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All the games, all the reports, all the verdicts, all right here.

Quarter Final

Liverpool (2) V (1) Juventus

Milan (2) V (0) Inter

Lyon (2) V (2) PSV*

Chelsea (6) V (5) Bayern


Semi Final

Milan (3) V (3) PSV

Chelsea (0) V (1) Liverpool

Champions League Final

Liverpool V Milan
 

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Liverpool V Juventus (First Leg)​

Could this possibly be another historic encounter between these two sides? Liverpool and Juventus are meeting for the first time since the 1985 European Champions' Cup final at Heysel - an occasion blackened by the death of 39 fans - and listening to Capello and his Liverpool counterpart Rafael Benítez speak on the eve of this UEFA Champions League quarter-final, the shared desire to produce an occasion memorable for sporting reasons was evident. Capello, when asked about Anfield, he said "Anfield more than any other English stadium has an atmosphere that can really carry the team. "To get a result we will have to be focused, committed and play with a lot of character. There is a wonderful atmosphere here and I am proud to be coach of the Juventus side that is playing Liverpool 20 years on from the Heysel tragedy. The best way to put that night behind us will be to play a good match."

Benítez, albeit in fewer words, said much the same: "The most important thing is to talk about football, about positive things and about the future." The Spaniard is justified in positive thoughts too, having seen his side move within a point of fourth-placed Everton FC in the Premiership last weekend after defeating Bolton Wanderers FC, their third win in four matches.


For Liverpool, consistency will be the key to winning and losing the tie. A thing that has escaped them this season - as per usual. Benitez commented on the lack of consistency of the team. "We know we need to be more consistent, more aggressive and to play with as high a tempo as possible".

Team News

Liverpool
Liverpool are again without the cup-tied Fernando Morientes and Mauricio Pellegrino, meaning Sami Hyypiä will join Jamie Carragher in central defence, but they can also call on striker Milan Baroš, presently suspended in the Premiership. Also returning is the fit-again Jerzy Dudek while Xabi Alonso, sidelined since late December, could be among the substitutes.

Juventus
David Trezeguet's swollen ankle means he should start on the bench and Marcelo Zalayeta has a back problem but Pavel Nedved and Emerson should be fit to play in midfield, where Alessio Tacchinardi is suspended.
 

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Lyon V PSV (First Leg)​

Is the Lyon side better than the one that lost to Porto last seaon? Certainly critics do rate Lyon as the dark horses to win it. The French champions made the quarter-finals for the first time 12 months ago, before bowing out to the eventual winners. Le Guen, however, is confident of avoiding a similar scenario against PSV Eindhoven, saying "We've benefited from last season's experience and we've learned lessons from the Porto games".

The arrival of Cris and Eric Abidal has strengthened the defence considerably, while Sylvain Wiltord's experience and quality have helped Lyon score 27 goals in eight Champions League matches – nine more than any other team. "Sylvain has been important for us and he is also an important player for France once again," Le Guen added. "He fills his role perfectly and is one of the players who has given us this extra dimension."


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Lyon
Wiltord will return to the side after being rested for Saturday's 1-0 win against RC Lens which enabled Lyon to extend their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to 13 points. Le Guen has the luxury of choosing his strongest team after Sidney Govou shook off the ankle injury he picked up playing for France last week and captain Claudio Caçapa made his return from a knee problem at the weekend.

PSV
Hiddink also has a full squad available, and will be relying on Phillip Cocu, Mark van Bommel and Johann Vogel to control midfield. "This is where the game could be won and lost," he said. "Lyon have young but experienced players in there. Juninho [Pernambucano] has a wealth of experience, Michael Essien is a class player and Mahamadou Diarra gets through a lot of work. It will be a big battle."
 

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Liverpool 2-1 Juventus



A one minute scilence was held before the two matches actually kicked off. For two reasons, one for the Pope the other for the Heysal disaster. Some Juve fans actually turned their backs to the amicizia message. Unbelievable. Anyway....


