UEFA Champions League

October 30, 2002

Full-time

Liverpool

0 - 1

Valencia

Group B

19:45 +00:00, October 30, 2002

Anfield, England

Referee: T Hauge

  • 90'

    Liverpool must go to Switzerland, and to put it in Kevin Keegan's vernacular, get something. A tense affair for the Reds awaits. As for Valencia, odds on them going all the way must be shortening all the time after another professional show.

  • 90'

    That last action reflected the game as a whole - wily Spaniards out-thinking Brit grit. Liverpool never looked like getting that equaliser.

  • 90'

    Canizares does well, as ever in this game, and claims well under pressure.

  • 90'

    Another chance for Riise to launch a throw. Albelda follows Hyypia around like a limpet. And then clears after a minute of frustration and gamesmanship.

  • 90'

    Riise has a chance to launch a long throw. It bounces around the area. A Valencia player goes down rather conveniently.

  • 89'

    Angulo is onside from a lofted ball. He blasts wide and wasteful. Poor finish when he could have finished off Liverpool.

  • 88'

    Baros did well as the ball is lofted in by Hyypia. Great save by Canizares. Cheyrou doesn't make much of the corner.

  • 87'

    Mista booked for kicking the ball away.

  • 87'

    Final Valencia substitution as Vicente comes on for Kily Gonzalez.

  • 86'

    Cheyrou crosses in for Hyypia. He lofts it over with his head.

  • 85'

    Baros is fouled by Marchena just as he looked to have lost the ball.

  • 84'

    Riise to hit? No, Hamann collects the moving ball and hits it a la Wembley 2000. Canizares does better than David Seaman did.

  • 83'

    Canizares dallies but finally claims the resultant free-kick. Now Baros wins a free-kick from Pellegrino.

  • 82'

    Gonzalez is tackled - unfairly says the ref. Valencia play keep ball again. But Riise charges. Cheyrou is barged by Albelda.

  • 81'

    Final throw of the dice for Gerard Houllier as Bruno Cheyrou comes on for Jamie Carragher.

  • 80'

    Albelda is booked for a sliding tackle on Smicer. Free kick finds Liverpool players queuing up - in offside positions.

  • 78'

    Mista comes on for Carew.

  • 78'

    Valencia totally dominant. Dudek rushed out as Carew threatened. The ball bounces across the area and it takes Traore's great tackle to stop Gonzalez.

  • 77'

    Valencia giving Liverpool a chasing. All the vim and vigour of the Reds is fading. A final push desperately needed.

  • 76'

    Angulo gets space. Great control and great hit. Dudek palms away.

  • 73'

    Traore did well to stop a marauding Rufete. Last ditch stuff from the Frenchman. Baraja gets a chance now though. He goes outside Traore and shoots. It's wide and the sound of it crashing off the advertising hoardings is heard at subdued Anfield.

  • 71'

    Headed back to Dudek. Valencia squeezing the play. The crowd is quietened again. The lone shouts of individual scousers, or wherever they're from, can be heard.

  • 70'

    Rufete clears long as Carew threatens but the giant if offside. Gonzalez slips on the ball as he bore down on goal. Smicer gets a chance but Torres intercepts well.

  • 69'

    Baraja and Angulo linked before Gerrard cleared the ball. Valencia are taking the steam out of Liverpool.

  • 68'

    Aimar, who's been a naughty boy of late, is subbed for Miguel Angel Angulo. A great performance from the Argentine tonight.

  • 67'

    Diao headed forward but there was no-one to collect.

  • 66'

    Owen is fouled by Albelda. Gerrard will chip the ball in.

  • 65'

    Aimar wanted to do the spectacular. He fails with a terrible volley.

  • 64'

    Valencia look shaken by Liverpool's grit. But Smicer concedes a foul.

  • 63'

    2-1 to Borussia Dortmund as Tomas Rosicky beats Arsenal's David Seaman from the spot.

  • 61'

    Smicer is stopped as Owen plays him in out wide. Carboni cleared.

  • 61'

    Traore slides in well to stop Carew in his tracks after a great ball from Aimar.

