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
Thriller sends Chelsea manager Hiddink's heart racing
by Paul Kennedy, April 15th, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] One of the most wide-open high-profile UEFA Champions League series ever ended with Chelsea reaching the semifinals for the fifth time in the last six years but not before the Blues got a scare from Liverpool, which rallied from 3-1 down after the first leg at home to take a 2-0 lead at halftime of Tuesday's second leg. The second half produced six goals as the match ended in a 4-4 tie that gave Chelsea a 7-5 win on aggregate and a semifinal date with Barcelona, which beat Bayern Munich 5-1 on aggregate after their second leg ended with a more sedate 1-1 tie.

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink said he tore into his players at halftime.

"We lost our tempers," the Dutchman said, "but the players themselves were not happy either with the way we had played."

Hiddink admitted his heart was pounding during the see-saw game. Chelsea went from 2-0 down to 3-2 ahead in the 76th minute to 4-3 down in the 83rd minute -- and another Liverpool goal would have put the Reds ahead.

The series was sealed on Frank Lampard's second goal of the game, which came in the 89th minute.

Four of the goals came in the last quarter of an hour of end-to-end action.

"I have been involved in some [dramatic games]," Hiddink added, "but this was one of these games where everyone has made a lot of errors and that's why it was so attractive -- it was going from one end to the other."

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez was proud of his players' near-miracle.

"It's true we ended up where we started," the Spaniard said, "but we showed our character and quality and I am really proud of the players and the fans can be very pleased with the team. It was no disgrace to lose like this."

In Munich, Mali international Seydou Keita's goal in the 73rd ended Bayern's slim hopes of a comeback after a 4-0 trashing last week in Spain.

April 14 in London
Chelsea 4 Liverpool 4. Goals: Drogba 51, Alex 57, Lampard 76, 89; Fabio Aurelio 19, Xabi Alonso pen. 28, Lucas 81, Kuyt 83.
Chelsea -- Cech, Ivanovic, Alex, Ricardo Carvalho, A.Cole, Ballack, Essien, Lampard, Kalou (Anelka 36), Drogba (Di Santo 90+4), Malouda.
Liverpool -- Reina, Alvaro Arbeloa (Babel 85), Skrtel, Carragher, Fabio Aurelio, Xabi Alonso, Mascherano (Riera 69), Lucas, Kuyt, Benayoun, Fernando Torres (Ngog 80).
(Chelsea wins 7-5 on aggregate.)

April 14 in Munich
Bayern Munich 1 Barcelona 1. Goals: Ribery 47; Keita 73.
Bayern Munich -- Butt, Lell, Demichelis, Lucio, Lahm, Sosa (Altintop 78), van Bommel, Ottl, Ze Roberto (Borowski 78), Ribery, Toni.
Barcelona -- Valdes, Daniel Alves, Gerard, Puyol, Abidal; Xavi, Toure, Keita, Messi, Eto'o, Iniesta (Hleb 78).
(Barcelona wins 5-1 on aggregate.)



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
2015 MLS Preseason Action    
D.C. and Orlando City played to a 1-1 draw in preseason action on Friday. Two matches ...
49ers and NBA Kings ante up on Sac MLS bid    
Sacramento Republic FC ownership continues to grow with the announcement that San Francisco 49ers owner and ...
U.S. women head to Europe without three stars    
Four months ahead of the 2015 Women's World Cup, the USA heads to Europe for friendlies ...
MLS Live and MLS Direct Kick will return    
Out-of-market packages MLS Live, MLS's subscription streaming service, and MLS Direct Kick, MLS's cable and satellite ...
What They're Saying: Paul Rogers    
"Did I want to pull out [of the U.S. team] this close to a World Cup? ...
MLS Trade Central: Agudelo returns to Revs    
The New England Revolution got a boost for its MLS title hopes when 22-year-old Juan Agudelo ...
Chelsea vs. Man City: Showdown At Stamford Bridge     
On Saturday, two of the most expensive teams money can buy will square off in a ...
What They're Saying: Bob Gansler    
"I'm doing fine. I recovered quite quickly, to their surprise. I was able to leave (the ...
Video Pick: Back-heel volley golazo from Chelsea youngster     
Kasey Palmer, an 18-year-old midfielder, scored this beautiful goal in U-21 action against West Ham.
Obituary: Milton Aimi    
Milton Aimi played a variety of roles in spurring the growth of soccer in Texas and ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives