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Tuesday football as it happened

Liverpool 4-2 Arsenal (Agg 5-3) Match report
Chelsea 2-0 Fenerbahce (Agg 3-2) Match report

West Ham 0-1 Portsmouth Match report

All games kick-off at 1945 BST. Champions League games are quarter-final, second-leg ties.


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By Caroline Cheese

2202: Not sure my heart will recover from all that, but I'll be back for more tomorrow as Manchester United look to make it three English teams in the semi-finals. See you then.

2157: Player of the Day comes not from the thriller at Anfield but from Chelsea's functional win over Fenerbahce. Goalscorer Michael Ballack is that man with 8.12. Theo Walcott takes the honours at Anfield with 7.88, just ahead of Ryan Babel on 7.80. Got a feeling that might change imminently though...

2151: If you missed that game at Anfield, get it on video or dvd or whatever. It was an absolute cracker. Not sure it will be that popular with Arsenal fans...

2146: "One decision doesn't settle a tie played over three hours. The biggest factor is that Arsenal have lost their way in the last few weeks - and lost a tie to a not particularly good Liverpool team. If Arsenal had played the way they were two or three months ago this would have been no contest."
Eriskyne on 606

2143: "It's possibly one of the worst performances I've put in in a Liverpool shirt," says Steven Gerrard, who goes on to admit that Arsenal "passed us off the pitch at times".

2140: No celebrating from John Terry. The Chelsea captain walks straight off the pitch at Stamford Bridge, shaking hands with Avram Grant on the way. Strange.

2139: FULL-TIME West Ham 0-1 Portsmouth
Niko Kranjcar's second-half goal is a rare highlight in a drab game. FA Cup finalists Pompey four points ahead of seventh-placed Aston Villa.

2138: FULL-TIME Chelsea 2-0 Fenerbahce (agg 3-2)
Chelsea edge through thanks to goals from Michael Ballack and Frank Lampard. It's Liverpool v Chelsea in the semi-finals. Again. First leg at Anfield.

2137: FULL-TIME Liverpool 4-2 Arsenal (agg 5-3)
A truly remarkable game. Arsenal looked to have won it through Emmanuel Adebayor's goal before a controversial penalty put Liverpool back in the driving seat.

2135: GOAL Liverpool 4-2 Arsenal (agg 5-3)
As Arsenal press forward for a free-kick, they leave huge, gaping holes at the back. Liverpool win back the ball and release Ryan Babel, who holds off Cesc Fabregas's challenge before stabbing the ball past a desperately back-tracking Manuel Almunia. Game over.

2133: Into three minutes of added time at Anfield.

2130: GOAL Chelsea 2-0 Fenerbahce (agg 3-2)
Frank Lampard taps in Michael Essien's cross to wrap things up for Chelsea. Essien will miss the first leg of the semi-final after picking up a booking moments before setting up the goal.

2128: GOAL Liverpool 3-2 Arsenal (agg 4-3)
I cannot believe what I'm seeing. Absolutely unbelievable. Kolo Toure drags down Ryan Babel, and the ref points to the spot. It looks a similar incident to the one in the first leg that wasn't given to Arsenal. Steven Gerrard puts the penalty into the top corner.

2127: Penalty to Liverpool.

2126: GOAL Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal (agg 3-3)
Take a bow, Theo Walcott. The young England winger skips through the midfield, passing three or four men, before setting up Emmanuel Adebayor to slide home. As it stands, Arsenal are going through on away goals.

2125: Pressure from Fenerbahce. Hilario makes a double save to keep Chelsea ahead on away goals.

2122: Didier Drogba's free-kick is well saved by Fenerbahce keeper Volkan as Chelsea look to wrap up the game. Fenerbahce need one goal to knock out the Blues as it stands.

2121: Peter Crouch plays Fernando Torres into acres of space on the left after a terrible attempt at an offside trap by Arsenal. Torres gets the ball stuck under his feet though and eventually spins a shot/cross wide under pressure. Ryan Babel comes on for Crouch.

