Champions league : Liverpool revive hopes with record 8-0 victory

London, November 7:

Liverpool revived its chances of reaching the next round of the Champions League on Tuesday with the competition’s biggest ever win, and Valencia’s hopes were hit by a loss to visiting Rosenborg.

Liverpool needed victory after it picked up just one point from its first three Group A matches, and Yossi Benayoun scored a hat trick to lead the five-time European champions to an 8-0 win over Besiktas.

Two-time runner-up Valencia lost to Rosenborg 2-0, defending champion AC Milan won at Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0, and 2004 winner FC Porto beat Marseille 2-1. Also, Lazio beat Werder Bremen 2-1, Celtic downed Benfica 1-0, Real Madrid was held to a 0-0 draw at Olympiakos and Chelsea drew 0-0 at Schalke.

Peter Crouch put Liverpool ahead in the 19th minute before Benayoun made it 2-0 in the 32nd. Benayoun scored again in the 53rd and the Israel midfielder completed his hat trick three minutes later.

Gerrard made it 5-0 in the 69th and Benayoun completed his man-of-the-match performance in the 78th when he set up Ryan Babel for Liverpool’s sixth goal. Babel then forced the seventh goal with nine minutes left, when he jumped to block a defender’s clearance and the ball hit his back and looped into the goal. In the 89th, Crouch scored the goal that beat the 7-0 record that Juventus set in 2003 and Arsenal matched two weeks ago.

Liverpool improved to four points in Group A, three fewer than Marseille and four fewer than leader Porto. That means it has to beat both teams above it in its remaining two games.

Porto’s Lisandro Lopez headed in his team’s winning goal in the 78th. Porto went ahead in the 27th through Tarik Sektioui but Mamadou Niang equalised in the 47th .

Chelsea kept the lead of Group B despite their scoreless draw at Schalke, and Rosenborg strengthened its hold on second place through two goals by Steffen Iversen at Valencia. Rosenborg moved up to seven points, one fewer than Chelsea.