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By Caroline Cheese
I think I have run out of words... Ha ha. Not really. How special have these quarter-finals been so far? 10 matches, 24 goals. No pressure, tomorrow's games, no pressure. Before then, you can always tune in to BBC 5 Live to see what Danny Baker makes of it all.
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez:
"We're disappointed because we scored four goals away from home and didn't win. I'm proud of the players and the fans. When we scored the second goal I had confidence, but when you make a mistake against Chelsea, you pay."
Well, I am very surprised. Frank Lampard is not leading Player Rater
. In fact, he's not even the best Chelsea player: that goes to Didier Drogba (6.46). Xabi Alonso is out in front on 7.74, edging ahead of Fabio Aurelio. It can all change though... Chelsea v Liverpool Player Rater
I'm off to look at Player Rater. If the inspirational Frank Lampard is not top, I will be very surprised.
Chelsea's semi-final against Barcelona will be played on 28 April and 6 May, the first leg at the Nou Camp. On tonight's evidence, there are goals in that one too. Chelsea fans might be fearing the magic of Messi, but I'd like to see Barca's defence - and their very own dodgy keeper Victor Valdes - coping with Didier Drogba.
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba:
"We felt really down because we didn't play in the first half. Maybe we lost our nerve. I think the three goals we conceded on Saturday were still in our heads."
Chelsea captain Frank Lampard:
"It was a great game of football. We made it very hard for ourselves with our first-half performance. Our character in turning it around shows a lot."
From RampagingAlbatross on 606:
"It was a horrible match for 'skilled' football. Three goals as a direct result of complete defensive mess-ups. Barring that magnificent free-kick, the rest were a result of the two flimsiest defences I've ever seen. Regardless, it was a fantastic match." Join the debate on 606
Well, I did tell you these ties were over didn't I (see 1830)?! Chelsea, after a remarkable, breathtaking, mind-destroying 4-4 draw with Liverpool, will face Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals.
2134: FULL-TIME Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool (agg 7-5)
2133: FULL-TIME Bayern Munich 1-1 Barcelona (agg 1-5)
For goodness sake... Another horrible mistake by Petr Cech and David N'Gog has the chance to reduce the deficit again, but Michael Essien is on the line to produce a brilliant, diving, headed clearance.
2129: GOAL Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool (agg 7-5)
Great work by Didier Drogba, passing to Nicolas Anelka, who finds Frank Lampard
to turn in a lovely right-footed shot. Game over. Maybe.
Ryan Babel is on for Alvaro Arbeloa.
2123: GOAL Chelsea 3-4 Liverpool (agg 6-5)
No words can describe this ridiculousness... Albert Riera produces a lovely cross from the left and Dirk Kuyt
gets ahead of the Chelsea defence to bullet a header past Petr Cech. One more goal needed for Liverpool, seven minutes left.
2121: GOAL Chelsea 3-3 Liverpool (agg 6-4)
Ten minutes remaining... Lucas
makes space for the shot outside the box and it comes off Michael Essien to beat Petr Cech. The Reds now need two goals.
After Michael Ballack swings a free-kick wide, Liverpool make a second change. Fernando Torres, who hasn't really been in the game, is replaces by David N'Gog.
2116: GOAL Chelsea 3-2 Liverpool (agg 6-3)
Xabi Alonso gives the ball away as Liverpool try to play out of defence and Frank Lampard
quickly passes to Didier Drogba before chasing into the area to slot in the cross. Game over surely.
2115: GOAL Bayern Munich 1-1 Barcelona (agg 1-5)
A mesmerising passing move involving Samuel Eto'o, Andres Iniesta and Xavi ends with Seydou Keita
firing a first-time effort past Hans Jorg Butt from the edge of the penalty area.
Alvaro Arbeloa is late on Michael Essien and he's in the book, meaning he would miss the first leg of the semi-final should Liverpool pull off a miracle.
From Burke112 on 606:
"Re 2109: In reply to 'Who will mark Messi?' Juliano Belletti... Just not very well." Join the debate on 606
Lucio makes a brilliant sliding tackle to deny Samuel Eto'o a chance to equalise in Munich. They missed him in the first leg.
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez makes his first change: Albert Riera for Javier Mascherano.
They make a good point on BBC 5 Live: If Chelsea go through, who will play left-back in the first leg of the semi-final? Whoever it is, they'll be up against Leo Messi.
