Thursday April 8, 2010 Quarter-final Finished Anfield

Liverpool 4 - 1 Benfica

  • Kuyt 27’
  • Lucas 34’
  • Torres 59’, 82’
  • Cardozo 70’

  1. Liverpool reach semis

    Liverpool reach semis

    Liverpool reached the semi-finals of the Europa League with a 4-1 victory over Benfica at Anfield to win 5-3 on aggregate. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Liverpool
    • Benfica
    • - And we could be in for an all-English final! Pity about the Champions League though: Fulham advance to last four
    • - Match report: Liverpool reach Europa semis
    • - And it is indeed Atletico who go through following a 0-0 second leg at the Calderon. Atletico inch through
    • 90+3' The match is over, Liverpool through to the last four.
    • 90+2' Atletico Madrid are inching their way through against Valencia.... See the last moments there!
    • 90+1' Liverpool's final change: Nabil El Zhar on for Benayoun.
    • 90' Three minutes to be added on as You'll Never Walk Alone rings out inside Anfield.
    • 89' N'Gog almost makes it through but the ball just runs away from him.
    • 88' Liverpool change: Alberto Aquilani on for Gerrard. Another standing ovation.
    • 87' Time counting down, with Liverpool just needing to avoid conceding two goals to progress.
    • 86' Liverpool change: David N'Gog on for Torres. This time he has less pressure on him!
    • 85' All sorts of chaos in Germany, where Fulham seek to continue the push for an all-English Europa League final.
    • 84' Relief has flooded Anfield. That goal was similar to his finish in the Euro 2008 final for Spain. Aimar booked for a frustrated tackle.
    • 83' Luiz lost possession and a lightning fast counter again opened up Benfica, allowing Torres to lift the ball over the sub keeper and into the corner.
    • 81' Benfica change: Portugal keeper Jose Moreira, injured for most of the season, replaces him.
    • 80' The medical team are signalling to the bench that he is not fit to continue. He took a bang following that corner when he leapt with Kuyt and fell hard on the floor. And the attacker may have fallen on him afterwards too.
    • 79' Cesar is hurt and may have to come off. He is not to be confused with his Internazionale keeper namesake.
    • 78' Kuyt with clever play on the right side before delivering a pass across that gives the Reds a corner.
    • 77' And Cardozo attacks the set-piece in the six-yard box, again close to heading home! Liverpool fans all over the ground have the fear of God in them.
    • 76' Cardozo whips it left-footed JUST WIDE! So close, taking a deflection off the wall.
    • 75' Benayoun booked for a foul which gives Benfica another chance from outside the box... on the right rather than central this time.
    • 74' Kuyt jumps with Benfica keeper Cesar from the kick and the ball runs right past them and out for a goal-kick.
    • 73' Gerrard lines up a first-time dig from the right as Kuyt sets him up - deflected wide.
    • 72' And Los Encarnados have the ball again as they seek the goal that would send them through to face Spanish opposition in the last four.
    • 71' It was low and into the wall, the ball taking a slight deflection off Gerrard to leave Reina wrongfooted. Game on!
    • 69' Free-kick to the visitors on the edge of the box after Ramires was blocked out by Kuyt... Di Maria was in on the right though!
    • 68' Benfica can still go through with two goals. They are building towards it, but without a strike so far, you have little confidence they will get one now.
    • 67' Benfica change: Alan Kardec on for Martins.
    • 66' Check out photos from the match in our gallery.
    • 65' Torres weaving magic on the left, looking for a route into the box; he goes to ground! Perhaps that was obstruction, perhaps he made a meal of it.
    • 64' Aimar challenging Carragher in the corner, the former penalised for pulling the latter back as he shielded the ball.
    • 63' Nothing comes of it.
    • 62' Ramires commits a clumsy foul on Torres to give Liverpool the chance to deliver from the left.
    • 61' Another corner for Benfica, Di Maria's kick headed away. They cannot make anything of their set-pieces, despite the home side's perceived lack of marking ability (zonal system and all that) this season.
    • 60' Well 'Pool have hit their opponent with a series of counters, something the Portuguese are adept at themselves.
