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García leads Liverpool to Turkey

Published: Wednesday 4 May 2005, 0.59CET
Liverpool FC 1-0 Chelsea FC (agg: 1-0) Luis García sends Liverpool into the Istanbul final at Chelsea's expense.

Match statistics

LiverpoolChelsea

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
1
Attempts off target2
 
6
Corners2
 
4
Offsides1
 
4
Fouls committed13
 
12
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 4 May 2005, 0.59CET

García leads Liverpool to Turkey

Liverpool FC 1-0 Chelsea FC (agg: 1-0) Luis García sends Liverpool into the Istanbul final at Chelsea's expense.

By Adam Szreter at Anfield

Twenty years on from their last appearance in the final of Europe's premier club competition, an occasion that will always be remembered for the loss of 39 lives, Liverpool FC will travel to Istanbul for this year's UEFA Champions League final after defeating Chelsea FC. There they will have an opportunity to pay further respect to the people who lost their lives that night in Brussels.

Emotional atmosphere
The emotion that has surrounded Liverpool's progress ever since they were drawn to face Juventus FC in the quarter-finals was harnessed here tonight in the most positive way imaginable. Their players seemed to have an extra metre of pace as they contested every 50-50 ball, while their fans lived up to their billing as the best in the land.

Significant strike
The winning goal came as early as the fourth minute and summed up the closeness of this tie, as Luis García's effort needed confirmation from the match officials before Liverpool's fans could celebrate. For Chelsea, three days after securing the English league title for only the second time in their history, this was undoubtedly a disappointment, but José Mourinho's men have beaten league leaders in Spain and Germany as well as getting past the holders in their group, and their chance will come again.

Single changes
Both sides made one change to the starting lineups from the goalless first leg at Stamford Bridge, Liverpool's enforced by the suspension of Spanish playmaker Xabi Alonso, for whom Dietmar Hamann deputised. Chelsea left out young right-back Glen Johnson in favour of the more experienced Geremi and almost straight away this area of the new English champions' defence was put to the test by Liverpool.

García goal
John Arne Riise picked up possession and found Steven Gerrard, who lifted the ball into Milan Baroš's path. Petr Cech raced from his line but only partially blocked his compatriot's effort and García stabbed the loose ball goalwards. Despite William Gallas's efforts to clear off the line, a nod of the head from the assistant referee meant Liverpool were in front.

Drogba denied
A deafening barrage of noise had greeted the teams but now of course the Anfield roof was nearly blown off. Chelsea were momentarily stunned before Claude Makelele started to get a grip of midfield. The diminutive former French international began a move that gave Liverpool clear warning of the visitors' capacity to break at speed. This time though Jamie Carragher was on hand to deny Didier Drogba after Joe Cole's astute through-ball.

Growing threat
A tame shot wide by Tiago and Cole's chip from an acute angle that curled across the face of goal - the latter after García had dithered almost disastrously on the edge of his own area - were further evidence of Chelsea's threat.

Liverpool press
At the other end Gallas cut out a promising diagonal pass from Gerrard destined for García, and a speculative Hamann effort was comfortably gathered by Cech at chest height, before John Terry escaped when a Gerrard cross made contact with his hand just outside the penalty area.

Carragher class
Chelsea finished the half marginally in the ascendancy but Carragher, one of five players just a caution away from a potentially heart-breaking suspension, led Liverpool's resistance with commendable assurance.

Cissé introduced
Chelsea resumed after the break where they left off, with Liverpool struggling to keep possession. To this end manager Rafael Benítez withdrew his lone striker, Baroš, and threw on Djibril Cissé in the hope of holding the ball long enough for Liverpool's midfield runners to get up in support. García was always the most likely to do so, and his quick thinking almost gave Cissé a chance but the pass was just too long.

Spectacular stop
Chelsea, meanwhile, were finding it hard to get beyond Carragher and Co. on the edge of the Liverpool area but a Frank Lampard free-kick in the 67th minute brought the best out of Jerzy Dudek, who flew to his right to turn the ball around for a corner. This heralded the introduction of Arjen Robben and Mateja Kezman for Chelsea.

Dramatic finish
The game was on a knife-edge now, with both managers on their feet almost constantly and the crescendo of noise unabated. A goal for either side now would clinch it: a Cissé header was held on the line by Cech, then Eidur Gudjohnsen arrowed a shot across the face of goal deep into added time. In the end though García's early effort was enough and another famous European chapter was written for Liverpool.

Last updated: 04/05/05 13.21CET

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Lineups

liverpool

Liverpool

chelsea

Chelsea

1
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
3
FinnanSteve Finnan
4
MakeleleClaude Makelele
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä
6
Ricardo CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
5
BarošMilan Baroš
Yellow Card8
Substitution60
8
LampardFrank Lampard
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
10
J.ColeJoe Cole
Substitution68
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
13
GallasWilliam Gallas
10
Luis GarcíaLuis García
Goal4
Substitution84
14
GeremiGeremi
Substitution76
16
HamannDietmar Hamann
Substitution73
15
DrogbaDidier Drogba
21
TraoréDjimi Traoré
22
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
25
BišćanIgor Bišćan
30
TiagoTiago
Substitution68

Substitutes

20
CarsonScott Carson (GK)
23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini (GK)
7
KewellHarry Kewell
Substitution73
2
JohnsonGlen Johnson
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
Substitution60
9
KežmanMateja Kežman
Substitution68
11
ŠmicerVladimír Šmicer
16
RobbenArjen Robben
Substitution68
18
NúñezAntonio Núñez
Substitution84
24
ForssellMikael Forssell
28
WarnockStephen Warnock
29
HuthRobert Huth
Substitution76
32
WelshJohn Welsh
33
Nuno MoraisNuno Morais

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) José Mourinho (POR)

Referee

Ľuboš Michel (SVK)

Assistant referees

Roman Slyško (SVK), Martin Balko (SVK)

Fourth official

Anton Stredak (SVK)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution