Young Boys 3-5 Liverpool
Jonjo Shelvey saved Liverpool's blushes with two goals in an entertaining Europa League group game at Young Boys.
Juhani Ojala inadvertently headed into his own net to put Liverpool ahead before poor defending let Raphael Nuzzolo fire in an equaliser.
Reds debutant Andre Wisdom's header restored the visitors' lead, only for Ojala to nod home and Gonzalo Zarate to chip in to put Young Boys 3-2 up.
A Sebastian Coates header and Shelvey's strikes then gave the Reds victory.
Substitute Shelvey, 20, finished off an incisive Liverpool move with a first-time right-footed shot for his first and sealed the win when he surged towards goal before powering in a left-footed effort.
While Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers may be unhappy with the defensive aspect of his team's play, those concerns will be tempered by the impact of midfielder Shelvey and the experience gained by the other youngsters in his side.
A second string Liverpool had gone into the match with Young Boys manager Martin Rueda warning that his Swiss side could "embarrass" their visitors after the Reds left eight first-team regulars on Merseyside.
But it was Young Boys who were soon left red-faced in almost comical circumstances.
There seemed no danger when Stewart Downing delivered a cross from the right only for Christoph Spycher's clearing header to ricochet off team-mate Ojala's head and into the home net.
Rueda's side almost responded immediately when Raul Bobadilla showed a lovely touch to take down a lofted ball before seeing his shot palmed into the side-netting by keeper Brad Jones.
Liverpool teenagers Suso, 18, and 19-year-old Wisdom have come through the club's academy and were both making their first-team debuts, along with summer signing Oussama Assaidi, 24.
Assaidi carried a threat on the left-wing and the silky Suso showed a glimpse of his potential when he jinked into the area before failing to find an unmarked Daniel Pacheco with his cut-back.
Liverpool appeared comfortable and had themselves to blame for allowing Young Boys back into the game.
Reds left-back Jose Enrique intercepted a chipped ball only to stab his clearance to Nuzzolo, who gleefully accepted the gift by firing into the roof of the net.
Wisdom climbed well to head home from Nuri Sahin's corner but Young Boys sensed a vulnerability at the back for Liverpool, and Alexander Farnerud's curling shot struck the post soon after.
The uncertainty of veteran Jamie Carragher as well as the inexperience of 21-year-old Sebastian Coates continued to give Liverpool problems in central defence and they were duly punished in the second half.
Young Boys had come out after the break with a renewed vigour and were rewarded when Ojala placed a precise header into the bottom corner to level.
The Swiss side went ahead after Bobadilla outmuscled Carragher and slid a pass into the run of Zarate, who dinked the ball coolly over the on-rushing Jones.
The lead did not survive long in an open, error-strewn game, however, as Coates headed in a corner on his European debut to equalise for Liverpool.
And as the teams continued to trade attacks, the introduction of Shelvey and striker Fabio Borini gave Liverpool the edge, the former especially as his two well-struck goals decided the match.
