Liverpool: Match day six of the Champions League began with four more teams looking to create a place for themselves in the second round. One of them was four times champion Liverpool who played Borussia Dortmund. Liverpool really needed to get off the blocks in this game after three draws from five games saw them looking very shaky. Liverpool started their match against Borussia Dortmund hoping to win in addition to keeping their record of never losing to a German side at Anfield intact. Mid-fielder Dietmar Hamann nearly gave Liverpool the lead after nine minutes, but his drive from a well-worked corner was saved by the Dortmund keeper. But just six minutes later had Liverpool in the lead after Vladimir Smicer's powerful first time volley found the back of the net, for his first goal of the season. Dortmund's first chance came in the 31st minute, Jan Derek Sorensen with a shot but it was just wide. In the 39th minute and John Arne Riise could have doubled the lead for Liverpool, his free kick was however saved by the German keeper. Dortmund had their best chance of the first half in the 43rd minute, Rosicky's shot looking like it was heading home, but Stephen Wright came up with a brilliant goal saving header as Liverpool kept their 1-0 lead. Liverpool had a few other chances, but they had to wait till the 82nd minute to double their lead. Substitute Patrik Berger's free kick headed home by Wright, for his first goal for Liverpool in the Champions League. Dortmund could have pulled one back two minutes later, but Lars Ricken's shot only managed to find the underside of the cross bar. Liverpool should have got a penalty in injury time, but the referee failed to notice Evanilson's handball in the area. The Reds however were holding on to win 2-0 and book their place in the second phase. With the win Liverpool top their group with 12 points, ahead of Portuguese champions Boavista and Borussia Dortmund. But Boavista went through to the next round ahead of the German side because of a better goal difference. Dortmund meanwhile will have to settle for a UEFA cup spot next year.
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