pamic leaves the field to be replaced by Andrej Keric.

86:37

Dirk Kuyt is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Tomas Repka.

86:13

Handball decision goes against Tomas Pekhart. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.

85:01

Corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles from the left by-line, Dirk Kuyt finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Liverpool 1 (1)-(0) 0 Sparta Prague.Raul Meireles provided the assist for the goal.

83:22

Unfair challenge on David Ngog by Tomas Repka results in a free kick. Daniel Agger goes off and Martin Skrtel comes on. Shot on goal comes in from Raul Meireles from the free kick.

81:40

Inswinging corner taken by Jakub Podany from the right by-line played to the near post, Close range header by Erich Brabec goes wide of the left-hand upright.

80:12

Dirk Kuyt has a headed effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that misses to the right of the goal.

79:06

Foul by Leonard Kweuke on Daniel Agger, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.

78:49

Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Jaromir Blazek makes a save.

77:20

Martin Abena goes off and Tomas Pekhart comes on.

74:34

Dirk Kuyt produces a cross, clearance made by Erich Brabec. David Ngog takes a shot. Save made by Jaromir Blazek. Raul Meireles takes the outswinging corner, Tomas Repka makes a clearance.

73:45

Dirk Kuyt crosses the ball, Manuel Pamic gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles played to the near post, clearance made by Ondrej Kusnir.

72:46

Jakub Podany replaces Libor Sionko.

72:32

Dirk Kuyt crosses the ball.

70:00

Dirk Kuyt is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Jaromir Blazek.

69:29

Manuel Pamic produces a cross.

68:50

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Libor Sionko, Dirk Kuyt makes a clearance.

67:06

Header by Joe Cole from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

66:54

The ball is sent over by Raul Meireles, Ondrej Kusnir makes a clearance.

66:44

Centre by Dirk Kuyt, Tomas Repka manages to make a clearance.

65:51

Centre by David Ngog.

65:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Abena on Joe Cole. Leiva Lucas restarts play with the free kick.

64:41

Raul Meireles challenges Kamil Vacek unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Pamic.

63:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sotirios Kyrgiakos by Leonard Kweuke. The referee shows Leonard Kweuke a yellow card. Christian Poulsen goes off and Jay Spearing comes on. Direct free kick taken by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.

62:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Ngog by Erich Brabec. Free kick taken by Christian Poulsen.

61:09

Unfair challenge on Daniel Agger by Leonard Kweuke results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Raul Meireles, clearance made by Manuel Pamic.

60:48

Dirk Kuyt fouled by Kamil Vacek, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Christian Poulsen.

60:22

Joe Cole takes a shot. Save by Jaromir Blazek.

59:46

The ball is sent over by Ondrej Kusnir, save made by Jose Reina.

58:05

Unfair challenge on Martin Abena by Jamie Carragher results in a free kick. Jamie Carragher is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Tomas Repka restarts play with the free kick.

57:10

A cross is delivered by Kamil Vacek, Martin Abena has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

56:52

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Kamil Vacek from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Leiva Lucas.

53:17

Leonard Kweuke fouled by Sotirios Kyrgiakos, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Marek Matejovsky.

51:26

Corner from the left by-line taken by Kamil Vacek, save made by Jose Reina.

50:35

Foul by Raul Meireles on Kamil Vacek, free kick awarded. Jaromir Blazek takes the direct free kick.

48:45

Raul Meireles has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.

48:25

Manuel Pamic is penalised for a handball. Sotirios Kyrgiakos restarts play with the free kick.

47:18

Leiva Lucas concedes a free kick for a foul on Vaclav Kadlec. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Pamic.

46:35 +1.35

Leonard Kweuke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Raul Meireles. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.

45:47

Ondrej Kusnir sends in a cross, save made by Jose Reina.

45:01

Jamie Carragher is brought on as a substitute for Martin Kelly.

44:53

Shot from outside the box by Leiva Lucas goes wide right of the target.

44:25

Vaclav Kadlec takes a shot. Blocked by Daniel Agger.

43:54

Vaclav Kadlec fouled by Leiva Lucas, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Erich Brabec.

42:14

Christian Poulsen concedes a free kick for a foul on Marek Matejovsky. Erich Brabec restarts play with the free kick.

41:15

Raul Meireles gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marek Matejovsky. Tomas Repka takes the direct free kick.

39:28

Foul by Leonard Kweuke on Leiva Lucas, free kick awarded. Booking for Marek Matejovsky. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.

38:56

Corner taken by Raul Meireles from the right by-line to the near post, Martin Abena makes a clearance.

