UEFA Champions League

December 8, 2004

Full-time

Liverpool

3 - 1

Olympiakos

Group A

19:45 +00:00, December 8, 2004

Anfield, England

Referee: Manuel Enrique Mejuto Gonzalez

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    Captain Steven Gerrard was once again the driving force and it was fitting that his wonder strike put Liverpool into the next phase and dumped Olympiakos out of the competition.

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    What an amazing match. It looked bleak for the Reds at half-time but a dramtic three goal comeback has put Liverpool through to the knockout stage.

  • 90'

    Gerrard takes a short corner to Sinama as the clock ticks down......that's it the ref blows for full-time and Liverpool are through.

  • 90'

    Rivaldo whips in the freekick, the ball skips off the grass in front of Kirkland but the keeper pulls it into his grasp.

  • 90'

    Rivaldo knicks a freekick off Josemi in the dying seconds and it's brown-trouser time at Anfield....

  • 89'

    Djordjevic hoists in a freekick (that he has nudged forward about 10-yards from the original position) but Carragher heads it clear.

  • 88'

    Josemi hoofs the ball clear from the rightback position as valuable seconds tick away.

  • 87'

    Anfield errupts! It looked like a long road back at 1-0 down but the skipper has put Liverpool within minutes of making it into the next phase.

  • 86'

    ...the skipper smashes a low shot past Nikopolidis' desparing dive and into the back of the net. GOAL!

  • 86'

    Time is ticking away but the Red tide is relentless. Gerrard shapes to shoot from 30-yards....

  • 85'

    Both sides make a change. Maric replaces Venetidis and Josemi replaces Finnan.

  • 84'

    Nikopolidis can't deal with a cross and the ball spills to Kewell. The forward tries to make sure of a clear shot but in the end delays his strike too long and a golden opportunity goes begging.

  • 83'

    Mellor beats Anatolakis and takes a tumble in the box. The ref again waves play on...maybe correctly this time.

  • 82'

    There was a definate penalty in the build up but it doesn't matter now. Liverpool still need a goal to go through.

  • 81'

    Razic brings down Carragher in the box, but the ref waves play on. Sinama knocks in a cross and Mellor is there to poke it home from five-yards out. GOAL!

  • 80'

    Schurrer scythes down Sinama and gets booked. More importantly Liverpool have a freekick.

  • 79'

    Liverpool are forced into making a change. Baros, who has just recovered from a hamstring strain, is replaced by Mellor.

  • 78'

    Oops! We have had a few technical problems but all you have missed is a routine save from a Kewell header.

  • 73'

    Razic gets a second chance to cross. Giovanni shoots on the turn but can only watch his effort disappear over the horizon.

  • 72'

    Gerrard waits for the ball to drop in the area. Anatolakis somehow manages to get a vital touch on the ball with the skipper preparing to shoot.

  • 71'

    Gerrard plays a poor ball to Kewell and then again to Sinama as Liverpool struggle to find a way through the Greek team's back four.

  • 70'

    Olympiakos make a change. Rezic replaces Georgiadis.

  • 69'

    Nunez chases Finnan's through-ball but the winger hasn't got the pace to keep it in play. Goalkick.

  • 68'

    It's another scrappy patch. Olympiakos have managed to drop the tempo.

  • 66'

    Gerrard can't get enough whip on the freekick and Nikopolidis watches the Liverpool skipper's shot sail over the bar.

  • 65'

    Alonso spreads it wide for Kewell, who gets past Pantos and is then hauled down. Pantos should be issued with his second yellow card.

  • 62'

    Baros jumps for a header, the ball bounces to Gerrard, who lashes a shot past Nikopolidis...but the ref has already blown the whistle for a foul.

  • 61'

    Kafes megs Carragher but Hyypia steps in to make a challenge in the box.

  • 60'

    Rivaldo is forced wide as he races towards goal. The striker shoots anyway and misses the target by a distance.

  • 58'

    Liverpool work it out to the left flank. Kewell crosses but hits it too deep for his waiting teammates.

  • 57'

    Finnan whips it in from the right but there is a disappointing amount of red shirts in the box.

  • 55'

    Georgiadis can't control a long pass as Olympiakos fail to offer a threat - as they have for most of the match.

  • 54'

    Gerrard wins the ball in midfield, over runs it and then makes a high tackle on an Olympiakos midfielder. He gets booked, and rightly so.

  • 53'

    Gerrard makes a 50-50 challenge with Pantos, who comes off worst. The ref calls the captains over for a word to calm things down.

  • 51'

    Baros chases after a lost cause, gets blocked off and then charges into Anatolakis. Tempers are rising.

  • 50'

    Giovanni wins a soft freekick and then roles around on the floor to milk the incident.

  • 49'

    Sinama cuts it back for Nunez, who smashes his shot into Schurrer and behind for a corner.

  • 47'

    A perfect start to the second-half for Liverpool. Only two more goals are needed and the Reds have got some belief back.

  • 46'

    Kewell beats Pantos on the left, flashes a cross across the face of goal and Sinama pokes it home. GOAL!

  • 45'

    Olympiakos get the game underway and Liverpool have brought Sinama on to boost their attack.

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    Oh dear! Liverpool are 1-0 down and need at least three goals in the second-half if they want to continue in this competition.

  • 45'

    Gerrard takes yet another Liverpool corner. Carragher climbs all over Giovanni at the far post and Olympiakos get a freekick to relieve the pressure.

  • 44'

    Georgiadis lunges at Kewell and picks up a yellow card that will see him suspend for the next game.

  • 43'

    Rivaldo has to leave the pitch so he can't take the freekick. Djordjevic deputises and draws a save form Kirkland.

