Full-time - 90'
0 - 1
UEFA Champions League
19:45 +00:00, March 11, 2008
2nd Leg: 0 - 3 (Agg)
Inter go out with a disappointing whimper and Liverpool head into Friday's draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
It's all over.... thank goodness!
We are in added time but nothing is happening.
It just remains for the referee to put Inter out of their misery and Liverpool into the quarter-finals.
Well, with two mintues to go Inter still have enough time to win this game if they can score four goals at 30 second intervals.
Inter win a freekick and Pennant gets on - replacing Mascherano.
Pennant is waiting to come on for Liverpool but the Reds are keeping the ball so well the action has not stopped so he can't get on.
Chivu challenges Gerrard and gets booked for having his foot raised. Yet another yellow card. If it was a competition for bookings Inter might actually win it.
Back to the match and Inter have made a change. Stankovic is replaced by Jiminez.
Keep ball now for Liverpool, whose minds must already be thinking about who they might get in Friday's draw... which is live on Soccernet, of course.
I know a man who bet 100 euros that Inter would win this match 3-1. I would wager that even he has given up on the Italian side now.
Liverpool also make a change. Kuyt is replaced by Riise.
That is his Ibrahimovic's last contribution to the game. He is taken off and replaced by Suazo.
Ibrahimovic beats the offside trap, one on one with Reina, but he spoons the ball over the bar. More rubbish!
Maicon latches onto a loose ball on the right flank. He looks up, sees all his team-mates waiting and instead shoots from a speculative distance.
Inter make a change. Vieira goes off and Pele comes on. Unfortunately not THAT one, this one is a Portugal U21.
Ibrahimovic has many fans who constantly say how great he is, but this commentator is yet to see him have a good game. I only see him play on the big stage but surely that is where you must perform?
Ibrahimovic races down the left but just runs the ball off the end of the pitch. Rubbish!
benayoun jumps for the ball with Maicon, who takes a blow to the face. Benayoun gets booked - that is eight yellow cards in the game so far.
Mascherano wins the ball from Stankovic, who gets the hump and fouls the Liverpool midfielder. Guess what? That's right another yellow card.
Benayoun flashes a shot/cross across the face of goal; Julio Cesar gets a touch and knocks the ball away from Torres at the far post.
If this is the best team in Italy then it doesn't say much about Serie A.
Cruz takes it but it is no better than any of his other efforts, or those of his team-mates.
Ibrahimovic flicks the ball to Vieira, who falls over as Lucas breathes on him and wins a freekick right on the D.
Torres is looking for another goal. He can't beat his man but sets up Gerrard on the edge of the box, who scuffs his shot.
It looks like there will now be four English teams in the quarter-finals for the first time. And only one Italian team.
Inter now need four goals and that is not going to happen.
That is the difference between Torres and Ibrahimovic; the latter has wasted numerous chances but Torres has taken his.
Maicon loses the ball on the left. Aurelio drives forward and lofts the ball to Torres. The striker spins on the edge of the box a smashes the ball past Julio Cesar. GOAL!!!!
Liverpool make a change. Babel, who has been booked, is replaced by Benayoun.
From the corner Lucas has great chance to head at goal but doesn't get a good enough connection on the ball.
Gerrard stands over the freekick. His dipping effort is heading for the top corner but Julio Cesar palms the ball over the bar.
Rivas hauls down Babel and gets booked. The yellow card count is mounting.
Rivas pings the ball 50-yards, Cruz controls it excellently but then can't get his foot on the ball.
Ibrahimovic pounces on a mistake and drives into the box he shoots from a tight angle and his effort goes past the post. Once again there was a man unmarked in the centre who would have had a easy tap in.
Ibrahimovic blast the freekick so far over that it nearly clears the stadium.
Stankovic crosses but Hyypia heads clear. chivu collects the loose ball and is body-checked by Aurelio. Freekick to Inter and yellow card to Aurelio.
Liverpool just happy to keep possession now. With Inter down to ten men they have more time on the ball.
Zanetti has been moved back to leftback for the moment. Liverpool will be delighted to see that as he has been the best player on the pitch.
Inter had ten men in the first leg and now they are down to ten men again. The difference this time is that they need to score at least two goals.
Burdisso challenges Lucas for a high ball, both have their feet high but the ref books Burdisso. He has already been booked so he is off.... that was very harsh.
Cruz combines with Cambiasso, but the return ball is cut out by Skrtel and it needed to be; Cruz would have been in then.
Rivas gives the ball away to Gerrard, who takes a heavy touch and as he attempts to win the ball back he fouls Burdisso and gets booked.
Liverpool get the second-half underway.
Reina has made a couple of good saves and Cruz shot wide but other than that Liverpool have been comfortable.
Well Liverpool will be happy to be 0-0 at half-time, given all the possession Inter have had. Kuyt has been wasteful for the Reds in attack - no surprise there - and they could have had a few better chances themselves.
The ref blows for half-time.
Reina smashes the ball up the pitch and Torres takes a blow in the face as Maicon heads clear.
Skrtel fouls Cruz on the left flank. Stankovic fires in a low and hard freekick that the Liverpool defence could deal with with their eyes shut.
Maicon beats Aurelio and drives in a low cross. Cruz flicks the ball at goal from the near post and Reina makes a great reflex save; but it wasn't a powerful effort on goal.
