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Champions League as it happened


Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool

Fenerbahce 2-1 Chelsea

All ties kick-off at 1945 BST. Quarter-final, first-leg ties.


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By Paul Fletcher

2154: So, the first-leg ties have been completed. Liverpool will certainly be happier than Arsenal after their 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium, while Chelsea have a bit of work to do after their 2-1 defeat in Istanbul but will probably still fancy their chances at Stamford Bridge.

Many thanks for all your 606 posts, text messages and the potted history of Napoleon's capture of Moscow. It has been an education.

2153: By the way, the result in Istanbul is Chelsea's first defeat in European competition this season.

2152: "It's OK. We have been creating chances. The finishing is something to work on. A 1-0 nil win at home will get us through. I would still have liked the 2nd away goal."
Chelsea fan BlueAcrossTheWorld on 606

Nobody is going to win any prizes for working out that Fenerbahce's Colin Kazim-Richards came out on top at full-time in Istanbul with 8.09. The top rated player at the Emirates was Liverpool's Steven Gerrard with 7.86. Don't forget, though, you can still alter the outcome of this. Your vote counts!

2140: Almost lost myself in the excitement - Fenerbahce goalscorer Alex is of course a villain-turned-hero and not the other way around. Consider 2124 amended as necessary. And as for Carlo Cudicini - he is in the business of saving, not scoring, the correction in this case at 2132. Phew.

2136 Full-time Fenerbahce 2-1 Chelsea
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Chelsea were in total control and then on came Colin Kazim-Richards...

Avram Grant can reflect on one missed chance after another.

2134: Full-time Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool
You would have to say advantage Liverpool. Rafa seems to know his stuff in Europe.

"Credit to Liverpool and to their manager as well."
BBC Sport analyst Graham Taylor

2134: Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal - will you ever stop over-playing?

2132: Alex takes a free-kick that Cudicini saves. Chelsea could do with something in Istanbul or Grant's plan to go beyond the Special One might end up sounding like hollow words.

2131: Three minutes of injury time at the Emirates Stadium.

2129: For the entire match at the Emirates, Benitez has resembled a crazed man barking out pearls of wisdom to anyone who will listen, arms waving this way and that like a whirling dervish. Except he is not mad, but Liverpool manager and his team will surely be happy with 1-1.

2126: Voronin, fit again, comes on for Torres at the Emirates.

Meanwhile in Istanbul, the atmosphere is buzzing in a big way.

2124: GOAL Fenerbahce 2-1 Chelsea
Villain-turned-hero Deivid smashes the ball home from fully 30 yards. A remarkable, spectacular strike. Zico could not have done better. Avram is not smiling. Or rather, less than usual.

2123: "Why is a cockney doing these updates as I thought the BBC was neutral! Come on Torres!"
Anonymous via text on 81111

Oh dear. The first time anyone has mistaken me for a Londoner.

2121: Roughly 10 minutes left in both ties. Who needs a goal the most? Arsenal, I would say.

2117: "Ha-Ha-Ha. The only Englishman to score tonight plays for Fenerbahce. Also, he grew up just down the road from me."
GaelForce22 on 606

Talking of which, a cross from Kazim-Richards picks out Deivid, who slices his spectacular effort.

Liverpool replace Alonso with Lucas, while in Turkey Jon Mikel Obi comes on for Lampard.

2115: Having equalised in Turkey, Fenerbahce are now enjoying a good spell of play. Kazim-Richards is really making a difference.

2114: Arsenal are playing like a team that thinks they must score again tonight if they are to win this tie. Fabregas is starting to push forward into attacking positions more often.

2111: Cesc Fabregas stabs the ball towards goal but Bendtner clears it off the Liverpool line. Hands on head time. Except that the offside flag had gone up, incorrectly. Painful for the home team on several different levels.

2107: GOAL Fenerbahce 1-1 Chelsea
Chelsea should be home and dry by now but instead Fenerbahce are level. Colin Kazim-Richards, once of Bury, Brighton and Sheffield United, runs on to a ball over the top, takes a touch and powers it past Carlo Cudicini.

2106: A great run into the box from Alexander Hleb comes to an end when Kuyt pulls him back by the arm. The result? A corner to Arsenal. Moments earlier Emmanuel Eboue almost scores after getting on the end of a Walcott cross. Eboue is then subbed for Nicklas Bendtner.

2105: Walcott looks dangerous for Arsenal, who are marginally on top. Torres shows that he knows a thing or two about the art of going to ground theatrically.

"Walcott got a massive round of applause when his name was read out at the start and the crowd erupts every time he touches the ball."
BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera at the Emirates Stadium

2101: Mateja Kezman, who has been quiet so far, tries a bicycle kick from a Fenerbahce corner that Carlo Cudicini saves. Leytonstone-born Colin Kazim-Richards is on for the Turkish side by the way.

Another good save by Volkan Demirel who has kept Fenerbahce in this game. This time it is Michael Ballack who tries his luck and sees his shot from 25 yards tipped away brilliantly.

2100: "Walcott can change this game. If there is one thing Liverpool defenders hate then it is pace."
xlamTHEeggMAN on 606

2059: Arsenal have started well and Liverpool replace Ryan Babel with Yossi Benayoun.

2058: Fenerbahce's best chance of the match falls to Alex. The Brazilian rises to meet Onder Turaci's cross from the right but does not get enough behind his header and it flies harmlessly wide.

Chelsea still look dangerous, though, and Fenerbahce are not helping matters by giving the ball away in areas where they really should be keeping it. Frank Lampard scuffs one shot wide before Didier Drogba curls another effort straight at Volkan Demirel.

2055: A cracking effort from Walcott across goal from distance. A warning of what he can do. Did Reina save it? Not sure, perhaps fingertips.

2055: "Does nobody find it a bit boring that there are so many English teams left in the tournament? Kind of takes away the fun of playing in Europe surely?"
Zola via text on 81111

Hmm, don't agree.

2053: Chelsea seem to be picking up in the second half where they left off in the first. Ricardo Carvalho breaks into the box on the left but he slips and cannot reach the ball to cross to Joe Cole, who is unmarked in the middle.

2050: Re the lack of half-time posts. I must confess I had a brief conversation on my phone of mobile type and rested my right hand for fully five minutes as I've been suffering from a touch of RS-I (said in a not very funny Ali G type voice).

2049: Kuyt does well to shoot under pressure, forcing a decent save from Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia with Hyypia closing in.

2048: Under way in Istanbul.

2047: Arsenal v Liverpool resumes. The Gunners have brought on Theo Walcott for Van Persie, who has injured his left thigh.

2045: "Arsenal have blown it already, in a tactical battle you cannot concede an away goal. Now they will go all out looking for another and probably concede again. Liverpool will just sit back and smoke cigars now."
Merry Pongmaster on 606

Top of the Pops at the Emirates so far is Steven Gerrard with 7.88, while in Turkey Didier Drogba is the biggest hitter with 7.70.

2032: Half-time Fenerbahce 0-1 Chelsea
The opening 45 minutes very much belongs to Avram Grant's team, who have created several good chances.

2032: Half-time Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool

"Generally it has been quite tight. From the moment Liverpool equalised confidence came into their team. A half-time scoreline of 1-1 is about fair."
BBC Sport analyst Graham Taylor

2030: Drogba is closing down on a through ball from Ballack but Fenerbache keeper Volkan Demirel just beats him to the ball. Just.

2029: Arsenal have a corner close to half-time and completely waste it with a short-pass routine that comes to nothing.

2028: "This is purgatory! The biggest game in Arsenal's recent history, and I'm stuck in an office in Atlanta listening to the southern drawls of my colleagues!"
James, Atlanta, via text on 81111

2025: Danger for Chelsea as Ricardo Carvalho slips as he tries to clear Mehmet Aurelio's cross. Luckily for the Blues, Mateja Kezman does not anticipate the mistake and the ball bounces clear. Kezman - remember him?

2024: Arsenal's Flamini wins the ball but cleans out Kuyt on his way through. The Liverpool scorer has treatment on his knee and is able to carry on.

2021: At last, a bit of pressure from Fenerbahce, who win a couple of corners on the right. The danger is soon over for Chelsea though and Didier Drogba breaks away only to shoot wastefully wide despite having a man over.

2020: A Gerrard free-kick causes chaos. Torres picks up the ball completely unmarked at the far post and knocks the ball back across goal but Hyypia cannot head the ball cleanly. Liverpool are on top.

