Full-time - 90'
0 - 1
Capital One Cup
18:45 +00:00, September 22, 2009
Elland Road, England
Referee: A Wiley
Great finish by Ngog and after his cooly taken goal it was a stroll for the Premier League side. It could have been a different story had Becchio's first-half goal been allowed to stand. But Leeds should be proud of their efforts. Snodgrass especially looks an excellent prospect.
It's all over! Leeds 0-1 Liverpool.
Simon Grayson looks a desperate man in the dugout.
Gerrard strikes a poweful effort from inside the area but Higgs punches it away.
Glen Johnson forces a corner for Liverpool.
Mascherano fouled by Johnson.
Four minutes of added time to play. I've got a feeling Leeds will need more than that.
That's zero strikers on the pitch for Liverpool.
Liverpool sub: Skrtel on for Babel.
Gerrard in acres and the Liverpool captain races through and unleashes a left foot shot into the side netting.
Grella goes for glory from the edge of the area, outrageous attempt when there were three players waiting for the cross.
Leeds sub: Showunmi on for Doyle.
Babel strikes a vicious effort from the left edge of the area but it fizzes inches over.
Gerrard threads one through to Babel but there's just too much juice on that one.
Babel and Riera link well and Johnson advances for Liverpool.
Cleared out and leeds try and muster a counter with Snodgrass.
Aurelio's effort was going wide but it deflects over for a corner.
Babel brought down by Kisnorbo right on the edge. Gerrard or Aurelio have got to fancy this free-kick.
Grella almost finds a way through after a mix-up at the back but can't capitalise.
Crowe crosses and the crowd are on their feet everytime an attack is launched.
Liverpool controlling possession with wase.
Riera brought down by Doyle. Liverpool free-kick.
Johnson works some space down the right but his namesake Bradley Johnson intercepts.
Becchio boots the bench in frustration, his ruled out goal was extremely unlucky.
Leeds sub: Grella for Becchio
Howson searches for Beckford, he's got the pace but just couldn't quite stretch a leg out.
Aurelio crosses and Michalik fires it away. the Premier League club exerting real control.
Leeds sub: Kilkenny on for Hughes.
Midfielder for a striker. Nice attacking substitution by Rafa.
Liverpool sub: Gerrard on for Ngog.
Beckford with a great touch over his head but Kyrgiakos wins it off him and the striker looks frustrated.
Becchio lays it off to Johnson with his chest and he half volleys straight down Cavalieri's throat.
Cut out by Aurelio who hoofs it long.
Leeds spread the ball and attack with Crowe.
Michalik lifts it to becchio but he flicks it on to no-one. He's cut a subdued figure in the second half.
Leeds struggling to create chances now and Liverpool have definitely asserted themselves on the game since the goal.
Degen is carrying a knock but he's been one of Liverpool's best attacking outlets.
Liverpool sub: Johnson on for Degen.
Glen Johnson preparing to come on.
Howson gives away a free-kick in the Liverpool half. Frustration.
Degen getting forward at every opportunity.
Spearing releases Degen who pulls it back but Ngog forced off the ball and no-one else around to attack the cross.
Spearing with a penalty appeal but it would seem Michalik got the ball. Good decision to turn it down by Alan Wiley.
Great finish by Ngog. He's the only man on the field who has scored for Liverpool this season.
Ngog it is. Mascherano volleys it in to the box. A great first touch from the Frenchman and he slots it in to the corner from eight yards.
GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Leeds
Beckford with an outstanding effort. Johnson crosses and with the ball behind him Beckford hooks it over his shoulder and just over the crossbar.
Drop-ball and Carragher sportingly sends it back to Higgs in the Leeds goal.
Mascherano lands painfully on his back after going up for a header.
Liverpool starting to build some pressure but Macherano has an outrageous effort from 30 yards. Wide.
The Argentinian struck him on the head and if the ref had seen it he could have been in trouble.
Mascherano and Beckford have a clash of heads. Cries of "off, off off" unsurprisingly resonating around Elland Road.
Leeds still looking the more dangerous, and they have a throw-in, deep in Liverpool territory.
Snodgrass lifts it in and it's knocked out to Doyle who has hit it over the stand. That takes some doing.
Snodgrass fouled by Mascherano. Free-kick just inside the Liverpool half.
Howson's shot deflected and it takes the sting off enough to make it easy pickings for Cavalieri.
The forward beats Kyrgiakos and clean through he can't get a good enough contact and Cavalieri saves.
38,168 is the attendance, impressive stuff.
Gerrard's warming-up, what are the odds of a substitutuion on the hour.
Riera lays it off to Spearing on the edge of the area but the youngster blasts it over.
Aurelio takes it but cleared by Michalik.
Degen takes it past Hughes and wins a corner.
Kisnorbo has been a colossus so far in the second half, he heads out again with Ngog on his back.
Rumour has it that Snodgrass was scouted by Barca recently. I'm not joking!
Babel and Riera have switched flanks, could this be a tactical masterstroke by Rafa?
Liverpool were sliced open far too easily there.
The ball asking to be laid back to Beckford but Johnson waits a split second too long.
Crowe breaks down the right.
Blackpool 2-0 up at Stoke.
Speculative effort from Becchio, sails wide.
Snodgrass jinks through two Liverpool defenders but the ball bounces around the area before being cleared.
Riera breaks through down the right side but Kisnorbo does well again.
Liverpool sweep forward early on with Spearing but Kisnorbo intercepts.
Had a good look at the replay and apparently the linesman flagged Jermaine Beckford offside, not Becchio. Either way, he was wrong as both players were onside. Oh well, it's all ifs and buts now.
And we're off for the second half....
Half-time at Elland Road. Leeds have impressed, especially the attacking trio of becchio, Beckford and Snodgrass, while Liverpool have laboured. All the discussions will be about the offside goal I reckon.
Babel with an incredible display of pace but again, just no end product.
Poor marking there but hats off to the former Cheltenham keeper, good save.
Great chance. Aurelio's free-kick is met by an unmarked Riera and Higgs saves from point blank range.
Ngog brought down by Crowe after a driving run and the Leeds full back is booked for his troubles.
Crowe lifts it forward and Snodgrass is up but the ball bounces in the area and Carragher hooks it away.
Kyrgiakos gets booked for a cynical challenge on Becchio.
Riera gets to the by-line but can't deliver.
Both players have a moan but Alan Wiley waves away the discussions.
Free-kick Leeds, taken by Kisnorbo. Johnson wins the header but he looks unhappy with Degen.
Spearing drives through midfield but the Liverpool academy graduate has another shot from distance blocked away.
Snodgrass curls an inviting ball in but it's straight through the middle of Becchio and Beckford, unlucky.
He floats it in but Kyrgiakos can't climb high enough.
Liverpool have a fre-kick just inside the Leeds half. It's Aurelio to take.
Pompey are now 2-1 up, lucky lucky Mr Hart.
Becchio and Snodgrass again pivotal in Leeds' attack. Crowe tries to stand one up at the backpost but it drifts out for a goal-kick.
Kisnorbo, looking very Terry Butcher-esque, bandaged from a head injury in a previous game, blocks Riera's long range effort.
Degen fires it long and I'm struggling to distinguish which side is in the Premier League and which is in League One.
Snodgrass and Beckford combine well but the winger's cross is just turned out by Degen. Good work from Leeds again.
Rafa looks deep in thought, surely it's not time for Stevie G or Fernando just yet?
But he's pickpocketed by Babel and it's a great break. The winger takes on the Leeds defence at full flow but a disappointingly weak shot is all he can muster.
Mistake by Aurelio and Beckford has it.
Ngog shows a good turn of pace but he's got no support.
The Dutchman jinks inside but no end product.
Aurelio with a beautiful cross-field ball to Babel.
Foul against Spearing.
Snodgrass involved again and he might be catching the eye of some Championship and Premier League managers with his performance so far this evening.
