Full-time - 90'
2 - 0
18:45 +00:00, September 29, 2009
Artemio Franchi, Italy
Referee: Dr. Felix Brych
With Lyon beating Debrecen 4-0 in the group's other match Liverpool are down in third place. But given the Viola's performance tonight not many teams will pick up points at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Fiorentina have only conceded 4 goals all season and they have held off a Liverpool attack that has been scoring for fun recently.
Dainelli makes his first mistake of the match with a sliced clearance, but it doesn't matter as the final whistle blows. Fiorentina win 2-0
Dainelli hooks the ball clear but Benayoun is straight back on the attack. He heads at goal but it's a weak effort and Frey collects the ball.
The whistles have started in the crowd, they want the full-time whistle and have started celebrating the win already.
Fiorentina make another change. Marchionni, who has given everything, goes off and on comes £5.5m summer signing De silvestri.
Goalkeeper Reina is playing as sweeper now, cleaning up Fiorentina's punts up the pitch and getting Liverpool quickly back on the attack.
Fiorentina have a chance to break with Montolivo but he has no support. He drives forward as far as he can to eat up some time and is applauded for his efforts.
The Viola fans sense victory now and have found their voices. The game has got scrappy with Fiorentina happy to hoof the ball forward and Liverpool desperate to attack.
Donadel's first touch is a pass to nobody.
Benayoun crosses and Gerrard leaps at the back post to head back across goal. His effort dips at the last minute but not enough to hit the back of the net.
Fiorentina make another change. Mutu, a striker, goes off. On comes Donadel, a midfielder. The Italian club clearly happy to sit on a 2-0 lead with time ticking away.
60% possession to Liverpool, according to the FIFA stats, but it is the goal tally that counts and it remains 2-0 to Fiorentina.
It's Gerrard's turn to try a long-range shot. But he scoops his shot a little too much and Frey watches the ball fly over the bar.
Jovetic steals the ball off Skrtel and sets up Mutu for a shot. The Romanian dwells too long on the ball and passes back to Jorgensen, who shoots wide.
Skrtel brings the ball up from the back. He has no options ahead of him so keeps going forward and eventually finds himself in the box. The defender whips in a cross and Torres blasts a shot over the bar.
It's all got a bit scrappy now; punts up the pitch and plenty of freekicks.
Fiorentina make a change. Somewhat surprisingly Vargas is the one to go off and Jorgensen comes on as his replacement.
Aurelio drops back to left-back and Babel plays as advanced midfielder. He scored two at the weekend and he needs to do the same again tonight.
Rafa makes his substitution and it is an attacking change. Insua goes off and on comes Dutch forward Ryan Babel.
Torres takes a tumble in the box under a challenge from Gamberini. The ref thinks it is a good tackle, Torres doesn't. The TV reply is inconclusive.
Fiorentina are on the attack. Vargas makes his run behind the defence a little too early and is flagged offside as the through-ball is played.
Rafa Benitez looks like he is about to make his first substitution.
Mutu chases a loose ball and starts a Viola attack. He plays a one-two with Vargas on the edge of the box but the duo can't work any space for a shot.
Kuyt has time and space on the left. He looks up and crosses for Torres but Gamberini nips in front of the striker to hook the ball clear. He was only about two yards away from his own goalline.
Fiorentina seem to have weathered the early storm and are edging back inot the game.
Gamberini uses his considerable strength to muscle Torres off the ball in the penalty area. Great defending that.
Benayoun fizzes in a pass to Torres, who is clear of the Viola defence. But wait! The flag is up for offside.
Gerrard races into the box and as he prepares to volley a shot Gobbi comes from nowhere to steal the ball off his toe.
Marchionni has possession on the right flank, he looks up and crosses for Mutu. The pass is too near to Reina and the goalkeeper collects.
Carragher has stayed up from the corner. The ball drops to him on the edge of the area and the defender attempts to curl a shot into the far corner. Close but no cigar.
Aurelio's delivery from the corner is poor and Vargas heads clear at the near post.
But Liverpool are different side this half and quickly regain possession. Kuyt is on the attack. The Reds have a corner.
Comotto fires the ball up to Marchionni, who wins a throw deep in Liverpool territory.
Fiorentina are letting Liverpool have possession of the ball in their own half. They seem happy to sit on their two goal lead.
La Viola are all over the place at the moment. Mutu holds up the ball to relieve the pressure but can't keep possession for long.
Torres gets on the end form a cross from the left. The striker heads at goal but Gamberini blocks his effort.
Aurelio decides to shoot from about 30-yards. Needless to say his effort gets nowhere near the goal.
Johnson brings the ball out from the back but his pass hits the first man. He has done that on a few occasions now.
Liverpool keep the pressure on. Kuyt hits a deflected shot from the right of the area and Frey reacts quickly to make the save.
From the corner Lucas heads onto the roof of the net. He was six-yards out and should have done better. But at least it is a positive start.
Comotto totally misjudges his header and the ball drops kindly for Benayoun, who drives into the box and forces save from Frey at the near post.
Carragher puts it straight out of play from the kick-off... not exactly the start the Reds required.
Liverpool have it all to do as they kick-off the second half. No changes for either side.
The whistle blows for half-time and Rafa Benitez will be glad to hear it. He has some work to do in the break.
