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Live - Champions League


Inter Milan 0-1 Liverpool (agg 0-3)


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By Caroline Cheese

2141: The draw for the quarter-finals takes place at 1300 GMT on Friday. Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool join Schalke, Roma, Barcelona and Fenerbahce in the hat. Thanks for your contributions tonight... Be back tomorrow for a Uefa Cup/Premier League extravaganza.

No prizes whatsoever for guessing that Fernando Torres takes the honours with 8.18. No one else is anywhere near really.

2133: FULL-TIME Inter Milan 0-1 Liverpool (agg 0-3)
Liverpool make it four English clubs into the quarter-finals with a very professional performance at the San Siro, Fernando Torres with yet another stunning goal. The sending-off of Nicolas Burdisso was perhaps a touch harsh - but I really don't think it made a difference.

2133: The two sets of fans are applauding each other now - a lovely moment, it must be said.

2131: "Even Rafa Benitez has sat down now. He realises it's game over. Liverpool haven't been as good as they were in the first leg but Inter have been poor - they seemed nervous. They gave Liverpool so much room to play."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Mark Lawrenson

2129: Time for one last Liverpool change with a couple of minutes of normal time remaining. Jermaine Pennant replaces Javier Mascherano.

2126: John Arne Riise gets to the byeline and cuts the ball back to where Fernando Torres is waiting to tap in - but the Inter defender gets there first.

2125: Steven Gerrard's cousin Anthony has now scored an own goal giving Brighton a 2-1 lead against Walsall.

2122: Dirk Kuyt is replaced by John Arne Riise. Well, he's worked hard.

2121: Zlatan Ibrahimovic breaks down the left channel but he blasts over - and that's his last action of a poor game as David Suazo comes on.

2117: Inter right-back Maicon has been on the floor more often than he's been on his feet. Incredible. He wins a free-kick on the right touchline but it's another poor set-piece from the hosts.

2115: This is ridiculous. Now Yossi Benayoun is into the book - apparently for elbowing Maicon. Nothing in it really. This ref is a right, erm, card. That's eight bookings altogether - including Burdisso's double.

2113: Dejan Stankovic joins the yellow card club for a horrible challenge from behind on Javier Mascherano.

2107: The Liverpool fans are waving their scarves - and you can't hear a peep out of those Inter fans now.

2105: GOAL Inter Milan 0-1 Liverpool
I don't need to tell you who scored it do I? Fernando Torres flicks up Fabio Aurelio's pass, turns and - with hardly any backlift - shoots into the bottom corner. Fabulous goal. Inter need four goals to win.

2102: Rafa Benitez makes his first change and it's a surprise - to me anyway. Yossi Benayoun comes on for Ryan Babel, who had been looking dangerous. Maybe he's injured...

2101: Nelson Rivas is the next man into referee Tom Henning Ovrebo's book for a cynical block on Ryan Babel. Steven Gerrard's free-kick is tipped over by Julio Cesar.

2059: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a free-kick on the right of the box. He takes it right-footed and hits it high and disastrously wide. A moment later, Martin Skrtel gives the ball straight back to him but a massive let-off for Liverpool as he shoots across the face of goal. He could even have crossed it for Julio Cruz.

2055: Burdisso, by the way, had only just returned to Champions League action for Inter after serving a six-game ban for the infamous brawl at Valencia last season.

2054: The ball breaks for Dirk Kuyt - but once again he can't find one of two team-mates waiting for a cross.

2051: RED CARD Inter Milan
Nicolas Burdisso - booked for a foul on Dirk Kuyt in the first half - gets his second yellow for a high challenge on Lucas Leiva.

2050: As when he came on in the first leg, Patrick Vieira looks a shadow of the player he was at Arsenal. The midfielder bursts into the box but then loses control.

2049: Steven Gerrard gets a yellow card as he stretches to regain possession from Esteban Cambiasso. Looked a bit harsh.

2048: "Kuyt playing is a ploy to confuse the Inter defence that he is rubbish. They put more focus on Torres, then bang, Kuyt scores, match over."
dunne_and_dusted on 606

We'll see.

2047: Off we go again. No changes by either manager which means Dirk lives to fight another day...

2043: A debate is raging... well happening anyway... over on 606 about what why Dirk Kuyt is in Liverpool's first team. No one has managed to come up with a sensible answer yet.

2040: "You think English teams lack home-grown players, Inter have just one Italian in their entire squad tonight - Francesco Toldo - and he's on the bench..."
spikey4ril on 606

No obvious candidate for man of the first half but you lot have gone for Fernando Torres. The gol machine is on 7.90 just edging out Steven Gerrard.

2032: HALF-TIME Inter Milan 0-0 Liverpool
Liverpool will be pleased. Inter Milan not so.

2027: Maicon crosses low into the penalty area and the ball rebounds off Julio Cruz. Red keeper Pepe Reina pulls off an outstanding stop to keep it 0-0.

2025: Steven Gerrard delivers a beautiful crossfield pass for Dirk Kuyt out on the right but the Dutchman is not having one of his better nights. He has time and space to pick his cross - but messes it up completely. I can almost hear the Liverpool fans screaming at the telly.

