After The Match 


TNS-Liverpool 0-3 (0-1)    Tue 19.07.05     (CL qual, 1.r-2.leg)
Goals: Cisse (26), Gerrard (85 & 86)
Team: Reina, Finnan, Hyypia, Riise, Cisse, Le Tallec, Alonso, Hamann, Carragher, Zenden, Potter.
Subs: Whitbread (Carragher 54), Garcia (Le Tallec 58),
Gerrard (Alonso 68)
Not used: Carson, Josemi, Warnock, Morientes
Yellow: None
Red: None
Referee: Carlo Bertolini (Switzerland)
Attendance: 8.009

Shots on target:
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Fouls conceded:



HEADLINES "I am happy
with my strikers..."
      Rafael Benitez

1907: Benitez hails TNS goalkeeper
1907: Liverpool stroll past minnows TNS


Benitez hails TNS goalkeeper

ITV Football

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez was full of praise for TNS goalkeeper Ged Doherty after his side were restricted to a 3-0 victory in their Champions League first qualifier second leg.

The Reds won 6-0 on aggregate after recording the same scoreline at Anfield last week, Djibril Cisse and a late Steven Gerrard brace sparing Liverpool's blushes at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground on Tuesday.

"We tried and at the end it was a better tempo, the goalkeeper saved a lot and for us to score at the end was good," Benitez told ITV2.

"Maybe we could have scored some more goals but I am happy with my strikers, with the work we have done.

"Sometimes you can score, sometimes the goalkeeper makes good saves but for me the goalkeeper was the best player in the games."

For long spells the Welsh side performed heroics to leave Liverpool with faces as red as their shirts.

With Peter Crouch waiting in the wings, Liverpool were humbled and never able to produce the goal feast Benitez had demanded.

Gerrard came off the bench to score twice in the dying minutes to add to his hat-trick from the first leg after Cisse's opener, but even then it could not take away the glory from the Welsh champions who played their hearts out and even hit a post, seeing another effort ruled marginally offside with Liverpool rocking.

Once again TNS' hero was Doherty, who produced another string of fine saves to cap his display last week at Anfield and even saved a Dietmar Hamman penalty.

Doherty admitted the 3-0 scoreline was disappointing after such a resilient performance.

"I think it was a bit tough, 1-0 or 2-0 would have been a proper scoreline. They had enough chances but Gerrard came on and stuck them away for them," He told ITV2.

The penalty stop was the finest of his saves and he said: "Being a keeper it's never down to a poor penalty, it is always a great save!

"I just stood up as long as I could and did well to get down."

Liverpool stroll past minnows TNS

BBC Sport Online

Steven Gerrard scored twice inside a minute late on as Liverpool cruised comfortably into the Champions League second qualifying round.

Djibril Cisse gave Liverpool a first-half lead, and Didi Hamann had a penalty saved by Ged Doherty.

Gerrard then emerged as a substitute to deliver a double strike in the last six minutes to rubber-stamp a tie against FC Kaunas of Lithuania.

TNS' best chance came when Steven Beck saw a powerful drive strike a post.

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez fielded a strong side, despite a comfortable advantage, although he chose to leave first-leg hat-trick hero Gerrard on the bench, along with Fernando Morientes.

And with Southampton's Peter Crouch waiting in the wings to seal a 7m move to Liverpool, Cisse took the opportunity to press his claims.

He had already been denied when clean through on Doherty, but made no mistake when he put Liverpool ahead after 26 minutes.

Chris King missed John Arne Riise's cross, and Cisse controlled before flashing home a low finish.

Liverpool dominated possession totally, but TNS were resilient and managed to restrict the Premiership side to occasional threats.

Phil Baker needed to smuggle an Anthony Le Tallec effort off the line after 33 minutes, while Boudewijn Zenden's cross flew inches wide in first-half stoppage time.

Liverpool should have doubled their lead after 48 minutes when they were awarded a penalty after Jamie Wood fouled Darren Potter.

But Hamann's penalty was weak and Doherty was able to save comfortably diving to his left.

Doherty was in action again as Liverpool's domination increased, blocking a free-kick from Steve Finnan.

TNS' moment of glory almost arrived after 66 minutes when Beck was desperately unlucky to see a curling drive hit the post with Pepe Reina helpless.

It was the signal for Liverpool to send on captain Gerrard for the impressive Xabi Alonso.

TNS keeper Doherty was having an outstanding game, and he performed heroics again to block a powerful drive from Liverpool substitute Luis Garcia.

But even Doherty was powerless once Gerrard exerted his influence, firing a long-range drive into the bottom corner after 84 minutes, then adding another less than a minute later with a shot the goalkeeper should have saved.

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