2116: What a miss. Alex Hleb's pass evades several outstretched feet and comes through to Emmanuel Adebayor, who seems surprised to have the ball at his feet and slices his shot disastrously wide. Unbelievable. Head in hands time for Adebayor.

2115: A double change from Arsenal. Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie on. Abou Diaby and Emmanuel Eboue off. We cannot now have extra time at Anfield.

2112: GOAL Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal (agg 3-2)
See? Fernando Torres controls Peter Crouch's flick, turns and fires into the top corner. A brilliant, brilliant goal from the Spaniard.

2109: Arsenal are on top now just about... which probably means Liverpool will score in a minute.

2106: GOAL West Ham 0-1 Portsmouth
Some rare quality at Upton Park. Niko Kranjcar whips a low shot into the corner from just outside the box. So much for Curbishley livening up West Ham.

2105: Anton Ferdinand gives Robert Green a bit of a scare when he tries a cushioned header from Hermann Hreidarsson's header, when the keeper seems to be expecting something a bit more decisive, but Portsmouth fail to do anything with the resulting corner. Upton Park is an uncharacteristically lifeless place tonight so Alan Curbishley tries to liven things up on and off the pitch by bringing on Freddie Sears for Bobby Zamora.

2103: Fenerbahce bring on ex-Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman for midfielder Claudio Maldonado. An attacking change from Zico. Kezman was apparently dropped from the starting line-up for having a strop when he was subbed at the weekend.

2102: "Liverpool are pressing much more in the middle than they were in the first 20 minutes. They are letting Arsenal have the ball in defence but as soon as it comes into midfield, they're closing down."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Mark Lawrenson

2101: Chelsea make their second change, with defender Juliano Belletti replacing winger Salomon Kalou.

2056: Liverpool go so close. Fernando Torres skips down the right and his cross comes out to Fabio Aurelio, whose shot comes off Peter Crouch and flies wide.

2055: Tackles flying in at Anfield. Dirk Kuyt is the latest man to hit the turf after heading Gilberto instead of the ball. He's OK though.

2051: Didier Drogba controls Michael Essien's pass brilliantly and spins towards goal but his shot is too close to the keeper. A promising start from Chelsea though.

2049: Away we go then and Peter Crouch gets an early shot in but easily saved by Manuel Almunia.

2044: Amazing how many of you have had things stuck up your nose. That conversation could turn awkward... thankfully, the teams are on their way out so we can focus on football again.

Chelsea goalscorer Michael Ballack is your man of the first half at Stamford Bridge, while Fenerbahce defender Lugano brings up the rear on a woeful 3.6. You people are harsh.

Emmanuel Adebayor is very much top of the shop with a mark of 7.52. Sami Hyypia is Liverpool's man of the moment on 6.70.

Brought to you by your match reporter Julian Shea: "Half time player-rater action from a decidedly tepid Upton Park... Dean Ashton is top for the home side on 7.20, while Luis Boa Morte will be a bit disappointed with his 5.40. Not as disappointed, however, as Papa Bouba Diop, whose 3.33 rating makes you wonder if maybe Mama Bouba Diop is playing instead. David Nugent is the most highly rated player on the pitch, at 7.75, which is frankly a bit of a surprise.

2036: "It was a perfect start for Chelsea but there's been little or no spark since then. They've been careless in possession and their concentration has been lacking. It's very hard to explain why they are lacking that urgency."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Graham Taylor

2034: HALF-TIME Chelsea 1-0 Fenerbahce (agg 2-2)

2033: HALF-TIME Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal (agg 2-2)

2033: HALF-TIME West Ham 0-0 Portsmouth

2032: A classic Premier League game at Anfield. About 100mph, plenty of mistakes, but unmissable.