- 01 Wolfli
- 03 Ojala
- 13 Zverotic (Frey - 81' )
- 17 Spycher
- 22 Veskovac Booked
- 23 Sutter
- 08 Farnerud
- 16 Raimondi Booked
- 29 Nuzzolo Booked (Schneuwly - 69' )
- 09 Bobadilla Booked
- 19 Zarate (Alexander Gonzalez - 65' )
- 27 Benito
- 02 Alexander Gonzalez
- 33 Lecjaks
- 10 Costanzo
- 14 Schneuwly
- 07 Vitkieviez
- 20 Frey
- 01 Jones
- 03 Jose Enrique
- 16 Coates
- 23 Carragher
- 47 Wisdom
- 04 Sahin
- 14 Henderson
- 19 Downing (Sterling - 77' )
- 11 Assaidi (Shelvey - 66' )
- 12 Pacheco (Borini - 61' Booked )
- 30 Jesus Fernandez Saez
- 42 Gulacsi
- 22 Wilson
- 49 Robinson
- 31 Sterling
- 33 Shelvey
- 29 Borini
- 36 Yesil
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.90:00 +1:03
The official flags Raheem Sterling offside. Marco Wolfli takes the free kick.89:27
Mario Raimondi fouled by Jesus Fernandez Saez, the ref awards a free kick. Mario Raimondi takes the direct free kick.87:01
Assist on the goal came from Jordan Henderson.87:01 Goal scored
Goal! - Jonjo Shelvey - Young Boys 3 - 5 Liverpool Jonjo Shelvey scores a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Young Boys 3-5 Liverpool.85:37
Jonjo Shelvey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christoph Spycher. Christian Schneuwly crosses the ball in from the free kick.84:40
Brad Jones takes the direct free kick.84:07 Booking
Booking Booking for Raul Marcelo Bobadilla for unsporting behaviour.81:28
Scott Sutter takes the direct free kick.81:28 Booking
Booking Fabio Borini goes into the referee's book.81:14
Unfair challenge on Juhani Ojala by Fabio Borini results in a free kick.80:50
Alexander Farnerud takes a shot. Save made by Brad Jones.80:04 Substitution
Substitution Elsad Zverotic leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Frey.79:24
Nuri Sahin takes the free kick.79:24 Booking
Booking The referee shows Dusan Veskovac a yellow card.79:07
Fabio Borini fouled by Dusan Veskovac, the ref awards a free kick.75:34 Substitution
Substitution (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Raheem Sterling coming on for Stewart Downing.75:34
Assist by Jordan Henderson.75:34 Goal scored
Goal! - Jonjo Shelvey - Young Boys 3 - 4 Liverpool Jonjo Shelvey grabs a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Young Boys 3-4 Liverpool.71:13
Effort on goal by Jesus Fernandez Saez from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Substitution Christian Schneuwly comes on in place of Raphael Nuzzolo.66:20
The assist for the goal came from Nuri Sahin.66:20 Goal scored
Goal! - Sebastian Coates - Young Boys 3 - 3 Liverpool Sebastian Coates grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Young Boys 3-3 Liverpool.65:35
Inswinging corner taken by Nuri Sahin,65:35 Substitution
Substitution Jonjo Shelvey comes on in place of Oussama Assaidi.65:35
Fabio Borini takes a shot. Marco Wolfli makes a save.64:36
Foul by Elsad Zverotic on Nuri Sahin, free kick awarded. Nuri Sahin crosses the ball in from the free kick, Marco Wolfli makes a save.64:02 Substitution
Substitution Alexander Gonzalez on for Gonzalo Zarate.62:26
Raul Marcelo Bobadilla provided the assist for the goal.62:26 Goal scored
Goal! - Gonzalo Zarate - Young Boys 3 - 2 Liverpool Gonzalo Zarate gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Young Boys 3-2 Liverpool.61:42
Corner taken by Stewart Downing played to the near post, clearance by Juhani Ojala.60:57 Substitution
Substitution Fabio Borini is brought on as a substitute for Daniel Pacheco.59:39
Effort on goal by Scott Sutter from just inside the area clears the bar.58:53
Corner taken left-footed by Alexander Farnerud from the left by-line, clearance by Sebastian Coates.55:27
Sanchez Jose Enrique has an effort at goal. Save made by Marco Wolfli.54:40
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alexander Farnerud, save by Brad Jones.53:51
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Elsad Zverotic by Jesus Fernandez Saez. Free kick taken by Elsad Zverotic.52:00
Assist by Raul Marcelo Bobadilla.52:00 Goal scored
Goal! - Juhani Ojala - Young Boys 2 - 2 Liverpool Juhani Ojala finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Young Boys 2-2 Liverpool.51:34
Outswinging corner taken by Alexander Farnerud.50:38
