psv eindhoven: heurelho gomes, jan kromkamp, michael reiziger, alex, timmy simons, arouna kone, edison mendez, jason culina (ısmail aissati 63), jefferson farfan, ıbrahim afellay (mika vayrynen 74), carlos salcido. teknik direktör: ronald koeman
liverpool: pepe reina, steve finnan, daniel agger, fabio aurelio (mark gonzalez 82), jermaine pennant, craig bellamy (steven gerrard 72), dirk kuijt, mohamed sissoko (xabi alonso 62), jamie carragher, stephen warnock, boudewijn zenden. teknik direktör: rafael benitez
yardımcı hakemler: stéphane cuhat (sui), francesco buragina (sui)
4. hakem: sascha kever (sui)
psv: heurelho gomes (gk), jan kromkamp, michael reiziger, alex, timmy simons (c), arouna koné, edison méndez, jason culina (dk. 63 ismaïl aissati), jefferson farfán, ibrahim afellay (dk. 74 mika väyrynen), carlos salcido
yedekler: oscar moens (gk), patrick kluivert, manuel da costa, eric addo, michael lamey
teknik direktör: ronald koeman (ned)
liverpool: pepe reina (gk), steve finnan, daniel agger, fábio aurélio (dk. 82 mark gonzález), jermaine pennant, craig bellamy (dk. 72 steven gerrard), dirk kuyt, mohamed sissoko (dk. 62 xabi alonso), jamie carragher (c), stephen warnock, boudewijn zenden
yedekler: jerzy dudek (gk), sami hyypiä, luis garcía, peter crouch
psv and liverpool share spoils published: wednesday 13 september 2006, 0.40cet
psv eindhoven 0-0 liverpool fc both teams hit the woodwork but a draw was the fair result in this opening group c encounter in eindhoven.
by derek brookman from eindhoven
liverpool fc kept their first clean sheet since april to earn a 0-0 draw away to psv eindhoven in their uefa champions league group c opener.
gerrard close the home team rarely looked like breaching the english rearguard and, in truth, neither side conjured up much in the way of scoring opportunities. steven gerrard, kept on the bench until the final 18 minutes, struck the inside of the post with two minutes remaining with a superb volley but the 2005 winners will be content with a draw and with restoring their defensive solidity.
koné chance the first clear-cut chance fell to psv after nine minutes. arouna koné showed great pace to run the entire length of the liverpool half to fire a drive from the left edge of the penalty area that crashed off the bar and over, with pepe reina well beaten. the liverpool defence continually pushed up when psv had possession, compressing the game and denying the dutch champions space in midfield. when the visitors had the ball it was often jermaine pennant who provided an outlet with some clever running down the right flank.
quicksilver bellamy on 23 minutes a rising attempt from ibrahim afellay forced reina to save at full stretch. only a few minutes later heurelho gomes had to move smartly off his line to pluck the ball from dirk kuijt's feet. bellamy then had a goal disallowed for offside and rattled gomes's left-hand post, though he had been penalised for handball. the quicksilver wales forward, clearly the first half's danger man, again showed his menace by smartly turning carlos salcido, though his effort lacked power and was smothered by psv's brazilian custodian.
kromkamp effort the first opening of the second half came on 54 minutes when jan kromkamp combined well with jefferson farfán, but the former liverpool full-back failed to get his shot in. pennant replied at the other end with another strike from outside the box which gomes clutched low to his right. just before the hour, koné again broke free but fired tamely at reina, when squaring to farfán might have been more productive. a few minutes later edison méndez let fly from 30 metres and only narrowly missed the target.
changes made with the status quo suiting the visitors more, it was perhaps surprising that they made the first substitution, xabi alonso coming on for mohamed sissoko. psv followed suit by replacing one midfielder, jason culina, with another, ismaïl aissati. gerrard eventually made his entrance after 72 minutes, for bellamy, with rafael benítez seemingly content to sit tight for a draw.
late efforts however, méndez nearly ruined the plan with a delicious curling drive that just cleared the bar before kuijt then tried an acrobatic overhead kick that flew well wide. the pace dropped as both sides seemed unable – or unwilling – to go for broke, and the eindhoven scoreboard remained blank despite gerrard's late attempt.