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Football: a fantastic stroke of luck Liverpool

March 7 2007
14:09

Late last night decided the first quarter-the most prestigious European football tournament - the Champions League.

"Lion" - "Roma" - 0:2 (first match - 0:0)

A goalless draw in the first home game playoff results depressing. Only Porto three years ago managed to get Deportivo ", playing at home in a draw.

Champion of France Lyon on all forecasts bookmakers, had to beat Italy's AS Roma. But football is football. Vtornichnym evening interrupted a unique 18-a match unbeaten run home games in European competition. Lyon did not capitulate in the home stadium since 2002. The victory ensured the Italians two great counter-attack and errors defender Lyonnais Réveillère.

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Missed out on the 22 nd minute goal from a combination Tonetti and Francesco Totti, "Lyon" opened in the hope of revenge. But to no avail. The second goal the hosts missed the curtain half, when Mancini left eye to eye all the same with Réveillère, irresistibly struck out a defender.

The second half was a mere formality - "Lyon had to score three goals. To score at least a goal of prestige owners prevented goalkeeper Roma Doni. 0:2 away victory "Roma".

"Valencia" - "Inter" - 0:0 (first match - 2:2)

"Valencia" was not necessarily to score, to pass on in this confrontation. Having played an away draw in a meaningful team Quique Flores was enough not to miss. "Bats" from the first minutes of "dried" the game and did not allow the champions of Italy to score at least one ball.

After the final whistle, the field stadium Estadio Mestalla 'bloody brawl erupted. As a result, at Burdisso broken nose, and after the game, coach of Inter was stoned. UEFA disciplinary bodies is likely to disqualify a few players from both teams.

Liverpool - FC Barcelona - 0:1 (first match - 2:1)

At the legendary Anfield relationships elucidated Liverpool and Barcelona. The Spaniards have lost three consecutive games. Lost 1:2 from "Valencia" and "Seville" in the example of complicated "blue garnet" fight for the championship, and the failure to Liverpool in his field was fatal to the Trust Frank Rijkaard.

Liverpool from the first minutes looked much more dangerous than the guests. In the first half, the hosts missed at least a dozen chances to score, and once Rize hit the crossbar. By the end of the first half the Reds struck ten blows to the gate of Barcelona.

After the break, "Bars" as substituted. Be monitored ball and "fire" in the defense of Champions Spain ceased. In the mid-half, who replaced Eydur Gudjohnsen, fled from slow defenders Liverpool and opened the account. On the emotions "Barca" jerked forward, but to no avail - on passes Liverpool.

Chelsea - FC Porto - 2:1 (first match - 1:1)

In the fourth event of the evening met Chelsea and FC Porto. At the end of the first half on the scoreboard shone disappointing for owners 0:1. But not always take the champions of England could not.

With the start of the second half "aristocrats" completely crushed and quickly did their guests. The winning goal was scored by Michael Ballack at 79 minute. Then the owners moved to defense and played the confident meeting.2:1 victory for Chelsea.

Today, for the beginning chetverfinal will compete: "Arsenal and PSV Eindhoven, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, AC Milan and Celtic, Manchester United and Lille.

Alex Vitvitskiy

PanZicov

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