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Liverpool stun holders Barça

Published: Thursday 22 February 2007, 0.55CET
FC Barcelona 1-2 Liverpool FC
Goals from Craig Bellamy and John Arne Riise have weakened Barcelona's grip on the famous trophy.
by Lucas Brown
from Camp Nou

Match statistics

BarcelonaLiverpool

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target4
 
5
Attempts off target8
 
2
Corners6
 
2
Offsides5
 
6
Fouls committed17
 
29
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 22 February 2007, 0.55CET

Liverpool stun holders Barça

FC Barcelona 1-2 Liverpool FC
Goals from Craig Bellamy and John Arne Riise have weakened Barcelona's grip on the famous trophy.

Liverpool FC pulled off a famous victory as they defeated UEFA Champions League holders FC Barcelona 2-1 at Camp Nou to end the Catalan side's 13-match unbeaten run on home soil.

Riise the hero
John Arne Riise was the visitors' hero as he fired home the winning goal in the 74th minute after being picked out by Craig Bellamy, whose first-half header had cancelled out Deco's early opener. Both Liverpool scorers were involved in a widely-reported incident at their training camp last week but the negative headlines were forgotten as the 2005 European champions took a major stride towards the last eight - leaving Barcelona with an uphill struggle in the second leg at Anfield.

Deco header
Liverpool had never lost here before and they threatened first as Riise flashed a dangerous cross across Víctor Valdés's goal in the sixth minute, just beyond Bellamy. Before long the hosts were imposing their attacking game, however, and only Jamie Carragher's fine interception stopped Deco capitalising on Lionel Messi's lay-off. The breakthrough arrived in the 14th minute as Deco claimed Barcelona's first goal against Liverpool at Camp Nou in four attempts. A sublime piece of trickery from Ronaldinho set Gianluca Zambrotta free down the left, and the Italian lifted a cross to the far post where Deco came in unmarked to guide a header into the bottom corner.

Reds respond
Having opened their account, Frank Rijkaard's team really began to find their rhythm and Javier Saviola and Deco both went close. As half-time approached, however, Liverpool responded and on 39 minutes Steven Gerrard carved out a fine chance for Bellamy, swinging a free-kick to the far post where the unmarked striker headed into the side-netting. Barça did not heed the warning and two minutes before the break, Liverpool levelled. Steve Finnan's cross from the right reached Bellamy, he headed goalwards and Valdés, though getting both hands on to the ball, carried it over the line. Although Dirk Kuyt put the loose ball into the net, the goal was Bellamy's.

No spark
Boosted by the equaliser, Liverpool improved after the interval. Indeed, inside the first minute of the second period, Gerrard was presented with an opportunity from a set-piece but this time Valdés made a clean catch. With Barcelona struggling to find their spark, Rijkaard introduced Andrés Iniesta but it was Bellamy and Kuyt who looked increasingly dangerous at the other end.

Roof of the net
In the 68th minute the visitors were gifted an opening as the referee adjudged Barcelona substitute Ludovic Giuly to have passed back to his goalkeeper and Gerrard's free-kick required Valdés to save with his feet. Xabi Alonso turned the ball back in where Kuyt nodded over the crossbar from close range. Six minutes later the winner came as Valdés saved from Kuyt and Bellamy passed the loose ball across goal to Riise whose first-time strike flew into the roof of the net. Barcelona looked stunned yet still managed to threaten a late equaliser as Deco drove against the angle of post and bar.

Last updated: 22/02/07 12.18CET

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Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

liverpool

Liverpool

1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
2
BellettiJuliano Belletti
Yellow Card38
2
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
3
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
Substitution54
3
FinnanSteve Finnan
4
MárquezRafael Márquez
5
AggerDaniel Agger
Yellow Card23
5
PuyolCarles Puyol (C)
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
Goal74
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Substitution65
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
10
RonaldinhoRonaldinho
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
11
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
Yellow Card90+4
17
BellamyCraig Bellamy
Goal43
Yellow Card77
Substitution80
19
MessiLionel Messi
18
KuytDirk Kuyt
Yellow Card35
Substitution90+4
20
DecoDeco
Goal14
22
SissokoMohamed Sissoko
Yellow Card61
Substitution84
22
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Substitution83
23
CarragherJamie Carragher

Substitutes

25
JorqueraAlbert Jorquera (GK)
1
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
7
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen
Substitution83
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä
8
GiulyLudovic Giuly
Substitution65
11
GonzálezMark González
12
Van BronckhorstGiovanni van Bronckhorst
15
CrouchPeter Crouch
Substitution90+4
21
ThuramLilian Thuram
16
PennantJermaine Pennant
Substitution80
23
OleguerOleguer
20
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
24
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution54
32
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
Substitution84

Coach

Frank Rijkaard (NED) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Bozatzidis (GRE), Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE)

Fourth official

Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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