UEFA Champions League

April 2, 2008

Full-time

Arsenal

1 - 1

Liverpool

UEFA Champions League

18:45 +00:00, April 2, 2008

Emirates Stadium, England

  • 90'

    But this tie is far from over... hopefully the second leg will prove to be more exciting

  • 90'

    Arsenal will be fuming they did not win a penalty - surely Arsene Wenger saw that one

  • 90'

    Liverpool will be by far the happier heading to Anfield for the second leg, an away goal and no deficit

  • 90'

    And that's it - full time!

  • 90'

    Walcott and Bendtner link up well, the Dane gets to the byline and Carragher gets a vital challenge in just as Adebayor was about to pounce at the near post

  • 90'

    Just a minute left now

  • 90'

    Adebayor lifts a ball across onto the penalty spot for the onrushing Fabregas - but he head into the arms of Reina, needed to go to one side

  • 90'

    Three long, long minutes to be added on

  • 90'

    Gerrard crosses! Only Voronin in the box, Senderos clears

  • 89'

    Seat-watch: The Emirates is not emptying as early as for a normal night match. The fans aren't even on the edge of their seats! Boom boom!

  • 88'

    The ref may as well just blow up now. Nothing's going to change. Dull, dull, dull

  • 87'

    Gerrard thinks he should have a free-kick after a running tussle with Flamini - the ref waves it away

  • 86'

    Liverpool are such an enterntaining side. It's great to see them shut up shop at half-time. The beautiful game.

  • 85'

    Voronin makes his return from injury - replacing Torres

  • 84'

    Torres tries to turn and shoot in the area - Senderos does well against the Spaniard and the striker loses his footing

  • 83'

    Hleb crosses from the left - straight into the arms of Reina

  • 82'

    You really can't see Arsenal fashioning another chance. They need to get Walcott on the ball but are failing miserably

  • 81'

    Skirtel does weel to get in a challenge on Fabregas on the left

  • 80'

    Benayoun looks for Gerrard on the left - too much on the pass and it goes out for a throw

  • 79'

    Liverpool look confident with the 1-1. Rafa looking content on the sidelines

  • 78'

    Liverpool closing down the play very quickly, but Arsenal are looking ponderous

  • 77'

    Lucas comes on for Liverpool, he replaces Alonso

  • 76'

    Fabregas delivers from the left - but the offside flag is up

  • 76'

    Handball against Alonso from Walcott's cross. Another chance for a great delivery.

  • 75'

    Corner to Liverpool, it's a good delivery from Gerrard but it goes through everyone and then Skirtel and Alonso mess around with it and the chance is gone

  • 74'

    Arsenal are now looking for another push, just as it seemed Fabregas had a certain goal. Liverpool have no interest in attacking.

  • 73'

    Now Adebayor is offside, coming back from behind the line

  • 72'

    ...but it hits Bendtner on the goal-line, his momentum meant he could not get out of the way of Fabregas' shot. And he's in an offside position. The chance is gone

  • 71'

    ...but Fabregas does brilliantly to get the first touch on the loose ball - it must be a goal...

  • 70'

    Adebayor does brilliantly to beat Carragher, gets to the byline and chips it across - Reina just gets a glove there before the head of Bendtner...

  • 69'

    Torres now has a speculative effort himself - way over

  • 68'

    Snap shot from Fabregas - always going wide

  • 67'

    A change for Arsenal. The woeful Eboue is replaced by Niklas Bendtner.

  • 66'

    No! Corner! Right in front of the ref! Awful decision. Kuyt clearly held back Hleb and it should be a spot-kick.

  • 65'

    It comes back in for Hleb - great chance for him but Kuyt looks to have dragged him back - surely a penalty!

  • 64'

    Adebayor runs down a cul-de-sac but the alertness of Walcott creates a chance - he pulls it back for Eboue but the contact is poor and Liverpool survive

  • 63'

    Just outside the box on the right, Gerrard chips it to the centre of goal - Adebayor heads away with interest

  • 62'

    Clichy is fouled by Clichy right by the goal-line - at last a chance at the other end

  • 61'

    Liverpool happy to play on the break now and allow Arsenal plenty of the ball

  • 60'

    Adebayor just fails to get on the end of a sublime 50-yard pass from Fabragas. What a ball!

