UEFA Champions League

March 10, 2009



4 - 0

Real Madrid

UEFA Champions League

19:45 +00:00, March 10, 2009

Anfield, England

Referee: Frank De Bleeckere

2nd Leg: 5 - 0 (Agg)

  • 90'

    An easy, easy passage for Liverpool. To beat Real Madrid 4-0 under any conditions is a remarkable result. And Liverpool will take this confidence into the quarter-finals - the draw takes place on March 20. Real's biggest ever Champions League defeat

  • 90'

    And that's it, full time.

  • 90'

    Lucas shot is deflected over for a corner, taken short

  • 90'

    Spearing trips Heinze when trying to force his way through the middle

  • 90'

    Three minutes to be added on.

  • 90'

    "We want five" chant the Liverpool fans.

  • 89'

    Bayern 7-1 Sporting: Thomas Muller

  • 89'

    Sidefooted cross from Mascherano on the right and the Italian made no mistake, just beating the glove of Casillas

  • 89'

    It's official. It's a rout. Andrea Dossena with his first ever Liverpool goal

  • 88'


  • 87'

    Dossena enters the book with a quick yellow

  • 86'

    Torres is replaced now, great performance from him, and it's Dossena who comes on.

  • 85'

    Corner to Real. It comes to Higuain and he puts it in but is just offside

  • 84'

    Drogba. Juve 2-2 Chelsea: Game over

  • 83'

    Another superb save from Casillas as Torres tries to find the top corner. What would the score have been without him

  • 82'

    Bayern 6-1 Sporting: Klose with a penalty

  • 81'

    Panathinaikos 1-2 Villarreal: That must be over with the second away goal for the Spanish side

  • 80'

    Another cross from Ramos again finds Raul, but his cushioned header goes over

  • 79'

    Liverpool don't seem interested in attacking now, happy to soak up Real pressure

  • 78'

    Cross by Ramos on the right, and Skrtel is there to head away

  • 77'

    Gago is replaced by Guti

  • 77'

    Got 'im! Another wicket for England against the West Indies. They now need two wickets in 3.2 overs. cricinfo.com

  • 76'

    Free-kick to Real. Van der Vaart claims, Reina comes to claim but it goes out. Reina gets a knock to the side and looks a little pained

  • 75'

    Juve 2-1 Chelsea. Penalty to Ranieri's team and it's going to be hairy there now. Don't leave me!

  • 74'

    Rafa decides to preserve Gerrard for Man United on Saturday. He is replaced by young player Jay Spearing

  • 73'

    Bayern 5-1 Sporting. Van Bommell this time

  • 73'

    Foul by Lucas on Marcelo

  • 72'

    Sneijder mishits a shot again and it does easily wide

  • 71'

    Corner to Real, taken by Sneijder on the left - header away

  • 70'

    Chiellini off for Juve against Chelsea. Juve still need two goals - surely no chance now

  • 69'

    Diarra geta a knock on his ankle, but looks like he'll be okay

  • 68'

    Raul tries to spin inside two defenders but overruns it.

  • 67'

    Sneijder takes... and finds row Z

  • 66'

    Skrtel is penalised for going in with studs with Van der Vaart on the floor. Raul had got through on goal too. But a free-kick it is in the D

  • 65'

    Corner to Real as Carragher heads a long ball behind, it's cleared away at the near post

  • 64'

    A second change for Real with Cannavaro off and Rafael van der Vaart on, an attacking change

  • 63'

    You have to give Real credit, they are still trying to play despite the helpless situation

  • 62'

    Marcelo enters the book for a foul on Mascherano

  • 61'

    Corner to Liverpool. It's taken short and when Mascherano feeds Torres the Spaniard is offside.

