Two injust decisions cost Arsenal a place in the Semis. First Kuyt’s blatant foul on Hleb in the 1st Leg – Definitely a penalty – not given.
In the 2nd Leg after a wonderful Arsenal goal – Arsenal had just pulled back to 3-3 on agg. (in front on away goals) Toure brushes Babel in front of the Kop, given! Liverpool go on to win the game. The highlights: click here
Gerrard 86 (pen)
We started the match very well, good passing play really put Liverpool on the back foot. We had a few close chances where Liverpool managed to escape.
Diaby got his goal after 13 minutes, he took one touch on Hleb’s pass down the side of the penalty area and then placed the ball between Reina and the near post, Reina got a slight touch but it was in.
I thought then that we could do this and by all means we could have.
We then dominated the match, until the 30th minute when Liverpool got a corner, Senderos lost Hyypia who headered towards the post, over Fabregas’ head.
Liverpool back in it.
10 minutes Flamini went off after a knock to the ankle, on came Gilberto, I wasn’t thinking positivily about this! It looks worrying.
Anyway 1st half ended 1-1, Liverpool started the second half closing every ball down, not giving us any time to settle on the ball.
Then a lull in Liverpool’s play and we were attacking, a long ball forward by them was flicked on by Crouch to Torres, who turned and shot from just inside the corner of the penalty area, his shot went into the opposite top corner. Senderos shouldn’t have given him the room.
2-1 Liverpool (3-2 agg.)
Minutes later an attacking change. Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie on. Abou Diaby and Emmanuel Eboue off.
Adebayor came close later, put through by a pass by Hleb, which had slipped trough the Liverpool back line. It caught him by suprise and he sliced it wide. Horrible to watch this missed chance.
Then with just a few minutes to go Theo sets off on a wonderful run. In my head all I could hear was “its up for grabs nowwww!!” as he skipped past four Liverpool players, ran the length of the field before squaring the ball for Adebayor to slot home. Ecstasy!
Then the worst thing that could have happened did…
Within 90 seconds Toure had a penalty harshly awarded against him as Babel fell in the area.
Gerrard slots it away and I know there’s no way back, our moment of magic was over. Theo’s wonderful assist cancelled out.
We pushed forward trying for an 3rd, at a free kick we left it exposed at the back, Ryan Babel broke, held off Cesc’s challenge and put the ball past Manuel.
It was sad to see, we had come so close, but victory was snatched away from us. Even Gerrard admitted afterwards that Liverpool were ‘passed off the park’ by Arsenal, and hinted that they were lucky to win.
If it hadn’t been for the penalty I’m so sure we would have won, but it sums up our season, defensive errors have cost us everything this year.
It was commented here on my preview about the line up, and it didn’t work for us.
- Top marks for Walcott, Adebayor, Hleb
- Diaby, good, Flamini, good, Clichy good.
- Almunia performed pretty good, went the right way for the penalty, the goals weren’t his fault.
- Eboue proved that he can’t play in the final 3rd of the field, he is not a right winger
- Toure has made a few mistakes but was alright.
- Senderos was also ok, but at fault occasionally.
- Gilberto was variable as well, sometimes good touches, sometimes poor.
Click here for Wenger’s comments:
“I felt the game was over at 2-2. Then there was a dodgy penalty and we started to lose concentration.”
World of Arsenal is devasted too – click here..
Manchester United on Sunday at Old Trafford.