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Liverpool   2 - 1   Atletico Madrid (agg 2 - 2)

Diego Forlan scores against Liverpool
Ex-Manchester United striker Forlan returned to haunt Liverpool

By David Ornstein

Diego Forlan struck an extra-time away goal to end Liverpool's Europa League hopes and book Atletico Madrid's place in the final against Fulham on 12 May.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg in Spain, Liverpool levelled the tie when Alberto Aquilani converted Yossi Benayoun's cross with a fine finish.

And they added a second early in extra time through Benayoun's half-volley.

But former Manchester United striker Forlan fired home a Jose Antonio Reyes cross to confirm Liverpool's exit.

The result will simply add to the gloom surrounding Anfield in what has been a miserable season on and off the pitch.

Rafael Benitez's side suffered early exits in both domestic cup competitions and the Champions League, while they currently languish seventh in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, the club are carrying significant levels of debt, have been riddled by rumours of boardroom unrest and seem unwilling to put an end to constant speculation surrounding the future of Benitez.

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In fact, the build-up to this match was somewhat overshadowed by the latest round of speculation linking the 50-year-old with a summer move to Juventus.

Benitez claimed no-one at the club had tried to talk him into staying and expressed frustration that a number of other managers had been linked with his job.

While there was no sign of disunity as the home crowd whipped up an electric pre-match atmosphere, Liverpool may regret failing to capitalise on their early pressure.

Only 10 seconds were on the clock when Dirk Kuyt flicked Daniel Agger's long ball into the path of Benayoun, who saw his low drive saved by the legs of keeper David de Gea.

Atletico looked rattled and it seemed an opening goal was inevitable as Liverpool bombarded them with a flurry of corners, but the visitors held firm and soon asserted their authority on proceedings.

The superb Sergio Aguero returned from suspension to lead their attack and linked particularly well with Reyes, Simao and first-leg goalscorer Forlan.

Season has not been good enough - Benitez

It was, however, the less heralded Raul Garcia who had their first clear-cut opportunity with a skidding effort from 30 yards that was palmed around the post by the diving Pepe Reina.

Kuyt side-footed Javier Mascherano's cross just over the bar following a delightful passing move, while Aguero was sent clear by Reyes but had nobody to cross to after rounding Reina.

Liverpool, bidding to reach a third European final in six years, thought they had taken the lead but Agger's header was correctly ruled out for offside.

Fortunately for the hosts, nothing would deny them when Benayoun crossed from the right and Aquilani turned a superb first-time finish into the bottom corner shortly before half time.

Atletico settled quickest after the restart - passing, moving and retaining possession with a real swagger - but Liverpool's defence was unmoved.

Simao and Paulo Assuncao put speculative shots off target, and at the other end Antonio Lopez made a vital interception with Benayoun ready to pounce on a Gerrard cross.

De Gea had to react well to tip a fizzing Johnson strike over the bar but Atletico were on top and Gerrard made a crucial clearance before Forlan almost latched on to a defence-splitting Simao pass.

Yet after an animated team talk from Benitez at full time, Liverpool were revitalised and deservedly doubled their advantage as Benayoun drilled a first-time half-volley into the bottom corner.

It felt like there was no way back for Quique Sanchez Flores's men, but they ignored the deafening noise to regain the ascendancy and ensure there would be one final twist.

Reyes collected a long pass, ghosted inside Glen Johnson and crossed for the unmarked Forlan to lash past Reina and send the travelling supporters delirious.

Atletico are now within touching distance of their first major European trophy since the 1962 European Cup Winners' Cup.

