Liverpool's hopes of making the Europa League last 32 will be decided in the final round of games after they let in a late equaliser against Young Boys.

With Udinese failing to win at group-leaders Anzhi Makhachkala, Liverpool knew a win would send them through.

Jonjo Shelvey nodded home to open the scoring before Raul Bobadilla levelled with a superb strike across Pepe Reina.

Joe Cole looked to have won it with a low finish, but Elsad Zverotic struck in the 88th minute to silence Anfield.

If Liverpool beat Udinese away on 6 December they are through to the knockout stage, but defeat would see them eliminated.

A draw would leave them sweating on the result of Anzhi's trip to Young Boys on the same day.

Liverpool's permutations

  • If Liverpool win they are through - The Reds are through outright if Young Boys fail to beat Anzhi. If Liverpool and Young Boys both win, they will each join Anzhi on 10 points. Anzhi and Liverpool will progress because of their superior record in the mini head-to-head league between the three teams
  • If Liverpool draw they will be sweating - Should the Reds draw and Young Boys win they are out. If they draw and Young Boys draw then they are through courtesy of their superior head-to-head record against the Swiss
  • If Liverpool lose they are out - If the Reds and Young Boys both lose they will be joined on seven points by Udinese. Young Boys will progress because of their superior record in the mini head-to-head league between the three teams

The Reds will kick themselves for conceding at the death and boss Brendan Rodgers is now likely to take a stronger squad to Italy than he might have planned.

Rodgers again experimented with a much-changed side for the visit of Young Boys, and for so long it seemed to have paid off.

In the absence of a recognised striker - top scorer Luis Suarez was left on the bench - Shelvey, Cole and Suso were all handed greater responsibility and they responded with enterprising displays.

It was actually Young Boys who settled quickest and almost scored from kick-off as Gonzalo Zarate put a bicycle kick over the bar.

Soon afterwards, a superb breakaway saw Raul Bobadilla feed Raphael Nuzzolo, who's low drive was held by Pepe Reina.

But Liverpool were beginning to probe, Cole and Jordan Henderson going close, and the momentum shifted when Young Boys centre-back Dusan Vaskovac went off with a hamstring problem.

The Serbian was replaced by Juhani Ojala and that seemed to disrupt his side's flow, allowing the hosts to gain control of the match.

Henderson was denied by Marco Wolfli after being sent clean through by Shelvey's clever flick, and Shelvey then opened the scoring with a simple header following neat link-up play between Cole and Suso.

By this point captain Steven Gerrard had replaced the injured Andre Wisdom and Liverpool were playing the pass-and-move football that Rodgers demands from his teams.

Suso's drive was deflected wide, Nuzzolo cleared a Martin Skrtel effort off the line and Suso shot off target from Cole's pass.

Perhaps Liverpool's only regret was a failure to capitalise on their dominance by extending the advantage before half-time.

Reina into the history book

Pepe Reina made his 81st European appearance for Liverpool on Thursday. That saw the Spanish international pass Ray Clemence's club record for a goalkeeper

That allowed Young Boys to start the second period with fresh hope, Alexander Farnerud drilling over and Zverotic firing inches wide.

After the warning signs came the punishment - Bobadilla brilliantly controlling Farnerud's diagonal ball before lashing a stunning left-foot finish across Reina.

It was particularly galling for Liverpool given Cole had wasted a glorious chance after being released by Suso moments earlier.

However, they were swiftly back in the ascendancy, thanks largely to the improved balance that came with the introduction of Suarez.

The Uruguayan immediately began to trouble the Young Boys defence and when he constructed a slick move with Gerrard and Stewart Downing, Cole was able avenge his earlier miss.

Running on to Gerrard's threaded ball, the 31-year-old spun and beat Wolfli with a low strike - his first Reds goal since 23 April 2011.

But Liverpool could not kill off the game and they were made to pay when Zverotic rifled an unstoppable effort through Reina's hands.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers:

"It is a little frustrating. It is disappointing that with three or four minutes to go we didn't control the game better.

"It would have been a good win for us against a good team. But we still control our destiny. It just makes it a wee bit harder than we would have liked.

"It's a competition we want to qualify in. We had a good chance tonight but we didn't close it out."

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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Europa League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Liverpool 2-2 Young Boys FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Shelvey 33
  • Cole 72
  • Bobadilla 52
  • Zverotic 88

Liverpool

Substitutes

Young Boys

  • 01 Wolfli
  • 04 Nef
  • 13 Zverotic yellow card
  • 22 Veskovac (Ojala 23)
  • 23 Sutter
  • 33 Lecjaks
  • 08 Farnerud
  • 14 Schneuwly (Vitkieviez 82)
  • 29 Nuzzolo (Frey 77)
  • 09 Bobadilla
  • 19 Zarate

Substitutes

  • 18 Mvogo,
  • 02 Alexander Gonzalez,
  • 03 Ojala,
  • 10 Costanzo,
  • 30 Doubai,
  • 07 Vitkieviez,
  • 20 Frey
Ref: YefetAtt: 37,810
LIVERPOOL
YOUNG BOYS

