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74' 0 - 1 Y. Benayoun

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Liverpool have returned to winning ways in the Premier League after a brilliant individual goal from Yossi Benayoun secured all three points at the JJB Stadium.

Benayoun came off the substitutes' bench to sensational effect when he latched onto Jermaine Pennant's through ball and danced past his marker before sliding the ball beyond Chris Kirkland into the back of the net.

The goal was no more than the Reds deserved and came at a time when it looked as though Wigan's defensive rearguard was going to see Liverpool forced to settle for their third successive league draw.

Chances came and went throughout the match until the Israeli international nipped in to net his second goal in two games and ensure the Reds stay within striking distance of Arsenal at the top of the table.

With Fernando Torres restored to the forward line after being rested for last weekend's Premier League clash with Birmingham, the Reds always looked a threat going forward even though the first half failed to produce a goal.

The Spanish striker was at the centre of most of the Reds' best action in the early stages, with the Wigan defence often at full stretch to prevent Torres finding too much space in front of goal.

Chris Kirkland was forced into a smart save midway through the half when he blocked Torres' low drive with his legs, and then looked on with relief as the ball bounced back off the Reds forward and rolled just the wrong side of the post.

Torres also fired an acrobatic overhead kick just wide of the post as Liverpool threatened to take the lead - but the home side saw the half out.

The deadlock was almost broken 10 minutes after the break when Steven Gerrard kept the ball in on the byline and set up Dirk Kuyt for a goalbound shot which was brilliantly blocked by Josep Skoko.

Wigan threatened for the first time shortly after when Pepe Reina was beaten to a loose ball inside his area and Paul Scharner nipped in to clip a shot agonisingly wide for the home side.

With time starting to tick away the Reds introduced Benayoun to the action in place of the returning Fabio Aurelio and he wasted no time in stamping his mark on proceedings.

Only 15 minutes remained on the clock when Pennant found his midfield colleague inside the box, and Benayoun showed all his class with a drop of the shoulder to create the space before a quality left-footed finish sent the 5,000 travelling supporters wild with delight.

Liverpool had chances to finish the game off with Torres and Gerrard going close, but after a couple of frustrating goalless draws Rafa Benitez will be delighted that one goal was enough to secure maximum points, even though the home side should have levelled in stoppage time when Aganhowa directed a header just wide from inside the six yard box.


Liverpool: Reina, Aurelio, Hyypia, Carragher, Arbeloa, Riise, Gerrard (captain), Mascherano, Pennant, Torres, Kuyt. Subs - Itandje, Voronin, Finnan, Sissoko, Benayoun

Wigan Athletic: Kirkland, Kilbane, Boyce, Bramble, Melchiot (captain), Koumas, Skoko, Brown, Scharner, Aghahowa, Bent. Subs - Hall, Olembe, Granqvist, Pollitt, Taylor

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Conditions: Warm

Attendance: Unknown Man-of-the-Match: Yossi Benayoun

Carling Cup 25/09/07 : READING vs LIVERPOOL



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Fernando Torres struck a superb hat-trick as the Reds edged out Reading in a pulsating Carling Cup tie at the Madejski Stadium.

The Spaniard, who was recalled to the starting line-up after being named on the bench against Birmingham at the weekend, responded in magnificent style with three second-half goals to ensure Liverpool progressed in to round four of the competition.

An open contest began with neither side creating much in the early exchanges until the hosts missed a glorious chance on 20 minutes.

Bobby Convey's cross from the right was met by Leroy Lita who contrived to head straight at debutant Charles Itandje in the Liverpool goal.

It was a miss they were left ruing just three minutes later as Yossi Benayoun struck a magnificent individual goal to give Rafa Benitez's men the advantage.

The Israel international picked up a loose ball and drove at the Reading defence before nutmegging Andre Bikey and flashing a great effort beyond Adam Federici.

It was a lead that lasted all of four minutes as the home side responded courtesy of Bobby Convey.

The American, who was returning to first-team action following a long absence, was on hand to volley past Itandje from the edge of the area after the Reds failed to clear a corner from the right.

Both sides then had chances to take the lead just before half-time but Fernando Torres and Leroy Lita shot narrowly wide.

The second period began with the same fast pace as the first and on 50 minutes the Reds reclaimed their lead when Torres slipped the ball past Federici after he was sent clear by Sebastian Leto.

But once again the home side responded and when Liverpool failed to clear a corner from the left John Halls was on hand to drill the ball into the back of the net after an almighty scramble in the box.

With the scores levels both sides went for the jugular but it was Rafael Benitez's side that got the all-important third goal, with Torres on hand to steer the ball into the top corner after great play by substitute John Arne Riise down the left.

And Torres completed his hat-trick with four minutes remaining when he ran onto Steven Gerrard's pass, rounded the keeper and fired the ball into an empty net.


