Anfield - Liverpool 29/04/2010 - 21:05CET (20:05 local time)

Semi-finals, Second leg

Liverpool - Atlético
2-1
Aggregate: 2-2 Atlético win on away goals
 

Liverpool - Atlético 2-1 - 29/04/2010 - Match page - UEFA Europa League 2010

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Forlán puts Atlético on the highway to Hamburg

Published: Thursday 29 April 2010, 23.50CET
Liverpool FC 2-1 Club Atlético de Madrid (agg: 2-2 aet, Atlético win on away goals)
Diego Forlán struck the killer blow as the Reds saw a match-winning position evaporate in extra time at Anfield.
by Simon Hart
from Anfield

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Match statistics

Liverpool
Atlético

2

Goals scored

1

4

Attempts on target

4

3

Attempts off target

7

8

Corners

3

3

Offsides

2

18

Fouls committed

20

3

Yellow cards

4

0

Red Cards

0

Lineups

liverpool

Liverpool

atlético

Atlético

25Reina (GK)43De Gea (GK)
2Johnson2Valera
Yellow Card67
4Aquilani
Goal44
Yellow Card51
Substitution90
3Antonio López (C)
5Agger7Forlán
Goal102 ET
Yellow Card103 ET
Substitution117 ET
8Gerrard (C)
Yellow Card43
8Raúl García
15Benayoun
Goal95 ET
Substitution114 ET
10Agüero
Substitution120+1 ET
18Kuyt12Paulo Assunção
Yellow Card52
Substitution99 ET
19Babel18Álvaro Domínguez
Yellow Card104 ET
20Mascherano
Substitution110 ET
19Reyes
21Lucas20Simão
23Carragher
Yellow Card82
21Perea

Substitutes

1Cavalieri (GK)1Sergio Asenjo (GK)
16Kyrgiakos6Camacho
Substitution117 ET
24Ngog9Jurado
Substitution99 ET
27P. Degen
Substitution110 ET
14Salvio
Substitution120+1 ET
31El Zhar
Substitution90
16Juanito
40Ayala17Ujfaluši
47Pacheco
Substitution114 ET
24Cabrera

Coaches

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Quique Sánchez Flores (ESP)

Referee

Terje Hauge (NOR)

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Last updated: 29/04/2010 23:57 CET

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Published: Thursday 29 April 2010, 23.50CET

Forlán puts Atlético on the highway to Hamburg

Liverpool FC 2-1 Club Atlético de Madrid (agg: 2-2 aet, Atlético win on away goals)
Diego Forlán struck the killer blow as the Reds saw a match-winning position evaporate in extra time at Anfield.

Diego Forlán fired Club Atlético de Madrid into the UEFA Europa League final after his extra-time strike earned the Spanish side an away-goals triumph over Liverpool FC.

It was Forlán's solitary goal that earned Atlético their first-leg win and the Uruguay striker was the hero again at Anfield, sweeping in a José Antonio Reyes cross in the 102nd minute to deny a Liverpool side who had fought their way into a winning position through goals from Alberto Aquilani and Yossi Benayoun. Atlético can now look forward to their first European final for 24 years against another Premier League side, Fulham FC, in Hamburg on 12 May.

Quique Sánchez Flores's team had scored twice in every previous away tie in the competition but were slow to show as an attacking force here. Indeed, they almost made the worst possible start inside 60 seconds. Dirk Kuyt's flick-on sent Benayoun through down the right but David de Gea saved. There were further scares midway through the first half – Kuyt fired over a cross from makeshift right-back Javier Mascherano, then Daniel Agger headed in a Steven Gerrard free-kick only to be ruled offside.

Atlético looked to have held out until half-time only for Aquilani to strike. Reyes failed to track Benayoun as he latched on to Mascherano's throw and though Kuyt missed the ensuing cross, Aquilani found the bottom corner with a first-time strike. Rafael Benítez is renowned for his mastery of the one-off occasion and his choice of the Italian playmaker as the front prong in Liverpool's midfield five had paid off.

At the other end Atlético's first-half effort had yielded little. Raúl García's bouncing shot tested Pepe Reina, then Sérgio Agüero, back from suspension, broke through but, forced wide by Reina, sent over an aimless cross. The visitors looked to play higher up the pitch as the second half unravelled yet still Liverpool looked arguably more dangerous, Glen Johnson drawing a fingertip save from De Gea.

After Forlán miscontrolled when clean through, it looked like Atlético's chance had gone begging when, four minutes into extra time, Liverpool scored their second, Lucas dinking a ball over the top and Benayoun sending a shot under De Gea. However, Atlético responded. José Manuel Jurado fired centimetres wide before Forlán, once a match-winner here for Manchester United FC, struck. Reyes crossed from the right and the unmarked Uruguayan found the roof of the net. Simão could have added a second but for Liverpool the damage was already done.

Last updated: 27/11/12 16.52CET

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