  • 59'

    This is better from Arsenal now. The tempo's been raised but they need real end product

  • 58'

    A change for Liverpool now as Yossi Benayoun comes on for the ineffectual Ryan Babel

  • 57'

    It runs to the far side and Arsenal win a free-kick. It's as good as another corner. Fabregas; cross evades everyone and goes through the legs of Adebayor

  • 56'

    Walcott is on fire now. Kuyt is forced to put the ball behind to stop his run. Fabregas takes and Reina flaps at it but gets away with it

  • 56'

    Arsenal break, Walcott runs at the Liverpool defence and unleashes a breathtaking drive which goes just a foot wide of the post

  • 55'

    Torres breaks into the box - Gallas backs off and backs off - but his cross shot goes straight to Almunia

  • 54'

    Fabregas' bending free kick is just too close to the keeper and Reina claims. Very close to being a superb cross. But it's not

  • 53'

    Carragher trips Walcott out on the left. Free-kick

  • 52'

    Hleb finds Eboue on the right with a great chance to cross - it's an awful one and that will have to improve if the Gunners are going to get up a head of steam

  • 51'

    Very slow start to the second half. No instant response from Arsenal

  • 50'

    Clichy's angled ball over the top looking for the run over Walcott is poor and runs through to Reina

  • 49'

    Gerrard floats in the free-kick from the right, Torre knocks it down for Kuyt and Almunia just saves the shot at full stretch - and gathers as Hyypia was about to pounce

  • 48'

    Senderos brings down Torres on the wing and is very lucky to escape without a booking

  • 47'

    Can Arsenal muster a second goal? Will Walcott rise to the big occasion?

  • 46'

    A change for the Gunners, and Robin van Persie is replaced by Theo Walcott - thigh injury for RVP, a blow

  • 46'

    Arsenal get the second half started

  • 45'

    And there goes the whistle. Arsenal were the better team when they scored but Liverpool's away goal changes the complexion of the tie compeltely!

  • 45'

    One minute to be added

  • 45'

    This time Van Persie goes the direct route - headed away at the near post

  • 44'

    Another corner as Babel stops Eboue's progress.

  • 44'

    Arsenal again work the short corner but Van Persie's tap to Fabregas was poor and it all goes horribly wrong!

  • 43'

    Mascherano blocks a cross. Corner - on the right just like the goal

  • 43'

    Adebayor has a great chance to deliver after being found by Hleb - though he looked offside. Adebayor just hits the first man!

  • 42'

    Liverpool on top as we reach the interval

  • 41'

    Seat-Watch: Pretty much full now. And about time! They'll need to leave to beat the traffic in a minute!

  • 40'

    Kuyt needs a bit of treatment but he'll be fine

  • 39'

    Gerrard and Torres are so muich on the same wavelength it's untrue. Great understanding

  • 39'

    Great defending from Toure - Babel thought he was through in the box. And it's a goal-kick too

  • 38'

    Gerrard takes from the left - straight into the arms of Almunia

  • 36'

    Gerrard takes it, and finds Torres completely unmarked at the back post! He lobs it back to the other post, but it's too high for Hyypia and Gerrard then wins a corner from an attempted cross

  • 35'

  • 35'

    Great one-two between Torres and Gerrard - Torres has his feet clipped and it's a free-kick just outside the box on the left

  • 34'

    Once Rafa gets them in at half-time will it be shut up shop? Will he be happy with draw + away goal?

  • 33'

    Gerrard looks for Babel down the line - offside.

  • 32'

    Kuyt and Torres work it well, the Spaniard then finding Babel on the left. Babel cuts inside and tries an amitious shot which Almunia gathers with ease

  • 31'

    Arsenal have been knocked bakc by the goal, Liverpool improving

  • 30'

    Adebayor takes a swipe at a shot after a Liverpool clearance spoons into the area - but it's a fresh-air shot.

  • 29'

    So, Liverpool now have that all-important away goal. Arsenal must go out looking for an advantage to take to Anfield

  • 28'

    Toure tries a speculative sina from 30 yards out - never really troubling Reina

  • 27'

    Dirk Kuyt has the simple task of sliding in to finish from four yards out. But the contribition of their skipper was immense - great play from Gerrard

  • 26'

    GOAL!!!

