Steven Gerrard’s best attempt to extend Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League campaign will go down as a classic moment in his glittering career.
Gerrard, 34, scored a stunning free kick Tuesday in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Basel FC. Gerrard’s goal set the stage for Liverpool’s furious late effort at earning a comeback victory in a must-win game.
Liverpool was playing with 10 men (after Lazar Markovic’s dismissal), trailing 1-0 and in desperate need of inspiration when Gerrard lined up a free kick in the 82nd minute. What happened next is the stuff of legend, as Gerrard curled his free kick past goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik into the top corner.
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The goal was Gerrard’s 42nd in 130 European games for Liverpool — a club record. It gave Liverpool a lifeline and much-needed hope, but it ultimately wasn’t meant to be, as Basel held the Reds to a draw at Anfield and secured passage to the knockout rounds of European soccer’s elite competition.
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