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Champions League: Liverpool v Barcelona (H) 6/3/07

March 6, 2007

Talk about nail biting! Yet again we did things the hard way, hanging on to knock out Barcelona 2-2 on the away goals rule.

We had more than enough chances to finish the game in the first half, with Riise shooting just wide before hitting the crossbar and having his headed attempt cleared off the line in a move that brought a double save from Valdes courtesy of Bellamy then Kuyt. Sissoko then almost capitalised on another Valdes error by connecting with the ‘keeper’s woeful clearance, only to be denied by the crossbar.

Barcelona were awful for most of the game, with just one piece of brilliant play from Ronaldinho who was thwarted by the post. Barca finally came alive after Eidur Gudjohnsen was played onside by Arbeloa before calmly going past Reina and slotting the ball home. Barcelona then dominated possession but created very little and Crouch, who replaced the hardworking Kuyt near the end, should’ve made it 1-1 after getting onto a dangerous cross by Pennant only to blaze it into The Kop.

Another fantastic result in Europe but we need to start taking our chances if we are to repeat what we did 2 years ago and lift the Champions League trophy for the 6th time, in Athens.

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  1. March 7, 2007 1:08 pm

    I thought Barcelona were really poor – I don’t watch Spanish football so I don’t know the reasons behind their decline, but I was surprised at how pedestrian they were compared to the team that knocked Chelsea out last season.

    Liverpool did what they needed to do though, and Sissoko did a fantastic job in midfield.

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