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Thursday, 29 April 2010

Europa League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Liverpool 2-1 Atletico Madrid FT
(HT 1-0)(agg 2-2)Atletico Madrid win on away goals rule
  • Aquilani 44
  • Benayoun 95
  • Forlan 102

Liverpool

Substitutes

Atletico Madrid

  • 43 De Gea
  • 03 Antonio Lopez
  • 18 Dominguez yellow card
  • 21 Perea
  • 02 Valera yellow card
  • 08 Raul Garcia
  • 12 Paulo Assuncao yellow card (Jurado 99)
  • 20 Simao
  • 07 Forlan yellow card (Camacho 117)
  • 10 Aguero (Eduardo Salvio 120+1)
  • 19 Reyes

Substitutes

  • 01 Sergio Asenjo,
  • 16 Juanito,
  • 17 Ujfalusi,
  • 24 Leandro Cabrera,
  • 06 Camacho,
  • 09 Jurado,
  • 14 Eduardo Salvio
Ref: HaugeAtt: 42,040
LIVERPOOL
ATLETICO MADRID

Possession

  • Liverpool 52%
  • Atletico Madrid 48%

Attempts on target

  • Liverpool 7
  • Atletico Madrid 5

Attempts off target

  • Liverpool 3
  • Atletico Madrid 6

Corners

  • Liverpool 8
  • Atletico Madrid 3

Fouls

  • Liverpool 18
  • Atletico Madrid 19
  • Final Result
  • Extra Time Complete
  • 120:00+2:49 Extra time ends and the game is over.
  • 120:00+1:18 Eduardo Salvio takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.
  • 120:00+0:31 Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
  • 120:00+0:31 Substitution Eduardo Salvio is brought on as a substitute for Sergio Aguero.
  • 120:00+0:31 The referee penalises Nacho Camacho for handball.
  • 120:00+0:01 Nabil El Zhar sends in a cross, Luis Amaranto Perea makes a clearance.
  • 116:26 Substitution Nacho Camacho comes on in place of Diego Forlan.
  • 113:26 Dirk Kuyt is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by David De Gea.
  • 112:49 Substitution (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Daniel Pacheco coming on for Yossi Benayoun.
  • 111:38 Shot from deep inside the area by Sabrosa Simao clears the bar.
  • 111:17 A cross is delivered by Leiva Lucas, save made by David De Gea.
  • 109:42 Nabil El Zhar delivers the ball.
  • 108:54 Sabrosa Simao takes the free kick.
  • 108:54 Substitution Philipp Degen is brought on as a substitute for Javier Mascherano.
  • 108:54 Foul by Ryan Babel on Jose Manuel Jurado, free kick awarded.
  • Extra Time Started
  • 105:01 The referee blows to start the second half of extra time.
  • Extra Time Half Time
  • 105:00+1:54 The ball is sent over by Jose Manuel Jurado, clearance by Javier Mascherano.
  • 104:27 Booking Alvaro Dominguez receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 104:24 Booking Dirk Kuyt is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 104:12 Dirk Kuyt challenges David De Gea unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David De Gea.
  • 102:35 Booking Booking for Diego Forlan for unsporting behaviour.
  • 101:57 Jose Antonio Reyes provided the assist for the goal.
  • 101:57 GOAL - Diego ForlanLiverpool 2 - 1 Atletico Madrid Diego Forlan grabs a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 2 (2)-(2) 1 Atletico Madrid.
  • 101:00 Jose Manuel Jurado produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
  • 99:38 The ball is sent over by Sabrosa Simao.
  • 99:18 Jose Antonio Reyes takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
  • 98:01 Substitution Silva Paulo Assuncao leaves the field to be replaced by Jose Manuel Jurado.
  • 96:28 Outswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard, Sabrosa Simao makes a clearance.
  • 96:09 The ball is sent over by Jose Antonio Reyes, save by Jose Reina.
  • 94:21 Assist on the goal came from Leiva Lucas.
  • 94:21 GOAL - Yossi BenayounLiverpool 2 - 0 Atletico Madrid Yossi Benayoun finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 2 (2)-(1) 0 Atletico Madrid.
  • 93:46 Foul by Escudero Raul Garcia on Ryan Babel, free kick awarded. Steven Gerrard crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
  • 93:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Javier Mascherano on Diego Forlan. Luis Amaranto Perea takes the direct free kick.
  • Extra Time Started
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:16 The whistle goes to signal the end of normal time, with extra time looming.
  • 90:00+0:46 Sabrosa Simao concedes a free kick for a foul on Javier Mascherano. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
  • 88:28 Daniel Agger crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, save by David De Gea.
  • 88:28 Substitution Nabil El Zhar joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alberto Aquilani.
  • 88:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt by Luis Amaranto Perea.
  • 84:22 Silva Paulo Assuncao concedes a free kick for a foul on Alberto Aquilani. Daniel Agger delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, save by David De Gea.
  • 83:26 Sabrosa Simao fouled by Javier Mascherano, the ref awards a free kick. A cross is delivered by Sabrosa Simao, Escudero Raul Garcia takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
  • 82:06 The ball is swung over by Sabrosa Simao, clearance made by Steven Gerrard.
  • 81:30 Direct free kick taken by Sabrosa Simao.
  • 81:30 Booking Jamie Carragher is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 81:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Carragher on Sergio Aguero.
  • 80:35 Glen Johnson takes a shot. Save by David De Gea. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Gerrard, save by David De Gea.
  • 76:11 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line to the near post.
  • 75:34 Sabrosa Simao challenges Alberto Aquilani unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Javier Mascherano.
  • 75:09 The ball is delivered by Javier Mascherano, save by David De Gea.
  • 74:25 Long range shot by Escudero Raul Garcia goes wide right of the goal.
  • 73:01 Corner taken by Jose Antonio Reyes played to the near post, clearance made by Jamie Carragher.
  • 72:56 The ball is delivered by Sergio Aguero, clearance made by Glen Johnson.
  • 71:16 Ryan Babel challenges Juan Valera unfairly and gives away a free kick. David De Gea takes the free kick.
  • 71:00 Luis Amaranto Perea gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt. Direct free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
  • 70:18 Shot from just outside the area by Yossi Benayoun misses to the right of the target.
  • 69:38 Inswinging corner taken by Sabrosa Simao from the right by-line, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.
  • 69:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Babel on Juan Valera. Jose Antonio Reyes takes the free kick.
  • 66:32 The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Gerrard from left wing, Silva Paulo Assuncao makes a clearance.
  • 66:32 Booking Juan Valera shown a yellow card.
  • 66:25 Juan Valera challenges Dirk Kuyt unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 65:21 Unfair challenge on Jose Antonio Reyes by Glen Johnson results in a free kick. Escudero Raul Garcia takes the free kick.
  • 64:44 The ball is sent over by Guerrero Antonio Lopez, clearance by Glen Johnson.
  • 64:17 Glen Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Antonio Reyes. Free kick taken by Jose Antonio Reyes.
  • 63:58 Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. David De Gea makes a save.
  • 60:59 Shot from long range by Escudero Raul Garcia goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 60:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jose Antonio Reyes by Leiva Lucas. Direct free kick taken by Jose Antonio Reyes.
  • 59:31 Yossi Benayoun fouled by Silva Paulo Assuncao, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 59:21 The ball is crossed by Guerrero Antonio Lopez, Jamie Carragher manages to make a clearance.
  • 58:24 A cross is delivered by Ryan Babel, clearance made by Guerrero Antonio Lopez.
  • 54:59 Foul by Sergio Aguero on Javier Mascherano, free kick awarded. Javier Mascherano restarts play with the free kick.
  • 53:37 Sergio Aguero produces a cross, clearance by Glen Johnson. Shot by Silva Paulo Assuncao from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
  • 52:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Diego Forlan by Leiva Lucas. Silva Paulo Assuncao restarts play with the free kick.
  • 51:44 Direct free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
  • 51:44 Booking Silva Paulo Assuncao receives a caution.
  • 51:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Silva Paulo Assuncao on Steven Gerrard.
  • 50:53 Booking Alberto Aquilani goes into the book.
  • 48:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alvaro Dominguez on Alberto Aquilani. Jamie Carragher takes the free kick.
  • 46:20 Sabrosa Simao produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:01 The first half comes to an end.
  • 44:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt by Escudero Raul Garcia. Daniel Agger takes the free kick.
  • 43:15 Yossi Benayoun provided the assist for the goal.
  • 43:15 GOAL - Alberto AquilaniLiverpool 1 - 0 Atletico Madrid Alberto Aquilani gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 1 (1)-(1) 0 Atletico Madrid.
  • 43:12 The ball is delivered by Yossi Benayoun,
  • 42:34 The ball is crossed by Sabrosa Simao, save by Jose Reina.
  • Correction - 41:59 Booking Booking for Steven Gerrard for unsporting behaviour.
