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Debrecen   0 - 1   Liverpool

Liverpool striker David Ngog
Ngog's goal in Budapest failed to keep Liverpool's Champions League hopes alive

By Sam Lyon

Liverpool limped out of the Champions League despite victory over Debrecen as Fiorentina beat Lyon in the other Group E match to seal a place in the last 16.

Rafael Benitez's side knew only a win would give them any hope of reaching the knockout stages, and David Ngog clipped in early to secure the victory.

But it was a tame display from the Reds that typified their recent poor form.

Debrecen even had chances to draw, but in the end it mattered little and the Reds now drop into the Europa League.

It is the first time the 2005 champions have missed out on the knockout stages since the 2002-2003 season, but they can have little complaint.

The damage to their Champions League campaign had been done long before the game in Hungary, with defeats by Fiorentina and Lyon ensuring they needed a huge turnaround in the final two fixtures to make the last 16.

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Even so, Liverpool's laboured victory over a side lying sixth in the Hungarian league only served to underline just how out of sorts the Mersersiders are this season.

Coming into the match with only one win in their previous 10 matches, it was perhaps to be expected that they would be somewhat nervous.

They could hardly have hoped for a better start, as Fabio Aurelio's cross found Jamie Carragher at the back post, and the defender's header across goal was bundled in by Ngog from close range.

But despite almost completely dominating the ball, it did not settle the Reds as Benitez may have hoped and an oddly disjointed display rarely set the pulse racing.

Dirk Kuyt should have done better when he failed to make contact with a Gerrard cross and Ngog brought a flying save out of Vukasin Poleksic with a 20-yard curling snap-shot.

However, Liverpool's lack of conviction in the final third, combined with news of Juan Vargas's penalty goal for Fiorentina in the other Group E match which was announced over the stadium's public address system, allowed Debrecen to gradually abandon their defensive approach and grow in confidence as the match wore on.

The best of their chances fell to Gergely Rudolf, who headed Laszlo Bodnar's fabulous cross wide when unmarked from eight yards out.

And only a smart block from Carragher prevented the same striker striding clear of the defence from Zoltan Szelesi's through-ball midway through the second half.

Liverpool were still dominating, and Gerrard forced a superb block by Norbert Meszaros when he was set clear by Lucas's pass.

But a distinct lack of zip and self belief betrayed their approach, and Rudolf forced a smart stop from Pepe Reina at the other end when his cross-come-shot flew towards the top corner, while Adamo Coulibaly almost snatched Debrecen's first ever Champions League point with a late snap-shot.

The game petered out, with Liverpool's eyes and ears immediately drawn to the result of Fiorentina's match against Lyon.

The news soon filtered through that the Italians had won 1-0, with many Reds players watching the final stages of the match on a television in the tunnel.

And the Merseysiders' mood will not be helped by the knowledge that the last time they dropped out of the Champions League after the group stages, they went on to finish fifth in the Premier League.

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Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Debrecen 0-1 Liverpool R
(HT 0-1)
    • Ngog 4

    Debrecen

    • 01 Poleksic
    • 10 Bodnar
    • 17 Meszaros
    • 21 Fodor (Dombi 78)
    • 24 Mijadinoski
    • 25 Szelesi yellow card
    • 30 Kiss
    • 55 Szakaly (Coulibaly 62)
    • 77 Czvitkovics
    • 86 Laczko
    • 14 Rudolf

    Substitutes

    • 12 Pantic,
    • 16 Komlosi,
    • 06 Ramos,
    • 07 Dombi,
    • 22 Bernath,
    • 33 Varga,
    • 39 Coulibaly

