Liverpool are out of the Europa League after a second-leg comeback against Zenit St Petersburg fell just short.

A mistake from Jamie Carragher seemed to kill the last-32 meeting after Hulk latched onto his backpass for a vital away goal and a 3-0 lead.

But, roared on by the Anfield crowd, Luis Suarez slotted in a free-kick before Joe Allen prodded home.

Suarez struck a sensational second set-piece but Liverpool were unable to gain the crucial fourth goal they needed.

Liverpool's season at a glance

  • Premier League: Currently sit in seventh place, five points from a Europa League qualification spot and nine points outside the Champions League places
  • FA Cup: Victims of a fourth round giant-killing from League One side Oldham
  • League Cup: Knocked out in fourth round by manager Brendan Rodgers's former club, Swansea
  • Europa League: Despite a rousing comeback, could not proceed past the round of 32 as Russian champions Zenit hold on to win courtesy of an away goal from Hulk

The odds were against manager Brendan Rodgers's side after a 2-0 defeat in Russia that owed much to some off-target finishing from Suarez and poor defending.

Their hopes were not helped by the absence of attacking duo Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge. The pair, who both scored in last weekend's 5-0 thrashing of Swansea, were cup-tied.

Despite the size of their task, the hosts fed off the lively atmosphere and began at a high tempo.

All the good work at the start came to nothing, however, when £32m Zenit striker Hulk scored what turned out to be the decisive goal in the tie after an error from veteran defender Carragher.

Hulk gratefully latched onto the 35-year-old former England international's miss-hit backpass and his accomplished finish past Pepe Reina befitted his status as a current Brazil international.

As Liverpool failed to score in the first leg at the Petrovsky Stadium, they now needed to find four unanswered goals to go through. Zenit had lost two of their previous three European games on English soil, but never by that margin.

Stung by that blow, Carragher's defensive partner Daniel Agger raced from his own half and was felled on the edge of the Zenit area after a crude challenge from Nicolas Lombaerts. After a long delay, Suarez wrestled back the momentum for Liverpool, scoring his 23rd goal in all competitions this season by finding a gap in a flimsy wall.

The big-spending Russian champions continued to look suspect against wave after wave of Liverpool attacks and Vyacheslav Malafeev was beaten again just before the break after Allen volleyed in a rebound from his own header after an excellent one-two between left-back Jose Enrique and the improving Jordan Henderson.

Urged on by the typically passionate support as they attacked the Kop end, Liverpool started quickly after the interval and demanded that referee Bjorn Kuipers point to the penalty spot after Tomas Hubocan appeared to clumsily handle the ball.

The Dutchman rejected those claims but Liverpool took matters into their own hands when Suarez rifled in another unstoppable free-kick that curled beautifully inside Malafeev's left-hand post.

In a frantic next few minutes, Steven Gerrard volleyed into the floor, substitute Jonjo Shelvey fired agonisingly into the side-netting and another Suarez dead ball was pushed to safety.

Liverpool's anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone' rang around Anfield as the crowd tried to push their players on at the death, but another chance could not be crafted as Zenit - who will meet Swiss side FC Basel in the last 16 - held on to win.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina
  • 02 Johnson
  • 03 Jose Enrique
  • 05 Agger
  • 23 Carragher
  • 08 Gerrard
  • 14 Henderson (Assaidi - 59' )
  • 19 Downing (Sterling - 84' )
  • 21 Lucas
  • 24 Allen (Shelvey - 59' Booked )
  • 07 Suarez

Substitutes

  • 42 Gulacsi
  • 16 Coates
  • 47 Wisdom
  • 31 Sterling
  • 33 Shelvey
  • 11 Assaidi
  • 30 Suso

Zenit St Petersburg

  • 16 Malafeev
  • 02 Aniukov
  • 06 Lombaerts (Criscito - 46' )
  • 13 Luis Neto
  • 14 Hubocan
  • 10 Danny (Faitzulin - 46' )
  • 15 Shirokov
  • 25 Semak (Rodic - 84' )
  • 27 Denisov Booked
  • 28 Witsel
  • 29 Hulk

Substitutes

  • 30 Zhevnov
  • 03 Alves
  • 04 Criscito
  • 21 Rodic
  • 20 Faitzulin
  • 09 Bukharov
  • 11 Kerzhakov
Ref: Kuipers
Att: 43,026

Match Stats

Shots

18 10

On target

12 5

Corners

11 2

Fouls

11 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:40 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +0:35

Outswinging corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Carlos Luis Neto. Corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey, Axel Witsel makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:14

Centre by Raheem Sterling, Aleksandr Aniukov manages to make a clearance.