  • 60'

    Substitutions for Liverpool. Baros on for the improving Heskey and Smicer for Murphy, who had struggled all night.

  • 59'

    Gerrard swings in a cross. Pellegrino knocks away.

  • 59'

    Milan Baros is an imminent arrival on the field. Rufete is wasteful after a great swinging pass from Baraja.

  • 57'

    Heskey is strong with players all over him. Good turn but the shot is dragged wide.

  • 57'

    Heskey tackled by Pellegrino. Whacked clear. Aimar fouls Hamann again.

  • 56'

    Rufete down the wing on the counter. Gerrard gives it back to Aimar. Cleared after some head tennis. Nervous moments for both teams.

  • 54'

    Corner dances through everybody. Chance for a header from Hamann after Canzares forces it away. Rufete's thigh keeps it out.

  • 53'

    Murphy does well to thread it wide to Riise. Rufete, poacher turned gamekeeper, has to tackle back. Corner conceded.

  • 52'

    Rufete's cross is headed away. Gonzalez threatened. Traore did well to tackle him. Baraja hold the ball only to be fouled.

  • 51'

    Pellegrino knocks it back to Canizares. Aimar slides in on Hamann. And concedes a foul.

  • 50'

    Hamann wastes it as Heskey didn't read the ball. Riise booms a crossed ball for Owen. He's not tall or quick enough to collect it.

  • 49'

    Riise holds off Rufete, who's been giving him plenty of trouble all night. Murphy wins a free-kick.

  • 48'

    As good a chance as that of Gerrard before half-time. But better from Liverpool.

  • 48'

    Heskey finds space down the right. He slides it across to Owen, through on goal with just Canizares to beat, which he fails to do.

  • 46'

    Valencia press the ball. Aimar comes away with it only to be tackled by Traore.

  • 46'

    Liverpool choose to play it safe and cool to start with. Diao, on the left this half, will attempt to add much needed width.

  • 45'

    Hit long for Owen. He gets nowhere near.

  • 45'

    A roar greets the Liverpool kick-off. Forty-five minutes of vital football for the Reds lie ahead.

  • 45'

    Half-time and it's been a frustrating evening for the Reds of Liverpool. Valencia have the class and the guile to hurt them and that's showed. A lucky goal from Rufete but not a lucky lead for the Spaniards.

  • 45'

    Riise's header stopped another Rufete run. And that is the last action of the half.

  • 45'

    No matter, a free-kick. But that's wasted too and Aimar comes away, only to sell Rufete short.

  • 44'

    Long throw by Riise is knocked clear by Pellegrino. Heskey, at last, gets the ball. His cross knocked into Owen but the header's direction is very poor.

  • 43'

    Liverpool struggling here at home. Valencia have enjoyed all the possession.

  • 42'

    Aimar down Dudek's throat. He punches rather softly. But Liverpool eventually have the throw.

  • 41'

    Carew finds space. He shoots. Dudek can only palm it away from goal. Corner again.

  • 40'

    A golden chance for Gerrard as Owen slides it wide. The goal gapes....but he fires right at Canizares.

  • 38'

    Corner is turned away by Gerrard after Rufete had again shown some skill down the wing.

  • 37'

    Over in Germany it's 1-1 as Dortmund's Koller equalises an Henry opener.

  • 37'

    Heskey lingers offside too. He's been rarely seen tonight.

  • 36'

    Dudek has to slide in when Aimar threatened. Carew is offside.

  • 36'

    Marchena is fouled by Diao. Valencia's players protest to a chorus of boos. A throw-in is given.

  • 34'

    Valencia have been the better side though that was a lucky goal. Liverpool, yet to create a chance of note, have to improve.

  • 34'

    Rufete finds space. He plays it wide to Torres. Slid ball to Carew. He cushions it for Rufete, charging in. He smashes it off Hyypia into the net. 1-0 Valencia!

  • 32'

    Rufete's cross is knocked clear at the right time by Hyypia.

  • 31'

    Valencia have a throw. They choose to pass it across the back under little pressure from Liverpool's forwardds.

