Saturday 16 February 2019

Euro exit would cost 'Pool £10m

Jamie Holland

Liverpool need to take maximum points from their two remaining group games -- away to Debrecen and at home to Fiorentina -- to stand any chance of making it through to the last 16 and will be out if Fiorentina beat Lyon on November 24, a result that would cost the Merseyside club at least £10m in lost revenue.

"We were unlucky to concede a late goal -- I think we deserved to win," Rafael Benitez said.

"To concede in the last minute was really, really unlucky, but I think with the problems we have, we showed character and the response from the players was very pleasing. I don't think it's mission impossible (to qualify). We have to win our games and see what Fiorentina and Lyons do."

Jamie Carragher, said: "I think we can pull it off. We have been in difficult positions before and came through. It's going to be difficult but we are not out of it yet."

Fiorentina's 5-2 win over Debrecen keeps them firmly in second spot in Group E.

Goals from Adrian Mutu and Gergely Rudolf saw the sides all square at half-time but Dario Dainelli, Riccardo Montolivo and Marco Marchionni all struck to seal the game for Fiorentina.

Two goals in the last five minutes spared Jose Mourinho's blushes at Dynamo Kiev and reignited Inter Milan's campaign in Group F with a 2-1 win.

Andrey Shevchenko opened the scoring on 21 minutes, but Inter piled on the pressure in the second period and it paid off as the in-form Diego Milito equalised in the 86th minute and Wesley Sneijder won it a minute from time.

Sevilla booked their spot in the last 16 by holding on for a 1-1 draw against battling Stuttgart at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.

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