    Liverpool

    Substitutes

    Ref: KuipersAtt: 41,500
    DEBRECEN
    LIVERPOOL

    Possession

    • Debrecen 36%
    • Liverpool 64%

    Attempts on target

    • Debrecen 2
    • Liverpool 7

    Attempts off target

    • Debrecen 3
    • Liverpool 8

    Corners

    • Debrecen 3
    • Liverpool 12

    Fouls

    • Debrecen 19
    • Liverpool 15
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:32 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 90:00+1:55 Adamo Coulibaly takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
    • 90:00+1:07 Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+1:07 Substitution Alberto Aquilani comes on in place of Steven Gerrard.
    • 90:00+1:07 Unfair challenge on Jamie Carragher by Gergely Rudolf results in a free kick.
    • 88:33 Direct free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
    • 88:33 Substitution Andrea Dossena joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fabio Aurelio.
    • 88:33 Tibor Dombi challenges Javier Mascherano unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 87:27 Outswinging corner taken by Peter Czvitkovics.
    • 87:04 Tibor Dombi decides to take a short corner.
    • 86:50 A cross is delivered by Laszlo Bodnar, clearance by Emiliano Insua.
    • 86:15 Dirk Kuyt is ruled offside. Vukasin Poleksic takes the direct free kick.
    • 84:04 Unfair challenge on Peter Czvitkovics by Daniel Agger results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Peter Czvitkovics.
    • 83:46 Steven Gerrard has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Vukasin Poleksic makes a comfortable save.
    • 82:51 Adamo Coulibaly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Javier Mascherano. Free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
    • 81:52 Javier Mascherano takes a shot. Vukasin Poleksic makes a save.
    • 80:46 Gergely Rudolf takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gergely Rudolf.
    • 80:26 Javier Mascherano concedes a free kick for a foul on Zoltan Szelesi. Direct free kick taken by Zoltan Szelesi.
    • 79:53 The assistant referee flags for offside against Adamo Coulibaly. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 79:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zoltan Szelesi by Steven Gerrard. Free kick taken by Zoltan Szelesi.
    • 78:48 The assistant referee flags for offside against Adamo Coulibaly. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
    • 77:21 Substitution Marcell Fodor leaves the field to be replaced by Tibor Dombi.
    • 75:58 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Fabio Aurelio played to the near post, Laszlo Bodnar makes a clearance.
    • 75:58 Substitution (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Yossi Benayoun coming on for David Ngog.
    • 75:58 The ball is delivered by Fabio Aurelio, Norbert Meszaros gets a block in.
    • 75:17 Zoltan Szelesi concedes a free kick for a foul on Javier Mascherano. Fabio Aurelio takes the direct free kick.
    • 74:57 Centre by Dirk Kuyt, Fabio Aurelio takes a shot. Save made by Vukasin Poleksic.
    • 74:17 The ball is swung over by Emiliano Insua, clearance made by Norbert Meszaros.
    • 73:35 Unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt by Zoltan Szelesi results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Fabio Aurelio.
    • 72:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Zoltan Szelesi on Steven Gerrard. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Adamo Coulibaly makes a clearance.
    • 69:26 Norbert Meszaros fouled by Emiliano Insua, the ref awards a free kick. Laszlo Bodnar takes the free kick.
    • 68:36 Unfair challenge on Daniel Agger by Gergely Rudolf results in a free kick. Jamie Carragher takes the direct free kick.
    • 67:33 Effort on goal by Steven Gerrard from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 65:18 Laszlo Bodnar fouled by Fabio Aurelio, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Laszlo Bodnar, comfortable save by Jose Reina.
    • 64:18 Effort from the edge of the area by Dirk Kuyt goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 64:10 Dirk Kuyt produces a cross, Laszlo Bodnar manages to make a clearance.
    • 62:54 Dirk Kuyt crosses the ball, Close range header by Leiva Lucas goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 61:55 The assistant referee flags for offside against Gergely Rudolf. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
    • 61:29 Substitution Adamo Coulibaly on for Peter Szakaly.
    • 59:43 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
    • 58:04 Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Fantastic save by Vukasin Poleksic.
    • 57:17 Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Blocked by Norbert Meszaros. Short corner taken by Fabio Aurelio from the right by-line.
    • 55:54 The ball is delivered by Glen Johnson.
    • 55:08 Norbert Meszaros challenges David Ngog unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fabio Aurelio delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Mirsad Mijadinoski manages to make a clearance. Short corner worked by Fabio Aurelio.
    • 54:21 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line, clearance by Peter Szakaly.
