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Crouch seals Liverpool passage

Published: Thursday 12 April 2007, 0.57CET
Liverpool FC 1-0 PSV Eindhoven (agg: 4-0)
Peter Crouch scored the only goal as the 2005 winners booked a semi-final date with Chelsea FC.
by John Mathews
from Anfield

Match statistics

LiverpoolPSV

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
1
Corners2
 
4
Offsides1
 
3
Fouls committed6
 
18
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 12 April 2007, 0.57CET

Crouch seals Liverpool passage

Liverpool FC 1-0 PSV Eindhoven (agg: 4-0)
Peter Crouch scored the only goal as the 2005 winners booked a semi-final date with Chelsea FC.

Liverpool FC booked a UEFA Champions League semi-final date with English rivals Chelsea FC for the second time in three years as Peter Crouch's solitary strike wrapped up a comfortable 4-0 aggregate win over PSV Eindhoven in the quarter-final at Anfield.

Stars rested
With Liverpool three goals ahead from the first leg, Rafael Benítez took the opportunity to rest players, and homegrown heroes Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard started on the bench. After being beset by injuries, PSV coach Ronald Koeman gave a UEFA Champions League debut to Dirk Marcellis and it was the visitors who had the first chance in the opening minutes, captain Phillip Cocu crossing for Jefferson Farfán whose flicked header was kept out by Pepe Reina.

Bellamy injury
Benítez was forced into an early change when Craig Bellamy was carried off with an apparent knee injury in the 17th minute and replaced by Robbie Fowler. The initial exchanges were a disjointed affair as the Liverpool fans amused themselves with songs of premature celebration though passions were finally stirred in the 25th minute when Crouch met Jermaine Pennant's centre with a first-time volley which brought a fine save from Heurelho Gomes.

Pennant impresses
PSV's ambitions appeared to be primarily focused on containment and with the hosts comfortably in control, the match lacked a cutting edge. Liverpool were more than content to keep the ball and spread it out wide to Pennant, who was impressive on the right flank. Yet it was Boudewijn Zenden, against his former club, who came closest to breaking the deadlock before the interval with a curling left-footed free-kick that whistled past Gomes's left-hand post.

Reina save
Farfán began the second half as he had the first by troubling Reina, this time with a raking low drive from the edge of the box which the keeper parried away for a corner. At the other end, and from a similar position, Crouch dragged a shot wide. Then Liverpool gained a further advantage. Marcellis would have wanted a night to remember on his arrival in the big time, but unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Zenden on 64 minutes. His departure was quickly followed by the only goal. Although Gomes saved low from a misdirected clearance by Carlos Salcido, Fowler picked up the loose ball and squared to partner Crouch, who turned in his sixth UEFA Champions League goal this season.

Chelsea next
Crouch and Pennant could have added a second with late opportunities but a single strike settled matters on the night. The atmosphere, passion and circumstances promise to be infinitely more intense here when Liverpool take on Chelsea in a repeat of the 2005 UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg on 1 May. The Kop will be hoping to roar the Reds into the final of Europe's premier club competition for the seventh time in their history and it will be no place for the faint-hearted.

Last updated: 12/04/07 11.15CET

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Lineups

liverpool

Liverpool

psv

PSV

25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
1
GomesHeurelho Gomes (GK)
2
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
6
SimonsTimmy Simons
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä (C)
7
VäyrynenMika Väyrynen
5
AggerDaniel Agger
Substitution79
8
CocuPhillip Cocu (C)
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
10
KonéArouna Koné
Substitution72
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Substitution72
15
CulinaJason Culina
15
CrouchPeter Crouch
Goal67
17
FarfánJefferson Farfán
Substitution63
16
PennantJermaine Pennant
18
Eric AddoEric Addo
17
BellamyCraig Bellamy
Substitution17
22
FehérCsaba Fehér
Substitution63
22
SissokoMohamed Sissoko
23
SalcidoCarlos Salcido
Yellow Card42
32
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
39
MarcellisDirk Marcellis
Red Card64

Substitutes

1
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
21
MoensOscar Moens (GK)
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard
9
KluivertPatrick Kluivert
Substitution63
9
FowlerRobbie Fowler
Substitution17
14
Da CostaManuel da Costa
11
GonzálezMark González
Substitution72
26
DiegoTardelli Diego
20
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
28
Sun XiangSun Xiang
Substitution63
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
38
Van EijdenRens van Eijden
Substitution72
29
PalettaGabriel Paletta
Substitution79
44
Ter HorstOlivier Ter Horst

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Ronald Koeman (NED)

Referee

Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

Assistant referees

Cristiano Copelli (ITA), Alessandro Stagnoli (ITA)

Fourth official

Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

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