Liverpool: Itandje, Aurelio, Carragher, Arbeloa, Finnan, Leto, Sissoko (captain), Leiva, Benayoun, Crouch, Torres. Subs - Riise, Martin, Putterill, Hobbs, Gerrard

Reading: Federeci, De La Cruz, Bikey, Shorey, Duberry, Fae, Halls, Harper, Convey, Long, Lita. Subs - Hahnemann, Henry, Cisse, Hunt, Kitson

Referee: Atkinson, Martin

Conditions: fine

Attendance: 23, 567 Man-of-the-Match: Fernando Torres


18:46 GMT : Match Starts
1 min : Crouch and Torres get the game underway for Liverpool
2 mins : Nice overhead clearance from Sissoko
2 mins : Torres looks hurt after good challenge from Bikey
3 mins : He's left the pitch limping but looks okay
5 mins : Reading corner...poor delivery from England left-back Shorey
5 mins : Free-kick in a dangerous position after Sissoko challenge - the ref was swayed by the fans there
5 mins : Shorey hits the wall this time
6 mins : This is only the fourth time Liverpool have faced Reading. The first three were last season...can you name the eight teams we've never played? Answer later...
7 mins : Itandje gets first touch in a Liverpool shirt - a punch
9 mins : Torres looks fine
10 mins : Interesting to see how Alvaro does tonight. He played at centre-back during his time in Spain...
10 mins : Bit of confusion in the Reds defence but it's out for a goal kick
11 mins : Liverpool finding it hard to get out of their own half
12 mins : Torres drives the ball across the edge of the box but Benayoun got there too early
14 mins : Aurelio swings in a nice ball after some patient build up...cleared for a corner
14 mins : Carra has a word with Leto before it's taken - the Argentine must be picking up the lingo. Oh, the corner's wasted
17 mins : Nice skill from Crouch to keep possession in the middle...oh that's dirty from Bikey
18 mins : Nice throughball from Leto but Bikey shows great strength to deny Torres
20 mins : Anyone got the answer yet? Okay, the eight are Barnet, Boston United, Cheltenham Town, Colchester United, Hartlepool United, Hereford United, Macclesfield Town and Torquay United
21 mins : Bit sloppy at the minute...
22 mins : Great cross from Halls for Lita...he must score...oh that's bad
23 mins : GOAL! Yossi Benayoun: Sensational run and finish from the Israeli - you have to watch the highlights on LFC TV tomorrow....
25 mins : Very nearly 2-0 after Torres used his class to find space on the edge of the box - his shot is just wide. Liverpool have come to life
29 mins : Nice nutmeg from Torres...he's through...the keeper does well
27 mins : GOAL! Bobby Convey: That's the first goal we've conceded from open play this season - and waht a belter. But there was a touch of offside
36 mins : Bikey should have been booked there
36 mins : Good ball from Lucas to Crouch at the back post...Benayoun's made the run. Oh, good defending from The Royals
37 mins : Halls delivers another ball from the right but it's a good take from Itandje
38 mins : Dubbery commits common assault on our boy Fernando but the ref again gives nothing!!!
39 mins : The ref finally pulls Reading up for fouling our number nine
40 mins : Steve Coppell's side seem to be standing off Liverpool at the moment
40 mins : Carra fouled Long, apparently. You're having a laugh ref
41 mins : Not seen an awful lot of Lucas in possession but when he's had it he's look class
42 mins : Leto lets De La Cruz go...dangerous ball...Convey heads over
43 mins : Torres barged off the ball by three Reading down their left
44 mins : Aurelio hits it towards Crouch but the ball's cleared
45 mins : Itandje does well to stop close-range shot after some disappointing defending. Good save, lad
45 mins : Convey's free down the left...but his ball isn't good
19:32 GMT : Half Time Reached
19:49 GMT : Second Half Begins
46 mins : Reading get the second half going
48 mins : Great attacking move including one-two between Leto and Aurelio...but the Brazilian spoons it over
49 mins : Oh gosh, Fernando's class. Great ball to Leto but his cross is disappointing
50 mins : GOAL! Fernando Torres: My oh my - strength, intelligence and a clinical finish. Fernando you're a legend
51 mins : First Booking: Andre Bikey: Bikey finally booked following 39th foul on Torres
54 mins : Torres is having a blinder this second half. He's got more power than an LFC TV taxi
56 mins : Crouch is through...well clear after lovely ball from Leto...Bikey beats him for pace
57 mins : The big man makes up for it with a good tackle there though
58 mins : Torres was tripped in the box after skinning Bikey but the ref's blind to it. I'm getting fed up of this
59 mins : Mr Atkinson has given Torres no protection against near-constant harrassment from Bikey and Dubbery
60 mins : First Booking: Michael Duberry: Didn't see why
60 mins : Crouch helps out with a couple of defensive headers
61 mins : Rafa's not happy after Shorey scythed Benayoun � and escaped unpunished
63 mins : The boss is speaking to Riise, Gerrard and Putterill
63 mins : You have to say, Torres has dealt with the punishment dished out to him with tremendous poise
64 mins : GOAL! John Halls: Balls. Halls capitalises on goalmouth scamble
66 mins : Reading corner
66 mins : Great block from Finnan after the ball comes out to Convey
68 mins : First Booking: Emerse Fae: Sissoko felled midway inside the Reading half following tidy play with Lucas
69 mins : Lucas is having a go here from the free-kick...wide
69 mins : Substitution: John Arne Riise for Fabio Aurelio:
70 mins : Uncompromising challenge from Mo Mo Mo
70 mins : First Booking: Lucas Leiva: God knows what the ref's given this for
71 mins : The Royals get the ball in the back of the net but the ref's already blown for offside
72 mins : GOAL! Fernando Torres: Great run and cross from Riise and Torres just opens himself up ready to blast home. This guy is the best striker we've seen in a red shirt for some years
74 mins : Are we gonna see another 4-3?
74 mins : Finnan makes Shorey look really, really silly
75 mins : Nice...Torresesque overhead kick from Lita. It's over though
77 mins : Substitution: Steven Gerrard for Peter Crouch:
80 mins : Substitution: Stephen Hunt for Shane Long:
80 mins : Substitution: James Henry for Bobby Convey:
80 mins : Substitution: Dave Kitson for John Halls:
81 mins : Torres on a hat-trick. Last Liverpool player to get a hat-trick in the League Cup?
83 mins : Should have been over...Benayoun put through by Gerrard by the keeper does well to deny the Israeli from close-range
84 mins : The hat-trick was Robbie Fowler against Stoke, I think
84 mins : in 2001...?
86 mins : Reading pushing forward...keep a tight ship Reds
86 mins : Hunt dives
86 mins : GOAL! Fernando Torres: YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSS! Well in lad. Great movement then leaves egg on the keeper's face. Not a bad ball from SG either. Game Over
90 mins : Substitution: Jack Hobbs for Lucas Leiva: Hobbs on for his debut
90 mins : Da da da da da der der deeeer
20:38 GMT : Match Over



