MATCH ANALYSIS: LIVERPOOL v MIDDLESBOROUGH (08/12/01) - GOAL OWEN
 

1) The pass is played through to Berger who is first to the ball.

2 ) He plays an instant one touch layoff pass to his right into the path of Owen who moves into the space between the defensive & midfield lines.

3) He moves forward & hits a surprise but excellent long-range shot into the corner

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Conclusions:

- Defence: Shows the importance of being first to the ball. Also, Owen is too easily allowed to move into space and is not closed down quickly enough.
- Attack: Good initial penetrative ball to eliminate the first line of defence. Berger does well to get to the ball first and play an intelligent layoff into the path of Owen who seizes the opportunity to run into the space in front of the back four. Having the choice of running at the defenders who outnumber him, he elects to hit an excellent unexpected shot from distance which catches the goalkeeper out.

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