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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

LiverpoolAtlético

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
4
Attempts off target3
 
7
Corners8
 
3
Offsides3
 
2
Fouls committed18
 
20
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
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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Lineups

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Liverpool

atlético

Atlético

25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
43
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
2
G. JohnsonGlen Johnson
2
ValeraJuan Valera
Yellow Card67
4
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
Goal44
Yellow Card51
Substitution90
3
Antonio LópezAntonio López (C)
5
AggerDaniel Agger
7
ForlánDiego Forlán
Goal102 ET
Yellow Card103 ET
Substitution117 ET
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
Yellow Card43
8
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García
15
BenayounYossi Benayoun
Goal95 ET
Substitution114 ET
10
AgüeroSergio Agüero
Substitution120+1 ET
18
KuytDirk Kuyt
12
Paulo AssunçãoPaulo Assunção
Yellow Card52
Substitution99 ET
19
BabelRyan Babel
18
Álvaro DomínguezÁlvaro Domínguez
Yellow Card104 ET
20
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
Substitution110 ET
19
ReyesJosé Antonio Reyes
21
LucasLucas
20
SimãoSimão
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
Yellow Card82
21
PereaLuis Perea

Substitutes

1
CavalieriDiego Cavalieri (GK)
1
Sergio AsenjoSergio Asenjo (GK)
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
6
CamachoIgnacio Camacho
Substitution117 ET
24
NgogDavid Ngog
9
JuradoJosé Manuel Jurado
Substitution99 ET
27
P. DegenPhilipp Degen
Substitution110 ET
14
SalvioEduardo Salvio
Substitution120+1 ET
31
El ZharNabil El Zhar
Substitution90
16
JuanitoJuanito
40
AyalaDaniel Ayala
17
UjfalušiTomáš Ujfaluši
47
PachecoDaniel Pacheco
Substitution114 ET
24
CabreraLeandro Cabrera

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Quique Sánchez Flores (ESP)

Referee

Terje Hauge (NOR)

Assistant referees

Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Frank Andås (NOR)

Fourth official

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Additional assistant referees

Espen Berntsen (NOR), Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

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