La Viola are swarming all over Benayoun, who loses possession and only a poor pass prevents Jovetic from getting another shooting chance.
The ball is punted up to Torres again. This time Dainelli reads the pass, steps out of defence and heads clear.
Insua probes down the left and lashes in a cross. Torres chests the ball down but he will have to create something out of nothing here.... and he can't.
Gerrard combines with Benayoun. The Liverpool skipper races into the box but Zanetti has tracked his man all the way from midfield and makes a good tackle.
Liverpool are edging the possession stats but it has all been on the edge of their own box - posing no danger.
Gerrard races down the right flank but is quckly closed down by Montolivo.
Well it's 2-0 and it could be three before the break unless Liverpool can start to get into this game.
Vargas fires in a shot from the edge of the box on the left. Jovetic gets a touch on it at the near post and diverts the shot past Reina. GOAL!!!
The Reds are happy to just put their foot on the ball at the moment.
Liverpool muster a shot! It might have been a scuffed effort from 25-yards by Gerrard but a shot is a shot.
Vargas attempts to thread a through-ball to Jovetic but he would have been better having a shot from the edge of the box.
Comotto exploits the space behind Insua and attempts to curl a cross into the box for Jovetic. His pass is slightly ahead of the striker and Carragher clears.
Vargas collects a cross-field pass and races towards goal from the left flank. The Peruvian fires off a long-range shot that forces Reina to make a great save.
1-0 to Fiorentina and it is a deserved lead for the home side. I can't remeber the last time Liverpool mounted an attack.
...Jovetic is one on one with Reina and the striker passes the ball past the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. GOAL!!!
Zanetti brings the ball forward and plays the ball through Liverpool's defence for Jovetic, who has broken the offside trap...
Fiorentina are enjoying a good spell in the match.
Carragher's defensive header is not the best but Mutu's effort is even worse. The Romanian jumps under the ball and ends up in a heap.
Marchionni flicks the ball around Insua and gallops onto his own pass. However, his cross is a poor one and the ball drifts out of play for a goalkick.
Jovetic tries his luck from about 30-yards. His shot goes well wide and Reina doesn't even bother to make a move towards his near post.
Gerrard scythes through the Viola midfield and is brought down by Dainelli. The ref gives a freekick but I'm not sure it should have been.
Liverpool finally head towards the opposition's goal, but only with a long punt down the pitch to Torres.
Jovetic is really putting himself about on his first ever start in the Champions League. He is making a big impression on this match so far.
Liverpool can't get out of their half at the moment.
The danger is not clear and as a cross comes in from the right Montolivo attempts and overhead kick. His shot goes over the bar and the flag is up for offside.
Viola are building up a head of steam now. Jovetic fires in shot and Skrtel throws his body in front of the ball to block his effort.
Vargas slides a great pass through the Liverpool defence. Mutu races to latch onto it but Reina is quiker to the ball and clears the danger.
The Viola fans are in good voice.
Kuyt is winning his battle down the right with Vargas but nothing is really coming form his possession and flicks.
Torres is looking lively and only a well timed , last ditch tackle from Dainelli halts the spanish striker as he bares down on goal.
the big men are up from the back but Marchionni's deliver is very poor.
A cagey start by both teams really. No real chances as yet... but Viola have a corner.
Kuyt heads down. Torres chips a return pass over the Viola defence but Kuyt can't scamper after it fast enough and goalkeeper Frey grabs the ball.
Marchionni gets his head to a cross at the back post but can't direct his effort on target.
Torres leaps to head down a long-ball in the Fiorentina box. The refs blows for a foul on Dainelli but it never was.
Zanetti and Mutu carve through Liverpool's midfield but then the Romanian striker plays his pass behind his advancing team-mates.
Gerrard picks up possession in the hole and plays a through-ball for Torres, who is caught offside. A little taste of what we can expect there with Torres and Gerrard.
An early touch for Aurelio, who is just back from injury, and he looks a bit rusty - giving away possession.
La Viola get us underway, kicking from left to right. Liverpool are in an all white strip.
There is plenty of purple clad fans in the Stadio Artemio Franchi. Fiorentina are fourth in Serie A and the home supporters will be expecting a big performance from their team
The players are out doing a bit of a pre-match warm up on the pitch before heading into the changing rooms for a quick team talk.
Reds boss Rafael Benitez has drafted in defender Fabio Aurelio to replace injured midfielder Javier Mascherano but otherwise it is the same Liverpool side that beat Debrecen.
There is no Alberto Gilardino for Fiorentina after he was sent off against Lyon in the last round. The Viola line up as follows: Frey, Comotto, Dainelli, Gamberini, Gobbi, Zanetti, Montolivo, Marchionni, Jovetic, Vargas, Mutu. Subs: Avramov, Kroldrup, Donadel, Castillo, Jorgensen, Pasqual, De Silvestri.
The teams are in. Liverpool have a familiar look, although Benayoun starts. Line-up: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Insua, Gerrard, Lucas, Benayoun, Kuyt, Aurelio, Torres. Subs: Cavalieri, Voronin, Riera, Kyrgiakos, Babel, Spearing, Plessis.
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Lorenzo De Silvestri
Lorenzo De Silvestri
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