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Shot from long range by Daniel Pacheco misses to the right of the goal.
Daniel Pacheco decides to take a short corner.
A goal is scored by David Ngog from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 4-1 Steaua Bucuresti.
David Ngog gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 4-1 Steaua Bucuresti.Assist by Jay Spearing.
Bonfim Eder concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Eccleston. The referee shows Bonfim Eder a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Daniel Agger restarts play with the free kick.
Daniel Pacheco concedes a free kick for a foul on Iasmin Latovlevici. Direct free kick taken by Iasmin Latovlevici.
Centre by Paul Konchesky, clearance made by Alves Geraldo.
Joe Cole goes off and Nathan Eccleston comes on.
Foul by Eric Bicfalvi on David Ngog, free kick awarded. Daniel Pacheco crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Cristian Tatarusanu.
Corner from left by-line taken by Joe Cole. Daniel Pacheco replaces Rodriguez Maxi.
The ball is delivered by Bonfim Eder, Jose Reina makes a save.
The ball is delivered by Cristian Tanase, Jose Reina makes a save.
Bonfim Eder sends in a cross, Martin Kelly manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Banel Nicolita by Leiva Lucas results in a free kick. Bonfim Eder takes the direct free kick.
Rodriguez Maxi crosses the ball, clearance made by Bonfim Eder.
Leiva Lucas gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Liverpool 3-1 Steaua Bucuresti.
Foul by Leiva Lucas on Iasmin Latovlevici, free kick awarded. Cristian Tanase delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
Unfair challenge on Bonfim Eder by David Ngog results in a free kick. Cristian Tatarusanu takes the free kick.
Joe Cole delivers the ball, Alves Geraldo makes a clearance.
Leiva Lucas comes on in place of Ryan Babel.
Sotirios Kyrgiakos produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
Short corner worked by Rodriguez Maxi.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Banel Nicolita on Paul Konchesky. Paul Konchesky takes the direct free kick.
Cristian Tanase has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
The referee blows for offside against Joe Cole. Romeo Surdu is brought on as a substitute for Mihai Radut. Cristian Tatarusanu takes the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Rodriguez Maxi to the near post, Eric Bicfalvi manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Ryan Babel, Bonfim Eder manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Cole by Eric Bicfalvi. Rodriguez Maxi restarts play with the free kick.
Bogdan Stancu takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Rodriguez Maxi from the right by-line to the near post, Banel Nicolita manages to make a clearance.
Raul Meireles takes a shot. Save by Cristian Tatarusanu.
Handball decision goes against Eric Bicfalvi. Paul Konchesky restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Bonfim Eder, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.
Iasmin Latovlevici fouled by Rodriguez Maxi, the ref awards a free kick. Rodriguez Maxi receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Alves Geraldo restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Cristian Tanase on Rodriguez Maxi, free kick awarded. Rodriguez Maxi restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Eric Bicfalvi by Joe Cole results in a free kick. Bogdan Stancu takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Raul Meireles, save made by Cristian Tatarusanu.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Rodriguez Maxi from the right by-line, Unfair challenge on Sotirios Kyrgiakos by Pantelis Kapetanos results in a Penalty. Pantelis Kapetanos booked for unsporting behaviour. Penalty taken right-footed by David Ngog and scored. Liverpool 2-1 Steaua Bucuresti.
Foul by Ryan Babel on Bonfim Eder, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Iasmin Latovlevici, clearance made by Raul Meireles.
Pantelis Kapetanos is penalised for a handball. Bonfim Eder is brought on as a substitute for Stanislav Angelov. Paul Konchesky takes the direct free kick.
Ryan Babel takes a shot. Blocked by Alves Geraldo.
Outswinging corner taken by Rodriguez Maxi, Header by David Ngog from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Joe Cole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alves Geraldo. Alves Geraldo takes the direct free kick.
Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. Save by Cristian Tatarusanu.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eric Bicfalvi by Ryan Babel. Banel Nicolita restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eric Bicfalvi by Joe Cole. Eric Bicfalvi takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Octavian Abrudan by Joe Cole. Direct free kick taken by Cristian Tatarusanu.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Octavian Abrudan on Rodriguez Maxi. Octavian Abrudan shown a yellow card. Paul Konchesky produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Centre by Bogdan Stancu.
Ryan Babel takes a shot. Save by Cristian Tatarusanu.
Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. Cristian Tatarusanu makes a comfortable save.
Foul by Raul Meireles on Banel Nicolita, free kick awarded. Eric Bicfalvi restarts play with the free kick.
Stanislav Angelov fouled by David Ngog, the ref awards a free kick. Eric Bicfalvi takes the free kick.
Ryan Babel takes a shot. Cristian Tatarusanu makes a comfortable save.
David Ngog challenges Alves Geraldo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alves Geraldo.
Jay Spearing fouled by Cristian Tanase, the ref awards a free kick. Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes the free kick.
Joe Cole takes a shot. Save made by Cristian Tatarusanu.