Possession

  • Liverpool 57%
  • Young Boys 43%

Attempts on target

  • Liverpool 12
  • Young Boys 8

Attempts off target

  • Liverpool 5
  • Young Boys 6

Corners

  • Liverpool 14
  • Young Boys 5

Fouls

  • Liverpool 9
  • Young Boys 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:38 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+1:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Juhani Ojala on Luis Suarez. Steven Gerrard crosses the ball, Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Blocked by Alain Nef.
  • 89:29 Foul by Raul Marcelo Bobadilla on Martin Skrtel, free kick awarded. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
  • 89:13 Jordan Henderson sends in a cross, save made by Marco Wolfli.
  • 88:55 Booking The referee shows Elsad Zverotic a yellow card.
  • 87:48 Assist on the goal came from Michael Frey.
  • 87:48 GOAL - Elsad ZveroticLiverpool 2 - 2 Young Boys A goal is scored by Elsad Zverotic from just outside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 2-2 Young Boys.
  • 85:52 Unfair challenge on Jordan Henderson by Raul Marcelo Bobadilla results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 84:12 Juhani Ojala gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard. Steven Gerrard has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
  • 83:39 Raul Marcelo Bobadilla has an effort at goal from a long way out that goes wide left.
  • 81:51 Corner taken right-footed by Elsad Zverotic to the near post, clearance made by Jose Reina.
  • 81:38 A cross is delivered by Michael Frey, clearance by Jordan Henderson.
  • 81:07 Substitution Mathias Vitkieviez joins the action as a substitute, replacing Christian Schneuwly.
  • 80:39 Elsad Zverotic takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
  • 80:03 Luis Suarez is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Juhani Ojala.
  • 78:34 Michael Frey is adjudged to have handled the ball. Stewart Downing restarts play with the free kick.
  • 77:46 Elsad Zverotic crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Stewart Downing makes a clearance.
  • 77:46 Booking Booking for Nuri Sahin for dissent.
  • 77:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nuri Sahin on Gonzalo Zarate.
  • 77:25 Martin Skrtel concedes a free kick for a foul on Juhani Ojala. Juhani Ojala takes the direct free kick.
  • 77:02 Raheem Sterling takes a shot. Juhani Ojala gets a block in.
  • 75:57 Marco Wolfli takes the direct free kick.
  • 75:57 Substitution Michael Frey is brought on as a substitute for Raphael Nuzzolo.
  • 75:57 Raheem Sterling handles the ball and concedes a free kick.
  • 74:25 Substitution (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Raheem Sterling coming on for Joe Cole.
  • 73:27 Handball by Joe Cole. Direct free kick taken by Jan Lecjaks.
  • 71:38 Steven Gerrard provided the assist for the goal.
  • 71:38 GOAL - Joe ColeLiverpool 2 - 1 Young Boys Goal scored by Joe Cole from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 2-1 Young Boys.
  • 70:43 Raul Marcelo Bobadilla challenges Stewart Downing unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
  • 69:59 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Gerrard, Marco Wolfli makes a comfortable save.
  • 69:36 Corner taken left-footed by Nuri Sahin, Juhani Ojala makes a clearance.
  • 69:05 Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Blocked by Juhani Ojala.
  • 66:46 Raphael Nuzzolo challenges Joe Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard, clearance made by Marco Wolfli. Inswinging corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey.
  • 66:15 Christian Schneuwly concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Suarez. Stewart Downing restarts play with the free kick.
  • 65:52 Alexander Farnerud takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Jamie Carragher makes a clearance.
  • 64:34 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Nuri Sahin played to the near post.
  • 64:06 Corner taken left-footed by Nuri Sahin to the near post, clearance by Raul Marcelo Bobadilla.
  • 63:57 Oussama Assaidi delivers the ball, Alain Nef makes a clearance.
  • 63:33 Jonjo Shelvey decides to take the corner short.
  • 62:37 Luis Suarez challenges Elsad Zverotic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Marco Wolfli.
  • 59:39 Substitution Jesus Fernandez Saez leaves the field to be replaced by Luis Suarez.
  • 59:16 The offside flag is raised against Jonjo Shelvey. Juhani Ojala restarts play with the free kick.
  • 58:38 Stewart Downing produces a left-footed shot from a long way out which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 56:52 Jonjo Shelvey takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Marco Wolfli.
  • 55:56 Gonzalo Zarate concedes a free kick for a foul on Nuri Sahin. Nuri Sahin restarts play with the free kick.
  • 55:02 Scott Sutter takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
  • 52:59 Martin Skrtel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Raul Marcelo Bobadilla. Elsad Zverotic restarts play with the free kick.
  • 51:21 Assist on the goal came from Alexander Farnerud.
  • 51:21 GOAL - Raul Marcelo BobadillaLiverpool 1 - 1 Young Boys Raul Marcelo Bobadilla gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-1 Young Boys.
  • 50:56 Joe Cole takes a shot. Save by Marco Wolfli.
  • 50:02 Jonjo Shelvey challenges Scott Sutter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alain Nef takes the direct free kick.
