After The Match 

            


Monaco-Liverpool 1-0 (0-0)              Tue Nov 23.          Champions League
Goals: Saviola (55)
Team: Kirkland, Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Traore, Riise, Hamann, Biscan, Gerrard, Garcia, Mellor
Subs: Josemi (Garcia 5), Kewell (Traore 59), Warnock (Josemi 64)
Not used: Dudek, Diao, Alonso, Pongolle
Yellow: Traore (41), Hamann (45)
Red: None
Referee:  Claus Bo Larsen (Denmark)
Attendance: 16,502

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HEADLINES

"Everybody
around the world
could see it was
a handball."

               Rafael Benitez
 

2411: Monaco boss in handball admission
2311: Benitez angry as Liverpool slump
2311: Reds's Euro blow


 

NOVEMBER 24
Monaco boss in handball admission

By Paul Eaton - LFC Official Website

Didier Deschamps admitted his side enjoyed a taste of fortune against Liverpool last night.

Deschamps' Monaco side stole the points thanks to Javier Saviola's second half strike, although the goal should have been disallowed after the Argentinian striker controlled the ball with his hand to create the shooting chance.

The result means three teams from Group A still have a chance of qualifying for the last 16 - with Liverpool needing a two goal victory over Olympiacos in two weeks time to guarantee their progress.

"I have now seen the incident on TV and yes, it was handball," said Deschamps. "I could not see the hand ball at the time from where I was sitting, but I was very aware that the Liverpool bench were protesting. But the referee did not see it their way which was good fortune for us.

"This was an important win for us, and it was certainly not easy. Liverpool are a very well disciplined side.

"But we played well and the victory is very important for us. But we still believe we have to win in Spain in our last match against Deportivo, and that will also not be easy for us. But we are confident we can do it and we have the spirit in our team to achieve our goal.

"The situation is very complicated now, with three teams still able to qualify. But we must not be frightened of the situation and just go to Spain with the right attitude. But we are more than aware that everything is still possible."


NOVEMBER 23
Benitez angry as Liverpool slump

BBC Sport Online

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez was angry with referee Claus Bo Larsen after the damaging 1-0 defeat against Monaco in the Champions League.

They now need to beat Olympiacos at Anfield to reach the knockout phase, but Benitez claimed Javier Saviola handled before scoring the winner.

He said: "Everybody around the world could see it was a handball.

"The referee said to my players that he had seen it. But afterwards he was smiling and I do not know why."

Benitez said: "It was a bad game on a bad pitch and to lose to a handball makes things very difficult.

"The referee said the hand was close to the body, but everyone could see it was handball. When my staff went to see him afterwards to talk to him he was smiling, I do not understand that.

"When you see a referee in the right place and he still does not give the handball, and the linesman is also in the right spot and it is not given.

"I don't think we need video evidence but it is important to have a referee with a clear conscience.

"We have four referees now around the pitch, but somebody has to say something.

"When my players tried to talk to him afterwards he was just smiling at them, I just do not understand that."

Liverpool misery was increased with Luis Garcia ruled out for three weeks with a hamstring injury he sustained after only two minutes.

And defender Josemi was also taken off and required 20 stitches in a head wound suffered in an accidental collision with Patrice Evra.


NOVEMBER 23
Reds' Euro blow

BBC Sport Online

Liverpool's hopes of reaching the last 16 suffered a blow after they were narrowly beaten by Monaco.

Monaco took the lead early in the second-half after Javier Saviola struck home a low shot, though he appeared to handle just before shooting.

Steven Gerrard twice tested Monaco goalkeeper Flavio Roma, who also saved well from a Sami Hyypia header late on.

But with striker Neil Mellor playing his first European game, Liverpool were badly short of ideas in attack.

Saviola was Monaco's most dangerous player, though in the opening half he had been well shackled by Liverpool.

Monaco struggled to find any rhythm to their passing for long periods of the game, but the move leading up to the goal, involving Jaroslav Plasil and Shabani Nonda, showed the Ligue 1 side at their best.

Even so Traore's tackle on Nonda looked to taken the sting out of the Monaco attack, but the ball broke to Saviola, who whipped a shot past Chris Kirkland.

As Liverpool searched for an equaliser Kirkland was pressed into action more and more and he made a quick reaction save from Pontus Farnerud and then rushed out to deny Emmanuel Adebayor.

Deprived of Milan Baros, Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez had left Xabi Alonso and Harry Kewell on the bench, opting to play Mellor up front as a lone striker.

Luis Garcia played wide on the right but the former Barcelona player pulled up after only three minutes and was stretchered off with a hamstring injury, to be replaced by Josemi.

Just past the hour Josemi himself had to go off after he was involved in a bone juddering clash of heads with Patrice Evra.

On a bobbly surface Liverpool initially tried to isolate the Monaco left-back Douglas Maicon, who was put under pressure at every opportunity by John Arne Riise.

On the same flank Saviola looked to do the same to Traore.

Twice Saviola looked to have got away from Traore, but the Liverpool defender recovered superbly.

After a corner Saviola did manage to get a shot in, which Jamie Carragher showed good judgment in letting the ball run past him and out of play.

Carragher also made two important interceptions to take the ball away from Nonda as Monaco threatened just before the interval.

Liverpool's best chance in that scrappy first-half fell to Igor Biscan from a long throw, but the Croatian sliced a difficult bouncing ball wide.

With Olympiakos beating Deportivo la Coruna, Liverpool must beat the Greek side by more than one goal when they meet at Anfield on 8 December.


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