psv eindhoven: heurelho gomes, jan kromkamp (csaba feher dk.68), timmy simons, mika väyrynen, phillip cocu, edison mendez (patrick kluivert dk.51), manuel da costa, jason culina, jefferson farfan (sun xiang dk.46), carlos salcido, diego tardelli teknik direktör: ronald koeman
liverpool: pepe reina, steve finnan, daniel agger, john arne riise (boudewijn zenden dk.66), steven gerrard, fabio aurelio (mark gonzalez dk.75), xabi alonso, peter crouch (jermaine pennant dk.85), dirk kuyt, javier mascherano, jamie carragher teknik direktör: rafael benitez
yardımcı hakemler: christian thoison (fra), eric dansault (fra)
4. hakem: stéphane lannoy (fra)
psv: heurelho gomes (gk), jan kromkamp (dk. 68 csaba fehér), timmy simons, mika väyrynen, phillip cocu (c), edison méndez (dk. 51 patrick kluivert), manuel da costa, jason culina, jefferson farfán (dk. 46 sun xiang), carlos salcido, tardelli diego
yedekler: oscar moens (gk), eric addo, dirk marcellis
teknik direktör: ronald koeman (ned)
liverpool: pepe reina (gk), steve finnan, daniel agger, john arne riise (dk. 66 boudewijn zenden), steven gerrard (c), fábio aurélio (dk. 75 mark gonzález), xabi alonso, peter crouch (dk. 85 jermaine pennant), dirk kuyt, javier mascherano, jamie carragher
yedekler: jerzy dudek (gk), álvaro arbeloa, sami hyypiä, craig bellamy
teknik direktör: rafael benítez (esp)
goller: 0-1 steven gerrard (c) dk. 27 0-2 john arne riise dk. 49 0-3 peter crouch dk. 63
sarı kartlar: dk. 64 patrick kluivert, dk. 72 csaba fehér (psv) dk. 39 javier mascherano, dk. 90+2 dirk kuyt (liverpool)
classy liverpool punish psv published: wednesday 4 april 2007, 0.58cet
psv eindhoven 0-3 liverpool fc three fine away goals in the netherlands have left the 2005 champions well placed to reach the semi-finals.
by michael harrold from psv stadium
liverpool fc are on course to reach the last four of the uefa champions league for the second time in three years after a commanding victory against psv eindhoven in the first leg of their quarter-final at the psv stadium.
semi-final date the 2005 uefa champions league winners needed little more than an hour to put the tie seemingly beyond doubt as steven gerrard's 27th-minute header was followed up by goals early in the second half from john arne riise and peter crouch. the result was liverpool's biggest away win in the uefa champions league.
cautious start these sides knew each other well having met in the group stage, and they cagily renewed acquaintances here during a cautious opening spell. in the absence of psv's talismanic defender alex, midfielder timmy simons started in central defence for the first time this season and was given time to acclimatise to his new role as liverpool began tentatively.
early warning psv's defensive troubles, however, were soon to be exposed. neither team had managed a shot on goal when out of the blue, liverpool almost took the lead on 16 minutes. gerrard's corner found jamie carragher, making his 50th uefa champions league appearance, who crashed a header goalwards that heurelho gomes brilliantly tipped away diving to his left. when the in-form crouch fizzed a shot wide soon after, it appeared liverpool were finding their stride.
gerrard strikes psv responded and mika väyrynen was unlucky to see his flashing strike deflected over by carragher on 22 minutes. five minutes later, though, liverpool were ahead. steve finnan whipped in a cross from the right and there was gerrard to send a diving header into the bottom right corner, leaving gomes rooted to his goalline. gerrard was playing ostensibly on the right but with a licence to roam, he drifted in unmarked from the centre to give liverpool the edge.
killer second it was to prove a telling blow. psv had scored just eight goals in the competition to date and their hopes of getting back into the contest diminished further when top scorer jefferson farfán picked up an injury and was substituted at half-time. indeed, it was liverpool who came out firing and they added to their advantage just four minutes after the restart. simons's rushed clearance fell to the feet of riise who drove home spectacularly past gomes from 25 metres.
final nail psv coach ronald koeman reacted by bringing on veteran striker patrick kluivert, yet it was hard to see a way back for the home team as liverpool turned the screw. on 63 minutes rafael benítez's side grabbed a third, finnan again the provider down the right as crouch rose high above manuel da costa to head in. a brilliant night for liverpool was soured late on when fabio aurelio was carried off with a suspected achilles injury. it was the only negative from a seamless display that will leave liverpool fans watching tomorrow's quarter-final between potential semi-finalists chelsea fc and valencia cf with renewed interest.