Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Liverpool's Benitez unhappy with refereeing
April 23rd, 2008 6:45AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[REACTION] Chelsea moved one step closer to reaching the UEFA Champions League final in Moscow, the hometown of its Russian owner, Roman Abramovich, thanks to a 1-1 tie at Liverpool Tuesday achieved on an own goal by Norwegian John Arne Riise in the 95th minute.

Liverpool looked like it would take a narrow lead into next Wednesday's second leg at Stamford Bridge when Riise, a second-half sub for the injured Fabio Aurelio, ducked down in an attempt to head Salomon Kalou's cross away with Nicolas Anelka lurking at his back, but all Riise could do was knock the ball past keeper Pepe Reina into their own goal.

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez was unhappy with decision of Austrian referee Konrad Plautz to add five minutes of stoppage time in the second half.

"It was a difficult match and I was very disappointed with the referee," he said. "This was not the first time. We knew what to expect because we'd had him before against Marseille. He gave just one minute of injury-time in the first period and four in the second. It was hard to understand."

Benitez did not like the way Plautz's calls went.

"All the free kicks seemed to go against us," he said. "The first four free kicks against us were for pushing, and then when one of their players [Ashley Cole] pushes one of ours in the back with both hands in the box, there's nothing. But we cannot blame the referee for our missed chances. We had at least four clear opportunities, and we must score those. But we must now be positive and clear our minds. If we play like that at Stamford Bridge next week and take those chances, we will go through."

Chelsea manager Avram Grant said the result was justified.

"We have conceded a lot of late goals this season," he said, "so it was good to see one go in our favor. I felt we deserved it. There could have been a couple of penalties for us and we controlled the game until Liverpool scored. Both goals came from mistakes, but I must also praise [Chelsea goalie] Petr Cech for his performance. He made some important saves, but we are used to that from him. But although the draw is good for us, we know it will be tough at Stamford Bridge. It is always difficult for teams to play at Anfield with the support Liverpool's fans create, but it can also be intimidating for teams who visit Stamford Bridge."

GAME SUMMARY:
April 22 in Liverpool

Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1. Goals: Kuyt 43; own goal 95+.
Liverpool -- Reina, Alvaro Arbeloa, Carragher, Skrtel, Fabio Aurelio (Riise, 62), Xabi Alonso, Mascherano, Gerrard, Kuyt, Babel (Benayoun, 76), Fernando Torres.
Chelsea -- Cech, Paulo Ferreira, Terry, Ricardo Carvalho, A.Cole, Lampard, Makelele, Ballack (Anelka 86), Malouda, Drogba, J.Cole (Kalou, 63).
Referee: Konrad Plautz (Austria).
Att.: 42,180

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
The Good, The Bad and -- the Beyonce    
[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Fans and celebrities alike were treated to a fantastic UEFA Champions league game ...
What They're Saying: Bruce Arena    
"First of all, we haven't won anything, so right now we don't stack up with anybody. ...
Report: Ownership group primed to buy LA team    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The ownership group that's almost certain to acquire Chivas USA from MLS and move ...
'Clinical' PSG punishes Barca weaknesses    
[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Tuesday] No Zlatan Ibrahimovic? No Thiago Silva? No problem for Paris St. Germain ...
USL PRO final outdraws college football in Sacramento    
[SOCCER ON THE AIR] Saturday's USL PRO final won by Sacramento Republic FC averaged a 1.6 ...
Klinsmann has lots of choices for October friendlies    
[USA MEN] The pair of international friendlies against Ecuador Oct. 10 and Honduras Oct. 14 should ...
Where to Watch European Soccer    
Here are 329 places Soccer America readers recommend where you should go to watch soccer for ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25    
[COLLEGE RANKINGS] Defending champion Notre Dame is back on top in the Soccer America Men's Top ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25    
[COLLEGE RANKINGS] Despite its 1-1 tie at Arizona State, defending champion UCLA held on to the ...
Mario Goetze's beautiful backward nutmeg on Brecko    
[VIDEO PICK: Skills] Mario Goetze, Germany's World Cup final hero, not only has a nose for ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives