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Match Report

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A strong contingent of Liverpool fans made the trip to Langtree Park to cheer their side against Italian giants Inter, in a match they had to win. The young Reds didn’t disappoint and rewarded their supporters by qualifying in style with a 4-1 victory over the reigning champions.

Inter started brightly, and a fast paced move resulted in Bocar rattling the outside of the post inside the first thirty seconds. Liverpool weren’t shaken by this and settled into a neat passing rhythm, though found Inter’s well organised defence difficult to break down.

Inter had the first clear goal-scoring opportunity in the 22nd minute. Adorjan lost control with a heavy touch leaving Pedrabissi through on goal; however the midfielder recovered quickly to make a goal-saving challenge and redeem himself.

Six minutes later Liverpool’s impressive right back McLaughlin skipped past the defence into the box only to be tripped by Ferrara, who couldn’t match him for pace. Skipper Connor Coady stepped up to coolly dispatch the spot kick into the bottom left corner and put his side into the lead.

This seemed to spark the home team into action and the pace of Jordan Ibe, Trevor Sinclair and Ryan McLaughlin, amongst others, began to stretch the opposition’s defence. The pressure was soon rewarded when Samed Yesil latched onto a poor back pass, kept his composure to round the keeper, and put Liverpool 2 – 0 ahead.

Inter started the second half in a similar fashion to the first and came out fighting. Boca began to look threatening up front and were it not for the efforts of Sokolik, who put in a solid performance at centre-back, the striker may have decreased the deficit several times.

After a period of pressure Inter’s goal came in the 62nd minute. Fulton came out to collect a high corner, however was beaten to it by a strong header from substitute Francesco Forte who would have scored with his first touch were it not for a goal line clearance. Unfortunately for Liverpool it fell to Benassi who finished well, driving the ball into the far corner. Inter were now right back in it!

Liverpool showed their determination and gave the perfect response. Three minutes later, after a fluid passing move that their first team would have been proud of, McLaughlin picked out Yesil with a low cross who finished from close range.

Liverpool kept their momentum and continued to attack despite their two goal advantage. They nearly found the back of the net soon after; Yesil played Tricket Smith through for a one on one but David Smug did well to read the danger and was quick off his line to collect.

McLaughlin finished off a superb night with his third assist after he was tripped in the box, following yet another mazy run. Despite objections from Yesil, desperate to complete his hat-trick, Coady shouldered the responsibility and powered the ball into the back of the net for his second of the game.

With just over ten minutes left the match was now beyond the Italian side and Liverpool enjoyed a sustained period of possession. Moments before the final whistle Adorjan gave way to let 15-year-old Jordan Rossiter make his Liverpool debut and help see out the match 4-1.

After one of the most exciting games of the season so far, Liverpool proved they have the skill and team-spirit to win when under pressure and have earned their place in the final stages. They showed what they can produce against the champions, and look set to go into the knock-out phase in fine form.
Liverpool FCvsInter Milan FC
LiverpoolInter Milan
4-1

Coady 29' (p), 77' (p)

Yesil 34', 65'

Benassi 62'

Venue: St Helens Langtree Park Date: 08 Jan 2013, 19.00 LOCAL time

Liverpool:

Line up: Fulton, McLaughlin, Smith, Jones, Sokolik, Coady, Sinclair (54), Pelosi, Yesil, Adorjan (89), Ibe

Subs: Baio, Belford, Trickett-Smith (54), Gainford, Lussey, Peterson, Rossiter (89)

Coach: Alex Inglethorpe

Cards:

Inter Milan:

Line up: Smug, Paramatti, Ferrera, Zaro, Pasa (c), Bangoura, Belloni (57), Benassi, Pedrabissi (57), Olsen (67), Bocar (89)

Subs: Dalle, Del Piero (67), Gabbianelli, Terrani, Garritano (57), Colombi (89), Forte (57)

Coach: Bernazzani. D

Cards: Olsen 43', Bocar 54', Bangoura 66'