  • 49:36 Elsad Zverotic has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 48:17 Shot from just outside the box by Alexander Farnerud goes over the crossbar.
  • 47:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Sutter by Oussama Assaidi. Marco Wolfli takes the free kick.
  • 46:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Juhani Ojala on Jesus Fernandez Saez. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard from right channel. The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonjo Shelvey. Alain Nef restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:35 The referee blows for half time.
  • 45:00+1:24 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Gerrard, clearance made by Raphael Nuzzolo.
  • 45:00+1:09 The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing, Scott Sutter gets a block in.
  • 45:00+0:07 The ball is swung over by Joe Cole, comfortable save by Marco Wolfli.
  • 44:43 Raul Marcelo Bobadilla has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
  • 42:48 Jesus Fernandez Saez produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 42:15 Steven Gerrard delivers the ball, clearance made by Scott Sutter.
  • 41:33 Centre by Jan Lecjaks, Stewart Downing manages to make a clearance.
  • 39:34 Oussama Assaidi challenges Scott Sutter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gonzalo Zarate, clearance made by Marco Wolfli.
  • 37:51 Jan Lecjaks crosses the ball.
  • 35:31 Jesus Fernandez Saez takes a shot. Blocked by Alain Nef. Inswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line, Joe Cole takes a shot. Clearance made by Scott Sutter.
  • 34:33 Joe Cole is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Alain Nef.
  • 34:15 Oussama Assaidi sends in a cross, clearance made by Jan Lecjaks.
  • 32:35 Joe Cole provided the assist for the goal.
  • 32:35 GOAL - Jonjo ShelveyLiverpool 1 - 0 Young Boys Jonjo Shelvey scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Liverpool 1-0 Young Boys.
  • 31:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Christian Schneuwly on Stewart Downing. Free kick taken by Stewart Downing.
  • Correction - 30:22 Corner taken by Alexander Farnerud, save by Jose Reina.
  • Correction - 30:22 Substitution (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Steven Gerrard coming on for Andre Wisdom.
  • Correction - 30:22 The ball is delivered by Andre Wisdom, Jonjo Shelvey makes a clearance.
  • 30:22 Corner taken right-footed by Jonjo Shelvey from the left by-line, save made by Marco Wolfli.
  • 30:22 Substitution Steven Gerrard replaces Andre Wisdom.
  • 30:22 Andre Wisdom produces a cross, Christian Schneuwly makes a clearance.
  • 29:41 Oussama Assaidi takes a shot. Marco Wolfli makes a comfortable save.
  • 29:12 Jordan Henderson handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Alexander Farnerud restarts play with the free kick.
  • 27:11 Alexander Farnerud takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Jonjo Shelvey. Juhani Ojala produces a left-footed shot from 35 yards and missed to the left of the goal.
  • 26:24 Nuri Sahin takes the inswinging corner, save made by Marco Wolfli.
  • 25:44 Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Marco Wolfli makes a fantastic save. Corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey from the left by-line, Alain Nef makes a clearance.
  • 24:58 Unfair challenge on Jesus Fernandez Saez by Christian Schneuwly results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jesus Fernandez Saez.
  • 24:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jan Lecjaks by Andre Wisdom. Free kick taken by Elsad Zverotic.
  • 23:45 The official flags Joe Cole offside. Marco Wolfli takes the free kick.
  • 22:10 Substitution Dusan Veskovac goes off and Juhani Ojala comes on.
  • Correction - 19:54 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Alexander Farnerud, clearance by Martin Skrtel.
  • 19:54 Jesus Fernandez Saez takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Alain Nef.
  • 19:28 Alexander Farnerud takes a shot. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.
  • 19:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stewart Downing by Christian Schneuwly. Nuri Sahin restarts play with the free kick.
  • 17:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alain Nef on Joe Cole. Jordan Henderson fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, comfortable save by Marco Wolfli.
  • 16:07 Joe Cole has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 14:34 The assistant referee signals for offside against Joe Cole. Indirect free kick taken by Marco Wolfli.
  • 13:33 Shot from just outside the box by Nuri Sahin misses to the right of the goal.
  • 12:09 Stewart Downing takes a shot. Elsad Zverotic gets a block in.
  • 11:11 Christian Schneuwly takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
  • 4:50 Raphael Nuzzolo takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
  • 4:15 Corner taken right-footed by Jonjo Shelvey from the left by-line to the near post, Raul Marcelo Bobadilla makes a clearance.
  • 1:23 Foul by Joe Cole on Dusan Veskovac, free kick awarded. Alain Nef takes the direct free kick.
  • 1:07 Raul Marcelo Bobadilla takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
  • 0:12 Alexander Farnerud produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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