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  • Date:02 Dec 2010
  • Kick-off:18:00
  • Venue:Stadionul Ghencea
  • Eder (60)
  • Jovanovic (18)

Live Commentary


Leiva Lucas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Daniel Pacheco.


The referee blows for offside against Ryan Babel. Ricardo Gomes restarts play with the free kick.


Corner taken by Daniel Pacheco, Florin Gardos manages to make a clearance.


Cristian Tanase takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.


Florin Gardos fouled by Ryan Babel, the ref awards a free kick. Florin Gardos takes the direct free kick.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Bonfim Eder on Nathan Eccleston. Bonfim Eder booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed by Fabio Aurelio.


Iasmin Latovlevici leaves the field to be replaced by Janos Szekely.


Nathan Eccleston replaces Milan Jovanovic.


Effort on goal by Bogdan Stancu from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.


Joe Cole leaves the field to be replaced by David Ngog.


Joe Cole challenges Ricardo Gomes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ricardo Gomes takes the direct free kick.


Fabio Aurelio gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bonfim Eder. Free kick taken by Bonfim Eder.


Effort from the edge of the area by Banel Nicolita goes wide of the right-hand upright.


Outswinging corner taken by Fabio Aurelio from the left by-line, Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes a shot.


Outswinging corner taken by Fabio Aurelio.


Ryan Babel fouled by Banel Nicolita, the ref awards a free kick. Banel Nicolita is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Fabio Aurelio crosses the ball in from the free kick.


Bonfim Eder finds the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Steaua Bucuresti 1-1 Liverpool.Assist by Banel Nicolita.


Ricardo Gomes challenges Joe Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Wilson restarts play with the free kick.


Corner taken right-footed by Banel Nicolita, clearance by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Banel Nicolita on Milan Jovanovic. Fabio Aurelio restarts play with the free kick.


The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Cristian Tatarusanu.


Ricardo Gomes is adjudged to have handled the ball. Joe Cole takes the direct free kick.


Stanislav Angelov is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.


Danny Wilson challenges Stanislav Angelov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Iasmin Latovlevici from the free kick.


Alves Geraldo takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.


Cristian Tanase decides to take a short corner.

46:24 +1.24

Cristian Tanase takes a inswinging corner.


Jonjo Shelvey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Banel Nicolita. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Iasmin Latovlevici, save made by Jose Reina.


Stanislav Angelov joins the action as a substitute, replacing Eric Bicfalvi.


Effort from deep inside the area by Bogdan Stancu misses to the left of the goal.


Eric Bicfalvi produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.


Outswinging corner taken by Banel Nicolita.


Corner from right by-line taken by Banel Nicolita.


Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Cristian Tanase.


The assistant referee flags for offside against Joe Cole. Florin Gardos restarts play with the free kick.


Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Daniel Pacheco, save made by Cristian Tatarusanu.


Corner taken by Cristian Tanase from the left by-line, save made by Jose Reina.


Unfair challenge on Jonjo Shelvey by Ricardo Gomes results in a free kick. Danny Wilson takes the free kick.


Christian Poulsen handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ricardo Gomes.


Joe Cole has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.


Iasmin Latovlevici takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.


Ryan Babel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alves Geraldo. Direct free kick taken by Alves Geraldo.


Romeo Surdu challenges Jonjo Shelvey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Romeo Surdu is cautioned. Danny Wilson takes the direct free kick.


Ryan Babel sends in a cross, Milan Jovanovic grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Steaua Bucuresti 0-1 Liverpool.The assist for the goal came from Ryan Babel.


Romeo Surdu sends in a cross, Eric Bicfalvi has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.


Corner from right by-line taken by Banel Nicolita.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Banel Nicolita by Ryan Babel. Romeo Surdu takes the direct free kick.


Milan Jovanovic is adjudged to have handled the ball. Iasmin Latovlevici takes the direct free kick.


The official flags Romeo Surdu offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.


Cristian Tanase produces a cross.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonjo Shelvey by Banel Nicolita. Jonjo Shelvey takes the free kick.


Outswinging corner taken by Banel Nicolita.


Inswinging corner taken by Cristian Tanase, clearance made by Fabio Aurelio.

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

The referee gets the second half underway.

The whistle is blown to end the first half.

The referee blows for the end of the match.

