Friday, February 26, 2010

Unirea Urziceni ousted by Liverpool

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Romania’s Unirea Urziceni on Thursday missed qualification for the Europa League’s last 16 by losing 3-1 (2-1) at home to FC Liverpool.

Liverpool will meet Lille in March.

Unirea opened scoring in the 19th minute when Bruno Fernandez headed in a goal from a corner by Razvan Paduretu, but Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano struck back with a shot from about 20 meters in the 30th minute.

Dutch Ryan Babel gave the English side the lead in the 41st minute before Captain Steven Gerrard sealed victory with a low strike from 10 meters in the 57th minute.

Nearly 22,000 fans attended the match.

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