Finally…Arsenal’s march into Champion’s League semi-final this year has been shattered by the Kops. Arsenal had the opening goal from Diaby on 13th minute and dominated until the half hour when Hyppia head in the first goal for Liverpool from the corner on 30th minute. Arsenal and Liverpool went to half time on 1-1 score.
Liverpool begin the 2nd half with attacking and Arsenal has little chance to counter back. Liverpool got their 2nd goal from Torres from a fine turn and blasted the ball the top right corner. It seems that it goes all the way to Liverpool for the semi final until substitute Walcott made an astonishing run from the Arsenal’s half defeating 4 people in his way into Liverpool’s penalty box, took a quick glance on Adebayour’s position. With a simple touch from Adebayour from Walcott’s center pass to level Arsenal back. Liverpool hit back straight away and got a goal back after a minute through a penalty, taken by Gerrand. The penalty was given by referee after Ryan Babel was “brought down” by Toure and ref also awarded Toure a yellow card. Arsenal struggle to get another goal before Ryan Babel finished the game with another goal on the counter attack.
Conclusion : What an anti-climax ending with the Babel’s goal. Almunia should have done better after Cesc Fabregas has closed Babel’s angle to shoot.
Personal view : I think Senderos should have done better through the game. Sloppy defending from him caused the 2 goals from Hyppia and Torres. The penalty shouldn’t be awarded by the ref, where the real penalty should be given when Hleb was taken down by Kuyt in the first leg. Substitute Walcott should came in as replacement for Senderos and Eboue should drop back to right back and let Toure take his usual place in the center defence. All around it’s wonderful game to watch but the result is really disappointing for the Gunners.
You can watch the goals here : Dailymotion