Leo Messi, playing more centrally for Barcelona now, is put through by Andres Iniesta but is wrongly adjudged offside.
Didier Drogba rampages down the right-hand channel, easily holding off Jamie Carragher's challenge. Drogba squares for Michael Ballack, but the German midfielder sidefoots a shot too close to Pepe Reina.
Ashley Cole will miss the first leg of the semi-final - should Chelsea go through - after his shove on Alvaro Arbeloa earns him a booking.
With these two keepers, we could yet be in for a 26-goal thriller. Petr Cech pushes Javier Mascherano's effort straight to Yossi Benayoun but the angle is tight and the Israeli can't set up a team-mate.
From BBC Sport's David Garrido at Stamford Bridge:
"Chelsea fans taunting Pepe Reina with chants of 'Are you Riise in disguise?' - referring to the own goal he scored at Anfield last season."
From BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Stamford Bridge:
"John Terry, sat a few rows in front of me, suddenly looks a lot more relaxed. Lots of hugs when the second went in. Relief I'd say."
Eight goals in two games? Who stole the real Chelsea and Liverpool? We can't have extra time now. Liverpool need to score two without reply to go through.
2058: GOAL Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool (agg 5-3)
That one's definitely gone in. In fact, it almost broke the net. Alex
steps up and unleashes a viciously swerving free-kick from 35 yards, leaving Pepe Reina grasping thin air.
A huge roar from the home fans - until they realise Didier Drogba's free-kick has hit the side netting.
That means another Liverpool goal would take this into extra time.
2051: GOAL Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool (agg 4-3)
Nicolas Anelka crosses low from the right and Martin Skrtel is challenging Didier Drogba at the near post. Drogba gets the slightest of touches, but Pepe Reina fumbles it into the net for what I think is an own goal
2049: GOAL Bayern Munich 1-0 Barcelona (agg 1-4)
Ze Roberto's through-ball beats the offside trap and Franck Ribery
waits for Victor Valdes to commit himself before side-footing the ball past him.
Petr Cech comes haring out of his goal to intercept a pass ahead of Lucas - but doesn't get there. With the keeper out of his goal, Xabi Alonso attempts to squeeze a shot in from a very difficult angle but the ball is headed behind at the far post. And they're back under way at Bayern.
Chelsea, leading this tie on away goals, kick off the second half at Stamford Bridge.
Guus Hiddink has had enough of his Chelsea players already. They're out on the pitch, awaiting their Liverpool counterparts.
From everythingbutthegoal on 606:
"Just been submitting my Player Rater ratings - i didn't even realise Ballack was playing. Is that a clerical error?" Join the debate on 606
No Danny the Stat tonight: he's looking after the hospitalised but recovering Mrs the Stat. So I'll tell you that Petr Cech is carrying the can for Chelsea's miserable first-half display over on Player Rater
with an embarrassing 3.38. Xabi Alonso is the Liverpool hero. It can change if you so wish. Chelsea v Liverpool Player Rater
From essienthetrain on 606:
"The Chelsea players absolutely deserve the boos from the fans. They've just sat back, and let Liverpool have the freedom of the pitch. Surely, they can't be as bad in the second 45... (don't call me Shirley)" Join the debate on 606
2033: HALF-TIME Bayern Munich 0-0 Barcelona (agg 0-4)
Marc van Bommel puts Luca Toni through but from a difficult angle, the Italian shoots high and wide for Bayern.
2031: HALF-TIME Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool (agg 3-3)
Petr Cech does well to palm away Dirk Kuyt's firm header but the Chelsea keeper then comes and completely misses a cross from the left. Awful. The Chelsea defence have to clear up for him. What's happened to Cech?
Bayern's Marc van Bommel is up to his old tricks, 'accidentally' catching Leo Messi with a flailing arm. The Argentine is up and about now.
BBC Sport's David Garrido at Stamford Bridge:
"Referee Luis Medina Cantalejo morphed into Demon Headmaster briefly there, giving Rafa and Sammy Lee a right telling off for coming out of their technical area and then Hiddink comes along to tell the fourth official to lay off Rafa as well."
Likes his whistle, does Luis Medina Cantalejo. Yossi Benayoun picks up a yellow card for a fairly innocuous foul on Nicolas Anelka. Ricardo Carvalho heads wide from the free-kick.
Didier Drogba heads a free-kick on for Frank Lampard but Xabi Alonso gets there first to head behind for a corner. Chelsea showing signs of recovery here.
It's a tactical change by Guus Hiddink. Nicolas Anelka replaces Salomon Kalou after just 35 minutes.
Shortly after the Liverpool penalty, Chelsea had their own shout as Branislav Ivanovic went down under Jamie Carragher's challenge. Perhaps fell a bit too easily. Looks like Nicolas Anelka is coming on...
Chelsea have a free-kick 35 yards out but Frank Lampard's low effort is easily blocked.
2013: GOAL Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool (agg 3-3)
Oh my goodness, what have we here? Referee Luis Medina Cantelejo spots Branislav Ivanovic hauling Xabi Alonso
back with both hands as the free-kick comes over and awards the penalty. A brave - but correct - decision. Alonso converts the spot-kick and within half an hour, Liverpool are now only a goal away from the semi-finals.
2012: Penalty to Liverpool
Barca skipper Carles Puyol is booked for a lunge on Franck Ribery.
Frank Lampard wins back possession for Chelsea but then lumps a long ball to absolutely no-one. Very strange performance this by Chelsea.
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Stamford Bridge:
"Guus Hiddink has just taken his big coat off and is in arms crossed mode. Game on? The Liverpool fans think so."
From Neil, Glasgow, via text on 81111:
"I'm liking Alonso's beard. Obi Wan Kenobi chic. Looks like the force is with us too!"
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich have made a positive start in their bid to overturn a four-goal deficit against Barcelona. Luca Toni missed a decent headed chance early on, and the dangerous Franck Ribery has just shot narrowly over.
2003: GOAL Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool (agg 3-2)
Lordy. Liverpool win a free-kick about 35 yards out on the right. It looks for all the world as if Fabio Aurelio
is going to lift it into the box - but spotting a tempting gap, he shoots instead, making a scrambling Petr Cech look more than a touch foolish. One down, two to go for Liverpool.
From farmorethanyou on 606:
"Small shoots of optimism, great chance for Nando, Cech looks dicey. If we score first we can do this." Join the debate on 606
BBC Sport's David Garrido at Stamford Bridge:
"Rafa's already getting a bit restless he's up from his dugout practically every two minutes barking orders. Perhaps it's because his players keep losing their balance."
Big chance. Yossi Benyoun's fabulous first-time backheel plays in Fernando Torres, who takes one touch but shoot wide.
Florent Malouda gives away a free-kick on the right. Fabio Aurelio takes it and Petr Cech - formerly the best keeper in the world - flaps unconvincingly but Liverpool can't get the ball under control and Chelsea can clear.
Didier Drogba is rolling about on the touchline following a challenge with Jamie Carragher. The Chelsea striker manages to roll back on to the pitch so play is stopped. He's OK though. Classic Drogba.
From gandini on 606:
"0.58 seconds gone and the commentators are banging on about Istanbul..." Join the debate on 606
From anon via text on 81111:
"After Saturday's goal, one must wonder what must Agger do... do do."
Childish, but I kinda like it.
Chelsea's Alex holds his hands up after some careless defending almost lets Lucas in. They're now up and running in Munich.
Liverpool get the game under way at Stamford Bridge.
And here are the players at the Allianz Arena in Munich. Sounds like a surprisingly good atmosphere.
Here come the teams at Stamford Bridge and the camera of course pans to one Steven Gerrard (that's definitely the last mention... probably) who wears a broad smile as he takes his seat in the stands.
Last mention of Steven Gerrard.... maybe. The Liverpool skipper is the only non-Manchester United on the PFA Player of the Year shortlist. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger thinks the votes should be taken later in the season. Sir Alex Ferguson agrees, although he adds: "If we are talking about current form, Arsene cannot just go back two or three games." Man Utd dominate PFA awards list
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Stamford Bridge:
"Pierluigi Collina on the touchline signing a few autographs as the players warm up and replays of last week's game are shown on the big screen."
Steven Gerrard's absence leaves the way clear for Barca's Leo Messi to extend his lead at the top of the Champions League scoring charts. The Argentine has eight, with Gerrard on seven along with injured Bayern striker Miroslav Klose.
1922: TEAM NEWS Bayern Munich v Barcelona Bayern Munich
manager Jurgen Klinsmann makes four changes from the first leg as Phillip Lahm, Lucio, Jose Ernesto Sosa and Andreas Ottl come in for Breno, Massimo Oddo, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Hamit Altintop. Barcelona
are without Thierry Henry, who has a fever and is replaced by Seydou Keita, while Eric Abidal deputises for the suspended Rafael Marquez.
bluedabadeedabadie on 606:
"Essien must have been disappointed with Gerrard's injury. What will he do with an empty pocket now?" Join the debate on 606
Now then, football fans, Sir Danny of Baker-ville is back on the airwaves tonight on BBC 5 Live's 606. And worldwide fame could be yours if you get involved with his post on the web-based version of 606. Indeed. Danny Baker on 606
Graham Taylor on BBC 5 Live:
"The Bolton game has done the talking for Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink. Any chance of any complacency is out of the window."
Alan Green on BBC 5 Live:
"This is still a far better Liverpool team than the one that played in the Istanbul final. Rafa has picked a team to match up with Chelsea's."
1909: TEAM NEWS Chelsea v Liverpool Chelsea
boss Guus Hiddink makes two changes from the side that beat Bolton on Saturday as Alex replaces the suspended John Terry and Michael Essien comes in for Jon Mikel Obi. Liverpool
must do without injured captain Steven Gerrard so Lucas deputises, while Martin Skrtel takes over from Daniel Agger and Fabio Aurelio replaces Emiliano Insua.
From Tim, Knebworth, via text on 81111:
"Re 1855: If Bayern beat Barca by four goals I'll change my name to Caroline Cheese! Can you imagine the ridicule I would endure?"
Funnily enough, I can.
1901: TEAMS Bayern Munich v Barcelona Bayern Munich:
Butt, Lell, Lucio, Demichelis, Lahm, Sosa, Van Bommel, Ottl, Ze Roberto, Ribery, Toni. Subs: Rensing, Van Buyten, Altintop, Borowski, Badstuber, Breno. Barcelona:
Valdes, Dani Alves, Puyol, Pique, Abidal, Xavi, Toure Yaya, Keita, Messi, Eto'o, Iniesta. Subs: Pinto, Caceres, Gudjohnsen, Henry, Sylvinho, Hleb, Busquets.
From Bill via text on 81111:
"Just put £5 on Liverpool and Bayern Munich going through tonight. No, I'm not crazy!"
I beg to differ, Bill.
But do you think Jurgen Klinsmann has given up? Er, yes he has actually. "We are not going to beat them by four goals, we are aware of that," Klinsmann said. "But we will play with pride and character and we will give our fans a good Champions League game."
If you thought Liverpool's task was difficult, Bayern Munich must become the first team in Champions League history to overturn a four-goal deficit as they host Barcelona. If they manage it, I'll change my name to Bastian Schweinsteiger.
1852: TEAMS Chelsea v Liverpool Chelsea:
Cech, Ivanovic, Alex, Carvalho, A Cole, Essien, Ballack, Lampard, Kalou, Malouda, Drogba. Subs: Hilario, Di Santo, Mikel, Deco, Belletti, Anelka, Mancienne. Liverpool:
Reina, Aurelio, Arbeloa, Skrtel, Carragher, Kuyt, Lucas, Alonso, Mascherano, Benayoun, Torres. Subs: Cavalieri, Dossena, Hyypia, Agger, Riera, Babel, N'Gog.
You want stats? I got stats. Chelsea have not lost at home in the Champions League since February 2006. That's 16 matches, 13 of them wins. Their heaviest ever defeat at home in Europe was 2-0 against Besiktas in October 2003. Liverpool need to win by three goals or win 3-1 to take it into extra time.
From Tom via text on 81111:
"Honestly Rafa! Huge loss for us, now Mission even more Impossible."
From swpisrooneyquickfix on 606:
"Benitez and Gerrard want to win the league, they have a real chance so good decision. If Chelsea score early I can even see Torres being substituted at half-time to avoid injuries." Join the debate on 606
Liverpool have confirmed Gerrard will not start, so the much-maligned Lucas does.
Steven Gerrard has been spotted sitting in the directors' box at Stamford Bridge, wearing his civvies. The Liverpool skipper has been struggling with a groin injury but Rafa Benitez had been expected to risk him in this game. So does this mean Rafa's throwing all his eggs in a Premier League-shaped basket?
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