Anfield, England

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers | Attendance: 43026

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  • Luis Suárez 28'
  • Joe Allen 43'
  • Luis Suárez 59'

3 - 1


2nd leg: 3 - 3 (Agg)

Zenit St Petersburg

  • Hulk 19'

    That is all for tonight, a hugely dramatic evening of Europa League football. See you next time.


    Zenit's reward for overcoming Liverpool is a tie against Basel in the next round.


    A superb effort from Liverpool but they ultimately left themselves with too much to do. Unlucky.

  • 94'

    And there goes the full-time whistle. It's Zenit who go through into the next round.

  • 93'

    We're into the last minute...

  • 92'

    Witsel clears and Hulk nearly closes in on an empty goal but Enrique is there to avert the danger.

  • 91'

    Zenit head clear for another corner. Reina has made his way forward...

  • 91'

    Sterling does well to win a corner for Liverpool...

  • 90'

    Three minutes of injury time to be played...

  • 89'

    Liverpool probing Zenit's defence but Gerrard is just unable to pick out the run of Suarez in the box with his pass.

  • 88'

    Sterling tries to pick out Suarez with a throw but he cannot get on the end of it and it runs out for a goal kick.

  • 87'

    Zenit counter and almost look like creating something but Rodic's pass to Hulk is overhit.

  • 85'

    Johnson gets a cross in from the right but Malafeev does well to smother it.

  • 85'

    Zenit bring on Rodic for Semak.

  • 84'

    Liverpool bring on Sterling for Downing. Can the youngster make the difference?

  • 84'

    Assaidi bursts forward down the right but Hubocan is there to clear the danger.

  • 82'

    Gerrard sends the free-kick into the box but Malafeev punches clear.

  • 82'

    Johnson wins a free-kick off Criscito right outside the area.

  • 81'

    But Hulk blazes the free-kick into row Z.

  • 81'

    Hulk standing over the ball...

  • 80'

    Liverpool give away a needless free-kick, allowing Zenit to waste some time.

  • 79'

    Suarez drives forward into the box but Neto makes a vital challenge to stop him.

  • 79'

    Agger gets his head on Downing's corner but he sends it just wide of the post. Unlucky.

  • 78'

    Liverpool win another corner...

  • 78'

    Downing sends the corner in but it hits Gerrard's back and Zenit clear.

  • 78'

    Liverpool win another corner...

  • 77'

    Hulk puts Carragher under pressure as he tries to clear the ball away but the Zenit man concedes the foul.

  • 76'

    Zenit fail to clear a Liverpool cross and the incoming Shelvey hits it first time but it smashes into the side netting.

  • 75'

    We're into the final 15 minutes at Anfield. It is getting tense...

  • 74'

    How important could that save from Reina prove to be?

  • 74'

    Liverpool living on the edge at the back again as Enrique gives it away to Anyukov who sees his shot deflect over the bar.

  • 73'

    Liverpool fail to clear the danger and it falls to Hulk on the edge of the box who lashes an effort towards the bottom corner, but Reina makes a superb save to tip it away.

  • 72'

    Time-wasting tactics starting from Malafeev with his goal kick.

  • 71'

    Zenit clear Enrique's cross but only as far as Gerrard who volleys an effort down into the ground and towards goal but Malafeev does well to make the save.

  • 70'

    Suarez takes the free-kick but Malafeev is able to palm it away. Looked like it was going wide anyway.

  • 69'

    Neto pulls Assaidi down by the shirt right on the edge of the box. Stupid from the Zenit man.

  • 68'

    If Zenit score, Liverpool would need two.

  • 67'

    Hulk with a great free-kick but it falls just wide of the post. Reina looked in trouble.

  • 66'

    Shelvey gets booked for a rash challenge on Hulk. Silly.

  • 65'

    Downing gets the ball in this time but Zenit head clear once again. The Russian side are currently under siege.

  • 64'

    Johnson decides to have a go from distance but his effort hits Suarez and bounces well wide of the target.

  • 64'

    Some fantastic work from Assaidi down the left who gets the cross in but Zenit head it clear.

  • 64'

    Shelvey sends the corner in but Zenit head it clear.

  • 63'

    Suarez does well to win a corner for Liverpool...

  • 62'

    If you were wondering, even though it is 3-3 on aggregate, Zenit would be going through on away goals.