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Liverpool grabbed a point in their opening Champions League game against Porto despite the dismissal of Jermaine Pennant. Here's the pick of the post-match reaction...

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The journalist
It was a poor night in terms of Liverpool's all-round performance, and it was certainly the slowest I've seen them start in Europe for some time. But you've got to balance that out by saying that, yes they've played poorly - and Rafa Benitez has admitted that - but they've got a point from what I'm sure will prove to be the toughest game in Group A. That's a huge positive.
Mike Hughes, BBC Radio Merseyside

The fan
Liverpool found themselves under pressure from the first minute and could not find any room, time or control on a heavily-watered pitch that Porto obviously had spent time training on and getting used to. Their tactics were spot on and deserve recognition. Too many a time have we been critical of our team's performance - we overlook the skill of the opposition. We were on the receiving end of what we have done to many teams in the past and it leaves a soar taste. We have to do better next time but as always with Rafa, once bitten, twice shy. Eh, Jose?
Caulkheadkop, LFC.TV message boards

The former player
We made a slow start and created our own problems, and it wasn't surprising to see Porto score the first goal. You couldn't ask for a better response from Liverpool though and Dirk Kuyt scored the type of goal I would like to see him score more often. We defended very well in the second half, especially after Jermaine Pennant's unnecessary sending-off. We might even have won it in the end when Kuyt was unlucky not to take advantage of some great play from Steven Gerrard.
David Fairclough

The local paper
By avoiding defeat in what is arguably their toughest game in Group A, Liverpool ended a testing evening in a stronger position to qualify for the knockout stages. The visitors - for whom Fabio Aurelio made his long-awaited return as a late substitute - came closest to snatching a winner in the closing stages when Quaresma nicked the ball of Dutch forward Kuyt's foot before he could convert Gerrard's pass.
Daily Post

The tabloid
Liverpool are nothing if not resilient in Europe. And it was Hyypia who typified that spirit. For all their sublime touch and audacious skill, Porto have a weakness at the back from set-pieces, and that was exploited ruthlessly by the centre-back. On 17 minutes, Hyypia drifted away from his marker at the far post and headed back across goal, where Kuyt planted a header firmly above the keeper's despairing grasp into the roof of the net.
The Mirror

The commentator
Liverpool will be delighted with a point overall after a below-par display first half. Our equaliser came from a well-worked set piece and Dirk Kuyt scored with a predatory header. That's four goals in his last three Champions League games for Liverpool. I thought we defended very well second half - Sami Hyypia and Jamie Carragher were fantastic.'s Steve Hunter

The boss
We were really very bad in that first-half, there are no excuses. It is hard to explain why because our preparation had been good. It was easier to do the right things in the second period, but the damage had been done. We gave the ball away far too easily, we conceded clear chances and gave away a penalty - that was a correct decision. Rafa Benitez

The player
They fizzed the ball around very quickly. Quaresma and the other winger caused us problems. Sometimes you've got to hold your hands up and say the other team has played well. I'd say the first 30 minutes was up there with the toughest games we've ever had in the Champions League. But we have a lot of experience in Europe now, and we knew there was a long way to go. There was no need to panic. We showed a lot of character to get ourselves back in the game and probably had the better of the chances in the second half with 10 men. It would have been a good point with 11 men, but with 10 it's great. Jamie Carragher


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