There was nothing to choose between Augsburg and Liverpool as they played out a dour 0-0 draw in the Europa League at WWK Arena on Thursday.
- Augsburg 0 Liverpool 0
- Sturridge misses from close range
- Ji Dong-won hits the post
There were few chances throughout the match, with the first half particularly barren before Caiuby had the best chance of the opening period just before the break.
Daniel Sturridge then missed a great close-range chance early in the second half after some excellent interplay between Roberto Firmino and James Milner, before Ji Dong-won almost won it late on when he volleyed against the post.
Chances were few and far between in the first half, with Roberto Firmino hitting a tame effort in the 11th minute after picking up possession and beating the defender, but it was the hosts who would get the most clear cut chance of the half just before the break.
Brazilian midfielder Caiuby started the move down the right-hand flank and slipped it through for Alexander Esswein, who cut inside and had a pop at goal, but Simon Mignolet was up to the challenge and parried the effort to safety, keeping the sides level at the break.
Daniel Sturridge missed a sitter early in the second half after some neat interplay between James Milner and Roberto Firmino saw the former find space on the right side of the box and play a low pass across the box, where Sturridge found himself with plenty of space in front of goal but couldn’t get the crucial touch.
An Alberto Moreno free kick then also threatened the deadlock as it looped in and took a touch off Kolo Toure, but Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz was quick to smother the danger. Moreno then had a drive from long range that tested the goalie and would have been a fantastic goal had it gone in.
Augsburg almost stole the aggregate lead late on when a ball across from the right was nodded downwards to Ji Dong-won, who hit a low volley against the post, but the tie will now be decided in the second leg at Anfield.