Liverpool's Contribution
Juventus got the match under way but were instantly under pressure after Emerson slipped in midfield, allowing Czech Republic striker Milan Baroš to race through for an early chance on goal. Although that unexpected opportunity amounted to nothing, it was the shape of things to come.

Baroš, in particular, was finding plenty of room and his persistent play earned his side a corner in the tenth minute. The Czech Republic striker's hard work was rewarded with a Liverpool goal as García flicked on Steven Gerrard's set-piece for centre-back Hyypiä to crash a left-foot folley beyond Gianluigi Buffon, beaten just twice in the competition before tonight.

García was proving a thorn in the visitors' side and nearly set up Baroš for the second a minute later. The goal was coming though, and it finally arrived in spectacular style on 25 minutes when García lofted a superb left-foot volley from 25 metres out over the stranded Buffon. And what a goal that was!


Juventus' Contribution
Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero went close on the half-hour mark after an excellent one-two with Pavel Nedved, who was fit again after a six-week absence. However, 19-year-old Scott Carson, making only his third start for Liverpool.

Just before half time a cross played in from the right was floated in to Del Piero, the striker who has recently rediscoverd his form connected with the cross to loop the ball in to the net. Only for it to be diallowed for offside. Replays show that not only was he level with the line but was at least two yards onside before the bal was played.

On the 63rd minute Juventus won a corner on the left hand side. As it was cleared by Liverpool Zambrotta collected the ball on the left and sent a wild cross in to the area Cannavaro managed to force the ball in to the net thanks to an unforgivable blunder by the 19 year old Scott Carson.
 

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Lyon 1-1 PSV​

A seriously shocking night in France saw PSV go away with a sock advantage, you wouldn't have believed it. PSV - next champions of Europe? Surely not!


Lyon's Contribution
A Brazilian's effort brought the home fans to life and they were soon celebrating as the competition's top scorers broke the deadlock with 12 minutes gone. Mahamadou Diarra's crossfield pass picked out Govou on the right, who jinked past Young-Pyo Lee and found Wiltord inside the penalty area. Wiltord took his time before poking a pass to Malouda, who side-footed past Heurelho Gomes via Wilfred Bouma's outstretched foot.

Diarra struck a powerful shot wide after good work from Juninho. The French champions were full of confidence and PSV struggled to cope with their free-flowing counterattacks as Essien twice went close in quick succession, first heading Wiltord's cross straight at Gomes before the PSV goalkeeper touched the midfield player's fizzing shot on to the outside of the post as Lyon stepped up the pressure.

PSV's Contribution
PSV issued a warning to the home side on the stroke of half-time, when Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink turned Cris on the edge of the box and struck a right-footed shot just over.

PSV coach Guus Hiddink replaced Farfán with DaMarcus Beasley on 71 minutes, and the visitors immediately looked more dangerous. Cocu dragged a long-range shot wide but it was merely a warning to the Lyon defence as moments later the former Dutch international latched on to a return pass from Park and steered a left-footed shot past Grégory Coupet to set up an intriguing return next Wednesday.
 

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Milan V Inter​

Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti believes his side will once again have the edge over FC Internazionale Milano when they meet their city rivals in the UEFA Champions League almost two years after eliminating them at the semi-final stage.


Ancelotti mouthed off at his teams chances to beat Inter and even indicated at the 2003 Champions League quarter final "If I think about the 2003 semi-finals, I must say that this Milan side are stronger," Ancelotti reflected. "We have piled up experience and we are approaching the match in the best of conditions whereas Inter are just starting off this year as a new squad."


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Milan
Shevchenko has recovered from a fractured cheekbone suffered against Cagliari Calcio in February and is expected to play. Paolo Maldini will probably play at left-back in order to make space for Dutchman Jaap Stam in the centre.

Inter
Mancini meanwhile will opt for Obafemi Martins and Julio Cruz in attack as fitness concerns still surround Christian Vieri while Brazilian forward Adriano is sidelined with an injured knee.
 

