Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Liverpool vs Arsenal

On Sunday I caught a bug (even though I had a flu jab earlier this year) and was rendered useless pretty much until now. So last night was a good opportunity for me to just sit back, relax and watch some football on telly.

The game was Liverpool vs Arsenal, the competition was the second leg quarter-final of the UEFA Champions League. They had played each other 3 times before and the score was always 1-1. If it was to be 1-1 again it would have gone to penalties and nobody was ruling out that possibility.

But when the game started it was clear that Arsenal was looking for goals. They attacked in waves and with so much speed and precision it was amazing to watch. I wasn't surprised when they got their first goal, by Abou Diaby, after some collective passing around.

Then slowly Liverpool started to come back, and from a corner, Samy Hyypia got away from Philippe Senderos and headed the ball in the goal, with Lucky Luke-esque precision. 1-1. Was it going to end like this?

After half-time Arsenal was clearly a bit more tired than Liverpool and Liverpool kept going at it, until Fernando Torres did what he does best. Receiving the ball with the back to the goal, he took a step forward, turned around and lashed a beautiful shot in the corner. Amazing goal.

Arsenal had no choice but to attack. Walcott and van Persie went on, and Walcott then did an amazing run from deep in his on half, passed 4 guys and passed the ball to Adebayor who just slipped it under Reina. 2-2 and Arsenal were going through. But as they were celebrating, Babel then ran into the penalty box and Kolo Toure got on the wrong side of him. Babel fell down and the ref pointed to the spot.

Gerrard taking the penalty on the Kop side of Anfield. No guesses how that ended.

And then Babel added a fourth goal when all Arsenal players were desperately looking for a goal.

It was one of those really good games, one of those games that will be talked about for the next couple of years. Lucky I could watch it on telly.


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