Becchio scored 19 last season but he was some way off there.
Becchio curls it from 25 yards but it's wide. Snodgrass was in acres to his right.
Kyrgiakos boots it long, very hopeful.
Johnson goes through Degen who's struggling after that but the ref just has a word.
Mascherano threads it in to Ngog but it's cleared for a throw-in.
Only one goal between the outfield players on show tonight for Rafa's men this season.
The attack breaks down and it's been an unconvincing start from this makeshift Liverpool side.
Liverpool break now with Babel and Spearing.
Snodgrass has looked very lively down the right wing for Leeds and he wins another corner, great jinking run.
Leeds boss Simon Grayson still seems to be raging about the ruled-out goal.
Free-kick leeds inside their own half, know sign of the Leeds' supporters quietening down- this is the biggest match Elland Road has seen for years.
Liverpool settling down now, cross comes in and Riera flicks on to Ngog who can't direct his header towards goal.
Spearing turns well and gets the ball back from Babel. Takes a speculative effort from twenty yards and it's deflected out. Liverpool corner.
Cross comes in but it's beyond Riera.
Liverpool launch an attack as Degen advances down the right.
Snodgrass whips it in and Carragher clears.
Another Leeds corner and the home side are pressing hard now.
A replay of the goal that wasn't- the ball may have already been over the line, incoclusive.
Now Liverpool break, it's all go as Dossena crosses to Ngog but he strikes wide first time.
Ruled out for offside... Becchio has tapped in from Michalik's header but he needn't have- it was going in anyway.
Leeds score..or not!
Leeds corner now.
Leeds keeping the ball well. Snodgrass clips the ball in and Doyle fires a free header wide and over.
Leeds have a throw deep in the Liverpool half.
Riera to Dossena but he's adjudged to have fouled Snodgrass and it's a free-kick to Leeds.
Mascherano looks for Dossena but Michalik clears his lines.
Spearing and Babel exchange passes, a goal now would definitely dampen the spirits of a capacity crowd.
Carlisle beating Portsmouth elsewhere, oh dear Paul Hart!
Leeds are unbeaten in 15 at Elland Road and they'll be wanting to get the ball to the prolific Beckford at every opportunity.
The corner is punched out well by Higgs.
Babel wins the corner, good run by the Dutchman.
Michalik clears as there's a bit of confusion in the area.
Ngog is looking dangerous early on, there's definitely a few players with a point to prove to Rafa tonight.
Riera comes short and advances.
Ngog finds himself in an advanced position but Degen's the only man in the area and the right-back can't get onto it.
Snodgrass whips in a cross but Cavalieri gathers.
Good strength by Carragher, it definitely wasn't a pen.
Aurelio gives it away early on and Beckford is sent tumbling in the area by Carragher...no penalty.
And we're off...
The players are out on the pitch and former Liverpool under-18s captain Jay Spearing is set to make his full debut in central midfield.
The sides have only met once before in this competition, in 1972. They drew 2-2 at Anfield in a fourth-round tie before the Reds won the replay 1-0, with ESPN pundit Kevin Keegan grabbing the winner at Elland Road.
Rafa's men will be looking to build on their 3-2 victory at West Ham last Saturday and they've got a pretty formidable looking bench with Torres and Gerrard to bring on if the going gets tough.
Leeds are unbeaten so far in League One with seven wins and one draw- they won 4-1 against Gillingham at the weekend. Jermaine Beckford is their top scorer with six in the league.
Liverpool: Cavalieri, Dossena, Kyrgiakos, Carragher, Degen, Aurelio, Mascherano, Spearing, Riera, Babel, Ngog.
Subs: Reina, Johnson, Gerrard, Torres, Voronin, Plessis, Skrtel.
Leeds: Higgs, Crowe, Kisnorbo, Michalik, Hughes, Howson, Doyle, Johnson, Snodgrass, Beckford, Becchio.
Subs: Ankergren, Naylor, Prutton, Kilkenny, Grella, Robinson, Showunmi.
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