Breathing space for Reds but Stewart is sent off

Liverpool's smooth passage through to the second round of the European Cup Winners' Cup was marred by the dismissal of Paul Stewart 18 minutes from time in Cyprus.

Influential midfieldman Stewart will now have to serve a Euro ban after being shown the red card for raising an arm to Appollon goalkeeper Christophi. Under pressure manager Graeme Souness said: "It was foolish of him. If you raise your hand in any game you will go off. Paul didn't strike out; it was more of a brush and the goalkeeper threw himself down two or three seconds after the incident. It was unfair but, hopefully, Paul will have learned from it."

As for the game, Souness added: "It's always hard to motivate yourself in situations like that and the pitch caused us as many problems as anything. We still had to go out there and do a job."

Liverpool looked distinctly nervous in the first period as Isofedis hit a post with a drive from outside the box and Bruce Grobbelaar was forced into making a great save when Iaonnau sent the rebound towards the net.

Grobbelaar, who was again preferred in goal to David James, then made a second spectacular save from Spoliaric's hopeful shot.
Steve McManaman occasionally tormented the Cypriot defence with darting runs down the Liverpool wing and it was the youngster's drive from 25 yards which represented Liverpool's best chance in the first half.

Ian Rush, captaining the Liverpool side in the absence of Mark Wright, went close in first half stoppage time. However, the Welshman headed Mark Walters' cross straight into the arms of Christophi.

With a scoreless draw looking likely, the game came to life in the 60th minute - and it was Appollon who took the lead. Milenko Spoliaric hit a hard, left-foot shot from the edge of the area, which was the signal for a mini pitch invasion from the volatile home fans.
But a minute later Liverpool were level - and it was Rush who stepped in to score his 5th goal of the tie and 20th in European competition. He is now within one goal of Roger Hunt's all-time Liverpool scoring record.

Don Hutchison secured victory for Liverpool in the 68th minute when he beat Christophi but the Reds had hardly finished celebrating when Stewart received his marching orders.

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