89:21

Viktor Faitzulin is ruled offside. Jamie Carragher takes the indirect free kick.

86:55

Viktor Faitzulin fouled by Jonjo Shelvey, the ref awards a free kick. Axel Witsel takes the direct free kick.

86:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Luis Neto on Luis Suarez. Leiva Lucas restarts play with the free kick. The ball is crossed by Oussama Assaidi, Tomas Hubocan makes a clearance.

84:33

Glen Johnson crosses the ball, save by Viacheslav Malafeev.

83:36 Substitution

Substitution Milan Rodic comes on in place of Sergei Semak.

83:36 Substitution

Substitution Stewart Downing goes off and Raheem Sterling comes on.

81:00

Foul by Domenico Criscito on Glen Johnson, free kick awarded. Steven Gerrard delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Viacheslav Malafeev makes a save.

79:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Viktor Faitzulin by Daniel Agger. Givaldinho Hulk fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

79:27

The referee blows for offside against Luis Suarez. Indirect free kick taken by Carlos Luis Neto.

77:38

Inswinging corner taken by Stewart Downing, Header by Daniel Agger from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

77:03

Stewart Downing takes the inswinging corner, Igor Denisov manages to make a clearance.

76:36

Foul by Givaldinho Hulk on Jamie Carragher, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.

76:19

A cross is delivered by Oussama Assaidi, clearance made by Carlos Luis Neto.

74:52

Shot by Jonjo Shelvey from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

74:21

Aleksandr Aniukov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez. Luis Suarez restarts play with the free kick.

73:09

Shot from 25 yards from Aleksandr Aniukov. Sanchez Jose Enrique gets a block in. Corner taken by Givaldinho Hulk from the right by-line to the near post, Steven Gerrard makes a clearance.

72:19

Effort from 18 yards by Givaldinho Hulk. Jose Reina makes a save. The ball is delivered by Viktor Faitzulin, Daniel Agger makes a clearance.

70:56

A cross is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, save by Viacheslav Malafeev. Shot by Steven Gerrard. Save made by Viacheslav Malafeev. Corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey from the left by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Viacheslav Malafeev by Jamie Carragher. Viacheslav Malafeev takes the direct free kick.

68:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Oussama Assaidi by Carlos Luis Neto. Luis Suarez has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Viacheslav Malafeev.

65:56

Givaldinho Hulk has an effort direct from the free kick.

65:56 Booking

Booking Jonjo Shelvey is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

65:41

Givaldinho Hulk fouled by Jonjo Shelvey, the ref awards a free kick.

64:41

Unfair challenge on Viktor Faitzulin by Sanchez Jose Enrique results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Axel Witsel.

64:25

The ball is sent over by Stewart Downing, Carlos Luis Neto makes a clearance.

63:29

Glen Johnson produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards.

63:14

Oussama Assaidi delivers the ball, Carlos Luis Neto manages to make a clearance.

62:25

Jonjo Shelvey takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Axel Witsel.

60:52

Foul by Glen Johnson on Sergei Semak, free kick awarded. Domenico Criscito takes the direct free kick.

58:48 Substitution

Substitution Oussama Assaidi replaces Jordan Henderson.

58:48 Substitution

Substitution Joe Allen goes off and Jonjo Shelvey comes on.

58:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Luis Suarez - Liverpool 3 - 1 Zenit St P Luis Suarez finds the net with a brilliant goal direct from the free kick from outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Liverpool 3 (3)-(3) 1 Zenit St Petersburg.

57:08

Carlos Luis Neto gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez.

54:54

Sanchez Jose Enrique sends in a cross, save made by Viacheslav Malafeev.

53:28

The ball is sent over by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Roman Shirokov.

52:42

Sanchez Jose Enrique concedes a free kick for a foul on Viktor Faitzulin. Aleksandr Aniukov takes the free kick.

51:05

Stewart Downing produces a cross, clearance made by Tomas Hubocan. A cross is delivered by Steven Gerrard, blocked by Tomas Hubocan. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Steven Gerrard, Roman Shirokov manages to make a clearance.

