Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Liverpool 3-2 Werder Bremen

Andriy Voronin scored twice as Liverpool beat Werder Bremen 3-2 in Switzerland this evening. John Arne Riise also got on the score sheet with new signings Yossi Benayoun, Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel making their Reds debuts as second half substitutes.

Rafael Benitez fielded a strong side but Voronin was the only new signing to start the game. Scott Carson begun in goal while the likes of Steven Gerrard, Jermaine Pennant, Steve Finnan, Sami Hyypia and Peter Crouch were also handed starting berths.

Voronin opened the scoring after just four minutes with his first goal for the club following his free-transfer from Bayer Levekusen.

The Ukrainian international pounced on a loose pass at the back and rounded the goalkeeper before sliding the ball home.

Bremen levelled soon after. A powerful close range strike rattled the crossbar but it fell kindly for Schindler, who nodded into an empty net.

Liverpool regained their lead on 14 minutes when Riise let fly with a thunderbolt of a free-kick from 25-yards that the goalkeeper could only palm into his net.

Voronin capped an impressive performance with a second goal in the second half when Xabi Alonso's quick free-kick sent him through on goal.

Benayoun then Torres and later Babel were introduced into the action. Torres went close twice but Bremen pulled a late goal back when Hugo Almeida tapped in from close range.

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