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Cole stars in Liverpool win

2010-08-05 23:24

Liverpool - Joe Cole had an inspired competitive debut for Liverpool who brushed aside Rabotnicki 2-0 for a 4-0 aggregate victory in their Europa League third qualifying round tie on Thursday.

David Ngog, who scored both goals in the first leg last week, wrapped matters up when he headed Liverpool ahead after 22 minutes after a perfect pass from Cole.

The five-time European champions doubled their lead after 40 minutes when Steven Gerrard cooly wrong-footed the Macedonian side's goalkeeper Martin Bogiatinov from the spot after Fernando Lopes hauled down Ngog.

England midfielder Cole, who moved to Anfield from Chelsea last month, almost scored seconds after halftime when his far post cross hit the bar.

The visitors were totally outplayed and only escaped a much heavier defeat because of some wayward Liverpool shooting, the only minor niggle for new coach Roy Hodgson in his first match in charge at Anfield.

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  • rodney - 2010-08-06 08:35

    Cole made a good move to Anfield, because they play his style of soocer t5hats why he's going to be one of the stunni9ng players in the Premier League.

  • Lamps_8 - 2010-08-06 08:57

    Joe Cole made a good move to go to Liverpool.I agree with you Rodney,His best years may well be with the scousers,He was fantastic at Chelsea,especially the earlier years after he left West Ham but what I noticed while watching all the Goals from last season was that even though he didn't start many games,when Cole did,He assisted & scored some very important Goals that helped Chelsea Win the league.Like his backheel flick against United.Massive respect for this guy

  • TRUE Red - 2010-08-06 09:27

    Cole, Gerrard, Torres, Aquilani - attack is now awesome, but hopefully they stay uninjured. Nice to see Ngog maturing - 3 goals in 2 games for the lightie ! Then we still have Kuyt, Babel, Maxi & the new guy, Jovanovic as "good" backup. WALK ON with HOPE IN YOUR HEART you mighty Reds, time to put things right this season !

  • bob - 2010-08-06 11:56

    With Cole ahead of Gerrard week in and week out at Liverpool this season, Capello will finally wake up and play Lampard in the only position his quality deserves at international level: left back...in the change room

  • @bob - 2010-08-06 14:22

    Are you high on drugs kid?Lampard...Left back in the change room? If you knew anything about good footballers then you would know that Frank Lampard is a key player for his national & club team.Please add some facts about why he is so sh*t,otherwise don't post BS comments,Its only you who looks like a chopcock at then end of the day.

  • justin(KING OF THE KOP) - 2010-08-06 15:35

    im realy glad they got a good start to the glorious battle that lies ahead,i just hope that LIVERPOOL start playing 90 min of football this season as well,and not take the foot off the gas,but from what saw thus far i mus say im impressed but the war starts next week and what better way to showcase against the GUNNERS. AS FOR THE COMMENT BOB MADE DUDE LEFT BACK >> STOP SMOKING WHAT EVER YOUR SMOKING

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