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      Europa League 2015/2016

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      Re: Europa League 2015/2016
      Reply #50: May 08, 2016 01:56:28 pm
      Not sure any of you have noticed, but
      WE'RE IN THE FREEKIN' FINAL!!!
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      Re: Europa League 2015/2016
      Reply #51: May 08, 2016 02:06:23 pm
      I put this in the wrong place so in here it goes.

      The perfect 10.

      Liverpool FC aim for perfect 10 - how 2-0 first leg leads usually lead to European success for Reds
       
      BY DAVID PRENTICE

      The Reds have taken a 2-0 first leg lead into a European second leg nine times before Thursday - and a 100% record

      It’s called the most dangerous lead in football.

      But for Liverpool, Thursday night’s 2-0 Europa League lead taken over Manchester United was the perfect result.

      Because the Reds have taken a 2-0 first leg lead into a European second leg nine times before Thursday – and they have a 100 per cent record of qualification.

      In fact the closest squeak came the very first time the Reds defended a 2-0 lead, way back in 1966 – and that was only because the away goals rule still hadn’t been introduced.

      Here we look at Liverpool’s history of 2-0 leads in Europe.

      European Cup 1st round - 1966

      The Romanians proved stubborn visitors to Anfield in the Reds’ second foray into the European Cup – but late goals from Ian St John and Ian Callaghan built a solid lead to take nehind the Iron Curtain a fortnight later.

      It was needed.

      Virgil Dridea pulled a first half goal back in the second leg, but Roger Hunt’s 50th minute strike appeared to have eased Liverpool’s progress into the second round.

      But nine minutes later Alexandru Boc made it 2-1 on the night, and when Mircea Dridea added a third in the 65th minute the scores were tied on aggregate.

      The away goals rule was still five years away so a replay on neutral territory was needed – Heysel Stadium in Brussels , and this time Liverpool had the tie sewn up by half-time with goals from Ian St John and Peter Thompson.

      Fairs Cup 1st round – 1967

      The 2-0 lead Liverpool established in the first round of the following season’s Fairs Cup enjoyed a crucial difference to their Petrolul experience – the Reds won 2-0 in Sweden.

      Tony Hateley scored both goals to make the home leg a stroll. Ron Yeats and Roger Hunt added further goals at Anfield before Dag Szepanski scored a late consolation to give the Swedes some solace on the flight back.

      UEFA Cup 1st round – 1972

      Liverpool were given a tough draw in the first round of the 1972/73 UEFA Cup – which ultimately became their first European trophy success – against an Eintracht Frankfurt side containing future World Cup winner Jürgen Grabowski.

      Kevin Keegan scored the early goal Anfield craved but it wasn’t until 15 minutes from time that Emlyn Hughes added a decisive second.

      The Reds shut up shop for the second leg in West Germany and a 0-0 draw, featuring a debut as a sub from young Trevor Storton, was enough to clinch the tie.

      UEFA Cup quarter-finals – 1973

      According to contemporary reports Dynamo Dresden started like a house on fire at Anfield in the quarter-finals of the competition – but this was Bill Shankly’s relentless Reds and they wore down the East Germans to score goals through Brian Hall and Phil Boersma.

      “Only the unrivalled brilliance of Ray Clemence denied the Germans,” reported Horace Yates – and the Reds anticipated a tough second leg.

      Instead “in their nine consecutive years on the Continent Liverpool can rarely have played so magnificently as they did last night,” reported the Echo’s Chris James. Kevin Keegan scored the only goal of the game against a Dresden team “reckoned to be the best club team ever to come out of East Germany and have not lost a home game in any competition for three years.”

      UEFA Cup 3rd round – 1991

      It was almost 20 years before Liverpool had a 2-0 first leg lead to defend in Europe once again – but this time it was a comfortable affair.

      Dean Saunders scored both goals as Liverpool won in the picturesque Austrian resort against Swarowski Tirol – having plundered four goals in an earlier round against Kuusysi Lahti.

      And he added a hat-trick in a 4-0 stroll in the second leg.

      UEFA Cup 4th round – 2001

      Michael Owen was at his predatory peak when Liverpool went to the Olympic Stadium in Rome for a UEFA Cup tie.

      The Reds had twice won the European Cup on the same venue – and Owen’s double gave them a historic hat-trick of triumphs.

