Liverpool demolish Real Madrid

2009-03-11 07:07

Paris - Liverpool and Chelsea underlined the strength of the English Premiership on Tuesday, booking Champions League quarter-final berths after sending Real Madrid and Juventus packing.
Liverpool went through in a canter, Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres both on target - the England skipper netting a brace on his 100th European appearance - while Andrea Dossena added the coup de grace as nine-times champions Real were humbled 4-0 at Anfield.

The Merseysiders, five times winners, were wrapping up a 5-0 aggregate win following their opening gambit of a 1-0 win at the Bernabeu.

Torres, revelling as a former Atletico star in tormenting his old rivals from the other side of the Spanish capital, bagged the opener on 16 minutes and from then on the hosts toyed with a poor Real side on the latter's first visit to Anfield.

Gerrard then netted from the spot and added a fine half-volley for good measure after the restart before Dossena bagged a late fourth.

"The first 30 minutes we were awesome," said Gerrard.

"It was a fantastic team performance," he told ITV television.

Torres was delighted to put one over Real.

"Today was a massive game for us. It was very important to play tonight, it doesn't matter the pain," he said in allusion to his recent injury woes.

Liverpool's Spanish keeper Jose Reina told Spanish television that "it's not easy to come to Anfield - the result was not Real Madrid being poor but Liverpool winning deservedly."

Chelsea had to dig a little deeper into their reserves of resilience in drawing 2-2 away to Juve, where Guus Hiddink's Londoners twice came from behind on the night, having edged the first game 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Michael Essien and Didier Drogba found the target to steady the ship after Vincenzo Jaquinta had opened the scoring for the Italians on 19 minutes, David Trezeguet flipping a perfectly weighted high pass into his stride.

Chelsea roared back and, after Guanluigi Buffon in the Juve goal had somehow clawed a Didier Drogba freekick off the line, Essien bundled in the crucial away goal equaliser on 43 minutes after Buffon had parried a deflected Frank Lampard shot.

In a frantic finale, Juve had Giorgio Chiellini dismissed to leave them a man down and chasing two goals to advance.

No sooner had the Londoners gained a numerical advantage than substitute Julien Belletti handled an Alessandro Del Piero freekick and Del Piero himself rolled a nonchalant penalty past Petr Cech.

However, Belletti made amends in style eight minutes from the end in taking a pass from Michael Ballack and threading the ball in for the lurking Drogba to fire home from close range.

The loss meant Juve manager Claudio Ranieri's bid to pull one over on his former club was thwarted.

Holders Manchester United and Arsenal can push the English Premiership contingent in the last eight to four on Wednesday if they complete the job against Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan and AS Roma.

United drew 0-0 in their first leg in Italy and the Gunners hold a 1-0 advantage ahead of their Rome challenge.

In Tuesday's other encounters, Bayern Munich humiliated Sporting Lisbon by winning 7-1 in Bavaria for a 12-1 aggregate triumph - the first time a side has netted a round dozen over two legs as the Germans bettered Lyon's old mark of 10-2 against Werder Bremen in the 2004/05 season.

Germany striker Lukas Podolski struck twice as the hosts more than made up for the absence of Luca Toni and Franck Ribery, who had both netted twice in Portugal.

"We wanted to show from the first second who was the boss," said delighted Bayern coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

In Tuesday's other match Spain's Villarreal edged out Greek side Panathinaikos 2-1 away to advance 3-2 on aggregate, Argentine midfielder Ariel Ibagaza scoring one goal and then turning provider for Joseba Llorente's winner for the "yellow submarine."


  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-11 07:50

    Never had any doubt in the result. Liverpool are the best team in the champions league. Wish they could replicate in the league.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-11 07:51

    Well done LIVERPOOL! What a cracking game......... Need i say more

  • Carlsberg - 2009-03-11 08:01

    Not hard to see why FIFA officially rank Liverpool as the No. 1 side in Europe. When last was Real Madrid thrashed like that i wonder...

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-11 08:12

    Well done to Liverfool. If only they could play that well in the premiership.