  • 30'

    Diao and Gonzalez tangle in midfield. Murphy intercepts only to give the ball away.

  • 28'

    Owen looked to be clear but the offside flag is waving, rather questionably.

  • 28'

    Corner comes to Aimar. Neat flick to Baraja but the Spanish international lashes over the bar. Best chance so far.

  • 27'

    Carragher does well to shepherd a long cross away from Gonzalez. Traore concedes a corner as Carew has the ball.

  • 26'

    Riise launches a long throw. It's long allright - straight to Canziares.

  • 25'

    Torres slips to let Riise charge forward. Marchena comes across to clear.

  • 24'

    Aimar showed neat control of a long ball before a poor pass inside. He then gets stuck in on Diao. Foul given.

  • 23'

    Aimar and Hamann show some steel in the midfield. The little Argentine showed some real grit but the ball finds its way back to Dudek.

  • 22'

    Rufete's ball is intercepted by Riise. Thrashed away. Liverpool try to build a move. They fail but Pellegrino is forced into a hack clear.

  • 21'

    Hyypia slides in to stop Carew's charge down the right.

  • 21'

    Owen finds space on the left of the box. Textbook Owen as he finds room to shoot with his right foot. He blazes it wide this time though.

  • 20'

    Riise stops a through-ball by Rufete. And again. The Viking eventually gets it clear.

  • 19'

    Aimar will hit.....he does - over the bar with a rising shot.

  • 18'

    Carew beat Hyypia but is fouled by the Finn. Outside the box. Free-kick chance on goal for Valencia.

  • 17'

    Long cross from Gerrard is knocked into Owen. Headed away. Owen is stopped. Carboni knocks it across before Albelda is fouled.

  • 16'

    Back to Dudek. Riise hits it long too. Marchena slices the ball out of play.

  • 15'

    Conference around the ball. Baraja smashes it into the ball and Carboni slashes it out of play.

  • 13'

    Baraja and Albelda combine to give the ball away. Gonzalez wins a handball appeal off Traore.

  • 12'

    Murphy comes away with it again and Aimat tackles him. Hamann bails him out with a great tackle.

  • 11'

    Valencia play keep-ball again. Murphy is dogged after losing the ball. But Diao's ball is to no-one. A lack of width cost Liverpool.

  • 9'

    Gonzalez stopped by Gerrard. Aimar shows great control and Gonzalez booms in a cross. The bar is rattled but Liverpool clear.

  • 8'

    Gerrard tries a long ball to Heskey but he gave it too much gas. Canizares collects for a goal-kick.

  • 7'

    Throw out wide. Gerrard lofts in for Diao. Albelda gets the ball clear. Hamann slides in on Aimar and narrowly escapes a booking.

  • 6'

    Baraja out wide. Valencia hold the ball. They'll be patient.

  • 5'

    Riise charges down the left. His ball is knocked clear. Valencia gain time and space in the midfield area.

  • 4'

    Gerrard's ball to Diao. He heads wide and the ball is hacked away by Carew.

  • 4'

    Murphy to curl in cross.....it rebounds for Diao. Ball slips through but Heskey misses it. Corner though.

  • 3'

    Carew and Aimar link before Riise blocks a long volley from the giant. Owen and Murphy break before Owen is fouled.

  • 2'

    Dudek kicks long and Owen finds the loose ball. He's tackled at the last and it goes off for a goal-kick.

  • 1'

    Baraja holds the ball in midfield. Rufete's long ball finds Gonzalez but he can't keep the ball in.

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    Valencia kick off to a chorus of boos. Attack is broken up immediately. The scousers don't like their opponents it seems.

  •  

    No Ayala or Vicente for Valencia. Kily Gonzalez and Carlos Marchena come in for the Spanish champs.

  •  

    Emile Heskey has shaken off his injury and takes his place alongside Michael Owen in the Reds' line-up in this vital game on Merseyside. Revenge for that defeat at the Mestella?

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    Will it be revenge for the Reds after their Spanish lesson on Match Day One? Find out with live commentary from 19.45 GMT