Daniel Pacheco produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand post.48:40
Gonzalo Zarate has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.47:37
Effort on goal by Oussama Assaidi from just inside the area clears the crossbar.47:21
Scott Sutter concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Pacheco. Free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.45:01
The match restarts for the second half.45:00 +0:27 Half time
Half Time The referee blows for half time.42:46
Alexander Farnerud takes a shot from outside the penalty area that bounces off the post.39:53
The assist for the goal came from Nuri Sahin.39:53 Goal scored
Goal! - Andre Wisdom - Young Boys 1 - 2 Liverpool Andre Wisdom grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Young Boys 1-2 Liverpool.39:28
Corner taken by Nuri Sahin from the left by-line,38:01 Booking
Booking Caution for Raphael Nuzzolo.37:39 Goal scored
Goal! - Raphael Nuzzolo - Young Boys 1 - 1 Liverpool Raphael Nuzzolo grabs a goal from inside the area high into the middle of the goal. Young Boys 1-1 Liverpool.36:44
Oussama Assaidi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Sutter. Direct free kick taken by Scott Sutter.36:31
A cross is delivered by Jesus Fernandez Saez, Juhani Ojala manages to make a clearance.32:49
Foul by Sanchez Jose Enrique on Gonzalo Zarate, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Alexander Farnerud from right by-line.32:10
Foul by Andre Wisdom on Raphael Nuzzolo, free kick awarded. Elsad Zverotic takes the free kick.31:45
Free kick awarded for a foul by Oussama Assaidi on Scott Sutter. Direct free kick taken by Scott Sutter.31:23
Scott Sutter concedes a free kick for a foul on Sanchez Jose Enrique. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick.30:52
Foul by Raphael Nuzzolo on Andre Wisdom, free kick awarded. Andre Wisdom restarts play with the free kick.28:35
Gonzalo Zarate concedes a free kick for a foul on Sanchez Jose Enrique. Oussama Assaidi restarts play with the free kick.27:22
Foul by Juhani Ojala on Daniel Pacheco, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Nuri Sahin.26:15
The ball is delivered by Gonzalo Zarate, comfortable save by Brad Jones.25:10
Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Gonzalo Zarate goes wide of the left-hand post.23:54
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Stewart Downing.23:31
Oussama Assaidi takes a shot. Dusan Veskovac gets a block in.22:52
The offside flag is raised against Daniel Pacheco. Marco Wolfli restarts play with the free kick.18:17
Jordan Henderson challenges Gonzalo Zarate unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Alexander Farnerud, The ball is delivered by Juhani Ojala, Juhani Ojala manages to make a clearance.16:46
Jesus Fernandez Saez challenges Elsad Zverotic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Christoph Spycher takes the free kick.15:57
Direct free kick taken by Andre Wisdom.15:57 Booking
Booking The referee shows Mario Raimondi a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.15:46
Mario Raimondi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stewart Downing.14:47
Raul Marcelo Bobadilla takes a shot from 25 yards. Blocked by Jamie Carragher.14:10
Stewart Downing is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Juhani Ojala takes the indirect free kick.13:51
The ball is sent over by Mario Raimondi, clearance made by Sebastian Coates.11:45
Corner taken by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Juhani Ojala.10:11
Jamie Carragher concedes a free kick for a foul on Raul Marcelo Bobadilla. Direct free kick taken by Elsad Zverotic.6:10
Corner taken by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Juhani Ojala.4:58
Corner taken by Alexander Farnerud, clearance by Sebastian Coates.4:33
Raul Marcelo Bobadilla has an effort at goal. Save by Brad Jones.3:19 Goal scored
Goal! - Juhani Ojala - Young Boys 0 - 1 Liverpool Headed own goal by Juhani Ojala. Young Boys 0-1 Liverpool.0:45
Gonzalo Zarate is caught offside. Free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.0:00
The referee starts the match.
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