  • 42'

    Giovanni flicks it to Rivaldo, who knicks the ball away from Carragher and gets studded as a result.

  • 41'

    Pantos gets booked for tugging back Riise.

  • 40'

    Monaco are now winning 3-0 in Deportivo so, barring a miracle, Liverpool will have to find three goals without reply from somewhere.

  • 38'

    Rivaldo slithers to the floor amidst four Liverpool players and somehow wins a freekick. Carragher heads the Brazilian's cross clear.

  • 37'

    The game has got a bit scrappy. Liverpool could really do with a goal before the break to boost their spirits.

  • 35'

    Kewell takes a tumble and wins a freekick. Alonso opts to take it quickly but hits his shot into row Z.

  • 34'

    Gerrard pings a 50-yard pass to Riise, whose cross is put behind at the near post for a corner. Olympiakos clear.

  • 33'

    Finnan drives forward. Baros leaps well but heads the defender's cross narrowly wide.

  • 32'

    Olympiakos push forward with Georgiadis as their fans make themselves heard at Anfield. Traore makes a well timed tackle.

  • 31'

    Kewell wins possession for the Reds. I thought that was worth a mention.

  • 29'

    Riise and Traore combine down the left. Traore gets a return pass but can't deliver the ball into the box with any conviction.

  • 28'

    To make matters worse Monaco have taken a 1-0 lead in Deportivo. Liverpool need to score three goals now.

  • 27'

    Nunez didn't hold his position in the wall and was punished for leaving a gap. Alonso gets booked for a bad challenge.

  • 26'

    The Liverpool wall disintegrates and Rivaldo's strike goes straight through the gap and into the back of the net. GOAL!

  • 25'

    Rivaldo will take it himself....

  • 24'

    Rivaldo beats two players, puts Carragher on his bottom and draws a foul from Hyypia on the edge of the box. Great stuff from the veteran.

  • 23'

    Baros lines up a strike from the edge of the box but the Olympiakos defence close him down quickly and his shot is blocked.

  • 22'

    Hyypia clears with a towering header that sets Nunez racing clear. The Spaniard crosses early and Baros is inches away from converting.

  • 21'

    It's still 0-0 in Deportivo.

  • 20'

    Alonso whips in a freekick from the left. The cross is poor but Gerrard sticks out a leg and diverts the ball against the post. So close to the opening goal.

  • 19'

    Liverpool's players are seeing plenty of the ball. Nunez works in Kewell on the edge of the box, but the Australian's pass is cut out.....again.

  • 17'

    Kafes, an outfield player who wears number one, misplaces his pass and slices it out for a throw.

  • 16'

    Nunez moves out to the right but a flowing move breaksdown with guess who? Yes, that's right. Kewell.

  • 15'

    ...Rivaldo whips it in and Gerrard is forced to head over his own bar. Rivaldo takes the corner and Gerrard clears again.

  • 14'

    Hyypia is called into action again, but this time uses his hand. Freekick......Rivaldo waits to take it....

  • 13'

    Stoltidis hits a pass with the outside off his right boot. Hyypia spots the danger and cuts it out before Rivaldo can latch onto the through-ball.

  • 11'

    Schurrer slices his clearance and Liverpool have a throw, deep in Olympiakos territory. Kewell has a free header at the back post but can't get any power on his shot.

  • 10'

    Giovanni puts pressure on Finnan. The fullback deals with his presence and heads the ball back to Kirkland.

  • 9'

    Carragher tackles Stoltidis, Nunez breaks down the right but can't get over the half-way line.

  • 7'

    Kewell overhits Riise's return ball and a Liverpool attack falters on the left flank.

  • 6'

    Giovanni and Rivaldo link up. The latter Brazilian wins a freekick and then fires a quickly taken shot over the bar from 30-yards.

  • 5'

    Schurrer lumps the ball up the pitch for Rivaldo to chase. Kirkland races out of his box and hoofs it clear.

  • 4'

    Hyypia connects at the near post but the centre-back's header hits the side netting.

  • 3'

    A great start from Benitez's team. Gerrard races itno the box and wins a corner off Pantos.

  • 3'

    Baros rises and diverts the ball goalwards. Olympiakos clear off the line with Liverpool claiming a goal....the ref blows his whistle and penalises Baros.

  • 2'

    ...again it goes near post and Nikopolidis punches behind. Yet another corner, which Gerrard will take.

  • 1'

    Nikopolidis comes off his line to pluck the ball out of the air at his near post. But the Reds have another corner....

  • 1'

    Riise motors down the flank and wins an early corner. Could it be a dream start?

  • 1'

    Liverpool get the game underway, wearing their all red strip and kicking from right to left.

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    Liverpool have top scorer Milan Baros back and the Anfield crowd are in good voice. The Reds are up for this one.

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    Olympiakos: Nikopolidis, Pantos, Anatolakis, Schurrer, Venetidis, Georgiadis, Kafes, Stoltidis, Djordjevic, Rivaldo, Giovanni. Subs: Giannou, Kouloucheris, Castillo, Maric, Okkas, Rezic, Vallas.

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    The team charged with the task is this: Kirkland, Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Traore, Nunez, Alonso, Gerrard, Riise, Kewell, Baros. Subs: Dudek, Henchoz, Diao, Josemi, Sinama Pongolle, Warnock, Mellor.

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    The Reds need a 1-0 win, or victory by two clear goals, to guarantee progress to the next phase - irrespective of Monaco's result.

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    Join us for all the action from the Champions League as Liverpool battle to reach the next phase of the competition, standing in their way will be Olympiakos. Kick-off 19.45pm