Liverpool beats PSV 2-0

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Steven Gerrard scored in the 65th minute Wednesday to lift Liverpool to a 2-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:35 IST
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Steven Gerrard scored in the 65th minute Wednesday to lift Liverpool to a 2-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven, guaranteeing the five-time European champions will finish first in Group C. Peter Crouch added the second goal in the 89th with a header. Liverpool and PSV had already clinched spots in the second round, but finishing first - in theory - gives Liverpool an easier draw in the next round. Liverpool has 13 points and PSV has 10. It was Gerrard's second goal of the season in all games - he had 23 last season. The England international took a through ball from Dirk Kuyt and scored off a shot from 18 meters (yards). "I was really pleased to see Steve scoring again. It could be a boost for his confidence," Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez said. Liverpool dominated the match at Anfield, but picked up several key injuries. Midfielder Xabi Alonso came off in the 21st with a hip injury following a hard tackle. He was replaced by Boudewijn Zenden, a former PSV player. Winger Mark Gonzalez also injured a hamstring muscle and came off in the 34th. Jermaine Pennant picked up a head injury late in the match. "The first injury to Xabi (Alonso) was a big problem for us," Benitez said. "Then Mark Gonzalez and (Jermaine) Pennant went, too." "The players worked really hard after that." Benitez has already lost starting midfielder Mohamed Sissoko for three months following shoulder surgery earlier this month. Liverpool almost broke through late in the first half with a series of chances. Gerrard took a pass from Crouch on the break in the 31st and shot wide from 18 meters (yards). A minute later, Gonzalez angled a dangerous ball across the front of the goal mouth. In the 35th, Crouch headed a shot wide. In first-half injury time, the tall striker barely missed another header. (AP)

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