Liverpool left with work to do
Europa League review: Liverpool will need to win their final Europa League Group A game away to Udinese to guarantee qualification for the knockout stages after they twice surrendered the lead to Young Boys at Anfield tonight.
Brendan Rodgers’s side took the advantage when Jonjo Shelvey, starting up front for the Reds, headed home Joe Cole’s cross in the 33rd minute, but they were pegged back early in the second half when Raul Marcelo Bobadilla fired home a stunning volley.
Luis Suarez was introduced off the bench for the homeside but it was Cole who gave Liverpool the lead again when finishing from close range after some neat interplay involving the Uruguayan striker and fellow substitute Steven Gerrard.
Two minutes from time, however, Elsad Zverotic’s fizzing strike past Pepe Reina shared the points and the teams remain level on seven apiece, three behind Anzhi Makhachkala, who beat Udinese 2-0 earlier this evening.
Maritimosubstitute Fidelis ruined Newcastle’s night as they limped rather than marched into the knockout stages of the Europa League.
The striker, who might even have snatched victory deep into stoppage time, came off the bench to cancel out Sylvain Marveaux’s first Magpies goal 11 minutes from time and allow Bordeauxto climb to the top of Group D by virtue of their 2-1 victory over Club Bruggein Belgium.
Alan Pardew’s men will now have to win in France on December 6 if they are to snatch back top spot in a game which will be a dead rubber in terms of qualification, but upon which much could rest as the Champions League drop-outs prepare to enter the competition in the New Year.
Tottenhammoved a step closer to the knockout stages with a somewhat fortuitous draw against Lazioin Rome.
One Tottenham fan was in hospital tonight after being stabbed in the skull and thigh during an attack on a bar in the city centre in the early hours of this morning.
The chanting is likely to incur some action from Uefa after Lazio were fined for monkey-chanting from their fans during the reverse fixture in September.
On the pitch, Libor Kozak, making a rare start up front, missed a hatful of chances for the hosts, but goalkeeper Hugo Lloris ws equally important in keeping Lazio at bay.
The Frenchman, chosen ahead of Brad Friedel, denied Kozak twice in the first half and was a steady and assuring presence throughout.
Tottenham rarely threatened - although Gareth Bale's early strike should not have been ruled out for offside, but Panathinaikos' 1-0 victory over Maribormeans Tottenham only have to draw their final game at home to the Greeks next month to qualify.