After The Match 


Bordeaux-Liverpool 0-1 (0-0)      18.10.06                          CL
Goals: Crouch (58)
Team: Reina, Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Riise, Garcia, Zenden, Alonso, Gonzalez, Crouch, Bellamy
Subs: Kuyt (Crouch 64), Sissoko (Gonzalez 68),
Warnock (Bellamy 87)
Not used: Dudek, Paletta, Peltier, Pennant
Yellow: Zenden (26)                     Juriett (22), Rame (41)
Red: None
Referee: Tom Henning Ovrebo (Norway)
Attendance: 31,471
Shots on target:
Shots off target:
Fouls conceded:


HEADLINES "The lads worked
really hard tonight..."
    Rafael Benitez

1910: Crouch sets sights on success
1910: Gomes: We couldn't break Liverpool down
1810: Rafa delighted with away success
1810: Reds end away day blues


Peter Crouch celebrates the winner goal in France.
(Photo: Empics)

Crouch sets sights on success

By Derek Brookman -

For the second UEFA Champions League match running, Peter Crouch was the decisive factor for Liverpool FC. Scorer of the game's only goal against FC Girondins de Bordeaux on Wednesday, his contribution was once again instrumental in keeping the five-time European Champion Clubs' Cup winners on course for another serious attempt at scaling the pinnacle of continental club football.

Going all the way
"Of course we believe we can go all the way again," the England striker told "I think we have more strength in depth than when we won it last time, and with a little bit of luck I'm sure we can be serious contenders." His team's Group C victory at the Stade Chaban-Delmas was anything but fortunate, founded as it was on solid defending and making the most of dead-ball situations.

Set pieces
"The manager is always emphasising how important set-pieces are and we practise them a lot," said Crouch, voted Man of the Match by users. "Often it makes the difference between winning and losing a game, as we saw this evening." Craig Bellamy, who took the corner that led to Crouch's goal, was understandably pleased with his side's performance. He said: "We did exactly what we had to. And now a win from either of our two upcoming home games will see us through."

'More to come'
Wales captain Bellamy played down the significance of his understanding with Crouch, saying: "The manager has plenty of options up front and I just have to do my best with whoever I am paired with." Crouch was more forthcoming, saying: "Craig deserves a special mention. He worked incredibly hard tonight and his pace is always an asset. Hopefully there's more to come from our partnership."

PSV showdown
With PSV Eindhoven recording an excellent win against Galatasaray SK in Istanbul, Crouch also acknowledged the significance of the looming clash with the Dutch champions on Matchday 5. The 25-year-old said: "That looks like being the big one, and we're determined to finish top of the group. With the game being at Anfield, I'm sure we'll get the right result." And with Crouch scoring so freely, who would bet against his prediction coming true?

Gomes: We couldn't
break Liverpool down

By Paul Eaton - LFC Official Website

Bordeaux boss Ricardo Gomes praised Liverpool's defensive resilience as he watched his side's chances of qualifiying for the next stage of the Champions League all but disappear last night.

Gomes believes his side had enough possession to take something from the game, but their failure to breach the Reds' back-line ultimately cost them dear.

Bordeaux now lie at the foot of Group C with one point from three games and their coach admitted: "Our task has become very, very difficult. A hard task, but it is not toally over because football can change. But at this stage we know how tough it will be to qualify.

"We did things really well for long spells, but we just could not get through Liverpool's defence," he said.

"We played well, certainly better than against PSV, but the last 20 metres is tough, Liverpool took advantage of our failure to cause them problems and get in shots. They scored when it mattered.

"It is difficult to get at Liverpool, a difficult team to cause problems against and hard to destabalise their defence despite the amount of pressure we had and the crosses we got into their box.

"Micoud could not find space in the midfield to work against a very tough Liverpool midfield."

Rafa delighted with away success

By Paul Eaton - LFC Official Website

Rafael Benitez reflected on his side's first away victory of the season and admitted: "That will be a big boost for the confidence of the players."

Peter Crouch's second half header was enough to secure all three points as Liverpool consolidated their position at the top of Group C with a deserved
1-0 success in Bordeaux.

The Reds stay ahead of PSV Eindhoven in the group standings with both teams on seven points and well clear of Galatasaray and Bordeaux who each have one point apiece.

"It's a good win for the confidence and a big boost for the players," said a delighted Liverpool manager.

"The lads worked really hard tonight, scored a good goal and could have scored others.

"We also kept a clean sheet which was good for us. It was a pity we didn't add a second goal because that would have made the difference between a comfortable end and a nervous end to the game where we had some problems.

"We go to Man United at the weekend now with more confidence and hopefully with more players because Dirk and Momo came on tonight and we also hope Steven Gerrard will be fit."

Reds end away day blues

By Rob Lancaster - Sky Sports

Peter Crouch continued to enjoy himself in the UEFA Champions League as Liverpool recorded a 1-0 win over Bordeaux.

The striker rose highest to head home Craig Bellamy's cross shortly before the hour and claim his fourth goal in Europe this season.

It was enough to clinch a first away success of the campaign and should boost spirits ahead of Sunday's trip to Manchester United.

As for Bordeaux, there is little to raise a glass about in the wine capital of the world as they again failed to find the net in this season's competition.

Johan Micoud had the hosts' best opportunity in the first 45 minutes, the midfielder somehow failing to get a touch on Wendel's free-kick when any contact would have resulted in an opening goal.

Substitute Marouane Chamakh also came close to grabbing an equaliser with a header, but his flick went just wide with Jose Reina rooted to the spot.

However, the former Premiership pairing of Lilian Laslandes and Jean Claude Darcheville posed little threat against a Liverpool defence starting to look like it has returned to its mean ways of last year.

With the home side using a patient approach in possession, The Reds were able to create chances of their own on the break.

Crouch should certainly have broken the deadlock from Craig Bellamy's cross but he was only able to steer the ball wide of the left upright.

The England international did manage to work Ulrich Rame in the home goal just before the break, though his weak right-footed effort from a tight angle did not do his excellent first touch justice.

However, it proved to be third time lucky for the lanky striker when he managed to head home a Craig Bellamy corner.

Crouch's goal, which came after Rame had turned aside Luis Garcia's left-footed drive, was his final contribution as made way for Dirk Kuyt.

It was another substitute in Stephen Warnock who had the best chance to seal the game but he shot weakly at Rame after working himself in on goal.

The miss did not prove costly, though, as one goal proved enough for Liverpool, who now top Group C with seven points from three outings.

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