UCL : PSV 0 – 3 Liverpool FC

PSV EINDHOVEN 0 – 3 LIVERPOOL
Tuesday 03 April 2007 19:45 , Champions League Quarter Final (1)

REDS CRUISE TO Q-FINAL FIRST LEG SUCCESS

Liverpool have one foot in the semi-final of the Champions League following an impressive 3-0 victory against PSV in the Philips Stadium on Tuesday night.

Goals from Steven Gerrard, John Arne Riise and Peter Crouch fired the Reds to a comfortable quarter-final first leg success that leaves them odd on favourites to secure their place in the last four.

And on what was another memorable night of European football, Gerrard rewrote the history books – his goal taking him beyond legendary Anfield striker Ian Rush as the club’s all-time top marksman in the European Cup.

The skipper broke the deadlock in the 27th minute, heading home from a Steve Finnan centre to register his 15th goal in the competition, and from that point the outcome never seemed in doubt.

Any faint hope the lacklustre Dutch side may have had of forcing their way back into the game evaporated shortly after the break when Riise increased the lead with a trademark thunderbolt finish from 30-yards out.

Crouch then sealed the emphatic win when he towered above the home defence to head Finnan’s cross into the top corner of the net.

The only downside to the evening was an Achilles injury sustained by Fabio Aurelio midway through the second half; the Brazilian pulling up when unopposed in the opposition half and stretchered off.

But even that couldn’t dampen the mood of the jubilant travelling Liverpudlians who headed for home with their dreams of another European Cup triumph in May firmly intact.

Teams

Liverpool: Reina, Riise, Agger, Carragher, Finnan, Aurelio, Gerrard MBE (captain), Alonso, Mascherano, Crouch, Bellamy. Subs – Hyypia, Zenden, Gonzalez, Pennant, Arbeloa, Bellamy, Dudek

PSV Eindhoven: Gomes, Simons, Vayrynen, Mendez, Kromkamp, Culina, Cocu, Da Costa, Salcido, Farfan, Tardelli. Subs – Addo, Marcellis, Kluivert, Moens, Feher

Referee: Bertrand Layec (France)

Conditions: Dry and mild

Attendance: Unknown

Liverpoolfc.tv Man-of-the-Match: Javier Mascherano

Breakdown

18:05 GMT : Match Starts
18:46 GMT : Match Starts
1 min : PSV kick the game off but Liverpool are on the attack straight away
2 mins : Vayrynen turns and shoots over from just insude the box
6 mins : Carragher puts the ball behind for a throw in as PSV attack
11 mins : Masherano does well to win the ball but PSV pick up a pass and start an attack
15 mins : Riise attempts to hook the ball into the area but the ball is deflected behind for a corner
16 mins : Carragher header well saved by Gomes is the PSV goal
19 mins : A move between Agger, Gerrard abd Kuyt breaks down just over the half-way line
20 mins : Crouch shoots high and wide from outside the box
22 mins : PSV go close to taking the lead but a close range shot is deflected over the bar
27 mins : GOAL! Steven Gerrard MBE: Great header from the captain
33 mins : PSV win a corner after a free-kick floated into the box is put behind by a Liverpool defender
37 mins : REina saves well as PSV mount a rare attack
38 mins : First Booking: Javier Mascherano: Late challenge sees the midfielder enter the book
40 mins : Reds attack breaks down as Alonso and Kuyt attempt to link up together
43 mins : Crouch shoots well wide of goal from distance
19:30 GMT : Half Time Reached
19:46 GMT : Second Half Begins
46 mins : Alonso hits a shot against the ground the bounces over the bar
49 mins : GOAL! John Arne Riise: Great half-volley from outside the box
51 mins : Substitution: Patrick Kluivert for Edison Mendez:
56 mins : Riise almost takes advantage of a misunderstanding inside the PSV area
58 mins : Alonso attempts a chip over the PSV ‘keeper from just over the half-way line but his shot clears the bar
62 mins : GOAL! Peter Crouch: Heads home into the top corner from a Finnan centre
65 mins : Substitution: Boudewijn Zenden for John Arne Riise:
67 mins : Substitution: Csaba Feher for Jan Kromkamp:
69 mins : Salcido shoots well wide after the ball breaks free inside the Liverpool box
71 mins : First Booking: Diego Tardelli:
72 mins : Aurelio goes down clutching his leg despite no challenge. It looks a serious injury
74 mins : Substitution: Mark Gonzalez for Fabio Aurelio:
76 mins : Kuyt wins a free-kick inside the PSV half but Liverpool, can’t make it count
77 mins : Gonzalez shoots wide of goal from distance
82 mins : Gonzalez beats teh offside trap but his cross is deflected behind for a corner
84 mins : Substitution: Jermaine Pennant for Peter Crouch:
86 mins : Gonzalez shoots high over the bar after a great attack is started by Gerrard
20:34 GMT : Match Over

Watch PSV 0-3 Liverpool Match Highlight : Here

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