PSV, Liverpool draw 0-0

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

PSV Eindhoven and Liverpool created few chances on Tuesday and settled for a 0-0 draw to open their Champions League campaigns.

PSV, Liverpool draw 0-0

Eindhoven, Netherlands:

PSV Eindhoven and Liverpool created few chances on Tuesday and settled for a 0-0 draw to open their Champions League campaigns.Liverpool, the 2005 champion and widely seen as the favorite in Group C, began with captain Steven Gerrard on the substitute's bench, one of the several changes coach Rafael Benitez made to the side that lost 3-0 to Everton in a Premiership derby Saturday.Defenders Daniel Agger and Stephen Warnock, midfielders Jermaine Pennant and Boudewijn Zenden, and strikers Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt started for Liverpool while Sami Hyypia, Luis Garcia, Xabi Alonso and Peter Crouch sat out the match.Midfielder Ibrahim Afellay was the first to test Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina with a fierce left-footed shot after 23 minutes but the Spaniard parried the ball away.Bellamy almost immediately had a chance to put Liverpool ahead after a clever Kuyt dummy, but the Welshman was judged offside by Swiss referee Massimo Busacca.Kuyt, jeered by PSV fans whenever he touched the ball, failed to capitalize on a 41st-minute mistake by Jan Kromkamp, blasting his shot into Mexican leftback Carlos Salcido.Led by stand-in skipper Jamie Carragher, Liverpool's defense thwarted PSV's front pair of Arouna Kone and Jefferson Farfan.With Liverpool struggling to service Kuyt, Gerard replaced Bellamy in the 71st minute and came closest when Gerrard hit the inside of the post with a powerful volley two minutes from time.Liverpool next plays Galatasaray at home on September 27 while PSV travels to Bordeaux. (AP)



Topics : Football Fenerbahce AC Milan PSV Eindhoven Liverpool
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