Thursday, 24 February 2011

Liverpool 1 - 0 Sparta Prague (agg 1 - 0)

A late Dirk Kuyt header booked Liverpool's place in the last 16 of the Europa League as the Reds made hard work of beating Sparta Prague.
Kuyt guided in an 86th minute Raul Meireles corner as the home side finally converted one of their chances.
Sotirios Kyrgiakos had earlier been denied for Liverpool when keeper Jaromir Blazek clawed away his header.
Raul Meireles blazed over and David Ngog had an effort saved for the Reds before Kuyt provided the finish needed.
Joe Cole raced clear and could have put the gloss on the victory but he put his shot wide with just Blazek to beat.Nevertheless, Liverpool completed the win to provide manager Kenny Dalglish with victory in his first European game in charge of the club at Anfield.
Dalglish will feel his side's progress should have been confirmed much earlier than when they eventually prevailed as they finally converted one of their numerous openings after surviving fleeting scares from the Czech side.

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