Martin Kelly sends in a cross, clearance made by Stanislav Angelov.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pantelis Kapetanos by Daniel Agger. Mihai Radut takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Octavian Abrudan on David Ngog. Free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Rodriguez Maxi played to the near post, Bogdan Stancu manages to make a clearance.
Corner from right by-line crossed in by Iasmin Latovlevici.
A cross is delivered by Banel Nicolita, clearance by Daniel Agger.
Banel Nicolita comes on in place of Ifeany Emeghara.
Eric Bicfalvi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Cole. Free kick crossed by Rodriguez Maxi.
The offside flag is raised against Pantelis Kapetanos. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Bogdan Stancu takes a shot. Blocked by Daniel Agger.
A goal is scored by Cristian Tanase from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-1 Steaua Bucuresti.Bogdan Stancu provided the assist for the goal.
The referee blows for offside against David Ngog. Octavian Abrudan takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mihai Radut on Paul Konchesky. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Jay Spearing from long range goes over the crossbar.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Rodriguez Maxi, Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes a shot. Blocked by Octavian Abrudan.
Pantelis Kapetanos challenges Raul Meireles unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.
Joe Cole finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Steaua Bucuresti.
The game begins.
The half-time whistle blows.
The second half has started.
The final whistle is blown by the referee.
Cole quick off the mark in win
Midfielder Joe Cole scored the quickest European goal in Liverpool's illustrious history to set his under-strength side up for a 4-1 victory over Steaua Bucharest at Anfield.
The England international took just 25 seconds of their opening Europa League Group K match to find the net for his first strike since joining on a free transfer from Chelsea in the summer.
Cristian Tanase equalised for the Romanians in the 13th minute but David Ngog took his tally to five in as many games in this competition and substitute Lucas Leiva scored the other for a victory which was not as easy as the scoreline suggested.
Manager Roy Hodgson risked criticism with his team selection, which had just three survivors from the weekend's goalless draw at Birmingham with neither Fernando Torres nor Steven Gerrard in the squad.
The Reds boss' decision, with a huge game at Manchester United on Sunday, was ultimately justified but for a 30-minute period either side of half-time when the match hung in the balance.
Prior to the game Hodgson had stressed Steaua, the 1986 European Cup winners, would provide a tough test but it took precisely 25 seconds for his words to be disproved.
Octavian Abduran, under pressure from Cole, left his back-pass woefully short and the midfielder nipped in to sidefoot a shot past goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu and in off the far post.
The Romanians were reeling and Sotirios Kyrgiakos had a downward header from Maxi Rodriguez's corner blocked by Eric Bicfalvi and Jay Spearing fired a long-range shot over.
But Liverpool could not press home their advantage and a defensive lapse in the 13th minute allowed Steaua to equalise.
Kyrgiakos and Kelly allowed Tanase to nip in between them to collect Bogdan Stancu's through-ball and he neatly chipped over Reina.
The goal gave the visitors the confidence they needed to start knocking the ball around as Liverpool lost their way.
Cole, released down the middle by Spearing, but with no-one in support, had to shoot from distance and that - and subsequent efforts from range from Ryan Babel and Rodriguez - failed to trouble the goalkeeper sufficiently.
It was a sign of the way things were going that when Spearing implored his team-mates to "pick it up" the call was heard all around a half-full Anfield, who responded with an encouraging round of applause.
Abduran's foul on Rodriguez earned him a booking and Liverpool a 25-yard free-kick just before the interval but Paul Konchesky shot well wide.
Cole was Liverpool's most inventive player, although he did not have much competition in that department, and his good work in holding the ball up early in the second half allowed Rodriguez to fire in a shot straight at Tatarusanu.
They were gifted the chance to go ahead in the 55th minute when Pantelis Kapetanos pulled back Kyrgiakos as he challenged for Rodriguez's corner.
When Ngog stepped up to take the spot-kick - the last one at Anfield was missed by Cole against Trabzonspor - there was an audible groan.
However, the young French striker shrugged off the concerns of the Kop to expertly dispatch the ball into the left-hand corner before wheeling away with a celebration which may have included a gesture towards his doubters.
It was the 21-year-old's fifth goal of the season and fourth in five European games so far.
Raul Meireles almost marked his first start since arriving from Porto last month with a goal as his 30-yard volley was kept out by Tatarusanu's low dive to his right.
Hodgson made his first change of the night when he sent Lucas Leiva on for Babel, moving Cole out to the left and pushing Meireles further forward.
The substitute has an instant impact as he picked up a weak clearance 20 yards out to drive a shot past Tatarusanu with nine minutes to go.
Hodgson was true to his word as he used the latter stages to give experience to youngsters Dani Pacheco and Nathan Eccleston, players who will have an important role to play in this competition.
Ngog fired home his second in injury time to give the scoreline a more convincing appearance.
It was a night when all the manager's decisions proved to be right.
However, making all the right calls at Old Trafford on Sunday will be a much bigger challenge.
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