Thursday, April 3, 2008

previous champions league post

Liverpool came from behind to claim a 1-1 draw against Arsenal in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners dominated early on and they deservedly went ahead on 23 minutes as Emmanuel Adebayor rose unchallenged to head home a corner. Arsenal were the better team thereafter but they could not find a breakthrough. They should have had a second-half penalty after Kuyt appeared to tug back Alexander Hleb in the box but the ref only gave a corner. Now Liverpool go into next week's second leg as slight favorites thanks to their away goal.
Fenerbahce fought back from a goal down to claim an unlikely 2-1 success over Chelsea in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League clash. Avram Grant's side had been in firm control of the contest early on courtesy of Deivid's own goal from Florent Malouda's cross after just 13 minutes. The Blues dominated the remainder of the first half, but crucially, they failed to add to their early advantage despite peppering Fener keeper Volkan Demirel. With the Blue’s back against the wall it sets up an intriguing second leg at Stamford Bridge.


Manchester United are in a commanding position to qualify for the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League after a 2-0 win over Roma at the Stadio Olimpico. Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney grabbed the goals for the Premier League leaders to give Roma a mountain to climb in the second leg at Old Trafford next week. United look poised to move on to the final next week where they will face the familiarity of a Premiere League side. This sets up to be Man U’s best chance at the trophy in quite some time.

Barcelona will take a narrow lead to Camp Nou after securing a 1-0 win against Schalke in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final. Bojan Krkic grabbed the only goal of the game for the visitors and ensures that the Catalan giants will be the favourites to progress to the last four when the two sides meet again next week. It took just 12 minutes for the visitors to take the lead, when 17-year-old striker Krkic handed them the advantage. Thierry Henry troubled Schalke down the left and when his snap-shot was parried back to his feet from Manuel Neuer, he squared for his young team-mate to tap home. Only a trip to the finals will save Frank Rijkaard’s job and with the talent he’s working with it should be doable. The question is should he be asked to step down either way?

7 comments:

  1. For Lampard and Grant to come out and say they Chelsea deserved to get the draw is a bit of a joke, Liverpool created all of the clear cut chances and deserved a win in the margin of at least two goals. Carragher got a touch to the ball the the Chelsea fans were claiming was a penalty, where as the penalty not given to liverpool against Ashley Cole on the push on Dirk Kuyt was clear cut. Anywhere else on the pitch, that would have been a free kick. Chelsea got lucky this time but wont get the same luck at the bridge.

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  2. Well done Chelsea good result to get at Anfield, I did think that Liverpool's usual lucky in the CL was holding when Carragher bought down Drouga in the box and no penalty was given, and then they had the rub of the green for the goal ( although Babel was NOT offside when the ball was kicked, under the new rules, but he played himself offside then he made a movement towards the ball as he came back ). But that goal in injury time made it all right in the end for Chelsea, of course it was down to luck, but it played itself even over the game. Liverpool fans may believe they were hard done by on the night, just as Arsenal fans did over the two legs in the Quarter finals.

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  3. Oh what a surprise, yet again Chelsea get a result with the help of the referee. Why bother showing the amount of extra time due when for Chelsea they take absolutely no notice of it. How many times they were allowed to commit fouls and get away with it - no change there then. John Terry should have been sent off - (lets hope he is never allowed to lead our national team again ) Drogbah should be on stage not playing football buth then when he fools so many referees so often I suppose he thinks it is his right to cheat. When are we going to get team spirit back into the game and see 90 inutes of football from all teams instead of 89 minutes of theatricals from the elite? Lets just pray that Liverpool can break their duck at Stamford Bridge and progress to Moscow as they deserve. Keep your chin up lads

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  4. HA HA! Awesome! As a United fan I hate Chelsea but I hate Liverpool more! The look on the fans' faces at the end, and 'Rafa the waiter', was priceless. Cue the whinging. Still, cheer up Liverpool fans. Better to get knocked out in the semis, semis that you shouldn't be in anyway, than get stuffed by United in the final. Poor ref decisions cost you.? Feel sorry for Arsenal? I bet you don't! Follow follow follow cos United are going to Moscow!

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  5. Sorry Liverpool fans, well actually i'm not sorry at all. If it wasn't for some bad ref's decisions agains't Arsenal then you would not be in the semi at all, so you can blame the ref all you want. Chelsea have had some very very bad luck in this fixture and it's about time we got that luck, I could not have dreamed up a better way to get the away goal that Chelsea deserved, and an own goal at the kop end with the last kick of the game....brilliant!! So I wish you no luck at all in the second leg at the Bridge, were Liverpools record is the worst....YES thats correct, the worst over the last 10 years out of all the premiership teams, no goal's in the last 8 I believe. So thanks Roman for your Billions, at last it looks like we can now buy the the one with the big ears that is rightfull ours Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. On a final note, did anyone notice chubbys big round red face

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  6. Sorry was i missing something last night but i am sure that the board that was put up to inform us of injury time said 4 minutes, not 5! Why wasn't the whistle blown? Why must these referees insist on having a few more seconds "just in case" something asppires from a challenge. Isn't that the reason why the thing around their wrist is a stopwatch....Having said that Riise was just purely unlucky. We need to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and focus on Stamford Bridge.....It may have been Chelsea's first goal against us in a champion's league semi, but it will also be the first time next week that we have scored at the Bridge under Rafa. Have every faith! On a different note, so so glad that the flag for Liam Harker made it onto the big screen, our hearts are with you!!!!

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  7. I think that Liverpool deserved a win. Although I cannot help but wonder what happened at that throw in that allowed the ball to be crossed... Perhaps a lapse in concentration. I thought the refereeing was appauling. I thought John Terry deserved a red card. I think Didier Drogba should really be called up on his constant theatrics! I also think that Liverpool allowed Chelsea to spend too much time in their own half in the second half. We should have brought on Crouch toward the end and banged a few long balls at him to get into their half and hold it up there. Chelsea deserved nothing from that encounter, and the fact that they didn't receive a few cards from the referee was their only real win. Avram Grant can shove his ..." we deserved it"... BS...

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