  • 41:59 Direct free kick taken by Sabrosa Simao.
  • 41:59 Booking Dirk Kuyt is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • Correction - 41:53 Steven Gerrard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sergio Aguero.
  • 41:53 Sergio Aguero fouled by Steven Gerrard, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 41:01 Dirk Kuyt is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David De Gea takes the indirect free kick.
  • 40:29 Sabrosa Simao is caught offside. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
  • 39:48 The ball is sent over by Steven Gerrard.
  • 39:07 Outswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard, Luis Amaranto Perea makes a clearance.
  • 38:43 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Luis Amaranto Perea makes a clearance.
  • 37:00 Steven Gerrard has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
  • 34:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Escudero Raul Garcia by Alberto Aquilani. Luis Amaranto Perea takes the direct free kick.
  • 34:13 Unfair challenge on Jose Antonio Reyes by Glen Johnson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Luis Amaranto Perea.
  • 33:17 The ball is crossed by Ryan Babel. The ball is swung over by Steven Gerrard, Alvaro Dominguez makes a clearance.
  • 32:23 Luis Amaranto Perea concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Babel. Steven Gerrard has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by David De Gea.
  • 31:40 The offside flag is raised against Daniel Agger. Free kick taken by David De Gea.
  • 30:40 Sabrosa Simao challenges Yossi Benayoun unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Gerrard crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 29:28 Sergio Aguero is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Daniel Agger takes the indirect free kick.
  • 28:42 Jose Antonio Reyes fouled by Ryan Babel, the ref awards a free kick. David De Gea takes the free kick.
  • 27:33 Centre by Sergio Aguero, Jamie Carragher manages to make a clearance.
  • 26:21 The ball is sent over by Sergio Aguero, Steven Gerrard makes a clearance.
  • 25:20 A cross is delivered by Javier Mascherano, Dirk Kuyt conjures a left-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
  • 24:28 Ryan Babel is ruled offside. Sabrosa Simao restarts play with the free kick.
  • 23:09 A cross is delivered by Javier Mascherano, Escudero Raul Garcia makes a clearance.
  • 22:19 Sergio Aguero gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Carragher. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
  • 21:50 Centre by Ryan Babel, clearance by Silva Paulo Assuncao.
  • 21:36 The ball is sent over by Silva Paulo Assuncao, save made by Jose Reina.
  • 21:11 A cross is delivered by Sabrosa Simao, clearance by Daniel Agger.
  • 20:23 Javier Mascherano gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Guerrero Antonio Lopez. Direct free kick taken by Sabrosa Simao.
  • 20:13 Juan Valera delivers the ball.
  • 18:33 Sabrosa Simao takes the inswinging corner, save made by Jose Reina.
  • 18:20 Escudero Raul Garcia takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.
  • 16:54 Javier Mascherano challenges Sergio Aguero unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sabrosa Simao from left wing, clearance made by Dirk Kuyt.
  • 13:37 Sergio Aguero fouled by Javier Mascherano, the ref awards a free kick. Alvaro Dominguez restarts play with the free kick.
  • 12:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Silva Paulo Assuncao on Leiva Lucas. Free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
  • 10:37 Sergio Aguero challenges Daniel Agger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
  • 10:19 Alberto Aquilani takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.
  • 10:14 Centre by Glen Johnson, Guerrero Antonio Lopez makes a clearance.
  • 8:47 Escudero Raul Garcia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard. Leiva Lucas restarts play with the free kick.
  • 7:09 The ball is crossed by Ryan Babel.
  • 5:41 Foul by Juan Valera on Ryan Babel, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
  • 3:21 Javier Mascherano produces a cross, blocked by Sabrosa Simao.
  • 1:19 A cross is delivered by Glen Johnson, blocked by Sabrosa Simao. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line to the near post, save made by David De Gea.
  • 0:37 Outswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard.
  • 0:21 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line, save by David De Gea.
  • 0:10 Yossi Benayoun takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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