Full-time - 90'
1 - 1
18:45 +00:00, October 22, 2008
Vicente Calderón, Madrid
Referee: Claus Bo Larsen
And it's over. Atletico stay top of the group. Some contentious decisions on the night but a fair result all in all as Liverpool tired badly after dominating the first half.
Lucas does not beat the first man. And Riera fails to capitalise on a mistake. Time ticks on for a point for each...
Foul on Kuyt. What can happen here? Free-kick.
Long ball from Kuyt. Franco collects. Three minutes of extra time.
Corner comes out to Simao but his cross is saved by Reina.
Aguero chases a long ball but heads on past Reina. But off the pitch. The Argentine player is soon back with it and forces a corner.
Kuyt finds his feet. Out on his favoured right from an Agger ball. Good cross and Babel misses. He should have scored. No bounce to aid him this time and he headed wide. This game is very much alive.
Liverpool offside with Kuyt again. The Dutchman not flying tonight.
Reina has to catch at the second attempt from the resulting corner.
Forlan on the left. Nice chip over to Miguel. Keeps his head over it and Reina palmed away when the ball was headed in on the bounce.
Atletico on the attack once again. Maniche's flick does not find Aguero.
Perhaps justioe was done there. Atletico cock-a-hoop. Simao scores again against the club who once wanted him and couldn't pay the dough. They've bought another 30 left-wingers since. So maybe they should have bought him.
Long ball and Liverpool make a mess of it. Carragher makes a horse of it. Forlan finds himself with the ball. Plays in Simao and the Portugese winger slots it in! 1-1.
And Atletico get their goal...
Offside flag for Maniche. This time a correct decision but he'd lobbed over anyway.
Maniche gets a chance to hit from distance. Reina more than equal to the task. He doesn't need to dive for that.
Atletico, after that burst of the start of the second half when they were denied a goal, have not threatened. Benitez's switches may well have worked.
Kuyt - back to the old school - slips in comedy fashion and falls over. Offside anyway.
Kuyt twists and turns to win a free-kick.
Lucas on for Alonso. Miguel on for Sinama Pongolle.
Aguero makes a lovely run but it's far too deep and he can't get a team-mate away.
Aguero's ball out to Simao. Forlan the recipient of his pass but he can't make the angle.
Alonso tackled as he shaped to shoot. Kuyt has the ball. Babel tries a chip. But didn't make a good fist of it.
Off goes Camacho. On comes Raul Garcia in midfield.
Simao's kick evades all but a slight nod off Carragher which means Aguero and co cannot get there.
Arbeloa could have been booked again for a silly foul but advantage plays into his hands. Simao wins a foul further up the field. Arbeloa's on sudden death ghaving already got a yellow card.
Corner. Palmed away. Atletico's break doesn't happen and Liverpool can keep calm.
Alonso charges in on goal and then shoots. Corner given though Franco did not get a touch.
Kuyt and Benayoun find Riera in space. He nearly got through after some awful miskicking in the Atletico defence.
Long ball to Aguero fails to find him.
Simao fouled, pulled back by Mascherano after he'd lost possession. Carragher comes across to clear as Maniche went on a burst.
Alonso dinks over to Benayoun but it's overhit.
Alonso fouled by Sinama-Pongolle as Liverpool enjoy far more of the ball.
Liverpool take their time over their passing. They do look tired here.
Babel away. Kuyt in space but it was back to the old school rather than the predator of late as he took far too long.
Agger tried to shoot from long range. Joke attempt that Franco dealt with.
And it's Gerrard that goes. A surprise to see him go. Ryan Babel on to add some attacking play.
Foul on the Liverpool skipper buys breathing time.
All the play with the Spanish team. Gerrard has to smash away.
Aguero nearly got to a cross. Maybe didn't fancy stretching that muscle to get there. Another chance begging.
Then Simao rattles the post. It was a great save from Reina. All the joy down the Liverpool right and the Reds are rocking...Atletico should be level and even ahead after this display from a disastrous Danish liner.