    • 59' Two passes from the box and Benayoun was on the ball in the away half. He found Kuyt on the right side of the other box and his low centre was thumped home by the Spain star.
    • 57' Benfica win a free-kick, Di Maria fouled by Mascherano.
    • 56' What is happening in Germany? Wolfsburg v Fulham: LIVE
    • 55' Cardozo almost controls in the box, but his touch lets him down and Krgiakos takes the ball away to safety.
    • 54' Liverpool almost grab another as Torres's cross is cleared by one away defender against the body of another - and Cesar is across quickly to palm away! That was similar to the one at the other end as the first half ran out.
    • 53' There are nervous faces in the Kop and around Anfield. Benfica are quick movers of the ball.
    • 52' Playmaker Aimar, once a superstar of a certain Playstation game, pulling strings but unable to get away from Liverpool's midfield.
    • 51' Luiz has space to look for the top corner 25 yards out... the long-haired lopper's curled effort is way off target.
    • 50' Torres on the touchline, turning away from goal; a reverse pass sends Kuyt away down the flank, but the flag is up for offside! He looked level - and indeed the replay backs that judgment up.
    • 49' The winner of this match faces the winner of the all-Spanish clash between Atletico Madrid and Valencia. Atletico Madrid v Valencia: LIVE
    • 48' Di Maria takes a corner for Benfica, cleared. Kyrgiakos then has a shaky moment but gets the ball away.
    • 47' So to recap, a goal for Benfica would see the tie enter extra time. A Liverpool goal would mean Benfica have to score two to go through on away goals.
    • 46' Liverpool go flying at Benfica in the first seconds, Kuyt a threat as they win a throw.
    • 46' The second half starts, Liverpool now attacking the Kop.
    • - No changes at the break.
    • 45+1' And it draws to a close with the noise turned down on an Anfield ready for a half-time pie, pint, coffee, hot dog - or perhaps all four.
    • 45' Reina changes his boots - there will be one minute of time added on at the end of the opening 45.
    • 44' The ball still with Benfica. Liverpool content to see the first half out with the scoreline as it is, you feel... a corner comes in and Lucas's clearance hits his own man before running out of play! Very lucky.
    • 43' Reina falls on his backside as he takes the goal-kick, and goes to the post to check his studs.
    • 42' Martins with a wild strike over the bar after he was set up in the midle of the field by Luiz.
    • 41' Perhaps a few nerves for the first time in a while as the Portuguese side continue to look for passes. Liverpool looking to play on the break.
    • 40' A quiet moment in the match, with Benfica controlling the football in the middle third.
    • 39' Gerrard annoyed after Martins is awarded a free-kick in the centre circle for falling on his bottom.
    • 38' Oscar Cardozo bangs a low free-kick at goal from the right, well held by Jose Reina as it bounces up at him.
    • 37' A goal for the visitors would take this match into extra time. No bad thing if the opening 37 minutes are anything to go by.
    • 36' Brazil international Ramires looks for space in the opposition box but it comes to nothing for Benfica again. What a reversal in fortunes.
    • 35' Skipper Gerrard released him behind and he rounded Julio Cesar before slotting in!
    • 33' By contrast Benfica are losing the plot a bit, Luiz completely miscontrolling there.
    • 32' Liverpool's blood is up after taking the lead.
    • 31' Find out how little Fulham are getting on in Germany... Wolfsburg v Fulham: LIVE
    • 30' Martins crosses for Di Maria, who connot control it and handles nonetheless.
    • 29' Benitez and Jesus talk it out on the touchline, as bemused as anyone.
    • 28' Good Lord - the flag went up even though the Dutchman was clearly behind the ball, it being a corner and all. The ref's arm went up too, but after a few seconds he pointed to the centre circle instead!
    • 27' NO - HE CHANGES HIS MIND! The goal stands!
    • 27' No - it is ruled out for offside! Kuyt and Benitez are furious!
    • 26' End to end as first Benfica attack down the right then Liverpool counter and win a corner.
    • 25' The corner is headed away but Liverpool have to do it all again from a long throw. Torres is bundled over by a strong but fair challenge on halfway.