38:38

The ball is delivered by Martin Kelly, Kamil Vacek manages to make a clearance.

37:58

The offside flag is raised against David Ngog. Free kick taken by Jaromir Blazek.

35:45

David Ngog takes a shot. Save by Jaromir Blazek.

34:42

Shot from long range by David Ngog goes wide of the left-hand post.

33:59

The referee cautions Christian Poulsen for unsporting behaviour.

33:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Agger by Leonard Kweuke. Daniel Agger takes the free kick.

32:11

Libor Sionko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Raul Meireles. Daniel Agger restarts play with the free kick.

31:03

Unfair challenge on David Ngog by Manuel Pamic results in a free kick. Manuel Pamic goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Raul Meireles crosses the ball in from the free kick, Leonard Kweuke makes a clearance.

29:30

Martin Kelly challenges Libor Sionko unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martin Kelly is given a yellow card. Kamil Vacek crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

27:40

The ball is swung over by Erich Brabec, save by Jose Reina.

27:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vaclav Kadlec by Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Free kick taken by Marek Matejovsky.

26:18

Unfair challenge on Sotirios Kyrgiakos by Leonard Kweuke results in a free kick. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.

24:31

Joe Cole takes a shot. Save by Jaromir Blazek.

23:21

Martin Abena fouled by Leiva Lucas, the ref awards a free kick. Marek Matejovsky takes the free kick.

21:22

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kamil Vacek from the left by-line, Libor Sionko takes a shot. Danny Wilson makes a clearance. Ondrej Kusnir challenges Joe Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Wilson. Shot from deep inside the area by Raul Meireles goes over the bar.

20:11

Martin Kelly produces a cross, Headed effort on goal by Joe Cole from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

19:42

Unfair challenge on Sotirios Kyrgiakos by Leonard Kweuke results in a free kick. Daniel Agger takes the free kick.

18:54

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles, David Ngog takes a shot. Save made by Jaromir Blazek.

18:24

The ball is crossed by Martin Kelly, clearance by Tomas Repka.

16:48

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles, Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes a shot. Save by Jaromir Blazek. Inswinging corner taken by Raul Meireles, Header by Daniel Agger from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

16:14

Foul by Vaclav Kadlec on Daniel Agger, free kick awarded. Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes the direct free kick.

15:15

David Ngog fouled by Kamil Vacek, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Raul Meireles, Leonard Kweuke manages to make a clearance.

12:46

Erich Brabec concedes a free kick for a foul on David Ngog. Daniel Agger shoots direct from the free kick.

12:33

Vaclav Kadlec takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.

11:27

Effort on goal by Vaclav Kadlec from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.

11:19

The referee blows for offside. Erich Brabec restarts play with the free kick.

10:02

A cross is delivered by Kamil Vacek, Header on goal by Libor Sionko from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

9:31

Leiva Lucas challenges Vaclav Kadlec unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kamil Vacek takes the free kick.

8:51

Effort on goal by Raul Meireles from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

7:02

Marek Matejovsky concedes a free kick for a foul on Raul Meireles. Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Agger from left channel, clearance made by Vaclav Kadlec.

6:44

Danny Wilson sends in a cross, Erich Brabec manages to make a clearance.

5:40

Leiva Lucas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vaclav Kadlec. Free kick crossed by Kamil Vacek, save made by Jose Reina.

4:27

Joe Cole produces a cross.

3:28

Libor Sionko produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand post.

2:25

Kamil Vacek fouled by Joe Cole, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Erich Brabec.

0:48

Tomas Repka challenges David Ngog unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Raul Meireles from right wing, Libor Sionko manages to make a clearance.

Match Preview

Kenny Dalglish admits he has found a new zest for life since being asked to return to the Liverpool manager's hotseat almost seven weeks ago.

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the end of Dalglish's first spell as Anfield boss and the contrast in his demeanour from that day could not be more marked.

The Scot stepped down in 1991 as the pressures of the job and the emotional burden of the Hillsborough disaster two years previously took their toll.

Dalglish later returned to football with Blackburn, Newcastle and Celtic but had been out of frontline management for 10 years when Roy Hodgson's departure opened up the possibility of a dramatic Liverpool return as caretaker last month.

The 59-year-old said: "I didn't envisage I was going to get to where I was 20 years ago and have to leave - but yesterday was a much better day than it was 20 years ago.

"But it was unavoidable and I am a very fortunate person to be asked to come back.

"It is a great honour to be back - the club means an awful lot to an awful lot of people and I am certainly one of them.

"To be asked to come back was really a big stroke of luck for me, I'm delighted with the way it's happened.

"I didn't know it was seven weeks, but every day you come in and there's something new to be done and every day you look forward to getting up out of bed, which is good.

"It's been a change, but it's been very rewarding and worthwhile for me and I just hope other people are enjoying it as much as I am."

The Reds face Sparta Prague tonight in the second leg of a Europa League last-32 tie in which the scores are locked at 0-0.

Sparta coach Jozef Chovanec is looking forward to concentrating on football matters after he was suspended for 10 weeks by the Czech Football Federation this week after being found to have fielded players under false identities after pulling them out of international duties for an under-21 fixture.

However, his ban only applies to domestic competitions so he will be looking to extend his side's European campaign.

Chovanec, a former Czech Republic national coach who is in his third spell in charge of Sparta, admits victory would be a huge achievement for his team.

He said: "It is a great experience for myself and the team.

"Liverpool are the favourites but we have played other famous teams, not just Liverpool - even though they are one of the best.

"It is our dream to get through and why not try to get through against Liverpool?

"We have done well, got through the group stages, so let's try to get through further."

Formation:4231Manager: Kenny Dalglish

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Formation: 4141Manager: Vitezslav Lavicka

Sparta Prague

  • Jose Reina
  • Martin Kelly
  • Sotirios Kyrgiakos
  • Daniel Agger
  • Danny Wilson
  • Christian Poulsen
  • Leiva Lucas
  • Dirk Kuyt
  • Raul Meireles
  • Joe Cole
  • David Ngog
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  • Peter Gulacsi
  • Daniel Pacheco
  • Milan Jovanovic
  • Rodriguez Maxi
  • Jamie Carragher
  • Jay Spearing
  • Martin Skrtel

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Match Report

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. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, absent for the two previous games with a groin injury, was not risked and his dynamism and precision was missed throughout. Christian Poulsen, whose partner had a baby earlier in the week, made little impact in a central role while Cole, starting for the first time under Dalglish, was quiet on the left. The former Chelsea midfielder looked determined to kickstart his faltering Reds career, however, and broke clear early on to send over a looping cross which clipped the bar. The opening stages were lively and suggested the game, which ultimately lacked quality, would be far more eventful than the drab first leg. Liverpool appealed for a penalty in the second minute when a Meireles free-kick bounced and caught Manuel Pamic on the hand but nothing was given. At the other end Libor Sionko headed over from a Kamil Vacek cross and a dipping shot from Vaclav Kadlec narrowly missed the target. Both goalkeepers were tested by headers, Jose Reina first claiming a firm effort from Sinoko. Sotirios Kyrgiakos then went close to handing Liverpool the lead when he rose to meet a Meireles corner but Jaromir Blazek saved well to his right. Reina had a scare when he failed to claim a corner but Sionko was unable to take advantage and Meireles missed a good chance when he scooped a cross from the rampaging Martin Kelly over. Blazek had an uncomfortable moment when he spilled a long-range shot from Cole, who had cut in from the left, but Liverpool could not capitalise. Ngog tried his luck from distance as the ball dropped invitingly but miskicked as he turned to shoot. Ngog had a better chance moments later as Kuyt cut inside to tee him up but the Frenchman chipped tamely at Blazek, who almost gifted a rebound opportunity to Cole but recovered. Lucas also saw a 25-yard shot drift narrowly wide just before the interval. Liverpool were forced to withdraw one of the first half's better players in Kelly at the start of the second period, but were able to replace the right-back with the experienced Jamie Carragher. The hosts started brightly after the restart with Meireles volleying narrowly wide and then creating another attack with a superb long ball for Kuyt. Kuyt raced on into the area and pulled back for Ngog but the lone striker again fluffed his shot. Sparta also continued to threaten but Reina got down well to cut out a cross from Ondrej Kusnir. Liverpool met more frustration as they tried to prise an opening with Kuyt having a shot blocked and Cole heading wide midway through the second half. Liverpool pressed further with Meireles playing in Ngog but Blazek denied him. Kyrgiakos was forced off for treatment after a clash of heads with Tomas Repka left him with a nasty cut above the eye. He returned just as defensive partner Daniel Agger was forced off with injury and replaced by Martin Skrtel. Kuyt, along with Meireles, had been one of Liverpool's most forthright players in the second half and his efforts were rewarded with his winner. The Dutchman jumped above the defence five minutes from time to head firmly past Blazek and put the Reds into the last 16. Cole should have added a second when he raced through on goal in injury time but sliced his shot wide.

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