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Stalemates mean Liverpool, Spurs must wait

Published on Nov 23, 2012 6:48 AM
Lazio's Czech forward Libor Kozak (left) fights for the ball with Tottenham Hotspur's English defender Steven Caulker during the group J Europa League football match between Lazio and Tottenham on Nov 22, 2012 at the Olympic stadium in Rome. Tottenham could only draw 0-0 at Lazio - who qualify - meaning they also have to gain a point in their final game at home to Panathinaikos, who trail the Londoners by two points. -- PHOTO : AFP 

PARIS (AFP) - Five-time European champions they may be but Liverpool must wait before they can take their place in the last 32 of the Europa League after allowing Swiss side Young Boys to draw 2-2 at Anfield on Thursday.

A much-changed Liverpool side - coach Brendan Rodgers left Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard on the bench to begin with - let the Swiss off the hook after Jonjo Shelvey and the recalled Joe Cole had scored to sandwich a riposte from Raul Bobadilla.

With just two minutes remaining Elsad Zverotic had the 2,500-strong visiting contingent on their feet as he thrashed a fine strike past Pepe Reina, the Spaniard beating Ray Clemence's European goalkeeping appearances record in Europe in his 81st game.

"Conceding a late goal is disappointing," said Cole.

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