49:57

Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by Viacheslav Malafeev. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Stewart Downing, Daniel Agger takes a shot. Save made by Viacheslav Malafeev.

49:33

Aleksandr Aniukov concedes a free kick for a foul on Jordan Henderson. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.

48:42

Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross, Domenico Criscito manages to make a clearance.

47:09

Effort on goal by Daniel Agger from long distance goes over the crossbar.

46:38

Stewart Downing takes a shot. Domenico Criscito gets a block in.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Viktor Faitzulin is brought on as a substitute for Miguel Danny.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Zenit St Petersburg) makes a substitution, with Domenico Criscito coming on for Nicolas Lombaerts.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +1:05

Foul by Carlos Luis Neto on Luis Suarez, free kick awarded. Steven Gerrard produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Viacheslav Malafeev makes a comfortable save.

45:00 +0:11

Corner taken by Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Viacheslav Malafeev. Free kick taken by Viacheslav Malafeev.

42:39

Assist by Sanchez Jose Enrique.

42:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Joe Allen - Liverpool 2 - 1 Zenit St P Joe Allen finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Liverpool 2 (2)-(3) 1 Zenit St Petersburg.

42:38

Joe Allen takes a shot. Viacheslav Malafeev makes a save.

40:23

Handball decision goes against Sergei Semak. Free kick crossed by Stewart Downing, save by Viacheslav Malafeev.

39:52

The ball is crossed by Sanchez Jose Enrique.

38:14

The offside flag is raised against Luis Suarez. Igor Denisov restarts play with the free kick.

37:28

Stewart Downing sends in a cross, Nicolas Lombaerts manages to make a clearance.

35:47

Jordan Henderson fouled by Carlos Luis Neto, the ref awards a free kick. Jordan Henderson takes the direct free kick.

35:16

Aleksandr Aniukov has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.

34:02

Miguel Danny produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

33:15

Jordan Henderson sends in a cross, Nicolas Lombaerts manages to make a clearance.

31:00

Givaldinho Hulk takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina. Corner taken by Givaldinho Hulk, Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance. Luis Suarez concedes a free kick for a foul on Aleksandr Aniukov. Givaldinho Hulk shoots direct from the free kick.

28:57

Foul by Tomas Hubocan on Steven Gerrard, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Aleksandr Aniukov manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Tomas Hubocan. Steven Gerrard takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Roman Shirokov makes a clearance.

28:05

Givaldinho Hulk concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Agger. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.

27:01

The assist for the goal came from Daniel Agger.

27:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Luis Suarez - Liverpool 1 - 1 Zenit St P Luis Suarez scores a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 1 (1)-(3) 1 Zenit St Petersburg.

26:50 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Igor Denisov for not retreating ten yards at a set play.

25:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicolas Lombaerts on Daniel Agger.

24:39

The ball is sent over by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Aleksandr Aniukov.

21:55

Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Luis Neto.

21:09

The ball is sent over by Stewart Downing, Aleksandr Aniukov manages to make a clearance.

18:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Givaldinho Hulk - Liverpool 0 - 1 Zenit St P Givaldinho Hulk grabs a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 0 (0)-(3) 1 Zenit St Petersburg.

17:49

Unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by Igor Denisov results in a free kick. Daniel Agger takes the free kick.

17:14

Steven Gerrard crosses the ball, save by Viacheslav Malafeev.

13:13

Stewart Downing is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Nicolas Lombaerts takes the free kick.

12:30

Foul by Daniel Agger on Sergei Semak, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Igor Denisov.

11:28

Stewart Downing is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tomas Hubocan.

10:54

The referee penalises Tomas Hubocan for handball. Steven Gerrard crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.

9:48

Handball by Nicolas Lombaerts. Strike comes in from Steven Gerrard from the free kick.

8:49

Centre by Stewart Downing, save by Viacheslav Malafeev.

6:22

Effort on goal by Jordan Henderson from 25 yards. Save by Viacheslav Malafeev.

5:43

The ball is swung over by Miguel Danny, save by Jose Reina.

5:15

Jordan Henderson has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

4:00

Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross, clearance by Tomas Hubocan.

1:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Givaldinho Hulk by Jamie Carragher. Free kick taken by Igor Denisov. Shot from outside the area by Sergei Semak misses to the left of the goal.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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