Tuesday, 24 April 2007

CL: Semi-Finals, First Leg

Tuesday 24 April
SF, First Leg: Manchester United 3-2 AC Milan
Manchester United came from behind to win a pulsating Champions League semi-final first leg against AC Milan thanks to a last-minute goal from Wayne Rooney. Trailing 2-1 at the break, Rooney fired the home side level on 59 minutes then completed a late counterattack by flashing a low shot past Dida to give the Premiership side real hope of a place in the final in Athens. It appeared that Carlo Ancelotti's side would return home holding the upper hand when Kaka overturned an early Cristiano Ronaldo header with two goals before half-time. Though weakened defensively by injuries, United's vibrant attacking instincts were intact, however, and Rooney's double leaves Milan needing victory in next Wednesday's return at the San Siro.

Wednesday 25 April
SF, First Leg: Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool
For the first time in a Champions League semi-final, Chelsea have a lead to defend in the return leg after Joe Cole, on his first start in this season's competition, scored a 29th-minute goal to lend Jose Mourinho's team the advantage over Liverpool. Chelsea, making their third last-four appearance in four campaigns, were always the more threatening side and their Premiership rivals were indebted to two fine saves from Pepe Reina that denied Frank Lampard. Petr Cech also pulled off a wonder stop to prevent Steven Gerrard claiming an equaliser but scoring chances were in short supply for the five-times European champions as Chelsea took a step closer to their first-ever final.

Thursday 26 April
UEFA Cup SF, First Leg: Results
Espanyol 3-0 Werder Bremen & Osasuna 1-0 Sevilla.

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