  • 61'

    The Anfield crowd are loving this. Still one more goal needed. Liverpool have to be careful they keep it tight at the back otherwise they are in big trouble.

  • 60'

    Liverpool make two changes as Shelvey and Assaidi come on for Allen and Henderson.

  • 59'

    It's Suarez who takes the free-kick and he curls it unbelievably into the top corner. Absolutely stunning.

  • 59'


  • 58'

    Neto brings down Suarez just outside the box. Gerrard is standing over the free-kick...

  • 57'

    Liverpool attack down the other end through Suarez but Hubocan puts in a perfect sliding tackle to stop him. He had to get that right or that was a penalty.

  • 56'

    Shirokov plays in Hulk but the ball runs out of play for a goal kick.

  • 56'

    Shelvey looks to be warming up for Liverpool...

  • 55'

    Downing nearly slots in Suarez but the striker is just unable to bring it under control.

  • 54'

    Downing swings a ball in from the right but it is just behind Suarez in the middle. Unlucky.

  • 53'

    Liverpool need to keep this momentum up and not allow Zenit to dictate the game at their pace.

  • 52'

    There is so much energy to this game. Blink and you'll miss it.

  • 52'

    Gerrard sends a corner into the box but Zenit head it clear to safety.

  • 51'

    Lucas plays a long ball forward that nearly falls to the unmarked Suarez but he it just bounces clear.

  • 50'

    Penalty shout for Liverpool as Hubocan appears to handle it. The ball falls to Suarez on the edge of the box who brings a top save out of Malafeev.

  • 50'

    A great start to the half from Liverpool. Zenit are going to have to be at their best at the back for the next 40 or so minutes.

  • 49'

    Enrique gets the cross in from the left but Hubocan is there to head clear with Downing breathing down his neck.

  • 48'

    Johnson bursts forward down the right but he is just unable to get the cross in.

  • 47'

    Zenit with a double change at half time. Lombaerts and Danny off and Criscito and Faitzulin on.

  • 47'

    Downing comes forward and cuts in from the right before shooting, only for his effort to be blocked by Criscito.

  • 46'

    Liverpool attack the Kop end from the off, but an over-eager Gerrard runs the ball out of play for a goal kick.

  • 46'

    Liverpool get the second half underway...


    How is this match going to end up? Let me know on Twitter @Tom_Sweetman.


    Luis Suarez pulls one back for Liverpool.


    What a half it was. Liverpool left themselves with it all to do after Carragher's mistake for Hulk's goal, but they are right back in it after pulling two back. They need another two. All to play for.

  • 45'

    And there goes the half-time whistle.

  • 45'

    Gerrard sends it in but it goes straight to Malafeev.

  • 45'

    Liverpool win a free-kick on the edge of the box...

  • 45'

    The corner comes in but Henderson is penalised for a foul on Malafeev.

  • 45'

    Two minutes of added on time to be played as Liverpool win another corner.

  • 44'

    Lombaerts is in trouble, he's being stretchered off the pitch.

  • 43'

    Lovely move from Enrique who plays a neat one-two with Henderson before picking out Allen in the middle. Malafeev denies his first effort but the midfielder taps home the rebound.

  • 43'


  • 42'

    One more goal before half-time for Liverpool would be a huge boost to their chances in this game.

  • 41'

    Downing whips a dangerous free-kick into the box but it goes straight to Malafeev.

  • 41'

    Enrique fires a ball in from the left but nobody is there in the middle to meet the cross.

  • 40'

    Allen tries to force his way into the box but Neto does well to stop him.

  • 39'

    Zenit have been very dangerous on the counter-attack. Hulk and Danny look a real threat.

  • 38'

    Allen slips Suarez into the box but the striker is just unable to bring it down and Zenit get the ball claer.

  • 36'

    Anyukov comes forward down the right before deciding to have a go at goal but it was never troubling Reina.

  • 35'

    Hulk with a lovely ball to pick out Danny who controls it before volleying it just inches wide of the post.

  • 34'

    Hulk causing Liverpool's defence plenty of problems but Carragher recovers and gets the tackle in.

  • 33'

    What a game this is, end-to-end stuff. It feels like there is going to be a lot of goals in this one tonight.

  • 33'

    Hulk takes aim with a free-kick from about 35 yards but it canons back off the wall.

  • 32'

    Lombaerts gets his head on a Zenit corner but Johnson is there to clear the danger.

