MATCH ANALYSIS: LIVERPOOL v BARCELONA (20/11/01) - GOAL KLUIVERT
 

1) Overmars receives the ball on the left wing and makes a quick run inside using his pace to create space. He plays a ball into Rivaldo on the edge of the penalty area.

2 ) Rivaldo spots the run from Kluivert who has come from a deep position and is unmarked.

3) Kluivert scores from the pass with an accurate first-time volley.

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Conclusions:

- Overmars does well as originally he attacks the ball and uses his pace to break into the middle and play an accurate ball into Rivaldo. What is striking here though is the run from Kluivert who is behind play and uses his pace and an element of surprise to move into space behind the defence. This shows the importance of forwards making untracked runs from deep areas to beat the offside trap and get into space.
- The marking on Kluivert and Rivaldo by the defending team is poor as is the communication. Kluivert's run is not picked up by the defence nor the midfielders who appeal for offside. Similarly, Rivaldo is given too much space and time to play his pass.

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