A cosmopolitan collection of FC Liverpool players — Spain’s DANIEL PACHECO (47), Serbia’s MILAN JOVANOVIC (14) and England’s MARTIN KELLY (34) — look on as French forward DAVID NGOG opens the scoring with a header against Macedonian side FK Rabotnicki Skopje at Anfield. (Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images)
UEFA Europa League
third round qualifying, second leg
2 – FC Liverpool (ENG) —————— Ngog 22′, Gerrard pen 40′
0 – FK Rabotnicki Skopje (MAC)
Fielding a few more regulars at home in England as compared to the first leg away in Macedonia, FC LIVERPOOL and new manager ROY HODGSON finish off FK RABOTNICKI SKOPJE with another 2-0 victory in the return match of the UEFA Europa League third round qualifying tie.
England World Cup winger JOE COLE, a free transfer signing this summer from the Premier League champions, FC Chelsea, drew rave reviews after his competitive debut in a Liverpool shirt; it was the 28-year-old who provided the inch-perfect ball for French forward DAVID NGOG to head home in the 22nd minute.
England’s World Cup captain, STEVEN GERRARD, scored his first goal of the new season for the Reds from the penalty spot shortly before halftime.
Deputy goalkeeper DIEGO CAVALIERI, a 3.0 million English pound purchase from Brazilian club Palmeiras two summers ago who has yet to see the field in a Premier League game for the Reds, earned a second consecutive shutout for Liverpool.
FC LIVERPOOL : Cavalieri ; Skrtel, Carragher, Kelly, Johnson ; Pacheco, Lucas (Spearing 73′), Gerrard (Aquilani 62′), Cole ; Jovanovic (Rodriguez 67′), Ngog
FK RABOTNICKI SKOPJE : Bogatinov ; Belica, Fernando Lopes, Adem, Dimovski ; Tunevski, Ze Carlos (Mojsov 62′), Gligorov, Todorovski (Petkovski 88′) ; Fabio Silva (Marcio 81′), Wandeir