  • Man fan - 2009-03-11 08:24

    good game. But we are know the Pud's don't have consistency. Congrats. lets not be fool by one descent performance. When are you going to accept...Man U is the beez-neez

  • Mario - 2009-03-11 08:29 are next in line for a burial !!!!!!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-11 08:35

    That was not Liverpool playing last night.....Simply awesome......just hope Saturday's game is also a cracker!!!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-11 08:44

    Liverpool was just sensantional. I goes to show that money and big name stars don't bring instant success. Man United has something to think about this weekend.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-11 08:51

    How can Liverpool be the best side in Europe, when they aren't even in the top two in England?

  • Angus - 2009-03-11 08:54

    Liverpool can only win when the Rev is blowing for them or if they play against 10 men. On Saturday you will get a teaching in Soccer.

  • lobo - 2009-03-11 08:55

    See you on Saturday Man fan. Gonna kick your butt in your back-yard.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-11 08:56

    great game, second goal not fair though

  • Liverpulian - 2009-03-11 08:56

    Liverpool all the way.What a match one sided though never the less liverpool need to pick up their sox in the league.

  • mnryusti - 2009-03-11 08:59

    Umm Liverpool Fear MAN U EVERY1 know that!

  • The Kop - 2009-03-11 09:08

    Liverpool were an amazing team on the night. But I have to admit, I am really scared of what Manchester United are going to do to us on Saturday. I think we should acknowledge that the best team in the world is Man U, and that we can only strive to be half as good as they are. Lets hope we dont draw them in the semi-finals, because else we have no hope of winning any trophies this season. I hope Benitez just does the honerable thing and walks at the end of this season, else we are always going to be a distant second best.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-11 09:11

    Just Remember, Manu Fans we beat you last time and it seems tha Garrad and Torres are fit. Be warned...

  • LFC - 2009-03-11 09:15

    Guys, give credit were its due!!! Well done Liverpool!!! As for Angus...did you count the players on the field??? Did Real M play wid 10men??? The last time Man U played LFC---What was the score???

  • Bibz - 2009-03-11 09:27

    Despite the dodgy penalty, liverpool out rightly out played Mardrid. Cant wait to see them lock horns with the mighty red devils!

  • Football fan - 2009-03-11 09:28

    I saw some of the action last night and it just epitomised the difference btwn Man U since 1992 and the rest of the premiership including Liverpool....these other teams have nights to remember whereas Man U have seasons to remember, u dont win anything on one night(except for a final)!!!!! Fergie should start a football college for other managers!!!!!

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  • Shaheen - 2009-03-11 09:30

    Well done to Liverpool..... We all know that was a sub standard Real, gone are the days of Galacticos. Anyways, don't be fooled by one performance though... Looking forward to this weekends match. Will see if Liverpool can outclass United like that (United are miles better than Real)

  • Livapool1 - 2009-03-11 09:31

    It's called destruction of the emperors. Man U fans, please go find your own spot to gloat on. Your envy of us is actually starting to to be tiring. Not sure why you still jelous with all your achievements, shows you that you are not happy with yourselves. Go Reds, let's diffuse the devils on Saturday and that would make a very satisfactory week. No fear, Man U here we come!

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  • THE POOL - 2009-03-11 09:40

    Great Game, good, strong team fielded. Rafa made good! Man U - I'm sorry to say but tonight you guys are the ones that will get a lesson in soccer! If you read and see the expression on Liverpool players' faces, you can see they are NOW in that zone where any team can come We'll surely beat them. Torres is back early prediction Liverpool 2-1 Man U Sorry Man, but Ronaldo will be marked by either Arbeloa or Aurelio...he'll wait to be touched so that he can fall it WON"T work! You'll probably have the reffs on your side too so 14 men against 11 is NOT neccesarily a good match but then again MAN U fans are used to it.

