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Leverkusen joy as Liverpool fall

Published: Tuesday 9 April 2002, 22.01CET
Leverkusen 4-2 Liverpool (Agg: 4-3) Bayer 04 Leverkusen booked their place in the semis.

Match statistics

LeverkusenLiverpool

Goals scored4
 
2
Attempts on target11
 
4
Attempts off target6
 
3
Corners4
 
3
Offsides5
 
5
Fouls committed9
 
20
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 9 April 2002, 22.01CET

Leverkusen joy as Liverpool fall

Leverkusen 4-2 Liverpool (Agg: 4-3) Bayer 04 Leverkusen booked their place in the semis.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 4-2 Liverpool FC (Agg: 4-3)
An incredible second-half performance from Bayer 04 Leverkusen saw them claim a place in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League after a 4-2 win against Liverpool FC.

Against all odds
With the game repeatedly seeming to fall beyond the 1. Bundesliga leaders' reach, Klaus Toppmöller's side defied the odds by breaking down the meanest defence in the Champions League to claim victory in a sensational game at the BayArena.

Lucio strikes gold
With six minutes to go, Leverkusen were 3-2 ahead on the night but set for an aggregate defeat, after they lost the first leg 1-0 in Liverpool, until Brazilian defender Lucio beat Jerzy Dudek for the all-important winning goal.

Dramatic finale
With the unsettled Liverpool defence reeling under the weight of relentless pressure from Leverkusen, Yildiray Bastürk found Lucio charging into the area, and the defender steadied himself before blasting the ball into the net through the goalkeeper's legs from a tight angle to send the home crowd into dreamland.

Rollercoaster ride
In a game that had more twists and turns than a rollercoaster, Leverkusen quickly chalked off Liverpool's advantage from the first leg as they attacked the FA Premiership side from the whistle.

Superb football
Though Emile Heskey could well have opened the scoring for the visitors in the opening minute of the game after finding himself free on the right hand side of the penalty area, Leverkusen quickly got into their stride and tormented Liverpool with some superb, pacy, passing football.

Incredible strike
After 16 minutes they took the lead. As the ball came to Michael Ballack from the right, 25 metres from goal, the midfield player dummied Steven Gerrard before lashing an unstoppable shot past Dudek's outstretched left-hand.

Dogged defending
It was a dramatic side to what would prove to be one of the most dramatic games of this year's Champions League. Leverkusen warmed to their task and continued to pen Liverpool inside their own half, and were it not for the composure of Sami Hyypiä and Stéphane Henchoz, they could easily have gone further behind.

Sucker punch
As it was, Liverpool weathered the storm and continued to threaten on the break. Michael Owen had already missed a one-on-one opportunity against Leverkusen goalkeeper Hans-Jörg Butt when they scored their shock equaliser after 42 minutes.

Xavier header
A swerving Danny Murphy corner from the left in one of Liverpool's rare forays forward found Abel Xavier unmarked in the penalty area, and the Portugal defender headed past the despairing Butt.

Determined mood
With Liverpool having regained the advantage in the tie, it looked like the German side might wilt, but tonight saw them in determined mood, and they began the second half with a renewed hunger for goals. Having sacrificed Zoltán Sebescen and Ulf Kirsten at half-time to bring on Dimitar Berbatov and Oliver Neuville, Leverkusen went all out for victory.

Ballack on target
They survived another scare as Owen hit the post from another one-on-one after 50 minutes before taking the lead again through Ballack after 64 minutes. With Leverkusen continuing to run Liverpool ragged, a ball from the right found Ballack speeding into the area and he calmly headed past Dudek from eight metres out.

Berbatov strikes
At that stage, Liverpool still had their noses in front in the tie, but not for long as Leverkusen took the overall lead again after 68 minutes when Berbatov had the final touch in a goalmouth melee. Liverpool looked a spent force and even after Leverkusen made a defensive substitution, the home side still made all the threatening moves.

Dramatic comeback
However, no one had accounted for the mercurial skills of Liverpool substitute Jari Litmanen. After 79 minutes, he gave the visitors the overall lead again. Gathering Murphy's darted ball into the area, the Finnish striker outflanked three despairing defenders before hitting a low shot beyond Butt from around the penalty spot.

Semi-final destiny
As Leverkusen committed every man to attack again, it looked like Liverpool might earn an incredible victory against the run of play, but Lucio had different ideas. Leverkusen will now face the winner of Wednesday's tie between Manchester United FC and RC Deportivo La Coruña for a place in the final at Hampden Park in May.

Last updated: 11/04/02 0.59CET

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Lineups

leverkusen

Leverkusen

liverpool

Liverpool

1
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
12
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
5
NowotnyJens Nowotny (C)
Yellow Card44
2
HenchozStéphane Henchoz
Yellow Card54
8
Zé RobertoZé Roberto
Yellow Card90
3
Abel XavierAbel Xavier
Goal42
Yellow Card72
Substitution75
9
KirstenUlf Kirsten
Substitution46
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä (C)
10
Yıldıray BaştürkYıldıray Baştürk
8
HeskeyEmile Heskey
Substitution41
13
BallackMichael Ballack
Goal16
Goal64
10
OwenMichael Owen
19
LúcioLúcio
Goal84
13
MurphyDanny Murphy
23
BrdaricThomas Brdaric
Substitution70
16
HamannDietmar Hamann
Substitution61
25
SchneiderBernd Schneider
17
GerrardSteven Gerrard
26
SebescenZoltán Sebescen
Substitution46
18
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
Yellow Card53
35
PlacenteDiego Placente
23
CarragherJamie Carragher

Substitutes

20
JuricFrank Juric (GK)
22
KirklandChris Kirkland (GK)
3
BabićMarko Babić
7
ŠmicerVladimír Šmicer
Substitution61
6
ŽivkovićBoris Živković
Substitution70
15
BergerPatrik Berger
Substitution75
12
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
Substitution46
Goal68
20
BarmbyNick Barmby
15
VranješJurica Vranješ
21
McAllisterGary McAllister
27
NeuvilleOliver Neuville
Substitution46
25
BišćanIgor Bišćan
47
KleineThomas Kleine
37
LitmanenJari Litmanen
Substitution41
Goal79

Coach

Klaus Toppmöller (GER) Gérard Houllier (FRA)

Referee

Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)

Assistant referees

Carlos Manuel Ferreira Matos (POR), Roland Van Nylen (BEL)

Fourth official

José Joâo Mendes Pratas (POR)

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