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Forlán pounces to hand Atlético the edge

Published: Thursday 22 April 2010, 22.50CET
Club Atlético de Madrid 1-0 Liverpool FC
Diego Forlán's early scrambled effort was enough for the hosts to secure a narrow advantage ahead of next week's decider at Anfield.

Match statistics

AtléticoLiverpool

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
0
Attempts off target11
 
1
Corners4
 
0
Offsides1
 
4
Fouls committed9
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 22 April 2010, 22.50CET

Forlán pounces to hand Atlético the edge

Club Atlético de Madrid 1-0 Liverpool FC
Diego Forlán's early scrambled effort was enough for the hosts to secure a narrow advantage ahead of next week's decider at Anfield.

Club Atlético de Madrid hold the upper hand in their UEFA Europa League semi-final against Liverpool FC after Diego Forlán's early goal secured the hosts a 1-0 lead at the tie's halfway mark.

Forlán struck in the ninth minute, although Atlético failed to convert several chances to make their trip to Anfield more comfortable. It is the Spanish side, though, with the narrow edge ahead of next Thursday's decider as they attempt to reach their first major European final since the 1985/86 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

With the hosts' Sergio Agüero suspended and Liverpool's former Atlético striker Fernando Torres out through injury, the onus was on their replacements – José Manuel Jurado and David Ngog respectively – to supply a cutting edge. Jurado did not wait long to take his cue. In the ninth minute he crossed for an unmarked Forlán, and although the Uruguay marksman completely mistimed his header, the ball fell kindly for him and he bundled it past the scrambling duo of Pepe Reina and Jamie Carragher.

There was concern Liverpool might be sluggish after a 24-hour journey to Madrid, but the visitors responded well with Yossi Benayoun popping up in dangerous positions and Steven Gerrard serving notice of his threat in the 19th minute as drove into the side netting.

Proceedings settled down, but the pace was again picked up after the interval. Liverpool pushed early but as they committed more men forward Los Colchoneros spied opportunities to counter and Forlán slipped the offside trap only to fluff his lines with just Reina to beat.

Reina was forced into more meaningful work in the 57th minute. Tomáš Ujfaluši's probings from right-back had offered Atlético a useful outlet and a trademark run and deep cross reached Simão who did well to slide and meet the ball on the half-volley. His effort was bound for the top corner, but Reina flicked up a hand to divert it over.

Atlético continued to carry the most threat and Reina did well to beat out Ujfaluši's 76th-minute strike. The sides' previous two meetings had both ended 1-1, but Atlético were not to be denied this time and also maintained their record of never having lost to an English club at home.

Last updated: 27/09/14 2.46CET

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Lineups

atlético

Atlético

liverpool

Liverpool

43
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
3
Antonio LópezAntonio López (C)
2
G. JohnsonGlen Johnson
7
ForlánDiego Forlán
Goal9
Substitution85
5
AggerDaniel Agger
8
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
9
JuradoJosé Manuel Jurado
15
BenayounYossi Benayoun
Substitution83
12
Paulo AssunçãoPaulo Assunção
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
Yellow Card83
17
UjfalušiTomáš Ujfaluši
18
KuytDirk Kuyt
18
Álvaro DomínguezÁlvaro Domínguez
20
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
19
ReyesJosé Antonio Reyes
Substitution90+2
21
LucasLucas
20
SimãoSimão
Substitution78
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
21
PereaLuis Perea
24
NgogDavid Ngog
Substitution64

Substitutes

1
Sergio AsenjoSergio Asenjo (GK)
1
CavalieriDiego Cavalieri (GK)
2
ValeraJuan Valera
Substitution78
Yellow Card85
4
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
6
CamachoIgnacio Camacho
Substitution90+2
19
BabelRyan Babel
Substitution64
14
SalvioEduardo Salvio
Substitution85
27
P. DegenPhilipp Degen
16
JuanitoJuanito
31
El ZharNabil El Zhar
Substitution83
24
CabreraLeandro Cabrera
40
AyalaDaniel Ayala
55
BorjaBorja
47
PachecoDaniel Pacheco

Coach

Quique Sánchez Flores (ESP) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

Assistant referees

Stéphane Duhamel (FRA), Christophe Capelli (FRA)

Fourth official

Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Olivier Thual (FRA), Clément Turpin (FRA)

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