  • 31'

    Reina with a horrendous miskick but he is lucky and gets another go to clear it.

  • 31'

    Liverpool win the corner...

  • 30'

    Gerrard sends the free-kick in but Anyukov does well to head it away with Agger waiting to pounce.

  • 29'

    Gerrard goes down under a challenge from Hubocan right on the edge of the area. Another dangerous free-kick for Zenit to defend.

  • 29'

    That was the goal Liverpool needed. They need to keep this momentum up. Another one and they will be right back in it.

  • 28'

    Suarez thumps the free-kick through the wall and into the bottom corner. Game on.

  • 28'


  • 27'

    Denisov gets booked after refusing to step back ten yards.

  • 27'

    Suarez steps up to take it...

  • 26'

    Agger wins a free-kick right on the edge of the area. Dangerous position for Liverpool.

  • 25'

    Zenit defending well at the moment. If they can keep this up then they shouldn't have too many problems but there is a long way to go.

  • 23'

    Liverpool come forward but cannot find a way past the Zenit defence. Henderson has a shot from distance but it canons back off a defender.

  • 22'

    Liverpool really need to get a goal back quickly to get the crowd back on side.

  • 21'

    Elsewhere, Chelsea have fallen one behind to Sparta Prague.

  • 20'

    Liverpool have it all to do now. So harsh on them after a very good start to the game. They now need four goals. A big ask.

  • 19'

    Disastrous from Carragher as he fails to play a backpass to Reina and Hulk nips in to steal it before slotting calmly past the keeper.

  • 19'


  • 18'

    Gerrard squeezes a cross in from the right but Malafeev gets to it before Henderson can.

  • 16'

    Gerrard tries to pick out the run of Johnson down the right but he just overhits it giving the full back little chance to retrieve it.

  • 15'

    Suarez is certainly going to be the key for Liverpool tonight. He looks very dangerous already.

  • 14'

    Suarez beats a man before playing a neat one-two with Allen but he loses control of the ball and the move comes to an end.

  • 14'

    Allen with a lovely ball to Downing but the winger is in an offside position.

  • 12'

    Gerrard sends the free-kick into the box but he overhits it. A waste.

  • 12'

    Liverpool win another free-kick after Hubcan handballs.

  • 11'

    Gerrard shoots from distance from a free-kick but he blazes it well over the bar.

  • 10'

    There is a real sense of anticipation from the home crowd every time Liverpool come forward.

  • 9'

    Downing does well to hang in a cross from the right. Malafeev is unable to deal with it but his defence help him out and clear the danger.

  • 8'

    This is a great start from Liverpool full of energy. Although, Zenit do look dangerous on the counter so the Reds will have to be careful.

  • 8'

    Enrique picks out Suarez again with another top ball but Zenit do well to scramble the ball away to safety.

  • 7'

    Henderson wins the ball for Liverpool but he wastes possession with a shot at goal that was never going to trouble Malafeev.

  • 6'

    Witsel drives forward for Zenit and finds Danny in space on the right. The attacker tries to find Hulk in the middle but his cross is claimed by Reina.

  • 5'

    Suarez comes forward but Neto stops him in his tracks with a fine sliding tackle.

  • 4'

    Liverpool are looking to attack from the off as Downing tries to send a ball in from the right, only for it to deflect away to safety.

  • 3'

    Enrique searches out Suarez with a long ball forward but the striker is just unable to bring the pass under control. Unlucky.

  • 3'

    Semak picks up the ball on the edge of the box and decides to shoot, however, his effort dribbles well wide.

  • 2'

    The Anfield crowd sound lively. They know they will have a big part to play in tonight's game.

  • 1'

    Enrique does well to close down Witsel and let the ball roll out for a goal kick.

  • 1'

    Zenit get this Europa League tie underway...


    The teams are out onto the pitch. We are just moments away...


    Liverpool XI: Reina, Johnson, Enrique, Agger, Carragher, Lucas, Allen, Gerrard, Henderson, Downing, Suarez.


    Zenit XI: Malafeev, Anyukov, Lombaerts, Neto, Hubocan, Shirokov, Semak, Denisov, Witsel, Danny, Hulk.


    Good evening and welcome to our minute-by-minute commentary of Liverpool's Europa League last-32 second leg against Zenit. The Reds are trailing 2-0 from the first meeting, meaning they must attack from the off at Anfield.


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