2032: "Re 2021: A Tic-Tac doesn't sound life-threatening I'd watch the second half, then go."
Allan via text on 81111

2030: Chelsea have been pretty appalling since they scored. As if to sum it up, Frank Lampard has all the time in the world to measure his pass - and gives it straight to the opposition. Avram Grant is not a happy man. Well, even less happy than usual.

2027: Xabi Alonso chips a stunning ball to Fabio Aurelio out left but his first-time cross is met by an Arsenal defender.

2025: And Flamini won't be continuing. Gilberto Silva will be coming on.

2024: Mathieu Flamini needs some attention from Arsenal physio Gary Lewin after a clash with Steven Gerrard. He is stretchered off...

2021: "Also on the train home, hoping to catch a Super Frankie second-half hat-trick. Just had a text from my wife who is in A&E with our daughter, who has a Tic-Tac stuck up her nose. Do you think the waiting room will have a radio?"
Tim via text on 81111

2020: Action at either end at Upton Park - first, Portsmouth's first meaningful goal threat as David Nugent's half-volley rattles the stanchion behind the goal and ripples the net, making Portsmouth fans think they have scored. A minute later West Ham are on the attack and Sol Campbell does well to get in the way of Bobby Zamora's goalbound shot.

2018: After being under the cosh for much of the first half-hour, suddenly it's all Liverpool. It's a thriller at Anfield.

2016: GOAL Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal (agg 2-2)
Would you believe it? Manuel Almunia concedes the corner with a desperate one-handed save from Steven Gerrard's deflected cross. Gerrard's delivery is brilliantly headed into the top corner by Sami Hyypia.

2014: Rafael Benitez is frantically making notes. "I have made a mess of my team selection," he might well be writing.

2013: Carlo Cudicini limps off to be replaced by Hilario - who has not played since 8 January. Petr Cech rushes out of his seat in the crowd to see what's up.

2011: A worry for Chelsea... Carlo Cudicini picks up a thigh injury. Liverpool appeal for a penalty as Dirk Kuyt tumbles in the box as he tries to get on the end of Peter Crouch's knockdown. Nothing doing.

2007: Pepe Reina atones - a bit - for that previous error by punching Gael Clichy's cross away from the on-rushing Emmanuel Adebayor. Arsenal are in complete control here.

2006: "Re 1956: That's the last time I text in. The curse of Cheese strikes!"
Billyboy via text on 81111

2005: Best chance of the game so far, and again it goes to West Ham. The ball bounces off Pedro Mendes into path of Bobby Zamora, who takes it round David James, giving himself a more narrow angle, and off-balance he shoots wide of the far post.

2003: A fairly quiet first 15 minutes at Upton Park, nothing to worry either goalkeeper. The best chance so far has gone to West Ham, when Luis Boa Morte fed Bobby Zamora wide on the left. He held off Sol Campbell and crossed, but no-one could get on the end of it.

2001: Yes, Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina might have done better for that goal. Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos is in the book for a foul on Steven Gerrard.

1958: GOAL Liverpool 0-1 Arsenal (agg 1-2)
Liverpool have been creaking and they finally succumb. Alex Hleb plays in Abou Diaby down the right of the box and he smashes home a low shot at the near post.

1956: "Stuck on train in 'quiet carriage' - have to contain myself until I get off in time for the second half. Tense, cagey chess games required in first half please, then explode into Crouch-led goalfest..."
Billyboy via text on 81111

1954: Joe Cole hits the post with a toe-poked shot. Michael Ballack's low effort is saved by the Fenerbahce keeper. It's all Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Remember the first leg though...

1953: "Liverpool look very light in midfield. It's a long time since they've played four in there against quality opposition."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Mark Lawrenson

1952: "Well that's Chelsea through, well done."
ManutdfanGaz on 606

1951: Emmanuel Adebayor is caught about a millimetre offside as Arsenal threaten early on at Anfield.

1950: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Fenerbahce (agg 2-2)
Joe Cole crosses from the right, an unmarked Michael Ballack heads home. Easy.