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Chelsea V Bayern​

Bayern are probably the worst team left in the competition. I would like to say they are overrated, but to the best of my knowledge, they are not even rated. Having saind that, Mourinho has a touchline ban for the entire tie. That could stir up some Scnitzel power!

Mourinho's coaching staff made light of the situation, claiming they would be briefed in advance about potential changes during the game, both Bayern coach Felix Magath and Robert Huth, Chelsea's German-born defender, believe it could have a positive effect for the home team. Magath said: "It could affect the game either way, as the ban could make the players work their socks off for him."

Bayern coach Magath believes that the German winter break could again work to Bayern's advantage against English opponents, explaining: "Our players are fresh, whereas the Arsenal players seemed to be feeling the effects of playing games at Christmas and New Year." Someone needs to tell him that Arsenal are just plain s**t.

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Chelsea
Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman is suspended. The home side are also without Arjen Robben, who is likely to miss both encounters after damaging ankle ligaments. A broken foot keeps out Paulo Ferreira but forward Mikael Forssell ends six months on the sidelines from an injury that ended his loan at Birmingham City FC with a place on the bench.

Bayern
Bayern have been boosted by forward Roy Makaay's recovery from a hamstring injury that forced the Dutch forward, who has seven goals to his name in the competition, to limp out of last weekend's game against VfL Wolfsburg. However, a similar injury rules out Claudio Pizarro while Martin Demichelis.
 

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Milan 2-0 Inter


Throw a fit. It looks like Milan might be in the hampions League finals and Inter will not win anything this season after a devestating 2-0 loss at the San Siro.



Milan's Contribution
Though Inter were beating the living shit out of Milan at was Milan that delivered the ultimate sucker punch. Andrea Pirlo sent a fizzing free-kick into the box from the right and Stam rose high above Córdoba to arrow a header beyond the despairing dive of Francesco Toldo.

As Milan stepped up the pace, the inevitable second goal duly arrived, and it was Shevchenko who did the damage 16 minutes from time. Andrea Pirlo swung a dangerous ball in towards the Ukrainian international and he effortlessly directed it into the bottom corner; the goal capping a memorable return.

Inter's Contribution

Inter created the game's first clear-cut opportunity when Stam made an uncharacteristically rash challenge outside the area to concede a free-kick but was spared further embarrassment thanks to a spectacular diving save from Dida after Sinisa Mihajlovic's blistering free-kick threatened to nestle in the back of the net.

Inter were making all the running and, although chances were few and far between, Juan Sebastián Verón threatened to break the deadlock on 35 minutes. Gennaro Gattuso, a tenacious tackler whose role for the evening was to snap at the heels of any midfield runners, was booked for a deliberate handball - ruling him out of the return leg - and Verón's ferocious effort from the resulting free-kick stung Dida's hands.

Mancini urged his side forward from the sidelines sensing that Milan, who had thus far failed to threaten the Inter goal, were rattled by Inter's onslaught. Julio Cruz was the first to take his coach's advice and, but for another tremendous save from Dida, would have given his side a 44th-minute lead.



Can't wait for the second leg.
 

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Chelsea 4-2 Bayern


This stupid German team won't give up will they? Penalty or no penalty? You decide.

Chelsea's Contribution
The opening exchanges seemed tentative, but within four minutes Chelsea broke through. A long ball from John Terry was headed straight to Duff by birthday boy Robert Kovac. The Irishman slid the ball to Cole on the edge of the box, and his shot took a cruel deflection off Lucio that wrong-footed Oliver Kahn. Soon after, a Lampard corner was headed towards goal by Terry only for Kahn to tip it away.


At 1-1 it was time then for Lampard to burst into life. A Johnson clearance was headed down by Drogba, and a typically emphatic Lampard shot gave Kahn no chance. Bayern had been level for just eight minutes.

Lampard soon beat Kahn again though, as Makelele's cross was brilliantly chested down by the English international, who swivelled and sent the ball inside the far post. Drogba nearly increased the advantage, but after showing some fine skills to make the chance blasted over. Next time, though, he slammed in from close range following a corner

Bayern's Contribution

Although Chelsea were 1-0 up and seemed intent on again catching Bayern cold, but it was they who were soon picking the ball out of the net. Chelsea only half-cleared a Ballack free-kick and Zé Roberto's shot, parried by Cech, fell nicely for Schweinsteiger to swiftly justify his introduction.

