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Let's stick together!

Startbeitrag von GerRed (Lothar) am 13.04.2005 18:19

Wenn alle, Spieler und Fans zusammenhalten, werden wir es schaffen.
Come on, you mighty Reds!


Liverpool have deservedly clinched a place in the last four of the Champions League after heroically holding Juventus to a goalless draw on a memorable night in Turin.
In a game of nail-biting tension the Reds produced an impressively disciplined performance to shut out their hosts and preserve their 2-1 first leg advantage.

At times it was backs to the wall stuff but Rafa's men passed the ball with precision and defended resolutely to set up a mouth-watering semi-final clash with Chelsea.

In a first half of few goalscoring opportunities the best chance fell to Zlatan Ibrahimovic after just eight minutes but thankfully he fired over from a central position six-yards from goal.

When in possession Liverpool looked comfortable all night and after going in at the interval with their heads held high they came out after the break and almost snatched the lead through Baros.

Latching on to a perfectly threaded through ball from Alonso the Czech striker got goal side of the Juve defence but with only the keeper to beat agonisingly rolled his shot wide of the post.
At the opposite end Dudek saved superbly from an Emerson header, with was the home sides first effort on target.

As the minutes ticked by the nerves became more and more frayed and Liverpool survived a major scare when Traore headed against his own post following a Juventus free-kick.

It was not all one way traffic though and with Cisse completing his amazing recovery from a broken leg by replacing Baros late in the second half the Reds continued to pose a threat on the counter-attack.

Biscan headed over with seven minutes remaining but in the end it didn't matter. At the opposite end Juve couldn't find the key to unlock the Liverpool defence and the long-awaited final whistle was the signal for ecstatic scenes among the players and travelling fans.

This was an occasion to rank alongside any in this club's illustrious European history and every player in a red shirt deserves credit for the part they played in it.

Well done lads!

von Oliver Kahles - am 13.04.2005 21:11
FC Liverpool nun gegen Chelsea

Der FC Liverpool hat erstmals seit 20 Jahren das Halbfinale der Champions League erreicht.

Den Engländern reichte im Rückspiel bei Juventus Turin ein 0:0, um den 2:1-Vorsprung aus dem Hinspiel über die Zeit zu retten. Während sich Juve in der ersten Hälfte einige Chancen erarbeitete, wirkten die Italiener in der zweiten Halbzeit über weite Strecken lethargisch und ohne Siegeswillen. Lediglich Cannavaro zeigte mit einem Lattenschuss Engagement (78.).

Im Halbfinale kommt es nun zum Derby gegen den FC Chelsea.

von Oliver Kahles - am 13.04.2005 21:15
Liverpool sealed an all-Premiership Champions League semi-final with Chelsea after a superb display.
Rafael Benitez's injury-ravaged side delivered a performance of discipline and resilience to protect their 2-1 lead from the first leg at Anfield.

Juventus created few opportunities apart from an early close-range effort from striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Fabio Cannavaro struck the post late on, while Milan Baros was off target with Liverpool's best chance.

It was a performance that guaranteed that there will be a Premiership team in the Champions League final in Istanbul in May.

Liverpool, as expected, restored Jerzy Dudek in goal ahead of youngster Scott Carson, with Xabi Alonso back in midfield for the first time since January in place of injured captain Steven Gerrard.

And Liverpool's depleted side more than held their own in a first 45 minutes played in low-key fashion, with Juventus showing little urgency as they went in search of the goal that would take them through.

Liverpool's only worrying moment came after 10 minutes when Zambrotta's cross found Ibrahimovic unmarked only eight yards out, but he could not keep his effort down and Dudek was grateful to see it fly over the top.

Benitez's side showed great organisation, catching Juventus offside on numerous occasions, but the forward pairing of Baros and Luis Garcia got little joy from the Juventus rearguard.

Garcia escaped once, but Gianluigi Buffon was quickly out of his goal to beat the Spaniard in a race for the ball.

Juventus needed to put more pressure on Liverpool, and they made a change at half-time, replacing Ruben Olivera with Marcello Zalayeta.

Liverpool's first clear chance came after 49 minutes, when a brilliant ball from Alonso released Baros, but the Czech striker was wasteful when clean through and failed to even hit the target.

Benitez brought on Vladimir Smicer after 57 minutes to replace the ineffective Antonio Nunez.

Dudek had been superbly protected, and it was 63 minutes before he made his first save, a fine diving stop from Emerson's header after Mauro Camoranesi's free-kick.

Baros had been disappointing, and he was replaced with 15 minutes left by Djibril Cisse, who completed a remarkable recovery from the broken leg he sustained at Blachburn in October.

Juventus came close to breaking the deadlock when Cannavaro's header struck the post and rebounded to safety.

Juventus: Buffon, Thuram, Montero, Cannavaro, Camoranesi, Emerson, Olivera, Zambrotta, Nedved, Ibrahimovic, Del Piero. Subs: Chimenti, Pessotto, Birindelli, Appiah, Blasi, Zalayeta, Masiello.

Liverpool: Dudek, Finnan, Hyypia, Carragher, Traore, Nunez, Biscan, Alonso, Riise, Luis Garcia, Baros. Subs: Carson, Cisse, Smicer, Le Tallec, Warnock, Welsh, Potter.

Referee: Valentin Ivanov (Russia)

von Oliver Kahles - am 13.04.2005 21:16
A jubilant Rafael Benitez has dedicated Liverpool's heroic Champions League triumph over Juventus to the supporters, his staff and everyone who works at the club.
Speaking after the Reds' impressively-earned goalless draw at the Stadio Delle Alpi secured a 2-1 aggregate success and a passage into the last four, Benitez talked of his pride at seeing his side add another famous chapter to Liverpool's rich European history.

"First of all I want to dedicate victory to the fans, to my staff and to the workers of Liverpool Football Club. We have done a good job for them," he declared.

"I am incredibly proud. It is important to be in the semi-final after the year we have had. We know that we are inconsistent but I am delighted to be here.

"I am not surprised at the result because we have been working hard in training. If you'd have seen the sessions you'll know what I mean. We are where we are because we have worked hard for it.

"We tried to keep the ball and play on the counter-attack. Juve are a fantastic team and we knew they would be strong through the middle. It was difficult at times but it worked. It was also nice to see Xabi back and Cisse playing again.

"All the team worked hard though and I don't like to single out individual players. It was a real team effort."

Liverpool now meet Chelsea in an intriguing all-Premiership semi-final clash and although Benitez admitted he thinks the Londoners will be favourites to progress he's confident that the Reds can get through to the final in Istanbul.

"We have confidence in the Champions League," he added. "It will be difficult, we know. And for me they are the favourites but we have nothing to lose. In our last two games against Chelsea we have come close to beating them. Hopefully this time we will."

von Oliver Kahles - am 13.04.2005 21:39
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