yardımcı hakemler: stefan wittberg (swe), ingemar larsson (swe)
4. hakem: martin ingvarsson (swe)
levski: dimitar ivankov (gk), asen bukarev (dk. 65 konstantin golovskoy), georgi chilikov (dk. 72 todor kolev), stanislav angelov, ilian stoyanov (dk. 63 daniel borimirov), omomigho temile, saša simonović, georgi markov, kostadin vidolov, georgi ivanov, elin topuzakov
yedekler: georgi petkov (gk), biser ivanov, martin stankov, lucio wagner
teknik direktör: georgi ivanov (bul)
liverpool: chris kirkland (gk), stéphane henchoz, steve finnan (dk. 59 igor bišćan), sami hyypiä, harry kewell (dk. 80 anthony le tallec), michael owen, danny murphy, dietmar hamann, steven gerrard, jamie carragher, bruno cheyrou (dk. 70 milan baroš)
yedekler: jerzy dudek (gk), emile heskey, el hadji diouf, djimi traoré
teknik direktör: gérard houllier (fra)
goller: (0-1) dk. 7 steven gerrard (0-2) dk. 11 michael owen (1-2) dk. 27 georgi ivanov (2-2) dk. 40 saša simonović (2-3) dk. 43 dietmar hamann (2-4) dk. 68 sami hyypiä
sarı kartlar: dk. 65 elin topuzakov, dk. 82 georgi markov (levski) dk. 90+2 stéphane henchoz (liverpool)
gerrard leads liverpool charge published: wednesday 3 march 2004, 22.35cet pfc levski sofia 2-4 liverpool fc (agg: 2-6) steven gerrard's early strike sets tone for confident liverpool.
early goals from steven gerrard and michael owen set the tone for a commanding away performance from liverpool fc, who advanced to the last 16 of the uefa cup at pfc levski sofia's expense.
gerrard opener forced to chase the game to reverse a 2-0 first-leg deficit, levski coach georgi vassilev paired georgi chilikov up front with vladimir ivanov, but their task was soon made harder. after only seven minutes gerrard latched on to ilian stoianov's underhit back-pass and rounded dimitar ivankov to score.
owen beauty levski were stretched time and again by a liverpool side attacking with pace down the flanks, and on eleven minutes harry kewell picked out owen, who beat the offside trap and cut into the box before curling a beautiful right-foot shot beyond ivankov and into the far corner.
ivankov saves levski were giving the liverpool midfield too much time to pick their passes and kewell was the next player sent clear, but this time ivankov dived smartly to smother his low strike.
ivanov strikes levski were struggling to make an impression up front, but when steve finnan failed to clear with 27 minutes played, ivanov seized his chance to fire low beyond chris kirkland and bring levski back into the match. levski had found a cutting edge and, with their tails up, drew level on 40 minutes. chilikov back-heeled the ball to sasa simonovic on the edge of the area and he beat kirkland with a curling drive.
hamann heroics having fought their way back into the game, however, levski's defence crumbled again one minute before the break, gerrard's corner headed in by an unmarked dietmar hamann.
hyypiä header gerrard was in excellent form, spreading play with a brilliant series of passes as liverpool remained on top during the second half. midway through the half, gerrard's precision passing was made to count - sami hyypiä rising high at another corner to head in and restore liverpool's two-goal cushion.
liverpool control levski had tested liverpool on 63 minutes when stanislav angelov shot crisply from the edge of the area, but kirkland tipped his effort over the bar and was otherwise comfortably in control, like a liverpool team who will now look forward to the last 16 with confidence.
'outstanding game' gérard houllier, the liverpool manager, was particularly delighted with the form of michael owen. "i'm very happy that he scored," houllier said. "he had an outstanding game and worked very hard. he was very sharp." houllier added: "it's great to score four goals away from home and that four different players scored for us."
'best shot' a disappointed vassilev admitted his side had little chance after conceding a goal so early. "the tie was virtually killed off when gerrard scored," he said. "we didn't play well in defence and allowed liverpool to score two goals from set pieces. liverpool are a great team, but we did our best."