It's all got a bit scrappy again.
Zanetti dances through midfield and chips the ball forward for Ibrahimovic. Reina sees the danger and comes off his line to pluck the ball out of the air as Ibrahimovic waits.
Maicon beats Babel and delivers a curling cross inot the box for Cruz. Hyypia reads the danger and hooks the ball clear - good defending.
Liverpool pass it around trying to draw out the Inter defence. The Italian side won't budge so Torres drives into the box and is tackled by Rivas.
Babel, who has already been booked, deliberately handles the ball. The ref gives a freekick but no card for the Liverpool forward.
Ibrahimovic holds off two Liverpool players as his team-mates rush to join the attack. But the Swede's excellent play is all for nothing as Stankovic loses possession.
Maicon chips the ball across his own area and Kuyt latches onto it. The striker shoots from a wide angle but hits the first defender. Kuyt should have done much better there.
Cruz has space to shoot on the edge of the box, but he shifts the ball to his other foot and using up too much time and Liverpool block his shot.
Chivu slips and Torres has space on the right. his cross is too deep; but Babel collects the ball and Kuyt scuffs his return cross well wide from a snatched shot.
Ibrahimovic's reverse pass puts Cruz clean through. He shoots for the far post but his effort goes just wide. If the striker had looked up he had a team-mate screaming for a pass and he would have had an easy tap in.
Torres drives into the box, Rivas slips but the Reds striker takes too mnay touches, is forced wide and Julio Cesar makes an easy save at his near post.
Gerrard takes a corner but Inter clear and break. Some excellent one touch football is incisive but Cruz's final ball to Vieira is hurried, under pressure from Aurelio, and Liverpool escape.
Inter give the ball back to Liverpool. Cambiasso is fine.
Gerrard's cross hits Cambiasso and the Argentine is poleaxed. Carragher kicks the ball out of play so he can receive treatment.
Liverpool loft the ball over Inter's defence and Babel is racing onto the loose ball. Julio Ceasr, the goalkeeper, races out of his area to clear the danger.
Kuyt breaks on the right and Liverpool have four on four in the box. Kuyt's cross is dire and Maicon heads clear at the back post.
Zanetti drives forward again and he looks like the dangerman tonight; but despite Inter's huffing and puffing Liverpool have looked comfortable at the back.
Aurelio out paces Ibrahimovic in a chase down the left. Carragher is caught by Cruz as he clears the ball and Liverpool can get a breather.
Stankovic shoots from 30-yards, but the ref blows for a foul in the box against Inter.
Cruz wins a flick-on and Ibrahimovic brings the ball under control. Cruz spnis Skrtel, who fouls the striker and Inter have yet another freekick...
Gerrard drives down the right flank and finds Torres in the box. Rivas tackles the Spanish striker as he prepares to shoot.
So much for Liverpool attacking - it has been all Inter so far.
Ibrahimovic flicks it over the head of Aurelio and then back-heels it to Cruz, but the clever pass doesn't reach his strike partner.
The referee won't let the game flow, he is very whistle-happy.
...Ibrahimovic gets it over the wall this time but also over the goal. Ibrahimovic needs a good game tonight if Inter are to get the result they need.
Ibrahimovic strikes a shot straight into the wall. The ref says the wall encroached and Babel gets booked. The freekick will be taken again...
Zanetti drives through midfield and Kuyt brings down the Inter skipper. A freekick within shooting range.....
Zanetti battles through midfield. Carragher fouls Stankovic and Inter can put the ball in the box. Liverpool clear the danger.
Liverpool deal with the resulting corner much better. It was poor delivery from Chivu.
Inter win a corner. Cruz shoots from the edge of the box and Reina palms the shot past the post.
Gerrard plays a good ball out to Kuyt on the right; again the move breaks down. Scrappy stuff so far and Liverpool will be happy for it to stay like that.
Aurelio slips and loses the ball for Liverpool. Neither team can get possession and the ball is hoofed from defence to defence.
Zanetti probes the midfield. Vieira crosses from the right, Ibrahimovic collects and his pass is cut out at the near post by Lucas.
...Gerrard delivers but it is cleared of the head of Dirk Kuyt. the first goal in this game will be so crucial. If Inter get it Liverpool will be nervous. If Liverpool score it is all over.
Gerrard sweeps in a freekick but Rivas Lopez heads clear; Liverpool win an early corner...
Carragher, playing at rightback instead of centreback, makes the first real tackle of the game on Cruz.
Inter get the game underway - kicking from left to right. Liverpool boss Benitez says his side will attack... let's see.
The teams are on the pitch an the UCL anthem is blaring. Inter wear blue and black stripes and Liverpool are all in red.
Well it is all or nothing for Inter Milan tonight. They need to score at least two goals to force extra-time or penalties; but if Liverpool score then Inter need to score four goals.
Inter Milan: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Burdisso, Rivas, Chivu, Zanetti, Cambiasso, Stankovic, Vieira, Ibrahimovic, Cruz. Subs: Toldo, Figo, Jimenez, Crespo, Maniche, Suazo, Pele.
The teams are in. Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Hyypia, Aurelio, Babel, Mascherano, Gerrard, Lucas, Kuyt, Torres. Subs: Itandje, Riise, Voronin, Benayoun, Crouch, Pennant, Arbeloa.
John Arne Riise
John Arne Riise