Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/21/13
Ajax
A Luis Suarez double was not enough to prevent Liverpool slipping out of the UEFA Europa League on away goals. The Reds won 3-1 on the night thanks to a tremendous performance at Anfield, and while that left the score 3-3 on aggregate following a 2-0 loss in Russia last week, it was Zenit who progressed after Hulk collected an early away goal. Joe Allen was the other scorer on a night that came close to emulating famous comebacks such as Olympiacos 2004 and Auxerre 1991. Liverpool started brightly amid a wall of noise at Anfield, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson mustering early shots. It was a night when an early goal would be required — but unfortunately it came at the wrong end, Hulk capitalizing on a mis-hit back pass from Jamie Carragher and slotting past Pepe Reina at the Kop end. Nineteen minutes gone and Liverpool now required four goals to progress, but Anfield did not lose hope. In the 28th minute, the arrears were reduced after Daniel Agger slalomed through the visiting defense and drew a foul inches outside the area. Suarez stepped up, navigated both wall and goalkeeper and caused an eruption in L4. Moments later Gerrard had another dead ball cleared off the line by Aleksandr Anyukov. The comeback continued in the 43rd minute when a superb combination between Henderson and Jose Enrique granted the latter space to cross. The Spaniard found Allen, who lifted the ball over the goalkeeper after having an initial header saved. The second half began with a penalty appeal after a handball by Tomas Hubocan. Referee Bjorn Kuipers waved play on and Suarez found the ball at his feet only to fire wide as the crowd continued to protest. Never mind. The third goal arrived after 59 minutes as Suarez bent home his second free-kick of the night, this time from 30 yards at the Kop end. What a player, and what a night this was turning into. Both Oussama Assaidi and Jonjo Shelvey had been preparing to come on when the goal went in and Brendan Rodgers stuck to his plan, replacing Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen. The belief inside Anfield was palpable as the visiting defense crumbled in the face of a Red onslaught. Hulk pumped a free-kick of his own towards Reina’s goal but the Russians were otherwise impotent in attack. Another free-kick for Liverpool, this time after Assaidi was hauled to the ground. Suarez stepped up for a hat-trick but this time was denied by Vyacheslav Malafeev. Seconds later the goalkeeper made an acrobatic stop to thwart a Gerrard volley. At the other end Hulk forced Reina into a rare save but Liverpool soon surged again, Shelvey blasting into the side netting. Agger then skimmed a header wide during a succession of corners. Time was beginning to run out. Despite continued pressure, it was not to be for Liverpool, whose elimination means that Carragher’s 150th European appearance will be his last.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Adam Eaton gets 4th of July surprise from brother

Clippers in talks with JaVale McGee, Amar’e Stoudemire

Report: LeBron won't negotiate with Cavs until Thompson is signed

Andrei Kostitsyn interested in return to NHL

Blazers fire assistant who said Aldridge was leaving team

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Miguel Cabrera lands on DL for first time in his career

LaMarcus Aldridge chooses to sign with Spurs

WATCH: Serena Williams wags finger at Wimbledon crowd, says, 'Don’t try me'

Report: Rajon Rondo headed to Sacramento Kings

Dez Bryant deal with Cowboys could be announced Monday

Brandon Saad, Ryan O’Reilly sign long-term contracts with Columbus, Buffalo

Kosta Koufos agrees to deal with Kings

Report: Blues in trade talks about Kevin Shattenirk

Report: Gregg Popovich plans to fulfill five-year contract

4-Star LB commits to Kentucky, zings Louisville

Clay Buchholz not worried about trade rumors

All hope isn't completely lost for this year's Milwaukee Brewers

Roy Hibbert likely being traded to Lakers

WATCH: Pablo Sandoval falls over railing during catch

Report: Packers TE charged with firing a gun in Miami

Kawhi, LaMarcus, the mid-range and the Spurs' next epoch

How can Rafael Nadal regain his dominance?

NBA Rumors: Cavs and Spurs vying for David West

Soccer News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Russell Wilson 'would definitely consider' playing for Mariners

Solo, Rapinoe among USWNT stars up for World Cup awards

LBS on Sports Jeopardy! Here's how how it went

College football's 35 most patriotic helmets

A brief history of non-star All-Stars

With Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Odell Beckham Jr. offered professional baseball contract

Orioles keep finding a way to win

Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.