2018: "Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was out of his seat just before the Liverpool goal - he seemed to sense the danger."
BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera at the Emirates Stadium

2015: Didier Drogba picks the ball up wide of goal and does superbly to create space to shoot. Volkan Demirel makes a great fingertip save.

Chelsea are being given far too much time and space in the area and Frank Lampard is the latest to go close for the visitors, sending a delicate header just wide.

Fenerbahce's first effort on goal comes from Gokcek Vederson - not sure what the Brazilian was trying there though. It could have been a shot or a cross but turns out to be neither as it curls harmlessly high and wide.

2011: GOAL Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool
The much maligned Dirk Kuyt stabs home a low cross from Steven Gerrard. It was a superb jinking run down the left and into the box from Gerrard but the Arsenal defending was awful.

2008: Didier Drogba picks up the ball on the halfway line and runs straight at the heart of the Fenerbahce defence before almost releasing Joe Cole with a clever diagonal ball. The big striker is acting as Chelsea's battering ram at the moment and his sheer strength is causing Fenerbahce all sorts of problems

Fenerbahce cannot get out of their half and Chelsea are completely on top. The home crowd are beginning to turn on their own side too - no cheers when they get the ball now.

2008: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 Liverpool
Emmanuel Adebayor is left unmarked after a corner is eventually crossed in by Van Persie - and the Togo striker heads his team in front from six yards. Where was Sami Hyypia?

2007: Van Persie hits the ball low from 22 yards that takes a slight deflection. Reina makes a good save, tipping the ball around the post for a corner.

2005: No clear-cut chances at the Emirates Stadium. Correction - a teasing pass forward from Mathieu Flamini is volleyed over from Robin van Persie. A technically difficult chance but the Dutchman was under no pressure.

2003: Michael Ballack's clever touch releases Joe Cole on the right but his dinked cross is just too long for Didier Drogba. Michael Essien then comes within a whisker of extending his team's lead, crashing a shot against the crossbar from 30 yards.

2001: And it's all gone quiet over there (over there being Istanbul).

1958: GOAL Fenerbahce 0-1 Chelsea
A cracking finish from Brazilian Deivid, who puts the ball into his own net. It is a pin-point low finish at the near post that any striker would be proud of as he tries to divert Florent Malouda's cross away from the danger zone.

1955: Xabi Alonso gives the ball away far too easily. His team have not really got into the game.

"Rafael Benitez cannot stay in his seat. He is continually trying to orchestrate his players."
BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera at the Emirates

1953: A scrappy start in Istanbul with both sides surrendering possession far too easily but that hasn't quietened the crowd down - they are jeering Chelsea whenever they get the ball and every Fenerbahce pass is greeted by loud cheers.

1951: What is Reina doing? A long pass down the centre catches Liverpool out and the keeper charges out from his goal, failing to collect the ball under pressure from Emmanuel Adebayor. Reina quickly regains his balance and manages to snub out the danger.

1949: Lots of good early touches for Arsenal without actually threatening the Liverpool goal.

1945: Both fixtures are under way. And apparently Napoleon did make it to Moscow in 1812. Though I'm sure he failed at one point of great significance.

1940: Tom Hicks is at Arsenal but fellow Liverpool co-owner George Gillett is snowbound in Colorado, in the good old US of A.

1937: (See 1925) Hey 'name on the trophy', they have small yellow squares on them that almost stopped me buying them.

1934: "Which Liverpool player is going to get burgled?"
wooden-brick on 606


1932: The Fenerbahce fans have been in the their stadium for about two hours, making big noise. Might come as a shock to Chelsea supporters used to Stamford Bridge! Just a joke.

1930: Tension mounting - 15 minutes until kick-off as our brave boys try to take a step nearer to Moscow. Napoleon couldn't make it there but I reckon one of our boys will.

1925: "My mate texted his mum to say that he got his girlfriend pregnant (he's only 16), leading to her crying and his dad almost crashing the car! They weren't too happy I can tell you."
MancTomMc on 606

Imagine the sheer melon twisting if it then turned out that she was pregnant. More drama than an episode of Skins (which I watch to keep up with young people - someone the other day said my trainers were new (nu?) rave. What?)

1923: "Fletch, have you and Mr Mackay kissed and made up yet?"
chrisTalclear on 606

Ah, Chris, how you take me back approximately 20 years. The cruelty of the schoolyard scars the mind for years.

1918: TEAM NEWS Fenerbahce v Chelsea
Chelsea switch Michael Essien to right-back and he replaces Juliano Belletti, while Ashley Cole comes in for Wayne Bridge at left-back. Frank Lampard and will play alongside Claude Makelele and Michael Ballack in a three-man midfield, while Florent Malouda is preferred to Salomon Kalou up front.

Fenerbahce defender Roberto Carlos does not make their squad because of a shin injury but former Bury, Brighton and Sheffield United forward Colin Kazim-Richards is on the bench.

1915: "A mate texted me saying Birmingham had been given a five point deduction as part of a corruption raid two weeks ago. I nearly had a stroke!"
Dan, Birmingham, via text on 81111

I wonder how many people actually suffer cardiac arrest as a consequence of April Fools jokes. Not many, probably.

1913: Mandeep Sanghera, our man at the Emirates Stadium, has just seen American film director Spike Lee. But will it be Arsenal or Liverpool who do the right thing?

1907: TEAM NEWS Arsenal v Liverpool
Arsenal recall Emmanuel Adebayor in attack in place of Nicklas Bendtner, who started in the 3-2 win at Bolton on Saturday. Emmanuel Eboue also starts, with Abou Diaby - who was sent off at The Reebok - dropping to the bench.

Liverpool recall Javier Mascherano in midfield after he served a domestic suspension for the Merseyside derby against Everton. He replaces Lucas, while Fabio Aurelio comes in at left-back for John Arne Riise.

1902: "I told my mates our local pub had a fire, they were devastated. I told them it was started by some fool."
Priyani, West Brom, via text on 81111

Eh, you're a bit of of a crazy japester. Though the idea of your local burning down is hardly a laughing matter. Almost as crazy, ArsenalFCFan07, was stitched up by a workmate who did a print screen of his desktop and then moved all the icons around. Magic.

1901: Just watched some images of the Arsenal and Liverpool players arriving at the Emirates Stadium. All I can say is that I hope the Gunners mascot washes his hands, if you get my drift.

1900: "There was one April Fool's Day prank - somebody told me they thought Cristiano Ronaldo was the best player in the world!"
Les and Terry, Uckfield, via text on 81111

Light the blue touch paper, retreat to a safe distance and enjoy, while I wade through page after page of 606 comments about the merits of the Portuguese one.

1852: "Away goals are always crucial and I believe if Liverpool nick one at the Emirates tonight it will go a long way towards qualifying for the semi finals."
redandblackT1899 (U5926882) on 606

Words of wisdom from the red and black. Not often that he is strictly an observer with little actual vested interest in what happens on the pitch at this stage of the season.

1850: We might know about Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea but our collective knowledge of Fenerbahce (how many times will I spell that incorrectly tonight?) might be a little on the light side. BBC Sport columnist Tim Vickery wrote an illuminating piece on their coach, Brazilian Zico, the other day that might be worth checking out.

1847: I know it was yesterday - and that in the modern e-world, that means it might as well have been a million years ago, but did anyone get stung by an April Fool's Day prank of a truly hilarious nature?

1845: "Come on you Arsenal! We are going to destroy Liverpool 3-0 and Adebayor will get a hat-trick!"
Foz, Kent, via text on 81111

1840 BST: Evening all - and what a night of Champions League quarter-final action we have in store.

Three of the four teams are from the Premier League, which should guarantee that at least a few English players will be on display.

Man Utd, of course, already have one foot in the semi-finals after their 2-0 win in Roma on Wednesday - but at least one English club will fail to join them.

Arsenal, finalists in 2006, play Liverpool, winners in 2005 and finalists in 2007, at the Emirates Stadium in a tie of huge significance to both teams.

In Istanbul, Chelsea play Fenerbahce, with Avram Grant convinced he can take the Blues to places that the Special One could not.

Given that none of them have an FA Cup semi-final to worry about this weekend, I'm hoping they keep nothing in reserve.

see also
Champions League photos
02 Apr 08 |  Europe
Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool
02 Apr 08 |  Europe
Reds away goal delights Benitez
02 Apr 08 |  Europe
Fenerbahce 2-1 Chelsea
02 Apr 08 |  Europe
Player Rater
04 Mar 08 |  Europe

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