The 2001 UEFA Cup Final
was an association football
match between Liverpool
on 16 May 2001 at the Westfalenstadion
. The showpiece event was the final match of the 2000–01
edition of Europe's secondary cup competition, the UEFA Cup
. Liverpool were appearing in their third UEFA Cup final, after their appearances in 1973
. It also represented the first European final they reached since being banned from Europe following the Heysel Stadium disaster
. Alavés were appearing in their first European final.
Each team had to progress through six knockout rounds playing 12 matches in total to reach the final. Liverpool's matches were mainly close affairs, none of their ties were won by more than two goals. The fourth round and semi-final ties against Roma
were won 1–0. In contrast, Alavés ties ranged from close affairs to comfortable victories. They won their first round tie against Gaziantepspor
by one goal, whereas they beat Kaiserslautern
9–2 in the semi-final.
Watched by a crowd of 48,050, Liverpool took an early lead when Markus Babbel
scored in the fourth minute. They extended their lead in the 16th minute when Steven Gerrard
scored. Midway through the first half, Iván Alonso
scored to bring Alavés within a goal of levelling the match. A few minutes before the end of the first half, Liverpool went 3–1 up when Gary McAllister
scored from the penalty spot. Minutes after the start of the second half,......