2019: Steven Gerrard's cousin Anthony has just scored for Walsall... is this a sign?

2018: Inter defender Maicon inexplicably passes the ball across the back... straight to Dirk Kuyt but the Dutchman shoots instead of crossing. Should have done better.

2016: Ryan Babel twists and turns on the left and eventually crosses for Dirk Kuyt but he shoots wide from a decent position.

2014: Zlatan Ibrahimovic provides a brilliant pass through for Julio Cruz but the striker shoots wide of the far post. Inter should be ahead.

2012: Esteban Cambiasso slips as he's about to clear, leaving Fernando Torres with a sight of goal but the Spaniard gives himself too tight an angle and Cesar saves.

2010: Dirk Kuyt delivers a dangerous ball in from the right, which Maicon does well to scramble behind for a corner. Nothing from the set-piece though.

2009: A long ball in defence finds Ryan Babel sprinting through the centre but keeper Julio Cesar is out quickly to clear.

2008: "OK boys, time to counter. Take slow control."
liverbird_42 on 606

2003: Martin Skrtel gives away a free-kick with a foul on Julio Cruz. Dejan Stankovic puts it straight into Pepe Reina's arms. Wasteful really.

2000: Job done so far for Liverpool after 15 minutes. Inter are probing - but finding no way through.

1957: Ryan Babel sees yellow for encroaching at a free-kick - which means Zlatan Ibrahimovic gets another chance. The striker gets his 30-yard effort over the wall this time but it's well over the bar.

1955: Panic in the Liverpool defence as two players go to clear Maicon's centre - but the ball goes to safety.

1953: Julio Cruz shoots low and hard from the edge of the box but Pepe Reina stretches out a hand to push the ball around the post. An early scare for Liverpool. Inter Milan look bright.

1947: It's Liverpool on the attack... they win an early corner, but Inter clear Steven Gerrard's corner with Dirk Kuyt waiting to volley.

1945: Even as the players were waiting to kick off, Rafa Benitez was on the touchline shouting instructions to his players. On BBC Radio 5 Live, Lawro reckons that's because Javier Zanetti has started in the middle rather than on the right.

1945: Away we go. What I would give to be in the San Siro. The Inter fans seem intent on shouting their team back into this contest. The first 20 minutes could be crucial for Liverpool...

1941: Here come the teams at the San Siro - and it's a cracking atmosphere in the 80,000 capacity stadium.

1937: "What's the state of the pitch at the San Siro?" I hear you cry. I can reveal it's wet. "And is it hot in Milan?" About 13C actually. "And what percentage humidity is there?" Well, since you ask, 44%. That's all I know though.

1935: "When you play against a good team with good players, it's important to score. From the first minute, you will see we are ready."
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez

1932: "Would Winston Churchill have postponed the Battle of Britain if his girlfriend was pregnant? Very disappointed in Xabi right now!"
RedNosedBurglars on 606

1928: This is your first reminder. Plenty more to come so don't worry if you miss it this time. The quarter-final draw is on Friday at 1300 GMT. The Uefa Cup draw, if you're bothered, is at 1200 GMT.

1926: "Can't see Inter having a chance tonight - not with Torres's recent form. Should be a walk in the park."
mistyevita on 606

1919: Inter Milan, who celebrated their 100th birthday at the weekend, are looking to draw inspiration from 1965. In the semi-final first leg, they lost 3-1 to Liverpool at Anfield before winning the second leg 3-0 and going on to lift the European Champions Clubs' Cup - the European Cup to you and I, or the Champions League if you're really young.

1915: FULL TEAM NEWS Inter Milan v Liverpool
Liverpool recall Sami Hyypia in central defence, with Alvaro Arbeloa dropping down the bench. The Finn is likely to play alongside Martin Skrtel with Jamie Carrager moving to right back. Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel come in for Yossi Benayoun and Jermaine Pennant, with fit-again Javier Mascherano back for Xabi Alonso, who has remained on Merseyside with his pregnant girlfriend. Inter Milan have been boosted by Christian Chivu recovering from a shoulder injury and Zlatan Ibrahimovic passing a fitness test on a knee injury. Former Arsenal star Patrick Vieira starts after coming on as a substitute in the first leg.

1911: "I'm going to test the theory that I can proofread a romance novel and listen to the match on radio at the same time. I can only imagine the convolutions if my brain scrambles the two together. Liverpool to repeat the Anfield score, 2-0."
liver-brilliant-pool on 606

1907: "Woohoo! I'm missing class for this and I'm not even an Inter or Liverpool fan!"
ChelseaStar4Life on 606

We at BBC Sport in no way condone the skipping of classes in order to watch football. Not at all.

1903: LIVERPOOL TEAM: Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Hyypia, Aurelio, Lucas, Mascherano, Kuyt, Gerrard, Babel, Torres.

1900: Hello. You'll be here to find out who joins Chelsea, Schalke, Roma, Arsenal, Barcelona, Manchester United and Fenerbahce in the last eight of the Champions League. Will it be Liverpool? Or will it be Inter Milan? I don't know...

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Mancini reveals Inter quit plan
11 Mar 08 |  Europe

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