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Thursday, March 12, 2009
Liverpool 4-0 Real Madrid
9 time champion Real Madrid suffered its most humiliating defeat in history in the hands of Liverpool by losing 5-0 on aggregate over two legs. Liverpool, picking up where it left off two weeks ago, thumped Real out of the competition with a convincing display though refereeing decision may have got a hand in the result.
Never would I haf ever expected my team to beat the Spanish champions by such a scoreline. When Benayoun, 1st leg's winning goalscorer, missed the match to a torn hamstring, i thought the wing play will be disrupted. But I was wrong when Kuyt n Babel came out flying, making Arjen Robben and Sergio Ramos look like schoolboy players. Torres started the rout with a tap in from a Kuyt cross and Gerrard added another from the penalty spot to kill off any hope of Real winning the tie. The 2nd half continued with same ferocious pace n it's not long b4 Gerrard, in his 100th European game, smashed in a high volley after wonderful play by Babel in the wings. Dosenna added gloss to the scoreline with the 4th goal of the night after great link up play between Kuyt n Babel in a fast counter attack.
If Liverpool is in the Spanish La Liga rather than the English Premier League, perhaps we would have been champions. As of this morning, the last 8 teams left in the Champions League consist of 4 English teams. It simply shows the power of the league. Wad makes it sweeter was the English teams, lest Liverpool, knocked out the 3 Italian teams in the competition, the country which won the last world cup in 2006. Man Utd slayed Inter, Arsenal scrap past Roma n Chelsea overpowered Juventus.
The draw for the next round will be held next Friday. I hope Liverpool will be able to avoid an English team. Porto? Bayern Munich? Barcelona? Villareal?
My choice? Either the Catalan giants or the Yellow Submarine team. Liverpool owas shine against Spanish teams.
Torres taunting the Real fans after scoring the opener
Gerrard beating Casillas from the penalty spot
3rd goal, after Gerrard scored from an amazing volley