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FINAL WHISTLE REPORT

OLYMPIACOS 3-4 LIVERPOOL
Saturday 23 July 2005 19:00 , Friendly

REDS SMASH FOUR PAST GREEK CHAMPIONS

If Peter Crouch's arrival on Merseyside was supposed to spell the end of the Anfield dream for Milan Baros, someone must have forgotten to tell the Czech international.

While Crouch was the undisputed star of the first-half - going close on two occasions and setting up Luis Garcia's opener with a great run into the box after 31 minutes - there was no doubting Baros was the liveliest player on the pitch after the interval.
 
The Liverpool No.5, linked by the media with a move away from Anfield all summer, entered the pitch after half-time with the scores level after Rivaldo had cancelled out Garcia's opening goal on 40 minutes, and then set about single-handedly taking the game to the Greeks.
 
Within minutes of being on the pitch, Baros had set Fernando Morientes up to slot home Liverpool's second and then he got in on the act, twice rounding the 'keeper to double our lead during the space of six electrifying second-half minutes.
 
Liverpool's lead could have been extended further still when Baros again found Morientes with a cross from the right only for Erwin Lemmens to dive low to block the Spaniard's shot.
 
We've always known Milan Baros was capable of putting the ball in the back of the net but tonight he demonstrated that maybe, just maybe, he's now started to use his head a bit more and find his team-mates in space rather than trying to beat the world on his own.
 
With both Djibril Cisse and Luis Garcia linking well with Crouch in the first-half and Sissoko and Xabi Alonso impressing during the second period, Liverpool are starting to look like they finally have a decent squad to choose from with options in almost every position.
 
A penalty from Predrag Djordjevic on 76 minutes after Zak Whitbread was adjudged to have brought down Yiannis Okkas and another well-taken goal from the No.11 seven minutes later when he rounded Scott Carson might have taken the shine off the night for Rafael Benitez but it's still five wins out of five for the Reds this summer.
 
Scoring goals might have been a problem last season but after smashing 17 goals in five games, Rafa will no doubt be turning his attention away from his strikers and onto his defence.
 
Milan Baros, for one, will be happy about that.

Teams

Olympiacos: Lemmens, Kostoulas, Kafes, Schurrer, Kapsis, Georgatos, Toure, , Mavrogenidis, Djordjevic, Konstantinou. Subs - Anatolakis, Bulut, Castillo, Okkas, Pantos, Stoltidis, Yiannou, , ,
 
Liverpool: Carson, Riise, Hyypia, Medjani, Josemi, Garcia, Gerrard (c), Hamann, Potter, Cisse, Crouch. Subs - Alonso, Baros, Carragher, Dudek, Le Tallec, Morientes, Sissoko, Warnock, Whitbread, Zenden
 
Referee: Reto Rutz (Switzerland)
 
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Attendance: Unavailable
 
Liverpoolfc.tv Man-of-the-Match: Milan Baros


Breakdown

1 min : Olympiacos get this friendly match underway in Liechtenstein
2 mins : Hyypia tries to find Riise with a searching long ball but his pass is overhit
2 mins : Cisse crosses from the right and Crouch is inches away from tapping home his first Liverpool goal
4 mins : Djordjevic breaks well down the left but Riise clears the danger inside his own area
8 mins : Rivaldo runs clear on goal but is flagged offside by the assistant referee
10 mins : Crouch drives a volley wide from outside the area after Potter's cross from the right
13 mins : Carson fails to deal with a high ball into the area and is relieved to watch Constantino's header drift wide
19 mins : Good defending from Hyypia to prevent Rivaldo running clear. Carson is out quickly to clear the danger
24 mins : Best move of the match so far as the Greeks break down the right and Rivaldo creates a chance for Constantino, but Carson is equal to the challenge and makes a low save
30 mins : Garcia has a great chance to open the scoring but fails to seriously trouble the Olympiacos goalkeeper with a tame shot
31 mins : GOAL! Luis Garcia: Good run by Crouch into the area and Garcia slots home from close range with his left foot
39 mins : Crouch slots the ball into the back of the net, but from an offside position from Hamann's ball
40 mins : GOAL! Rivaldo : The Brazilian has the freedom of the area to pick his spot in the far corner and beat Carson for the equaliser
43 mins : Djordjevic goes close to another goal for the Greeks with a drive just wide from 20 yards
46 mins : Substitution: Fernando Morientes for Djibril Cisse:
46 mins : Substitution: Milan Baros for Peter Crouch:
46 mins : Substitution: Zak Whitbread for Sami Hyypia:
46 mins : Substitution: Stephen Warnock for John Arne Riise:
46 mins : Substitution: Momo Sissoko for Dietmar Hamann:
46 mins : Substitution: Xabi Alonso for Steven Gerrard:
46 mins : Substitution: Anthony Le Tallec for Luis Garcia:
46 mins : Substitution: Erol Bulut for Grigorios Georgatos:
49 mins : GOAL! Fernando Morientes: Morientes slots home into the corner after a run and cross from Baros down the right. Good goal
53 mins : GOAL! Milan Baros: Baros converts with a close range header after Warnock's well delivered cross
55 mins : Rivaldo curls a free kick over the bar from distance
58 mins : Substitution: Ieroklis Stoltidis for Dimitrios Mavrogenidis:
58 mins : Substitution: Jamie Carragher for Josemi Josemi:
59 mins : GOAL! Milan Baros: Baros bursts clear, rounds the goalkeeper and slides home his second goal of the night
66 mins : Morientes only has Lemmens to beat but the Olympiacos keeper makes a decent stop to deny the Liverpool striker
46 mins : Substitution: Boudewijn Zenden for Darren Potter:
76 mins : Booking: Momo Sissoko:
77 mins : Penalty Scored! Pedrag Djordjevic: Foul by Whitbread gives Djordjevic the chance to score from the penalty spot
83 mins : GOAL! Pedrag Djordjevic: He breaks through the Liverpool defence, rounds Carson and taps the ball into an empty net

 
 
 
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