Wednesday, 2 May 2007

CL: Semi-Finals, Second Leg

Tuesday 1 May
SF, Second Leg: Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea [AGG: 1-1, Liverpool win 4-1 on penalties]
Pepe Reina saved two spot-kicks as Liverpool knocked English rivals Chelsea out of the UEFA Champions League 4-1 on penalties to reach a second final in three seasons on a dramatic night at Anfield. Daniel Agger's first-half shot had taken the semi-final into extra time but with no further goals and the aggregate scores locked at 1-1, a shoot-out ensued in which Dirk Kuyt struck the decisive conversion. After Boudewijn Zenden had tucked away Liverpool's first attempt, Reina guessed right to save Arjen Robben's effort. The next penalties were scored by Xabi Alonso, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard before Geremi was outsmarted by Reina and Kuyt stroked in the clincher.

Wednesday 2 May
SF, Second Leg: AC Milan 3-0 Manchester United [AGG: 5-3]
AC Milan are through to their tenth European Cup final after overturning a first-leg deficit against Manchester United with a memorable 3-0 win in the second leg semi-final at the San Siro. First-half goals from Kak√° and Clarence Seedorf, and Alberto Gilardino's 78th-minute strike were enough to end the Premiership side's dreams of a second treble in eight years. Instead the Serie A giants completed their third semi-final success in the competition against their English visitors and set up a repeat of the 2005 UEFA Champions League decider against Liverpool in Athens on 23 May.

Thursday 3 May
UEFA Cup SF, Second Leg: Results
Sevilla 2-0 Osasuna [AGG: 2-1] & Werder Bremen 1-2 Espanyol [AGG: 1-5].

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