Pat's lose in Hannover, Liverpool impress

Thu, Aug 9, 2012, 01:00

Europa League review: St Patrick's Athletic crashed out of the Europa League at the third qualifying stage after a 2-0 defeat on the night and 5-0 loss on aggregate against Hannover.

The Dubliners entered the contest at the Hannover Arena already 3-0 down from the first leg at Richmond Park and goals in either half, from defender Karim Haggui and then midfielder Mario Eggimann finished the tie.

The visitors could manage just two shots on target in the encounter and found themselves behind after 32 minutes as Haggui converted from a Szabolcs Huszti free kick.

The Germans doubled their lead on the night just two minutes into the second half through Eggimann to end St Patrick's participation in Europe this season.

Luis Suarez was the inspiration as Liverpool cruised into the final qualifying round — and it seems Joe Allen is about to provide further cheer for the Anfield faithful.

After telling Swansea he wants to move north, Allen was present to watch Suarez create first-half goals for Fabio Borini and skipper Steven Gerrard as Belarus outfit FC Gomel proved no match for the Merseyside giants. Glen Johnson added another with a cracking volley after half-time.

It was a positive way for Brendan Rodgers to mark his first home game in charge, particularly with his first signing Borini capping a useful performance by

Dundee United were dumped out by Dinamo Moscow as they lost 5-0 on the night and 7-2 on aggregate at the Arena Khimki in Russia.

The Taysiders, who had it all to do following their 2-2 draw at Tannadice in the first-leg last week, failed to recover from a disastrous start when they went behind in the second minute to an Igor Semshov drive from the edge of the box.

Alexsandr Kokorin headed in the second after 22 minutes before midfielder Artur Yusupov ended any hopes the Scottish club had when he raced clear of the visiting defence to slip the ball past United's Polish keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak.

The second-half was more even in terms of possession but two late goals by substitute Aleksandr Sapeta made it 7-2 on aggregate for the Russians to complete a miserable night for the Scots.

Dundee United manager Peter Houston bemoaned his side's nightmare start.

"We had the worst possible start, losing a goal after two minutes against a very good side," he said. "I said last night it works both ways from a change of manager and Dinamo played well for their new coach.

"They were just too strong for us physically and I was disappointed about the first-half when we didn't believe in ourselves. We should have done better than we did."

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