Tuesday, April 14, 2009


LONDON - APRIL 30:  Frank Lampard of Chelsea c...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

Uefa president Michel Platini may think too many English teams are spoiling the Champions League but what does he know?

Tonight's Champions League quarter-final clash between Chelsea and Liverpool was an epic and memorable encounter. I listened to the previous fixture on the radio and felt confident that we would progress through to the semi-final with our 3-1 advantage.

If there is any team capable of overturning the deficit against the odds it's Liverpool though...

Fabio Aurelio put Liverpool ahead embarrassing Cech from a free kick which caught the Chelsea goalkeeper well out of position. Last weeks hero Branislav Ivanovich then conceded a penalty which Xabi Alonso converted to reduce the aggregate score further.

I began contemplating an exit from the competition as Liverpool had the momentum and looked the more likely to score further.

After half time Chelsea were a different team, first Pepe Reina was forced into a mistake by Drogba and then Alex blasted a stunning equaliser. Lampard then scored to increase our advantage which eased my nerves but I was soon on the edge of my seat again as Lucas and Dirk Kuyt both scored and made it a tense finale before Lampard again found the back of the net to put the game beyond Liverpool and seal a semi-final clash with Barcelona

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