    • 53:37 Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Mirsad Mijadinoski gets a block in. Short corner worked by Fabio Aurelio.
    • 53:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas by Zoltan Szelesi. Dirk Kuyt restarts play with the free kick.
    • 50:38 A cross is delivered by Emiliano Insua, clearance made by Norbert Meszaros.
    • 50:13 Inswinging corner taken by Fabio Aurelio, clearance by Peter Szakaly.
    • 45:37 Emiliano Insua has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:28 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 45:00 Leiva Lucas produces a cross.
    • 44:46 Steven Gerrard decides to take a short corner.
    • 42:53 Steven Gerrard takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Laszlo Bodnar manages to make a clearance.
    • 41:05 Mirsad Mijadinoski takes a shot. Jamie Carragher gets a block in.
    • 39:55 David Ngog concedes a free kick for a foul on Zsolt Laczko. Marcell Fodor takes the free kick.
    • 37:46 David Ngog takes a shot. Save made by Vukasin Poleksic. Short corner worked by Fabio Aurelio.
    • 33:48 Zoltan Kiss crosses the ball, clearance made by Jamie Carragher.
    • 33:17 Unfair challenge on Zsolt Laczko by Glen Johnson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marcell Fodor.
    • 32:59 Zsolt Laczko fouled by Steven Gerrard, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mirsad Mijadinoski.
    • 32:26 Laszlo Bodnar delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the box by Gergely Rudolf misses to the right of the target.
    • 32:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zoltan Szelesi by Javier Mascherano. Free kick taken by Zoltan Szelesi.
    • 28:58 Dirk Kuyt sends in a cross, clearance made by Mirsad Mijadinoski.
    • 28:20 The ball is sent over by Jamie Carragher.
    • 27:31 David Ngog takes a shot. Save by Vukasin Poleksic. Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line, Mirsad Mijadinoski manages to make a clearance.
    • 26:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Zsolt Laczko on Dirk Kuyt. Jamie Carragher takes the free kick.
    • 26:30 Laszlo Bodnar concedes a free kick for a foul on David Ngog. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
    • 25:51 Glen Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zsolt Laczko. Free kick taken by Peter Czvitkovics.
    • 24:29 Foul by Javier Mascherano on Peter Czvitkovics, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Marcell Fodor.
    • 23:03 Gergely Rudolf sends in a cross.
    • 22:28 Free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
    • 22:28 Booking Caution for Zoltan Szelesi.
    • 22:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Zoltan Szelesi on Steven Gerrard.
    • 20:59 Laszlo Bodnar concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabio Aurelio. Fabio Aurelio restarts play with the free kick.
    • 19:43 Handball by Zsolt Laczko. Indirect free kick taken by Glen Johnson.
    • 18:47 Foul by Glen Johnson on Gergely Rudolf, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Mirsad Mijadinoski.
    • 18:21 Foul by David Ngog on Zoltan Szelesi, free kick awarded. Norbert Meszaros restarts play with the free kick.
    • 14:46 Zsolt Laczko is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Glen Johnson. Fabio Aurelio has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
    • 13:05 Mirsad Mijadinoski concedes a free kick for a foul on David Ngog. Free kick taken by Glen Johnson.
    • 12:05 Javier Mascherano produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
    • 9:47 Foul by Marcell Fodor on Glen Johnson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Glen Johnson. Centre by Steven Gerrard.
    • 8:26 Gergely Rudolf gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas. Daniel Agger restarts play with the free kick.
    • 7:54 Laszlo Bodnar fouled by Emiliano Insua, the ref awards a free kick. Vukasin Poleksic restarts play with the free kick.
    • 6:36 Fabio Aurelio gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zsolt Laczko. Free kick crossed right-footed by Peter Czvitkovics from left wing.
    • 5:45 Mirsad Mijadinoski challenges David Ngog unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fabio Aurelio delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.
    • 4:43 Unfair challenge on Javier Mascherano by Zoltan Szelesi results in a free kick. Jamie Carragher takes the direct free kick.
    • 3:55 Jamie Carragher provided the assist for the goal.
    • 3:55 GOAL - David NgogDebrecen 0 - 1 Liverpool David Ngog finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Debrecen 0-1 Liverpool.
    • 3:44 Centre by Fabio Aurelio,
    • 3:27 Fabio Aurelio decides to take a short corner.
    • 3:02 Leiva Lucas takes a short corner.
    • 1:10 Unfair challenge on David Ngog by Mirsad Mijadinoski results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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    Arsenal 2-0 Standard Liege R
    AZ Alkmaar 0-0 Olympiakos R
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    Fiorentina 1-0 Lyon R
    Rangers 0-2 VfB Stuttgart R
    Rubin Kazan 0-0 Dynamo Kiev R
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