  • 25'

    Liverpool look for an immediate reply. Gerrard bursts into the area, holds off the challenge of Clichy. He fires it across the face of goal...

  • 24'

    You have to ask serious questions again of Rafa's zonal marking system. Liverpool defenders were watching shadows - great ball from Van Persie though

  • 24'

    Adebayor rises unmarked to head into the roof of the net. Awful defending from Liverpool and the Togo international makes no mistake

  • 23'

    GOAL!!!

  • 23'

    Corner to Arsenal. It's taken short and Van Persie whips it into the danger zone...

  • 22'

    More great play from Arsenal, Fabregas picks out Van Persie but he scuffs the effort a little enabling Reina to palm it behind

  • 21'

    ...Van Persie lifts it over the bar! Too much on the short - if it had gone in Mr Bergkamp would have been proud.

  • 20'

    Flamini finds Van Perise in the clear with a sublime ball over the top. He'll have to take it first time...

  • 19'

    Toure bursts into the area and wins a corner off Mascherano. Great delivery from Fabregas, Toure goes to flick in at the near post but just can't get the contact.

  • 18'

    He whips it into the area of the penalty spot - there's no red shirt and Gerrard heads away

  • 17'

    Free-kick to Arsenal on the right flank. Van Persie will deliver.

  • 16'

    Torres goes down injured, slightly caught by Flamini. The Spaniard turns down treatment and will be okay.

  • 15'

    Carragher tries to break down the wing but over-runs the ball allowing Clichy to challenge

  • 14'

    Mascherano picks up the loose ball and finds Hyypia in a good position - good defending from Fabregas to snuff out danger

  • 13'

    Gerrard takes the corner from the left, Toure heads clear at the near post

  • 12'

    Liverpool get a free-kick 10 yards inside the Gunners' half. Gerrard looks for the back stick and Almunia needlessly palms it behind. It was a poor delivery and the keeper should have let it go

  • 12'

    Lovely play there from Arsenal - Clichy had the chance to feed in Van Persie but his pass was just too strong. Great stuff.

  • 11'

    Eboue is such a CHEAT! Aurelio made the tackle, missed him competely and Eboue went down like he was shot! He didn't get the free-kick but no yellow card either.

  • 10'

    Seats are filling up - must be delays on the Picadilly line

  • 9'

    Arsenal on top early doors - Liverpool offering little in the other half

  • 8'

    Skirtel gets a good tackle in on Adebayor as he looks to find space for a shot in the area

  • 7'

    Adebayor brings the ball back inside but Reina stays with him outside the area and gets in a good tackle. The Liverpool keeper is a very lucky boy - shades of Old Trafford!

  • 6'

    Great ball over the top for Adebayor. He springs the offside trip but Reina comes rushing out... and misses the ball! Comedy!...

  • 6'

    Alonso finds Kuyt in the area - awful control for the Dutchman as he sets his marker for the match...

  • 5'

    Hleb feels Gerrard, free-kick

  • 4'

    You're not missing anything so far. Little creation - just a midfield battle

  • 3'

    There seems to be loads of empty seats at the ground. Maybe London's transport system is up the spout again. I'll keep you posted on seat-watch.

  • 2'

    This is the 200th meeting between the two sides, early sparring right now.

  • 1'

    It's Arsenal to get us started at the Emirates!

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    Jamie Carragher continues in recently unfamiliar right-back slot, allowing veteran Finn Sami Hyypia to continue in central defence.

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    Javier Mascherano returns to the visitors' midfield after suspension, while Fabio Aurelio replaces John Arne Riise at left-back.

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    Arsenal also opt for Phillippe Senderos in the centre of defence, with Kolo Toure on the right of defence.

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    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger restores striker Emmanuel Adebayor to the starting line-up for tonight's Champions League quarter-final first leg match against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium.

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    Join us for live commentary as the Champions League goes a bit English (well, Spanish and French really) as Arsenal and Liverpool go head-to-head at the Emirates from 19.45pm GMT.