Chelsea accomplished what Barcelona and PSV in the two previous rounds, and that's win at home in the first leg of its UEFA Champions League semifinal series with Liverpool.
goal from Joe Cole
gave Chelsea a 1-0 win over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The goal was only the second of the season for Cole, who has endured
an injury-plagued season that began with his being injured in the Blues' game last summer against the MLS all-stars.
Liverpool, who left top scorer Peter
on the bench until early in the second half, only threatened sporadically. Steven Gerrard
had the Reds' best chance, hitting a dipping
left-foot volley that was saved by Petr Cech
eight minutes into the second half.
The next game will be played on Tuesday at Anfield, where
Liverpool lost to Barcelona, 1-0, after winning, 2-1, on the road and it beat PSV, 1-0, after winning, 3-0, in Eindhoven before that.