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Trud (ATT 15,000) 8th November 2012 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: David Borbalan

A Mak'kala Anzhi Makhachkala vs Liverpool Liverpool

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Liverpool slip from summit in Europa League Group A after defeat to Anzhi Makhachkala

Last Updated: 28/11/12 9:08am

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Lacina Traore: Matchwinner for Anzhi Makhachkala

Lacina Traore: Matchwinner for Anzhi Makhachkala

Liverpool were usurped at the top of their Europa League group by Anzhi Makhachkala after an under-strength side lost 1-0 in Moscow.

Lacina Traore's fine individual goal in first-half stoppage-time was enough to send Guus Hiddink's oligarch-backed side to the top of Group A and leave the visitors' hopes of reaching the knockout stage in the balance.

Brendan Rodgers left the likes of Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez at home with one eye on Sunday's trip to Chelsea but though his inexperienced side toiled keenly, they too rarely threatened Anzhi's goal.

In near-freezing temperatures and in front of a palty crowd - the match played 1,000 miles from Makhachkala for security reasons - it hardly promised to be a classic and there were scant early thrills to reward anyone's journey.

Rasim Tagirbekov found space down the left, only to watch Brad Jones easily claim his weak shot, while 6-foot-8 Traore lingered with intent and almost muscled his way onto a clever through-ball.

A stodgy midfield battle ensued on the patchy turf before Jonjo Shelvey inspired some Liverpool rhythm but promising build-up play fizzled out, John Flanagan dragging a shot well wide, before Jordan Henderson opted for a cut-back that went to waste when the shot was on.

Samuel Eto'o soon had a better chance, his rising strike headed for the top corner until Jones pushed it behind, but Anzhi looked there for the taking until Traore's flash of brilliance.

Mbark Boussoufa's clip forward carried danger but this was about two touches of real quality: a flick over the top of Sebastian Coates and a sidefoot lob over the outrushing Jones.

Rodgers soon sent on the fresh legs of Suso and Dani Pacheco, though departing teenagers Adam Morgan and Conor Coady displayed plenty of endeavour, but Anzhi began to press higher up the pitch and Liverpool struggled to craft real openings.

Traore prowled at the other end but lashed horriby wide of an upright and then headed into Jones' hands from eight yards as Hiddink glowered in the dugout.

Suso had added impetus and forced Vlad Gabulov to parry late on but Joe Cole - disappointing again - saw his shot from an angle blocked and the chance of parity probably undeserved had gone.

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Matches

  • Europa League

    Thu 8th Nov - Group A
    • A Mak'kala
      1 - 0
      Liverpool
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    • Udinese
      2 - 3
      Young Boys
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    Thu 8th Nov - Group H
    Thu 8th Nov - Group D
    • Club Brugge
      2 - 2
      Newcastle
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    • Bordeaux
      1 - 0
      Maritimo
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    Thu 8th Nov - Group C
    Thu 8th Nov - Group B
    • Academica
      2 - 0
      A Madrid
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    • Plzen
      4 - 0
      Hap Tel-Aviv
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    Thu 8th Nov - Group F
    Thu 8th Nov - Group E
    • Molde
      1 - 2
      S Bucuresti
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    • FC Cop'hagen
      0 - 2
      Stuttgart
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    Thu 8th Nov - Group L
    • Hannover
      3 - 2
      Helsingborgs
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    • Twente
      0 - 0
      Levante
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    Thu 8th Nov - Group K
    • Metalist
      3 - 1
      Rosenborg
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    • Leverkusen
      3 - 0
      Rapid Vienna
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    Thu 8th Nov - Group J
    • Lazio
      3 - 0
      Panathinaikos
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    • Tottenham
      3 - 1
      Maribor
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    Thu 8th Nov - Group I
    Thu 8th Nov - Group G

Tables

Europa League Group A

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Villarreal 2 4
2 Apollon Limassol 2 3
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 2 2
4 FC Zurich 2 1

Europa League Group B

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Club Brugge 2 4
2 Torino 2 4
3 FC Copenhagen 2 3
4 HJK Helsinki 2 0

Europa League Group C

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Asteras Tripoli 2 4
2 Besiktas 2 2
3 Tottenham Hotspur 2 2
4 Partizan Belgrade 2 1

Europa League Group D

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 2 4
2 Red Bull Salzburg 2 4
3 Dinamo Zagreb 2 3
4 FC Astra Ploiesti 2 0

Europa League Group E

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Dynamo Moscow 2 6
2 PSV Eindhoven 2 3
3 Estoril 2 3
4 Panathinaikos 2 0

Europa League Group F

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Inter Milan 2 6
2 St Etienne 2 2
3 Dnipro 2 1
4 Karabakh-Azersun 2 1

Europa League Group G

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sevilla 2 4
2 Feyenoord 2 3
3 Standard Liege 2 3
4 Rijeka 2 1

Europa League Group H

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Everton 2 4
2 Krasnodar 2 2
3 Lille 2 2
4 Wolfsburg 2 1

Europa League Group I

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Napoli 2 6
2 Sparta Prague 2 3
3 BSC Young Boys Bern 2 3
4 SK Slovan Bratislava 2 0

Europa League Group J

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Dynamo Kiev 2 6
2 FC Steaua Bucuresti 2 3
3 Aalborg BK 2 3
4 Rio Ave 2 0

Europa League Group K

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Fiorentina 2 6
2 Guingamp 2 3
3 PAOK Salonika 2 3
4 Dinamo Minsk 2 0

Europa League Group L

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Legia Warsaw 2 6
2 Trabzonspor 2 3
3 Lokeren SNW 2 3
4 Metalist Kharkiv 2 0

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