      Both goals were necessary. Guigou scored the only goal of the second leg as Liverpool survived a frenzied Italian fightback to claim a place in the quarter-finals.

      UEFA Cup 3rd Rd – 2003

      Two superb strikes in four second half minutes – from Steven Gerrard and Harry Kewell – gave the Reds an advantage ahead of what was expected to be a testing trip to Bulgaria.

      It didn’t pan out that way.

      Goals inside 10 minutes from Gerrard again and Michael Owen effectively sealed the tie. The Bulgarians did level on the night after 40 minutes, but Didi Hamann almost immediately restored Liverpool’s lead on the night and then Sami Hyypia made it 4-2 – and 6-2 on aggregate.

      Champions League last 16 – 2008

      A late goal rush broke down a redoubtable defensive action by the Italians after former Everton defender Marco Materazzi had been dismissed after barely half-an-hour.

      The Italians did what they do best, and defended with discipline – but the loss through injury of key defender Ivan Cordoba cost them dear.

      Dirk Kuyt scored an 85th minute icebreaker, then three minutes later Steven Gerrard did his swashbuckling thing and made it 2-0.

      It undermined Inter to such a degree that they were never wholly convincing in the San Siro second leg and Fernand Torres scored a stunning breakaway goal to seal Liverpool’s place in the quarter-final.

      Europa League 3rd Qualifying round first leg – 2010

      David N’Gog got Roy Hodgson’s managerial tenure off to a flier with both goals in a 2-0 win in Macedonia.

      N’Gog also opened the scoring in the second leg before a Steven Gerrard penalty sealed Liverpool’s latest comfortable defence of a 2-0 first leg victory.


      Now time for a perfect 10?

      Everything about that entry is wrong. David N'Gog & Roy Hodgson...ugh. I've done well to barely remember that match.

      But as RedPuppy says - we're in the final. With Klopp and co. What a better situation to be in!
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      Re: Europa League 2015/2016
      Reply #52: May 08, 2016 09:45:43 pm
      Everything about that entry is wrong. David N'Gog & Roy Hodgson...ugh. I've done well to barely remember that match.

      Written by a blue.

      Know everything about us don't they!!  ;)
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      Re: Europa League 2015/2016
      Reply #53: May 09, 2016 10:11:56 am
      including yesterday the lads will have to play 4 games in 11 days so after the Chelsea game I don't expect any of the starting line up to be at the West Brom game.
      Uefa need to take note their will be far more than 10,000 Liverpool fans .
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      Reply #54: May 09, 2016 11:23:38 am
      including yesterday the lads will have to play 4 games in 11 days so after the Chelsea game I don't expect any of the starting line up to be at the West Brom game.
      Uefa need to take note their will be far more than 10,000 Liverpool fans .

      I think we'll go for it against Chelsea, but the WBA game will be influenced on the chance of getting a League based EL qualification position.
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      Re: Europa League 2015/2016
      Reply #55: May 09, 2016 02:14:51 pm
      Do the winners go into the Group stages or a Qualifying round?
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      Reply #56: May 09, 2016 02:19:35 pm
      Should be in the qualifiers, RP. But because both finalists of the Champions League are already qualified for next seasons Champions League the winner of the EL will go straight into the group stage.

      http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/news/newsid=2215121.html
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      Reply #57: May 09, 2016 04:05:25 pm
      Should be in the qualifiers, RP. But because both finalists of the Champions League are already qualified for next seasons Champions League the winner of the EL will go straight into the group stage.

      http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/news/newsid=2215121.html

      Cheers, they do make it complicated, don't they?
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      Re: Europa League 2015/2016
      Reply #58: May 09, 2016 04:06:43 pm
      Do the winners go into the Group stages or a Qualifying round?

      Groups mate.
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      Reply #59: May 09, 2016 04:11:49 pm
      Looks like we're going to have to re-register Bogdan before the final as we have no reserve goalies left.

      With Ward and George injured, Vigouroux too old to play without registering and Fulton still involved with Portsmouth for the League 2 play offs we have nobody else.

      Yikes!!
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      Reply #60: May 09, 2016 04:46:39 pm
      Looks like we're going to have to re-register Bogdan before the final as we have no reserve goalies left.

      With Ward and George injured, Vigouroux too old to play without registering and Fulton still involved with Portsmouth for the League 2 play offs we have nobody else.

      Yikes!!

