I watched match from Milan live on the telly last night. I have to say neither team looked outstanding. PSV missed at least two glorious chances and Milan's second goal had an element of fortune. Shevchenko's goal was the best part of the match.
PSV are going to have to raise their games to new heights to score at least three against Milan to win the tie in Eindhoven. Looks like AC Milan will be in Turkey in a month.
Meanwhile the tension's mounting here. Chelsea only supplied Liverpool with 3,000 tickets for the match tonight, so everyone will be tuning into Sky Sports 1 at 7:45 om BST. I've not got SS1 on my telly, so I'll just have to go to the pub!
PS: I have my tickets for next Tuesday. More or less the same seats as last time v Juventus. And I've already been offered £1,000 for the two. NO WAY!
Thanks for the link. But John, what IS your price for those tickets? I'm guessing your price goes way up if today's match is close! I have my TiVo fired up to record the game in 30 minutes on ESPN2. Go Reds! (but we all know Chelsea is tough...)
Once again the Mighty Reds prove the pundits wrong - they thought Chelsea would win at home.
It was more excellent defending from the mighty Reds, and Dudek was almost a spectator. It's all about not making a mistake.
Alonso's yellow card is the worst part as he won't be able to play in the 2nd Leg.
Yep! The caution and careful tactics by both sides in leg 1 will be replaced in leg 2 by the fire to win and advance. The boys will play for real on Tuesday! How much do you want for your tickets now?!
You guys crack me up. He's back TO the Dead. He got back FROM the dead last week sometime.
Today's match was a standoff at nil-nil, your favorite jk3, I know. But they play two matches for each semi-final, one home and one away, so on Tuesday the match will be at Anfield (Liverpool), and there WILL be a team advancing at the end of that game, so the careful tactics will go out the window at some point. Especially after the first goal "the gloves will come off", because then a draw will be impossible. There is a tie-break rule that in the event of an even aggregate score (total score) after the 2nd leg, whichever team has the most away goals wins! So, if Liverpool scores they'd be poised to win 1-0 on aggregate, but if Chelsea scores to make it 1-1 they'd be poised to win on the away-goal tiebreak rule. It will be impossible for there to be a draw (with overtime and penalty kicks) if either team scores, because of the 0-0 result today, which forces teams to play for the win and go for the throat. John Davies may be poised to see one of the great matches in English football lore, provided that first goal happens, because these are two impressive teams. Teams are always more determined in leg 2, but after one goal, it'll be game on! Even you, jk3, would be interested to see the shift from cautious tactics to all out warfare after the first goal. We "soccer junkies" in Anchorage won't miss it for anything, not even a Grateful Dead concert!
(poor John Davies-- having to read this explanation to Americans would be like you, Dave and jk3, listening to why game 7 is exciting in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded, one man out, tie score, Marlins vs. Mets. But JD has tickets to the match Tuesday, so I can't really feel too sorry for him).
> > having to read this explanation to Americans would be like you,
Any thing to educate our cousins over the ocean in the ways of the rest of the world!
It's more like American Grid Football were one team has a great attack and the other a great defence. Where the attacking forwards cannot break through the scrum, the quarter back is under immense pressure and fluffs his passes and any forward pass is intercepted. It will be a low scoring and tense tactical game.
The game next Tuesday will played to a result - one team will win - as you've explained.
John and Kath--can't you just feel the thrill here in the lounge? It's a huge game and the pandas just can't stop talking about it. Even jk3 is fired up, hoping for nil-nil so he can watch a nil-nil overtime! I predict 2-1 Liverpool, in a clash that could be a game for the ages!
Thrilling game!! Liverpool advance to the final with a gutsy 1-0 win over the English Premier League champs! Their fans are called "the best in the land", but I've been a sports fan in the U.S. since the early 60's, and I've never seen or heard fans like these anywhere! The atmosphere was electric, and now Liverpool FC will get to play "for all of Europe" in the final.
One sad note: three or four Liverpool fanatics ran onto the field in the 2nd half under the influence, and I think I saw John Davies out there. Luckily he still had some of his clothing on. I know you won't read this, John, until you sober up and get out of jail, but you have to learn to control yourself Man!
Just got back. The city centre's just one great party!
The atmosphere at Anfield was amazing. 40,000 singing and dancing Scousers. The roof was lifted when Luis Garcia scored in the first 5 minutes and then LFC shut up shop and defended, sometimes a bit desperately.
The back four of Finnan, Carragher, Hyypiä and Traore were rock solid and the blue forwards couldn't past round through or over them!
Yes, the two idiots that ran on the pitch were right paira pillocks and deserve what ever they get. LFC will probably be fined for that lapse of security.
Morinho is very bitter in defeat, but then it's rare experience for him. He's got no complaint - they were held to 0-0 in London and when the home team fails to score, it's bad sign. He'll get over it, and after all we did let him the League Cup in Cardiff!