Match Preview

Hodgson plays down pressure on youngsters Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson insists players are not playing for their futures in the Europa League tie against Steaua Bucharest. A number of fringe squad members are set to get a run-out as a depleted party travelled to Romania. Injuries have ruled out Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger, while Hodgson opted to rest Fernando Torres, Maxi Rodriguez, Raul Meireles, Glen Johnson and Paul Konchesky. It gives the likes of Ryan Babel, who is linked with a move in every transfer window, and Milan Jovanovic, who is still followed by rumours of a return to Standard Liege after just four months at Anfield, a chance to impress. Reserve team youngsters Dani Pacheco, Nathan Eccleston, Danny Wilson, Jack Robinson and John Flanagan have also been included in the squad. But Hodgson stressed that it would be unjust to judge individuals on their performances and in the final group game in a fortnight's time, because so many of the club's first-choice stars were absent. "It would be too much to ask. I don't think it would be fair," he said. "I think if you are going to be judged in that way you need to be playing with a large number of the more established players. "I don't think it is correct to judge people too much when many of them are playing together and are obviously fairly inexperienced at this level. "I wouldn't want to say they are playing for their long-term futures but I think they have a great opportunity to show me that what I am seeing in training they are able to be produce on the field in important matches when push comes to shove. "I am very interested to see some of the players who, if not making their debut, at least playing one of very few games that they have had for the club during my time here. "I think they gain an enormous amount because we are playing against a top-quality team. "In these games, especially the away games, it is important to have a look at some of the younger players who have been working hard day after day at Melwood and not really had too much of a look in when it comes to playing in the first team. "In the couple of games so far, away at Utrecht and Napoli, they have not let me, the club or the fans down and I hope they will continue to do that in another difficult game." Steaua striker Bogdan Stancu believes he and his team-mates will not become complacent despite the absence of Liverpool's three major players Gerrard, Carragher and Torres. Stancu, top scorer in their domestic league with 12 in 17 matches, stressed they will not be distracted by a weakened side. "It would be lethal for us to pay any attention to Liverpool's three absentees, because they have so many skilful players who can replace them," said the 23-year-old. "If you just picked a Liverpool side from the bench and those outside the 18-man matchday squad, you would still have a very strong team. "It would also be a huge mistake to judge them by their position in the Premier League (10th)."

Formation:4231Manager: Dorinel Munteanu

Steaua Bucuresti

Formation: 4132Manager: Roy Hodgson


  • Cristian Tatarusanu
  • Bonfim Eder
  • Alves Geraldo
  • Florin Gardos
  • Iasmin Latovlevici
  • Ricardo Gomes
  • Eric Bicfalvi
  • Banel Nicolita
  • Romeo Surdu
  • Cristian Tanase
  • Bogdan Stancu
  • SUBS
  • Cezar Andrei Lungu
  • Ifeany Emeghara
  • Octavian Abrudan
  • Janos Szekely
  • Novak Martinovic
  • Stanislav Angelov
  • Cosmin Matei



Match Report

Point secures Reds passage Liverpool secured top spot in Group K of the Europa League with a 1-1 draw against Steaua Bucharest in Romania but required a helping hand from their rivals after a howler from goalkeeper Jose Reina. Milan Jovanovic's first-half header was cancelled out when the Reds captain on the night allowed Eder Bonfim's effort to escape his grasp and creep over the line. A point would have been enough to put Roy Hodgson's side through but Utrecht's 3-3 draw with Napoli ensured they could not be caught at the top of the table with a match still to play. The Reds boss put his faith in fringe players and reserves having travelled to Romania without eight first-teamers, only three of whom were injured, and he was rewarded by the likes of Jovanovic and Babel. Neither has made much of an impression to date in their Anfield careers, although Jovanovic admittedly has only had a little more than four months to settle in. However, they both did a decent enough job on a night when they could easily have gone missing again. The same could not be said of Joe Cole, returning from a five-week lay-off with a hamstring injury. Hodgson had admitted before the game the England international was low on confidence after a suspension and injury-interrupted start to his Liverpool career and that showed in his performance. Despite playing in his supposedly favourite position behind the striker Cole cut a peripheral figure and was unable to affect the game in any way before he was replaced 15 minutes from time by David Ngog. The opening exchanges were unremarkable except for plenty of non-harmful Steaua possession and Reina, captaining the side in the absence of the injured Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, being targeted by a fan with a laser pen. It was the second occasion this season the Spain international has had to contend with the irritation, the first coming in their Europa League play-off against Trabzonspor in August. A complaint to Turkish referee Bulent Yildirim and a stadium announcement thankfully appeared to halt the offender. By that time, however, Steaua should have been ahead but Eric Bicfalvi headed over left-back Iasmin Latovlevici's cross from eight yards. It proved to be a costly miss as Liverpool took the lead with their first chance in the 19th minute. Jovanovic, whose only previous significant contribution since joining in the summer was to score in the ill-fated Carling Cup exit to Northampton, started and finished the move. The Serbia international, who has been linked with a move back to former club Standard Liege despite only leaving in the summer, worked the ball out to Babel on the right. When the Dutchman crossed to the far post Jovanovic headed home and celebrated by kissing the badge on his shirt, pointing at the handful of travelling Liverpool fans and then the floor - intimating that he wanted to stay at Anfield. Babel almost had a hand in creating a second goal but his pass which picked out Cole on the penalty spot was miscontrolled and Dani Pacheco eventually bundled a shot wide from the edge of the area. But Liverpool had a lucky escape in the dying seconds of the first half when in-form striker Bogdan Stancu, scorer of 12 goals in 17 league appearances, somehow stabbed wide from eight yards when it seemed easier to score. Early in the second half Reina saved low from Geraldo Alves' header and tipped Stancu's shot, which looped up off Fabio Aurelio, over the crossbar. The Steaua striker played a significant part without actually touching the ball in the home side's 61st-minute equaliser. Stancu was positioned in front of Reina - played onside by Danny Wilson - when Eder Bonfim launched his header but the goalkeeper, distracted by his opponent's presence, allowed the ball to squirm out of his grasp, through his legs and over the line. Sotirios Kyrgiakos powered a header at the crossbar and over from Aurelio's corner as the visitors responded. But ultimately Liverpool were happy to hang on for a third point in as many Group K away matches, maintaining their unbeaten run in Europe this season, and that was enough to achieve their objective.