1947: Javier Mascherano is unlucky to give away a soft free-kick about 35 yards out but Kolo Toure slams it straight into the wall. Liverpool are lining up 4-4-2 with Steven Gerrard on the left and Dirk Kuyt on the right.

1946: We're under way in the Champions League and Premier League.

1944: A minute's silence is observed at both grounds in memory of Mathieu Sprengers, a member of the Uefa executive committee who died earlier this week.

1941: I don't need to tell you really, but the atmosphere is crackling at Anfield as the teams wait to emerge from the tunnel.

1937: Apparently you're looking at two-hour delays on the M62. Shocker. Doesn't look like kick-off will be delayed though.

1936: "Re 1930: You forgot to mention that he lived next door to Steven Gerrard for eight years."
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1930: Want some chat on Peter Frojfeldt, our ref at Anfield? He's Swedish and he likes golf. That's all I got, I'm afraid.

1927: If there are any nervous Chelsea fans out there. Let me put your minds at rest. Fenerbahce have lost five and drawn two of their Champions League away ties this season (not including the qualifying rounds). And Chelsea have gone into 10 second legs trailing and won six of them.

1926: Oooh, I love the Champions League. Sorry, just thought I'd share that.

1923: "Chelsea will open the scoring on five minutes with a Drogba blast. They will score at 29 minutes after Joe Cole runs through the defence and crosses to Kalou. They will score in the 47th minute on a John Terry header. They will score in the 83rd minute from an Anelka break."
jdnp_cfc_gh on 606

1922: TEAM NEWS West Ham v Portsmouth
West Ham bring in Nolberto Solano for Freddie Ljungberg, who injured a hamstring last time out at Sunderland, while Bobby Zamora starts in place of Carlton Cole, who drops to the bench. Portsmouth striker Jermain Defoe is out because of a family bereavement, so David Nugent gets a rare start. Kanu drops to the bench, while Milan Baros is out with an ankle injury.

1920: "I honestly believe if Chelsea play anything like the way they played for the vast majority of the first leg, they will win. They could win by two or three."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Graham Taylor

1917: "Torres and Crouch are good players in their own right, but I don't think they work well together and I think this will play into Arsenal's hands. Arsenal will score first, Liverpool equalise before half-time and Arsenal will get a second 10 mins before time."
Piskiesurfer on 606

Good precise prediction. Like it.

1914: Arsenal and Liverpool have played three times this season and drawn 1-1 every time. Where's your money going though? (Metaphorically speaking. We don't encourage betting here. Oh no.)

1904: TEAM NEWS Liverpool v Arsenal
Liverpool make one change from the side that started the first leg, with striker Peter Crouch coming in for Ryan Babel to join Fernando Torres in attack. That could see Steven Gerrard playing on the flank. Arsenal also start with 10 of the side that drew the first game, with Robin van Persie, who has been struggling with a thigh injury, only named on the bench and Abou Diaby returning to the starting line-up.

1905: We're hearing the kick-off at Anfield could be delayed because of traffic problems. And just to clear up some confusion, that was the Champions League anthem at 1845, not the Pearl and Dean theme tune you used to hear in the cinema.

1902: "Liverpool v Arsenal is HUGE. The season's over for the losing side - Come on you Gunners!"
Bellvecchio, via text on 81111

1900: Bombshell team news: Peter Crouch starts for Liverpool, alongside Fernando Torres... more to follow.

1856: Our referee at Stamford Bridge is one Herbert Fandel, a fascinating man by all accounts. Here's the first line from his official Uefa profile: "Whether performing a classical piano piece for an appreciative audience or refereeing football's superstars in front of a packed crowd, Herbert Fandel keeps cool and delivers." What a guy.

1851: TEAM NEWS Chelsea v Fenerbahce
Chelsea make one change from the first leg with Salomon Kalou replacing Florent Malouda. Colin Kazim-Richards starts for Fenerbahce after coming off the bench to help his side to a 2-1 lead in the first leg.

1845 BST: Ba ba ba baaaaaaaa.

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