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Suarez helps Liverpool edge past Hearts into Europa League group stage

Published on Aug 31, 2012 7:21 AM
Liverpool's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (left) goes around Hearts' Jamie MacDonald (centre) during the UEFA Europa League Play-off second leg football match at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England on August 30, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

LIVERPOOL (AFP) - Luis Suarez's late goal sent Liverpool into the Europa League group stage as the Reds drew 1-1 with Hearts at Anfield on Thursday to clinch a 2-1 aggregate success.

Brendan Rodgers' team had a 1-0 advantage from last week's first leg at Tynecastle and despite dominating for long periods at Anfield, they out just scraped past the Scottish Premier League outfit.

David Templeton looked set to make Liverpool pay for their wastefulness when his weak shot was allowed into the net by Pepe Reina with five minutes left.

But three minutes later, Suarez burst away down the left and managed to find the net from close-range to secure Liverpool's place in the group stages of Europe's second tier competition.

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