Friday, 24 August 2012


An own goal from Andy Webster in the 78th minute sealed Liverpool's 1-0 victory against Scottish Cup holders Hearts in the first leg of their Europa League play-off tie yesterday. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers selected only four of the players who started the 3-0 loss at West Brom on Saturday for the tie against Hearts, who had not faced the Reds since an Anfield friendly in 1929. 

Andy Carroll sat out the match and in his absence, Fabio Borini led the Liverpool attack. However, both sides spurned first-half chances, with Borini the main culprit. 

The crucial goal arrived as Martin Kelly found sufficient space on the right flank to throw a low cross into dangerous territory, and Webster could only look on in horror as the ball rebounded off him and into the net. 

"It was hard coming to a place like this, where the crowd was right up for it," said Rodgers after the match. 

Meanwhile, Javier Zanetti made his 800th appearance for Inter Milan in the Italians' 2-0 win at Romania's Vaslui in their Europa League tie yesterday. 

The 39-year-old began his Inter career 17 years ago in a 1-0 Serie A win over Vicenza on Aug 27, 1995, having joined from Argentine club Banfield. Since then he has won five Serie A titles, four Italian Cups, one Champions League, one UEFA Cup and one Club World championship. 

Zanetti's fellow Argentinians Esteban Cambiasso and Rodrigo Palacio scored the other Inter goals. 

Athletic Bilbao, beaten finalists last season, trounced HJK Helsinki 6-0. Aritz Aduriz and Markel Susaeta scored twice each for Bilbao with Inigo Perez and Andoni Iraola sharing the others. 

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