  • 60'

    Change for Liverpool now with Lucas on for Alonso

  • 60'

    Arbeloa fells Heinze, free-kick

  • 59'

    Shot from Sneijder, he scuffs it and Reina watches it trickle wide

  • 58'

    Cross from Ramos gets deflected and luckily for Reina it goes into his arms

  • 57'

    Mantzios scores for Panathinaikos. 1-1 with Villarreal and that game's heading for penalties right now

  • 56'

    Raul almost gets on the end of a ball from the left. The Real fans want a penalty for a tug back but the player himself isn't complaining

  • 55'

    First time sidefooted effort from Gago goes inches wide with Reina rooted

  • 54'

    Another sublime move. Pepe gives it away to Alonso and some neat passing play results in a Gerrard drive which again Casillas does well to save

  • 53'

    Real made a change at the break - the ineffectual Robben off and Marcelo on. Didn't do much good though

  • 52'

    The Anfield fans really are crowing now, a great atmosphere

  • 51'

    Good cross from Ramos and he finds Raul, who somehow puts it over with the goal at his mercy. Nothing's going right

  • 50'

    Panathinaikos 0-1 Villarreal: Ibagaza. 1-2 on aggregate

  • 50'

    Got 'im! England get another West Indies wicket. Three wickets needed, 9.2 overs left. cricinfo.com for commentary

  • 49'

    Real Madrid are ragged now, passing the ball out of play

  • 48'

    What a strike from the skipper. Simply unstoppable and if there was doubt before, there ain't now

  • 47'

    Babel gets down the left to the byline, cuts it into the centre of the area and Gerrard scores!

  • 47'


  • 46'

    Liverpool get the second half started

  • 45'

    Bu for Casillas this would already be a rout. It's not that yet, but surely the tie is over

  • 45'

    Heinze and the real players continue to complain to the ref about the penalty, but in truth Liverpool deserve to be two up

  • 45'

    And that's half-time

  • 45'

    Snap shot from Raul, dragged horribly wide.

  • 45'

    Juve 1-1 Chelsea. Essien. Juve need to score two more goals now.

  • 45'

    Two minutes to be added

  • 45'

    That yellow for Mascherano means he will miss the first leg of the quarter-finals

  • 45'

    Corner to Liverpool. Aurelio takes, Casillas punches away

  • 44'

    Bayern Munich 4-1 Sporting Libson. Thrashing.

  • 44'

    Foul by Alonso. Mascherano boots the ball away in frustration and gets a yellow card. In typical style he continues to bark at the referee and risked another yellow.

  • 43'

    Heinze gets down the line and pulls it back from Sneijder. His powerful hit is straight at Reina and he takes it at the second attempt

  • 42'

    What can Juande Ramos do to turn this around? He'll shock Spurs fans if he manages it

  • 41'

    Babel finds Kuyt in acres of space on the right, Torres pulls back for the pass but Kuyt hits a woeful shot well wide. What a waste

  • 40'

    Torres leans into Cannavaro, free-kick again

  • 39'

    Free-kick on the left, Aurelio takes but it's an easy catch for Casillas

  • 38'

    Pepe takes out Babel now, walking a red card tightrope

  • 37'

    Cross from Ramos, header from Raul into the arms of Reina.

  • 36'

    Raul tugs back Carragher on the edge of the box - free-kick

  • 35'

    You have to worry that Rafa really will sit back in the second half. Then it could be painful

  • 34'

    Bayern Munich 2-0 up against Sporting, 7-0 on aggregate. Podolski again

  • 33'

    Francis Jeffers - remember him? He's just scored a goal for Sheffield Wednesday. Wonders will never cease

  • 32'

    Real are trying to find a way back into the game, surely there is no hope

  • 31'

    Wonderful smash from Sneijder from a long-range free-kick and Reina throws himself to his right to push it away. What a hit from the Dutchman!

  • 30'

    There can't be any way back from Real Madrid now. The penalty was a shocker of a decision but Liverpool were not going to complain. The quarter finals beckon

  • 29'

    No mistake from the Liverpool skipper. He's sent Casillas the wrong way and powered it home. Goodnight Charlie.

  • 28'


  • 28'


  • 28'

    Long ball into the box, it hit the Liverpool man and then onto the shoulder of Henize. The linesman has given a penalty and it's very, very cheap

  • 27'

    Penalty to Liverpool!

