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3 vs 1
Played
February 21, 2013 3:05 PM EST
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ B. Kuipers‎
Attendance:‬ 42735‎
 
28′ Luis Suárez
Hulk 19′
43′ Joe Allen
 
59′ Luis Suárez
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Liverpool 3-1 Zenit St Petersburg (Agg: 3-3)

The Reds gave themselves a mountain to climb by gifting Hulk an early goal at Anfield but came close to a memorable comeback before just falling short on Thursday evening

By David Lynch

  • Pepe Reina
    27
    22
    3.00

    Pepe Reina

    Could do little about Hulk's opener but was a calm presence at the back. Rallied the troops from the back and pushed them forward with some excellent distribution. Made a stunning save from Hulk in the second half.

  • Glen Johnson
    35
    16
    3.00

    Glen Johnson

    Defended brilliantly and got forward to great effect as is so often the case. Did not allow Zenit to break in behind him.

  • José Enrique
    46
    12
    3.50

    José Enrique

    Used his strength well defensively and got forward to good effect. Provided the cross for Allen to score and crossed well all night.

  • Daniel Agger
    55
    9
    3.50

    Daniel Agger

    A towering presence at the back. Won a free kick which Suarez scored with a mazy run from centre-back.

  • Jamie Carragher
    25
    37
    3.00

    Jamie Carragher

    Bar his early mistake which allowed Hulk to score, the veteran used his experience brilliantly to keep the Zenit attack quiet.

  • Steven Gerrard
    46
    8
    3.00

    Steven Gerrard

    Led from the front by chasing every ball down and using possession well. Gave up free kick duties twice to allow Suarez to dispatch. Not a bad call.

  • Jordan Henderson
    29
    20
    3.00

    Jordan Henderson

    Pressed at breakneck speed and created Allen's goal with a great pass for Enrique to cross. Subbed late on after tiring.

  • Stewart Downing
    33
    21
    3.00

    Stewart Downing

    Showed the willingness to take the ball which has deserted him on the big occasion in the past. Worked exceptionally hard, too.

  • Lucas Leiva
    44
    17
    3.50

    Lucas Leiva

    Still not back at his best but did not look far off as he snapped into tackles and pressed brilliantly.

  • Joe Allen
    42
    14
    3.00

    Joe Allen

    Capped his best performance for Liverpool since the opening part of the season with a goal. Unfortunate to be subbed after a brave performance.

  • Luis Suárez
    78
    19
    4.00

    Luis Suárez Top of the Match

    Keeps getting better. Tormented the Zenit defence and scored two free kicks, the second of which was a world-class effort.

Substitutions

  • Raheem Sterling
    20
    25
    3.00

    Raheem Sterling

    Showed some nice touches but could not provide the cutting edge for Liverpool to score the late fourth goal.

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    15
    42
    2.50

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Hit the side netting with a well-hit shot in the box shortly after coming on. Did not always pick the right option after working good positions.

  • Oussama Assaidi
    47
    13
    3.00

    Oussama Assaidi

    Added trickery to the attack late on. The Zenit defence could not handle his dangerous running.

  • Vyacheslav Malafeev
    21
    12
    2.50

    Vyacheslav Malafeev

    Made a fabulous save to deny Allen but saw the Welshman sweep home off the rebound. Beaten by two free kicks, the first courtesy of a poor wall and the second due to the brilliance of Suarez.

  • Alexander Anyukov
    17
    9
    3.00

    Alexander Anyukov

    Never threatened by a traditional winger on his flank until Assaidi came on. Looked uncomfortable from then on

  • Nicolas Lombaerts
    16
    11
    2.50

    Nicolas Lombaerts

    Gave away the foul for Suarez's free kick before being beaten to the ball for Allen's goal. Subbed at half-time with an injury.

  • Neto
    15
    17
    2.00

    Neto Flop of the Match

    Never looked comfortable and conceded a free kick for a foul on Luis Suarez which the Uruguayan promptly dispatched.

  • Tomás Hubocan
    19
    9
    3.00

    Tomás Hubocan

    Defended fairly well on the whole as Zenit were beaten by set pieces. Moved to centre-back after Lombaerts was went off and was fortunate to get away with a handball in the box.

  • Danny
    12
    11
    3.00

    Danny

    Looked a threat on the counterattack but was taken off at half-time to allow Zenit to take a more defensive approach.

  • Roman Shirokov
    10
    12
    2.50

    Roman Shirokov

    Part of a midfield which was dominated from the first minute to the last. Poor in possession and off the ball.

  • Sergey Semak
    12
    9
    2.50

    Sergey Semak

    Saw very little of the ball in an attacking sense and spent much of the game failing to track Johnson from right-back.

  • Igor Denisov
    12
    12
    2.50

    Igor Denisov

    His main contribution was giving away a foul and then arguing with the referee prior to Suarez scoring.

  • Axel Witsel
    22
    8
    3.00

    Axel Witsel

    One of the few Zenit players to show intelligence in possession as Liverpool dominated. A cool head in the maelstrom.

  • Hulk
    28
    7
    3.00

    Hulk

    Always looked dangerous on the break. Took his goal exceptionally well after pouncing on Carragher's mistake.

Substitutions

  • Domenico Criscito
    21
    7
    3.00

    Domenico Criscito

    Did well after replacing Lombaerts, restricitng Liverpool to chances from set-pieces.

  • Milan Rodić
    11
    8

    Milan Rodić

    Came on late for Semak but saw little of the ball.

  • Viktor Faizulin
    9
    12
    3.00

    Viktor Faizulin

    Spent much of his second half cameo chasing the ball as Liverpool passed Zenit to death.

Results
 
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