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Liverpool leapfrog Anzhi after Europa League’s group deciders

Published time: December 06, 2012 20:27
Edited time: December 07, 2012 03:28
BSC Young Boys (YB) Moreno Costanzo (R) fights for the ball with Anzhi Makhachkala's Lassana Diarra during their Europa League Group A soccer match in Bern December 6, 2012. (Reuters / Pascal Lauener)

BSC Young Boys (YB) Moreno Costanzo (R) fights for the ball with Anzhi Makhachkala's Lassana Diarra during their Europa League Group A soccer match in Bern December 6, 2012. (Reuters / Pascal Lauener)

Liverpool and Anzhi have got the two lucky tickets from Group A to the knockout stage of the Europa League.

The Brits took an exacting revenge and beat the already-eliminated Udinese on the road to snatch the top place in the group.

Jordan Henderson scored midway through the first half for Liverpool, which also had Glen Johnson’s strike ruled out.

In the meantime, in Switzerland, the Young Boys upset ten-man Anzhi Makhachkala, 3-1.

Gonzalo Zarate put the hosts in front, making the most of a mess-up in Anzhi’s box. The guests responded quickly. Uzbek midfielder Odil Ahmedov sent Lacina Traore’s through ball the right way.

Moreno Costanzo restored the advantage at 54 minutes with a booming volley, and Alexander Gonzalez sealed it in injury time with a breakaway goal. By that time, Guus Hiddink’s men were reduced to ten after Traore was sent off after apparently faking a foul.

All three teams finished on 10 points, but Liverpool had the best head-to-head record, followed by Anzhi.

Anzhi's heaviest defeat of the campaign took the shine from otherwise successful first European outing under Guus Hiddink. The Makhachkala side claimed three wins, one draw and two defeats in their debut Europa League season.

Group H leaders Rubin Kazan and Inter Milan drew their matches against Partizan Belagrade and Neftchi Baku.

In Group G, FC Basel went through after a goalless draw at already-qualified Genk.It means Friday's postponed match between Videoton and Sporting Lisbon was rendered meaningless. The match was initially delayed shortly before kickoff as heavy rain and the waterlogged pitch forced the organizers to postpone the match.

Partizan Belgrade′s Milan Ostojic (R) vies with Rubin Kazan′s Rondon Salomon during the UEFA Europa League group H football match FK Partizan Belgrade vs FC Rubin Kazan, in Belgrade on December 6, 2012.(AFP Photo / Aleksandar Dimitrijevic)
Partizan Belgrade's Milan Ostojic (R) vies with Rubin Kazan's Rondon Salomon during the UEFA Europa League group H football match FK Partizan Belgrade vs FC Rubin Kazan, in Belgrade on December 6, 2012.(AFP Photo / Aleksandar Dimitrijevic)

­In Group G, FC Basel went through after a goalless draw at already-qualified Genk. It means Friday's postponed match between Videoton and Sporting Lisbon was rendered meaningless. The match was initially delayed shortly before kickoff as heavy rain and the waterlogged pitch forced the organizers to keep the teams from playing.

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UEFA′s delegates (R) check the pitch of the Alvalade Stadium as it rains in Lisbon, on December 6, 2012.(AFP Photo / Alvaro Isidoro)
UEFA's delegates (R) check the pitch of the Alvalade Stadium as it rains in Lisbon, on December 6, 2012.(AFP Photo / Alvaro Isidoro)