      Just name seven players, The Ming will be sound for the final  :laugh:
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      Reply #61: May 09, 2016 04:48:19 pm
      Looks like we're going to have to re-register Bogdan before the final as we have no reserve goalies left.

      With Ward and George injured, Vigouroux too old to play without registering and Fulton still involved with Portsmouth for the League 2 play offs we have nobody else.

      Yikes!!

      Jerzy Dudek, is he free?
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      Reply #62: May 09, 2016 04:57:17 pm
      Just name seven players, The Ming will be sound for the final  :laugh:

       :lmao:


      Good point mate, I believe he is.
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      Reply #63: May 09, 2016 04:58:13 pm
      :lmao:

      Good point mate, I believe he is.

      I've tweeted him, see if he's free next Wednesday.
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      Reply #64: May 09, 2016 05:29:14 pm
      I've tweeted him, see if he's free next Wednesday.

      Good man  :gt-happyup:
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      Re: Europa League 2015/2016
      Reply #65: May 09, 2016 06:36:34 pm
      I can get over the fact that the stadium holds next to nobody but it's unreal that it's being held in a city that can't accommodate other fans without tickets to a high enough level. As if they thought only fans with tickets would travel :D. Considering it's the final they should have made plans for it to be somewhere that can accommodate a huge amount of fans for 1 or 2 of the biggest supported teams in Europe.
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      Reply #66: May 09, 2016 07:42:12 pm
      I can get over the fact that the stadium holds next to nobody but it's unreal that it's being held in a city that can't accommodate other fans without tickets to a high enough level. As if they thought only fans with tickets would travel :D. Considering it's the final they should have made plans for it to be somewhere that can accommodate a huge amount of fans for 1 or 2 of the biggest supported teams in Europe.

      We weren't supposed to get there mate.  They've done their damndest to knock us out with the draws we've had but somehow we evading their cunning plan  ;)
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      Reply #67: May 09, 2016 07:53:18 pm
      I can get over the fact that the stadium holds next to nobody

      Not good is it?

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      Reply #68: May 09, 2016 11:21:41 pm
      We weren't supposed to get there mate.  They've done their damndest to knock us out with the draws we've had but somehow we evading their cunning plan  ;)

      UEFA hate us they must be seething that those awful scousers will not do as they are told. The stadium will be full of Reds when has a final ever been anything but an opportunity for Scousers to demonstrate their creativity
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      Reply #69: May 09, 2016 11:24:19 pm
      UEFA hate us they must be seething that those awful scousers will not do as they are told. The stadium will be full of Reds when has a final ever been anything but an opportunity for Scousers to demonstrate their creativity

      Course it'll be Red mate, just like Istanbul.  Most of those tickets handed out to corporates and sponsors will end up in the hands of Liverpool fans and there's not a damn thing they can do about it.
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      Re: Europa League 2015/2016
      Reply #70: May 10, 2016 01:19:34 am
      :lmao:

      Good point mate, I believe he is.

      Rally driver now Debs, said so at half-time anyway during the Watford game  :laugh:
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      Reply #71: May 10, 2016 10:26:53 am
      If clubs are to take this competition seriously then UEFA should be leading they way by holding the final in larger stadiums, I don't understand why CL clubs get a bigger stadium knowing some big names can fall into this competition later on in the season....
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      Reply #72: May 10, 2016 10:34:48 am
      Course it'll be Red mate, just like Istanbul.  Most of those tickets handed out to corporates and sponsors will end up in the hands of Liverpool fans and there's not a damn thing they can do about it.

      I'd imagine a hell of a lot of sevilla fans will be knocking theirs out as well as the corporate lot, they've got a final a week later at home and they won't have to take the chance of being surrounded by Scousers there.

      ;D
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      Reply #73: May 10, 2016 10:56:35 am
      Rally driver now Debs, said so at half-time anyway during the Watford game  :laugh:

      I believe he is mate.

      I'd imagine a hell of a lot of sevilla fans will be knocking theirs out as well as the corporate lot, they've got a final a week later at home and they won't have to take the chance of being surrounded by Scousers there.

      ;D

      Was hearing yesterday a lot won't be going because they need passports (Switzerland not in Europe) and can't get them in time but I have no doubt the Reds will outnumber everyone else by at least 3 to 1  ;D
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      Re: Europa League 2015/2016
      Reply #74: May 10, 2016 11:26:49 am

      You took me a little too literally there mate :D

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