  • the kop (original) - 2009-03-11 09:43

    The Kop 3/11/2009 9:08 AM------> you are the first lfc i know who is scared of utd....but anyway what a cracking game......... the whole team pulled their weight, a big hands up for awesome performance all round....... guys whats the time in spain?? 5 past casillas

  • Mark - 2009-03-11 10:05

    I only have one request ... that whenever Liverpool plays a big game at Anfield, and the spectators are singing " You'll never walk alone!" - that the studio panel of so-called "soccer analysts" shut the hell up !!! There is nothing more beautiful to listen to than "You'll never walk alone!" - and these guys just spoil it by talking crap.

  • Mark - 2009-03-11 10:32

    I only have one request ... that whenever Liverpool plays a big game at Anfield, and the spectators are singing " You'll never walk alone!" - that the studio panel of so-called "soccer analysts" shut the hell up !!! There is nothing more beautiful to listen to than "You'll never walk alone!" - and these guys just spoil it by talking crap.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-11 10:38

    I am sure Fergie and co. are shaking in their boots ! lets see what Mourinho and Fergie cook up in terms of classic entertainment tonight.....Bring out the braai stands for Saturday !!!! YNWA

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-11 11:07

    Liverpool don't stand a chance on Saturday!!! 1 win and you think you can beat Man Utd - Dream on!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-11 11:21

    ha ha ha ha ha ha liverpool loo what must do we won and all and all... made my day made my week can't wait for saturday...

  • Shankly's Kin - 2009-03-11 11:53

    Rafa - THE MASTER TACTICIAN!!!!! I was totally caught off guard. Madrid were probably expecting the same thing I was, a compact Liverpool defense with us playing on the counter. I expected 1-0 or 2-0, but this...just Amazing. You Manc fans say Madrid were a weak side, but before the tie started, every one was saying how we should shake in our boots because of their winning streak in LaLiga. Now, just because they lost to Pool, you say they're ordinary. Please give credit where it's due. We outplayed them, in both legs. Keep up the good work boys. May the Rafalution continue...United...BRING IT ON!!!!!!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-11 12:26

    The Kop user @ 09:08am, you are the only Liverpool fan to admit that United are the best team in the world, Liverpool are lucky to have afan like you, that actually supports them, but is not scared to say when they are playing crap, instead of trying to make excusses for them. We are gonna kick Liverpools butts on Saturday, just accept in LFC Fans, and move on....

  • Kirk J Toweel - 2009-03-11 12:33

    As a Man U fan i can only take my hat off to the Liverpool display last night , to me Stevie G is the most complete player in the world. It might mean Rafa will be the next Real Madrid Manager and sadly for the EPL Liverpool might lose Torres if he leaves. Tonight Man U need to Prove that they are the best team in the world on current form and that we do have BMT. VIVA UNITED. PS: I backed Real Madrid to win .............

  • LFC Fan - 2009-03-11 13:15

    the comments made by "the kop" are obviously a deprived Manure fan trying to put the LFC fans down. grow up and spend some time watching legends play great football. all these manure wankers keep saying that LFC didnt win the PL in so long and bla bla bla. so what, you'll still playing catch up even after 20 years. let talk present. we made ronaldo put his head up rooneys butt when we finished you'll off the last time we played. this weekend will be no different. and dont you'll have balls to scratch instead of commenting on this blog which is praising the way LFC played last night.

  • BigBadBrad - 2009-03-11 13:33

    I have been a TrueRed since 1972 and support my team through thick and thin. Whilst I am overjoyed by the last night's result, I am mortified that it seems the current LFC team can only pick themselves up for the "big nights" in Europe. We recently had a big FA Cup night against Everton and bombed, and lets not talk about the league. It seems as if Rafa's experience and know how only really works in Europe as he understands how to approach other European teams. I hope that we see a massive improvement in terms of how to consistently take out the "lesser" clubs in the EPL. It wouldn't surprise me if we are "up for it" against Manure on Saturday - history and the form book suggests a Manure win but hopefully we can take some confidence after last night's win into that game and give the scum a good go. I'll probably get blasted by other red fans for having no faith. GO YOU REDS!!!

  • LFC supporter - 2009-03-11 14:37

    I want all the English teams to go through.... Imagine the final four teams all being english...I wonder what Plantini would say!

