After easily rounding the FK Rabotnicki Skopje goalkeeper, MARTIN BOGATINOV, FC Liverpool’s French forward DAVID NGOG applies a final touch to to the ball for the first goal of the game in the 17th minute at the Phillip II Arena in the capital of Macedonia. (Reuters photo)
UEFA Europa League
third round qualifying, first leg
0 – FK Rabotnicki Skopje (MAC)
2 – FC Liverpool (ENG) —————— Ngog 17′, 58′
French U-21 international striker DAVID NGOG netted a brace FC LIVERPOOL as new manager ROY HODGSON fielded what was basically a reserve side for the UEFA Europa League third round qualfying, first leg match away in Skopje.
Although Serbia World Cup striker MILAN JOVANOVIC, a free transfer from Standard Liege of Belgium this summer, does make his season debut for the Reds and three others who played in South Africa this summer — Skrtel of Slovakia, Agger of Denmark and Kyrgiakos of Greece — appear for Liverpool against FK Rabotnicki Skopje, most of the big names at Anfield do not even dress for the match.
Ngog profits from a quickly taken free kick in midfield combined with clumsy defense at the back to notch his first goal; the 21-year-old former Paris St. Germain player, who has scored seven goals in 38 Premier League games for Liverpool since arriving in the summer of 2008, deftly volleyed home a cross from young English defender MARTIN KELLY to score a second for the Reds less than fifteen minutes after the halftime break concluded.
Ngog, who cost the Reds 1.5 million English pounds, pushed his European total in a Liverpool shirt to five goals from 13 matches.
FK RABOTNICKI SKOPJE : Bogatinov ; Belica, Fernando Lopes, Sekulovski (Adem 44′), Dimovski ; Tunevski (Petkovski 78′), Ze Carlos (Mojsov 57′), Gligorov, Todorovski ; Fabio Silva, Wandeir
FC LIVERPOOL : Cavalieri ; Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Agger (Darby 72′), Kelly ; Spearing, Lucas, Aquilani (Dalla Valle 83′), Amoo (Eccleston 84′) ; Jovanovic, Ngog
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS – (Liverpool sports a change kit of all-black with yellow trim on the road in Macedonia)