    • 24' Fury behind the goal as Di Maria is awarded a corner when trying to send in a low cross from the byline on the left. It did indeed hit Johnson's foot.
    • 23' Martins takes a corner for Benfica, cleared by Liverpool; the away players think there was a push.
    • 22' There are three other Europa League matches this evening, of course. Europa League latest
    • 21' Better from Liverpool in the last few minutes... Dirk Kuyt to Gerrard on the right and he gets the return in the box, only just tackled at the last!
    • 20' Glen Johnson feeds in a cross from the right, Torres heading a few yards wide from the centre of the box.
    • 19' Nothing comes of it and Rafael Benitez - and the fans - are angry when Martins seems to catch the Israeli again moments later.
    • 18' Yossi Benayoun comes in from the left and is clumped by Amorim. He goes flying to win a free-kick but there is no yellow card forthcoming for the defender.
    • 17' A nice turn to feed Di Maria, who flashes a shot over the near post and into the Kop. A few hearts in mouths there.
    • 16' Torres in an offside position again and so leaves it to Gerrard... Benfica clear. If in doubt, put it out!
    • 15' It is dangerous to the far post where Ruben Amorim is forced to head behind. The fans get behind their team... but Torres is flagged for offside when the delivery eventually comes in.
    • 14' Free-kick to the Reds in the away side's half. A moment to calm things down and for Stevie Gerrard to get it into the box.
    • 13' Argentina star Di Maria receives it short and tries to cross once, then twice - the latter with the outside of his left foot and woeful, straight out of play.
    • 12' Brazilian Ramires wins a corner off desperate defending by Sotirios Kyrgiakos...
    • 11' Benfica break out of defence once again, Jorge Jesus's men organised when they come forward.
    • 10' There has been a first-minute goal in Fulham's match in Germany - and it's come from that man Bobby Zamora! Wolfsburg v Fulham: LIVE
    • 9' Torres flagged offside on the right. He does not look happy about it either... Torres returns for Reds
    • 8' Carlos Martins's free-kick runs straight out of play to let Liverpool, off on this occasion.
    • 7' Still the home side drop deep. They are wary of the speed of the visitors.
    • 6' Torres seems to be moving better now.
    • 5' David Luiz hooks it well wide after Liverpool sort of clear the corner. Benfica applying al the pressure.
    • 4' The wall does its job before Angel Di Maria shoots from the rebound, winning a corner.
    • 4' Argentine Pablo Aimar moves past and away from Jamie Carragher with ease - the Scouser hauls him down for a free-kick on the corner of the box.
    • 3' Torres is limping around before having to do anything! That could be disatrous for the English club...
    • 2' Liverpool will attack the Kop then in the second half. Benfica with the ball early on.
    • 1' And off we go, the Reds kicking from right to left, Benfica in all black with red trim.
    • - After a moving rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone, the teams line up.
    • - Out come the teams to a rapturous reception from the Anfield crowd.
    • - Fernando Torres starts in attack despite fears over his fitness after he was substituted during the draw at Birmingham. Daniel Agger replaces the suspended Emiliano Insua at left-back while Javier Mascherano comes in for Maxi Rodriguez, who is cup-tied.
    • - The teams are in:
    • - Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Agger, Mascherano, Lucas, Kuyt, Gerrard, Benayoun, Torres; subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Ngog, Degen, El Zhar, Ayala, Pacheco
    • - Benfica: Julio Cesar, Ruben Amorim, Luisao, Sidnei, David Luiz, Javi Garcia, Carlos Martins, Ramires, Aimar, Di Maria, Cardozo; subs: Moreira, Airton, Maxi Pereira, Fabio Coentrao, Felipe Menezes, Alan Kardec, Eder Luis
    • - Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)
    • - The first leg in Lisbon ended 2-1 to the Portuguese league leaders - can the Reds salvage their season by coming from behind to reach the last four? Video: Kuyt confident of Liverpool win
    • - Welcome to live coverage of Liverpool's home leg in the Europa League quarter-finals against Benfica.
  • Summary

    • 27' No - it is ruled out for offside! Kuyt and Benitez are furious!

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