  • Muhammad Amod - 2009-03-11 15:31

    Liverpool played great. what a game of soccer. What makes be sad is that where is this liverpool every week in the EPL. Manchester united is next and I believe we will beat them. We did it once already this season. 4 goals against a side they say is so good at the moment. Either they are weak or Liverpool are just too good. I think the later.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-11 16:16

    just remember fools spain is not england if you cant beat man city then there isnt a pikeys hope in peckham you'll be able to do in the mighty reds at old trafford i suggest you concentrate on europe cos in england your a joke best premier league start ever (LFC quote not mine) my saggy left nut you choked maybe if you started concentrating on your own game and not uniteds you might be somewhere

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-11 17:00

    To all those Liverfooleans clinging onto the notion that last night's game will turn around a k@k season, all I have to say is "watch the scoreboard". Must be so hard to be clinging on for dear life to a single trophy because the other trophies that you have participated in are being dominated by the best English team to grace the planet. Just think about it this way, after Saturday, you dont have 3 arguments anymore. No longer can you say you win the matches against Man U. All you can say is you have more EPL trophies. Oops, after the end of the season that one also goes. And within 2 years you lose the mantra of more CL trophies. Clutching at straws seems to be the only way in which you guys can argue. No worries, there is always place at Old Trafford for supporters like the kop who acknowledges who the true world champs are.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-12 07:48

    All manure fans, please stop commenting on games that liverpool have played other teams. Support your club by writing on their game articles. leave these articles to the LFC fans to discuss. Go hold each others balls on your own blog. always interfering with every other club. only fans of Manure now when they winning. if you going to comment, give constructive criticism morons!!!!!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-12 08:30

    to Anonymous User @ 3/12/2009 7:48 AM go look on the united page retard all you scousers are right there be before you open your mouth you should perhaps think just a little i know its hard but try so in future you dont look like a complete muppet dont preach what you cant practice

  • Fred the Red Devil - 2009-03-12 10:58

    anon@7.48.....whoa there boy theres no need to angry yet wait for after saturday! you want some construtive critism? get rid of Retard Benitez and start the season wanting to win more than one cup!!! We always have a comment about all the other Teams cos our Team has won the World Club Cup if your brain is too slow to comprehend that let me help you - it means that out of all the clubs in the WHOLE WORLD that played in the competition UNITED came out on top......something that LFC has never done!!! so shut up and go hold your fellow supporters Balls when United Thump Lfc on Saturday!!! GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED!!!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-12 11:01

    ANON 7.48! BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH LFC IS THE BEST WATEVER DUDE!!! please shut up until you actually win something this season! all talk no action! it should be " you never talk alone''

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-12 11:39

    WOW Fred, and how many teams did you have to beat to win it ? That's right, 2 ! 2 that no one knows or will remember with googling it. And we went to the CWC final back in 2005 already. Yeah, we lost the match, but at least everyone remembers it was against a quality side like Sao Paulo. It must hurt that manure ALWAYS follow Liverpool's lead hey ?

  • the kop (original) - 2009-03-12 12:17

    world club guys talk like it was such a big cup to win.... why dont your'll also brag abt winning the vodacom cup here in s.a, becuse the teams were of the same class.World champs couldn't beat zenit in the super cup.... dont waste our time...... its not about the moment in time but abt the pride & passion, you cockney scums......

  • Fred the Red Devil - 2009-03-12 12:27

    there you go again! how can United be following LFCs lead when you guys lost the CWC? come on chap unknown sides you say? did you not watch the games? did you not see how packed the stadiums were? maybe you dont know the sides that played in the CWC but the rest of the world knows them! maybe you have just proven that you dont know anything about footie!!! let me just say i've been a United supporter for close on 30years i even remember the last time LFC won the League(20 yearsago) i remember United at one stage being in the relagation battle BUT Sir Alex eventually changed all that! Its our time now just as it was your time then!!! LFC is currently a good team but not as good as they were in the 80s and in the last 20 years they havent been anywhere as good as United....the trophies alone prove that!!!

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