Offside disgrace again! Maniche clearly onside from a pass as he strikes the ball home! Awful!!
Mascherano played a nice ball to Benayoun. The shot from him was weak and from too wide an angle.
Knocked behind. Another corner.
Agger hacks behind after a nice link from Atletico.
Keane out with a groin injury we hear. So too Torres. Injuries mount for the Reds ahead of that visit to Chelsea.
Atletico may fancy this a bit more now. Aguero knocked over.
Kuyt on for Keane. An injury there? Must be after seven minutes of the half.
Offside again...Forlan from a Sinama Pongolle flick. Terrible decision from a linesman who made a rick in the first half.
Dirk Kuyt is warming up. The goal machine himself.
An attack from Atletico is hacked away by Carragher. Aguero gets involved.
Liverpool dominating possession here. Gerrard's ball in. Benayoun and Keane link to get there. the Israeli was offside and the goal did not count. Correct decision this time!
Gerrard on the burst out right. Rushed ball missed the target of Keane.
Dossena runs the ball out of play as Liverpool attempted an overlap.
Can that wind factor help Atletico?
What can he produce? Let's see. Luis Garcia has left proceedings.
Back underway and Aguero is on for the Spanish team.
Half-time in Madrid as the ref blows up on a blowy night.
And no dice again. Maniche falls like he's been shot by Dosena. No penalty but a booking. One-each there on simulation bookings.
Simao baulked by Arbeloa. No dice from the ref.
Garcia and Alonso clash. Ref rules in favour of Garcia. Xabi Alonso was unlucky.
Too high from Simao. A waste.
Sinama-Pongolle beats Arbeloa but not his foul. Free-kick as Arbeloa is booked.
Chaos in the box as Liverpool hang back. Camacho with the bicycle kick. Saved by Reina.
Now a corner for Atletico. Better...
Best action from Atletico from a man who has been anonymous.
And suddenly Diego Forlan springs into gear. Great shot hit with pace just wide. Reina was beaten.
Atletico hopeless in possession again. This is poor stuff. No wonder coach Aguirre is for the high jump.
Riera had played well but he'll have to be told about that sort of thing if he's to be taken to scouse hearts. That or be a bit cleverer.
Riera booked for a dive. Keane had made a space for him and then the Spanish winger fell like a sack of spuds over Lopez's leg. Good decision from the ref.
Sinama-Pongolle fouled. Atletico choose to pass around rather than go for broke. Liverpool get back in numbers.
Liverpool much the better but need to test Franco more if any criticism is to be levelled.
Riera bursts and gets Keane in on the right. Dossena was waiting and Liverpool play it patiently.
Luis Garcia down injured after a heavy challenge in midfield. He gets up gingerly.
Atletico frustration as Maniche's ball finds Simao offside. A promising attack falls foul to silly play.
Gerrard's cross nearly finds Alonso. It didn't because of that wind.
Dossena down the left again. Headed behind by Lopez.
Gerrard, from Alonso, gives it to Keane. Benayoun nearly got on the end of the reverse pass.
Arbeloa makes a mistake. But Reina gets there just before Garcia steals in.
Atletico being held back by the wind. They must hope they have the same advantage in the second half.
Cross smashed in. Franco collects at the second attempt as Riera lurked with serious intent.
Riera wins a corner.
Benitez should be happy so far though Atletico have played some decent stuff in the last few minutes.
Lopez tries a garryowen. But Reina collects with Sinama-Pongolle hoping for scraps.
Simao does well again. Suspicion of handball from Arbeloa. But no end product again for the Madrid team.
Bit of bite as Atletico pass it around. Garcia fouls Mascherano on the edge of Liverpool's area.
Nice cross from Gerrard. Keane attempts a sideflick a la Mancini, Zola and Ibrahimovic. The finish ends up more Iwelumo.
