Tuesday, 19 February 2008

CL Last 16, 1st Leg: Tuesday Review

Two late Liverpool goals have placed Inter's UEFA Champions League aspirations on the line in the first leg of the Last 16 tie while Roma came from a goal down to beat Real Madrid in Rome.

Liverpool 2-0 Inter
Dirk Kuyt's deflected shot and Steven Gerrard's raking low drive in the last five minutes put Liverpool in command of their first knockout round tie with Inter, who battled bravely for an hour with ten men only to fall at the last.

Inter's Marco Materazzi was shown two controversial yellow cards after only 30 minutes but Liverpool, who dominated proceedings for long spells, could not make their numerical advantage count until the 85th minute when Jermaine Pennant's deep right-wing cross was allowed to bounce through to Kuyt at the far post for a shot that flew past Julio Cesar with the aid of a considerable deflection off Maicon.

The Premier League side then took a firm grip on the tie in added on time, Gerrard beating the Inter keeper with a low shot from the corner of the area that evaded everyone and went in off a post to reward the home side for their persistence.

Roberto Mancini's side will now have all to do to turn the match around when the return leg is played at the San Siro on 11 March.

Roma 2-1 Real Madrid
Battling Roma gave themselves a slender 2-1 advantage after their first leg tie against Real Madrid.

Amantino Mancini was the hero for the Stadio Olimpico hosts, firing home the winning goal on the hour mark after David Pizarro's first-half strike had cancelled out Raul's opener.

Madrid were unlucky not to equalise when substitute Royston Drenthe was denied by the crossbar with 10 minute remaining.

The result marked the Giallorossi's first win against the Spanish giants in the Italian capital at the fourth attempt and hands Luciano Spalletti's side with a crucial advantage ahead of the return leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on 5 March.

OTHER RESULTS: Olympiakos 0-0 Chelsea / Schalke 1-0 FC Porto

[Tuesday 19 Feb] - [Wednesday 20 Feb]

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