  • 26'

    Awful challenge from Ramos, bringing down Ramos on the wing. Clear yellow card

  • 25'

    ...another stop from Casillas as the stretching Gerrard somehow gets great power on the volley

  • 24'

    Torres slips but gets back to his feet and does Ramos completely. He overhits the cross but Gerrard still gets there...

  • 23'

    Aurelio takes and finds Skrtel - he makes good contact and another decent save from Casillas

  • 22'

    Gerrard is blocked off by Cannavaro - free-kick over on the right flank

  • 21'

    Torres has been superb so far, a different player to what we've seen most of this season

  • 20'

    Goal in Turin for Juventus - they've levelled the tie against Chelsea

  • 19'

    Yellow card for Pepe for complaining too much to the ref

  • 18'

    10 goals for Torres now this season - and Liverpool's first in the first half at Anfield since December 26

  • 17'

    Will this knock the stuffing out of Real? You can only think it will bolster Liverpool after an impressive start

  • 16'

    Cannavaro gets it all wrong and slips with both Torres and Kuyt breathing down his neck. Kuyt gets to the ball and pulls it back for Torres to tap home. Simple, simple, simple.

  • 16'

    Real at sixes and sevens, nowhere to hide and left appealing for a foul. It's Torres with the goal for Liverpool

  • 16'


  • 15'

    Got 'im! Another wicket for England over at Cricinfo!

  • 14'

    Pepe takes Torres from behind and the Portuguese defender gets a warning from the ref

  • 13'

    The game has calmed down considerably. Real finding their feet

  • 12'

    Excitment across the desks too for the ESPN Cricinfo team as England go for victory against the West Indies. Plenty of oohs and ahhhs from our colleagues at cricinfo.com

  • 11'

    Babel fouls Pepe now, no need to do that and more time for Real to regroup

  • 10'

    Foul by Mascherano on Gago. Free-kick to Real

  • 9'

    Free-kick for Real, taken from the right and curved in. Ramos wins the header but gets no direction on it. A rare foray

  • 9'

    Goal in Germany.... Bayern already have a sixth for the tie against Sporting through Podolski

  • 8'

    Alonso taps it to Gerrard, but his hit curls low into the arms of the goalkeeper.

  • 8'

    Gerrard is caught late by Pepe inside the D and it's a danergous position. Looked harsh.

  • 7'

    A stunning start from Liverpool. Those who thought they would sit in their own half are, so far, wrong.

  • 6'

    Another corner and Real Madrid look in disarray before the referee's whistle gives them a breather

  • 5'

    ...brilliant hit by Mascherano which was dipping under the bar until Casillas produced a fine save to tip it over

  • 5'

    The corner is taken from the left, it's headed clear but only as far as Mascherano...

  • 4'

    ...Casillas someone keeps it out with an outstretched foot and it goes behind for a corner. Torres should have scored though, he had clear space in on goal

  • 4'

    Great drive from Gerrard, he feeds it in to Torres who produces a wonderous turn to get in on goal...

  • 3'

    Liverpool really starting out well. Babel cuts inside to shoot from 25 yards but it hits a defender and loops up for Casillas

  • 2'

    Fernando Torres shows good pace and wins a corner, which is headed away by Heinze

  • 2'

    Will Liverpool attack or be cautious? We know what Rafa usual does.

  • 2'

    A great atmosphere at Anfield, as it always in at Anfield on a European night

  • 1'

    And it's Real to kick off!


    Real make one change with midfielder Wesley Sneijder replacing Marcelo.


    Right-back Alvaro Arbeloa also returns after a hamstring injury forced him to miss the Premier League victory over Sunderland a week ago. Goalscorer in Madrid Yossi Benayoun (hamstring) and winger Albert Riera (suspended) are both missing with Steven Gerrard and Ryan Babel the two changes from the first leg.


    Striker Fernando Torres passed a fitness test on his injured ankle and takes his place in Liverpool's starting line-up.


    Join us at 1945 UK to see if Real get their revenge on Rafa Benitez and Liverpool.