Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Liverpool end Gunners season in thrilling battle!

Liverpool 4-2 Arsenal

Liverpool have dumped Arsenal out of the Champions League witha a classic 4-2 victory at home. Again...... As the faithful Anfield crowd roars and cheers, chanting the famous "You'll never walk alone", acting as the 12th player on the pitch. We witnessed another famous Anfield night in the Champions League. This time, it is the Gunners who are the victim. However, it was a close and pulsating game until the very last minute with Arsenal gained the upperhand over the Reds twice.

Arsenal started the match brightly at break-neck speed with Diaby putting them ahead on 13 minutes after Arsenal had laid siege to the Liverpool goal. As the match progress, Liverpool levelled the tie through Sami Hypia on 30th minutes, they slowly found their momentum and starting to relax and pass the ball as they put Arsenal on the back foot. The half time score locked at the familiar 1-1 scoreline and crucially for Arsenal they had made the game balanced having already cancelled out Liverpool's away goal. Agg 2-2.

In the second half, Arsenal were no longer the dominant force. In 69th minutes, here comes Fernando Torres, he picked up a Crouch flicked, turned his marker and fired an unstoppable drive into the top corner, 2-1 Liverpool! However, their impressive control of the game looking bad after Theo Walcott's scintillating run sets up Adebayor for the crucial equalizer with 5 minutes to go. It looks like it was the battle for "the super speedy sub" at the closing stage of the game. Ryan Babel, who replaced Peter Crouch, reply by earning the Reds a penalty and scoring a goal to put the game beyond Arsenal's reach. Liverpool progress into the semis with a 5-3 aggregate win.

In the other semi-final, Chelsea defeated Fenerbahce 2-0(3-2 on agg) to set up another semi-final showdown with Liverpool.

Chelsea 2-0 Fenerbahce