Simao wriggles away from two but a lovely block from Carragher.
An attack from Atletico. Maniche gives it the eyes, Sinama Pongolle is just offside.
Riera, lovely skill, on the charge. Ball finds itself with Keane. And then Alonso tries a trademark long-ranger. Potshots here. And Atletico are letting them do it.
Liverpool comfortable and if they don't get points from this game they will be sorely dissatisfied.
Loose stuff from Liverpool but the Spaniards can't capitalise on some rather lax passing.
Simao in space but Agger stops his run. Handball claims against Massherano but nothing doing. Atletico should play to the whistle far more.
Nice passing from Liverpool and Xabi Alonso fires in a ball that nearly caught out Franco.
Atletico are lacking Aguero and, with that, not any ideas.
The Euro boys are making the Premier League liners look efficient.
Keane offside again? Linesman let him go again. But Franco got to it this time.
That was offside but like at Old Trafford last night they all count and Liverpool have been the better team.
Gerrard seizes on the ball in midfield. Nice through ball and Robbie Keane is through..onside, says the ref and he shoots into the net past Franco. 1-0 to Liverpool.
Simao's ball is great considering. Carragher is alone among three Spaniards. But Camacho loops his header over.
Nice skill from Luis Garcia and he's brought down. Free-kick chance for Atletico.
Simao fails to keep a lofted ball in from Luis Garcia. Wind factor catches him out.
Keane's shanked cross cleared. Benayoun didn't seem to fancy the header. Dominguez clears.
And the Portugese winger tries to get in Sinama-Pongolle. Agger just gets there.
Simao comes away with the ball after Liverpool fail to capitalise on some deliberation.
Forlan chasing shadows. Long balls won't work in these conditions.
Long ball aimed for Simao drifts out and Reina claims with ease.
Benayoun to Keane, offside. Liverpool with all the impetus.
Dossena gets out left and gets a ball in. Alvaro Dominguez smashes away. Call for a handball is denied.
Atletico yet to mount an attack of note.
Gerrard's hollywood ball is too far for Riera. No-one up front to support Keane. Midfield packed for the green of Liverpool. Benayoun smashes over. Miles over in fact.
Benayoun, in for Dirk Kuyt, gets joy down the right. His cross is half-cleared by the debutant Alvaro Dominguez. But keeper Franco catches.
Steven Gerrard has a new follower in Camacho.
Liverpool get it early. Long pass up towards Robbie Keane is dealt with.
Great atmosphere here tonight. Buzzing in fact. Liverpool have to take on the crowd as well as a strong wind. Atletico get it underway.
The Spanish fans are giving their flags a wave and there seems to be a few of them with short hair and bomber jackets. Let's hope they behave themselves after all the bad publicity that has followed them.
And our ref is Claus Bo Larsen. Join me!
Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Agger, Dossena,
Mascherano, Alonso, Benayoun, Gerrard, Riera, Keane. Subs:
Cavalieri, Aurelio, Pennant, Kuyt, Babel, Leiva Lucas, Darby.
Atletico Madrid: Franco, Seitaridis, Perea, Joshua,
Antonio Lopez, Camacho, Maniche, Luis Garcia, Simao, Forlan,
Sinama Pongolle. Subs: Bernabe, Pernia, Heitinga, Raul Garcia,
Aguero, Paulo Assuncao, Miguel.
Couple of old boys for Liverpool too. Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Luis Garcia are playing. Simao too was once a major target for the Reds too. So, plenty of intrigue in the battle for the top of Group D.
And no star man for Atletico either. Aguero will sit this one on the bench as Diego Forlan, the man who comes from Uruguay and once made the scousers cry, gets a start.
Liverpool travel to the former home of Fernando Torres but their striker won't be in Vicente Calderon as he's having his hammies manipulated to get fit for Chelsea on Sunday.
Join us at 1945 BST as Liverpool travel to the Vicente Calderon to face Atletico Madrid.
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