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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Liverpool eliminate Barcelona and lead the English Revolution

The super favorite Barcelona got a worthless 1-0 triumph at Anfield on Tuesday. Despite their effort, Liverpool qualified for the Champions League quarterfinals on away goals after aggregating it 2-2.

And in another interesting match, the 2004 winners Porto also bowed out after Chelsea made a successful comeback to win 2-1 at Stamfor Bridge for a 3-2 aggregate through.

In fact, the Blues' win made there an unprecedented four teams from the Premier League in the Champions League last eight.

Italian side AS Roma and Spanish powerhouse Valencia also advanced when a 2-0 win from the former team inflicted a first home defeat in 19 Champions League games on Olympique Lyon and the latter tied Inter Milan 0-0 after their first leg 2-2 draw.

It's important to say that Anfield has been the scene of some memorable European nights over the years and those there on Tuesday will remember Liverpool's latest adventure for many years - despite the match ending in defeat.

We can say that Liverpool went out looking to kill the tie from the start and played a first half of 10 shots on goal to the Catalan team's one.

Rijkaard team looked sluggish all night, personified in Ronaldinho who hit the post when through on goal after 53 minutes, before substitute Eidur Gudjohnsen scored the only goal in 75 minutes.

And the remaining four second-leg matches take place on Wednesday when Manchester United and Arsenal FC will be seeking to make it four through from one country for the first time in the Champions League History.