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Lethal Liverpool too much for Madrid

Published: Wednesday 11 March 2009, 0.55CET
Liverpool FC 4-0 Real Madrid CF (agg: 5-0)
Steven Gerrard scored two and Fernando Torres and Andrea Dossena one each as the hosts reached the quarter-finals for the third successive year.
by John Mathews
from Anfield
Lethal Liverpool too much for Madrid
Steven Gerrard shows his delight at scoring against Real Madrid ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LiverpoolReal Madrid

Goals scored4
 
0
Attempts on target12
 
3
Attempts off target3
 
12
Corners10
 
4
Offsides5
 
2
Fouls committed26
 
15
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 11 March 2009, 0.55CET

Lethal Liverpool too much for Madrid

Liverpool FC 4-0 Real Madrid CF (agg: 5-0)
Steven Gerrard scored two and Fernando Torres and Andrea Dossena one each as the hosts reached the quarter-finals for the third successive year.

A commanding performance took Liverpool FC through to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the third season in a row as two goals by Steven Gerrard and one each from Fernando Torres and Andrea Dossena overwhelmed Real Madrid CF at Anfield.

Bright start
The result, Los Merengues' biggest margin of defeat in this competition, was nothing more than Liverpool deserved as they took hold of the game from the outset. Torres opened the scoring just past the quarter-hour and Gerrard doubled the lead from the penalty spot before half-time. Gerrard scored his second and Liverpool's third early in the second period and substitute Dossena added a late fourth, leaving Madrid to reflect on yet another campaign ending in the first knockout round. They have been eliminated at this stage in each of the last five seasons, though few exits have been more painful.

Casillas excels
A lightning-quick move almost unlocked the visiting defence as early as the fourth minute, Gerrard's stunning burst of pace setting up Torres for a clever back-heel that created space for a side-footed shot which Iker Casillas's right foot deflected to safety. From the resulting corner Javier Mascherano tried his luck with a dipping volley and once again the Madrid goalkeeper produced a tremendous stop to tip it on to the crossbar and over.

Torres opener
The home side's mobility was proving too much for the Spanish titleholders to handle and it came as little surprise when Liverpool broke the deadlock in the 16th minute. Torres, chasing Jamie Carragher's long ball forward, dispossessed Pepe on the edge of the area before releasing Dirk Kuyt on the right and the Dutchman squared for the former Club Atlético de Madrid striker to double Liverpool's aggregate advantage.

Gerrard spot on
There was no let-up, Casillas blocking Gerrard's volley after a chipped cross by the on-song Torres, who was showing no sign of the ankle injury that had kept him out since the first leg. Liverpool's persistence paid off again in the 28th minute when Gabriel Heinze was adjudged to have handled Álvaro Arbeloa's chest-down and Gerrard sent Casillas the wrong way with the penalty. Wesley Sneijder almost replied instantly with a fizzing free-kick, but Pepe Reina reacted sharply as he palmed it around his right-hand post, and denied the Dutch international again from closer range before half-time.

Fluid move
Liverpool's third, two minutes into the second half, epitomised their fluidity and further exposed Madrid's defensive vulnerabilities. Fábio Aurélio freed Ryan Babel down the left and the latter sidestepped Sergio Ramos to deliver a clipped cross that was met by an exquisite half-volley from Gerrard, leaving Casillas with no chance. Madrid, stung into action by the ever-widening margin between the teams, composed themselves yet still could not make any inroads through a home defence as disciplined as their attack was inspired.

Dossena delight
Though the result had long since been assured, full-back Dossena rubbed salt into Madrid's deepening wounds when he converted a cross from Mascherano – who will miss the quarter-final first leg following his first-half booking – for his first Liverpool goal in the 88th minute. On this form, few opponents will relish being paired with the five-time European champions in the draw for the last eight on 20 March.

Last updated: 11/03/09 10.09CET

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Lineups

liverpool

Liverpool

real madrid

Real Madrid

25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
Yellow Card26
Goal28
Goal47
Substitution73
3
PepePepe
Yellow Card19
9
TorresFernando Torres
Goal16
Substitution84
4
RamosSergio Ramos
12
Fábio AurélioFábio Aurélio
5
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
Substitution64
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Substitution60
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González (C)
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
8
GagoFernando Gago
Substitution77
18
KuytDirk Kuyt
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
19
BabelRyan Babel
11
RobbenArjen Robben
Substitution46
20
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
Yellow Card42
16
HeinzeGabriel Heinze
Yellow Card27
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
20
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
37
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel
39
L. DiarraLassana Diarra

Substitutes

1
CavalieriDiego Cavalieri (GK)
25
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
2
DossenaAndrea Dossena
Substitution84
Yellow Card85
Goal88
9
SaviolaJavier Saviola
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä
12
MarceloMarcelo
Substitution46
Yellow Card62
21
LucasLucas
Substitution60
14
GutiGuti
Substitution77
24
NgogDavid Ngog
21
MetzelderChristoph Metzelder
26
Spearing Jay Spearing
Substitution73
22
Miguel TorresMiguel Torres
34
KellyMartin Kelly
23
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
Substitution64

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Juande Ramos (ESP)

Referee

Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Assistant referees

Peter Hermans (BEL), Danny Huens (BEL)

Fourth official

Luc Wouters (BEL)

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