The semi final stage of the UEFA Champions League kicked off with the first leg clash between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC. SoccerWay kept you up to date on the most important events.
Final score: 1-1
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FULL TIME – Where nobody expected Chelsea to equalize, they did so with the help of Riise in the very last minute of the match. Things now look a lot better for the Londoners in respect to the second leg next week.
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Minute 90+4: GOAL CHELSEA (1-1) – JOHN ARNE RIISE An incredible end to this match as substitute Riise tries to clear a low cross from the left but instead heads the ball past his own goalkeeper to level the score.
Minute 90+4: Fernando Torres shoots from close range after a corner kick but Cech once again stands in the way to avoid a second Liverpool goal.
Minute 90+3: The match doesn’t end without cards. John Terry blocks Javier Mascherano and accepts the booking.
Minute 90+1: Referee Plautz adds four minutes of stoppage time.
Minute 89: Only a few minutes to go at Anfield and it looks like Liverpool are able to defend their 1-0 lead.
Minute 86: Another Frenchman enters the pitch as Nicolas Anelka gets to play a few minutes in place of Ballack.
Minute 85: A powerful shot from Steven Gerrard, which forces Cech to make a save that is equally impressive.
Minute 82: Free kick for Chelsea on the right wing. The ball is swung into the area but John Terry stands in the way of Reina and the referee gives a free kick to Liverpool.
Minute 76: The second change of the match for Liverpool. Rafa BenÃƒÂtez brings on Yossi Benayoun to replace Ryan Babel.
Minute 74: Chelsea almost break through Liverpool’s defense but where Lampard probably should have tried a shot, he instead passes the ball to no-man’s-land.
Minute 69: Drogba is receiving treatment after a push in the back from Riise. The forward seems to be okay though.
Minute 67: Good chance for Chelsea. The guests finally begin to show some inspiration. Florent Malouda gets the opportunity to shoot from within the penalty area but hits the side-net.
Minute 66: Michael Ballack heads on goal from a Lampard free kick but the ball is well controlled by Liverpool keeper Reina.
Minute 64: Kalou and Kuyt meet again. Now spearheading their teams’ respective attacks, they used to be partners at Feyenoord, where they were referred to as ‘K-2’.
Minute 63: Chelsea manager Grant makes his first change too, taking off Joe Cole for Salomon Kalou.
Minute 62: Fabio Aurelio comes off on a stretcher and is replaced by Norwegian John Arne Riise.
Minute 61: Fabio Aurelio of Liverpool seems to have suffered a groin injury. It seems serious.
Minute 60: Ryan Babel is close to scoring Liverpool’s second of the night, but the Dutchman’s strike curves away from the goal to go about one meter wide.
Minute 55: Both sides have shown good sportsmanship uptil now. Austrian referee Konrad Plautz hasn’t had to hand out any cards.
Minute 52: Ryan Babel shows his skills on the left wing and allows Xavi Alonso to try a shot on goal. Cech saves.
Minute 50: The first minutes of the second half mostly take place on Liverpool’s half but the Reds seem to be playing on the counter and did come through dangerously twice.
Minute 46: The second half has started and Chelsea have 45 minutes left to change the situation they’re in right now.
HALF TIME – The first half is over at Anfield and it has been entertaining. Liverpool lead 1-0 thanks to a goal from Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt in the 43rd minute, and were the better side throughout the first 45 minutes.
Minute 43: GOAL LIVERPOOL (1-0) – DIRK KUYT gives his all to win the ball in Chelsea’s penalty area and pushes the ball past Petr Cech to put his side in a well-deserved lead.
Minute 40: A chelsea corner create little danger, and is the first time in minutes that the Blues actually managed to make Liverpool’s defense show their worth.
Minute 37: Liverpool get a corner kick and Cech slips away. He is lucky though as nobody takes advantage.
Minute 33: Gerrard tries his luck from distance but doesn’t manage to hit the ball the way he wanted. Cech easily saves.
Minute 30: A great Liverpool attack gives Torres the best chance of the match so far. Gerrard finds the Spaniard, but again it is Cech to block the effort.
Minute 29: Didier Drogba wants a penalty but if anything, it is he who commits the foul.
Minute 28: Although the ball keeps moving from one side to the other, no real chances have been created in the last minutes.
Minute 21: Joe Cole misjudges a big chance for Chelsea, failing to reach the ball after a long pass from Frank Lampard.
Minute 17: An effort from Spanish striker Fernando Torres rolls over the goal-line, just a few meters wide. Liverpool are pushing for a goal.
Minute 17: The match has really opened up now. Where Chelsea dominated in the first ten minutes, it is now Liverpool to take the initiative.
Minute 13: Dirk Kuyt is close to opening the score for Liverpool. A through-pass reaches the Dutchman but Cech manages to get in the way. The ball is then cleared by a defender.
Minute 8: The ball ends up in front of Steven Gerrard, who launches Liverpool’s first shot of the match. Petr Cech easily controls though.
Minute 2: Chelsea get a dangerous free kick but Drogba’s attempt hits the wall.
Minute 0: The match is underway at Anfield Road in Liverpool.
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