Video: Liverpool 1-0 Debrecen reported to be the ‘fixed’ Champions League game
Liverpool’s win over Debrecen in 2009 is the allegedly fixed Champions League game played in England, a Danish newspaper is reporting.
Ekstra Bladet claims that the 1-0 victory at Anfield is the unnamed match referred to following a Europol investigation into match fixing across Europe.
The newspaper says Debrecen goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic was bribed to ensure that there were over 2.5 goals in the match, despite the fact that a poor attacking display from the Reds meant this didn’t actually happen.
Dirk Kuyt scored the only goal of the game (the second goal you’ll see in the video above) when he followed up a Poleksic parry after a Fernando Torres shot.
But investigators reportedly uncovered text messages sent by the crime gang behind the alleged fixing bemoaning Steven Gerrard’s finishing during the match.
The reports also claim that Poleksic was bribed again ahead of Fiorentina’s 4-3 victory over Debrecen. He is currently serving a two-year ban for failing to report match fixing.