At the score 4-1 it was crucial for Bayern to snatch a lifeline with seconds remaining as Ballack was fouled by Ricardo Carvalho and duly stroked in the penalty
 

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PSV to win the Champions League... ;)

I don't think that will happen but they did it once in 1987/88.
They got many 1-1 results in away matches and at home it stayed 0-0.

They even had a draw in the finals but managed to win the penalties. :D

Ah well, if they lose it's still a great performance considering their budget.
 

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Inter A-A Milan


A shocker. This match was cancelled late on in the match whilst Inter fans threw flair on to the pitch and hit Dida with one as well. The game was called off well after Milan had gone a goal up thanks to Shevchenko. If UEFA can prove Inter fans caused the trouble then the match will be awarded to Milan.
 

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Bayern 3-2 Chelsea

The scoreline, does not in any way reflect the match and if Jose was on the bench, then Chelsea would have made it look comfortable. No doubt about that.

Bayern's Contribution

After going a goal down and going in at half time a goal down Bayern's Ballack met Willy Sagnol's right-wing cross with a powerful header and, although Cech produced a fine stop to touch his effort against the left-hand post, the ball rebounded perfectly for the Peruvian to tap in.

Also the German outfit refused to concede defeat on the night, however, and levelled in the 90th minute as Guerrero tapped in Schweinsteiger's low cross before Scholl snatched victory deep into added time.


Chelsea's Contribution
Chelsea started firm and stunned the Olympiastadion into silence on the half-hour. Joe Cole shook off Schweinsteiger before finding Lampard 25 metres out and, in almost a carbon copy of Cole's goal in the first match, the English international midfield player unleashed a shot that took a deflection off Lucio and completely wrong-footed Kahn.

After Bayern had equalised they threw everything forward but were caught on the break with ten minutes remaining, Drogba guiding a pinpoint Cole cross inside Kahn's far post to effectively ensure overall success.
 

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wrong :pp

Chelsea in the final now for sure...no Juve :(

Hopefully PSV can beat Milan...but it doesn't matter, Chelsea will win the CL.
 

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Hopefully PSV can beat Milan...but it doesn't matter, Chelsea will win the CL.
Don't be so sure they barely beat Bayern if any of those diflected goals didn't go in they may not even be playing in the semifinal, also everyone thought Liverpool would lose to Juventus and we know what happen there :D
 

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dude Chelski is unstoppable :(
 

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Firenze, you were telling us that Bayern were the worst team left in the CL quarter final. But the worst team still got more chances, more shots on goal and more possession over 2 legs (i did take into account the deflected shots from Chelsea as well..) considered that they only had the half-fit Makaay to be used only in the 2nd leg. If we consider only the final results, we dont need to talk about the diving, offside or whatever lucky deflected shots..

as far as i know, Bayern are the first team to score 3 goals against Chelsea in the reign of Mourinho (AC Milan did it in the pre-season)
if you consider Bayern were the worst side left, were Chelsea one of the worst in QF?

You just dont give credit to Bayern do you? or you just hate them personally;)
 

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Well, I guess i'm crazy then, I got a £40 bet with my mate that Chelsea will do the treble, he said they would only do the Double so they have to win the Champions League or I will be skint - stupid student loans!

Roberto, in fairness to Chelsea (Who I dont support but just had a little bet with my mate!) I think that with 3 minutes stoppage time left and Bayern requiring 3 goals in 3 minutes and Chelsea basically thought that Bayern have no chance of coming back.

I predict the following:

Chelsea 3 Liverpool 2 (AGG)
PSV 1 Milan 4 (AGG)

Chelsea 1 Milan 1
Chelsea 2 Milan 1 (AET)

Chelsea win champs lge, I am rich!!!(By student standards!!)
 
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