So it's Istanbul on Wed 25th May at the
Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul where Liverpool will probably play AC Milan. So it's 3rd v 5th in the
European Rankings, and between them they have won this trophy 10 times - Liverpool 4, AC Milan 6 times. Yes, they are the top in Europe.
We'll be eligible for a ticket, but I not sure if I can afford the necessary three days off work and the others costs Ah, what the hell!!
Glad it wasn't you! Those idiots did very little harm, but it reminded me of the nut who pushed the marathon runner from Brazil who was leading in the Olympic men's marathon at the time. And they came all the way from Barcelona to do this?!
Gerrard's little flick up and over the defense was a wonderful ball. He set up the goal, and put LFC into the final. I thought on replay that there is no question the ball crossed the line, but I wish there had been a better angle shown. Doesn't matter, since the ref got the call correct! Do you know if the center ref or the assistant ref made the call for a goal first?
You've seen some brilliant and thrilling matches at Anfield this past month. I'm jealous.
The linesman gave it apparently, he was interviewed by the BBC today and defended his decision.
It was a no-brainer though. If the ref had disallowed the goal he'd have had to send Cech off for his challenge on Barros and award Livepool a penalty anyway. I think that's why the Chelsea players didn't protest much at the time.
Somehow he conveniently forgets that but for two own goals by Barcelona and Liverpool he would been out of the European Cup and lost the League cup final, and the goals which beat Barcelona and Liverpool in the League where lucky deflections. They were all "mistakes" but in his favour
Anyway it was goal. And 40,000 Koppites and Luis Garcia scored it!
Must get down the boozer for
PSV v AC (No Sky Sports in my house)
And now PSV Eindhoven have drawn even with AC Milan midway through the 2nd half! 2-2 on aggregate, with about 15 minutes to play, plus overtime if it comes to that. This is a very surprising scoreline given that Milan haven't conceded a goal in the CL since matchday 4!
I'm really disappointed about the fact that Liverpool made it to the Final. Their Premiership campaing has been flawed at best! They either win the Champions League or they won't make it to next year's 'cause surely Everton will take their spot! I don't know what happened to Chelsea, they had the motivation to win everything this year and they had defeated Liverpool 3 times already. About AC Milan there's very little I can say: first they bore you, then they tire you and then they make you go nuts! And that's when they attack! I honestly don't care who wins this year, my interest was lost when Chelsea lost. May the 'best' team win.
> > They either win the Champions League or they won't make it to next year's 'cause surely Everton will take their spot!
The Champions League regulations state:
] Places in the UEFA Champions League are allocated as follows:
a) 3 associations with 4 participants each,
b) 3 associations with 3 participants each,
c) 9 associations with 2 participants each,
d) remaining associations with 1 participant each,
e) the title-holders, if they do not qualify for the UEFA Champions League via their top domestic league championship, and if the UEFA Administration admits the club in question to the UEFA Champions League at the request of its national association (see Article 1 of the UEFA Champions League regulations).
Article 1 states:
] However, no association may enter more than four clubs for the competition.
The three Associations who have four places every season are Spain, Italy and England. The title holders can therefore only defend their title by right if they are a team in one of the other 49 associations.
If, for instance, AS Roma were in final instead of AC Milan, the Italians would be having the same issue to deal with as the English FA because Roma are currently 14th in Serie A.
The problem is the rules of EUFA, the implementation of which they have passed onto the English FA.
Whatever the outcome, both Premier League teams in Liverpool will be playing in Europe next season, which can only be good for the city.
When driving, why should you avoid swerving to hit a lawyer riding on a bicycle? It might be your bike.
(John was just citing the regulations to correct an error by Jonathan. These regulations are very important to football fans and teams. Just ask AC Milan, who "won" 3-3 on aggregate (two matches) vs. PSV because of the away-goal tiebreak rule.)
Liverpool are playing like champions in the CL, so they deserve to be in the final! Chelsea, PSV Eindhoven, Juventus, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United all came up short when it counted. Liverpool has shown their heart is huge!
>Fans of struggling Danish side Odense BK did their bit to lift their side's spirits by bringing a stripper to one of their training sessions last week. Armed with a banner bearing the slogan 'Sex is more fun when you win', a group of supporters calling themselves 'The Unofficial Odense' watched enraptured as the stripper, armed with a whip, came on to the training pitch last Friday, undressed and danced for the startled players. Jakob Jensen, a spokesman for 'The Unofficial Odense' explained: "The team has been lacking spirit, so we thought this would whip up some enthusiasm." Team captain Nicolai Stokholm was not ungrateful. "It was a good initiative," he said. "It is important to us to feel that our fans are backing us, and this was obvious proof that they do." Coach Troels Bech added: "It was quite unusual. I thought it was an OK idea, and it helped to unite us with our fans." However, the naked incentive did not change the team's fortunes on the pitch. They drew their subsequent home game against Viborg FF 0-0 and are still waiting for a first league win of 2005. Perhaps it would help next time if the stripper cracked the whip.