Liverpool 1-0 Augsburg: Reds go through to the last 16

Europa League Last 32 2nd Leg
Thursday 25 February 2016 - 6:00 pm
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Liverpool qualified for the last 16 of the Europa League with a 1-0 second leg win over Augsburg

Jurgen Klopp made one change from the first leg - with Lucas Leiva replacing Kolo Toure in central defence - a sign that Toure was likely being rested ahead of the League Cup final on Sunday.

The reds took an early lead thanks to a handball from Kohr in the fifth minute.

LFC v Augsburg at Anfield

James Milner dispatched the penalty to send the reds on their way.

Augsburg were a shadow of the side that Liverpool faced last week in Germany - and the reds had plenty of opportunities to add to their opening goal.  It was another game to feature a barrage of LFC corners but the poor quality of LFC's set-pieces continued.

The German side had some opportunities themselves - mostly presented through errors - Lucas Leiva giving away a dangerous backpass at one point in the half.

The second half brought more chances.  Henderson, Coutinho and Sturridge amongst those putting chances wide that may have been easier to put in the net.

A total of 24 chances fell Liverpool's way but it remained 1-0.

With one eye on the cup final Klopp had to make changes - Sturridge and Coutinho being subbed off in the final 25 minutes - Origi and Teixeira on to replace them.

As the final ten minutes approached nervousness intensified - Augsburg brought on Bobadilla for one final push for a goal that would knock the reds out of the competition.

A late free kick for the German side shaved the outside of the Liverpool post to the relief of the Kop.

The five minutes of injury time were fairly uneventful and the reds qualify for the final 16 of the Europa League where they will have to be a lot more lethal in front of goal if they want to progress.

All eyes now turn to Wembley in less than 72 hours.

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