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90 Well who said this would be another dull spectacle? Four goals, and a 3-1 win for Chelsea who thoroughly deserve their win. It started badly for the Blues as Torres struck after six minutes, but two goals from corners, both for Ivanovic, turned the tie on its head. Drogba added the gloss and Chelsea are strong favourites to progress now. Thanks for joining us. 90 Benayoun's shot defelcts for Torres, who hits a tame shot straight at Cech. 90 There will be three minutes of added time as Chelsea clear another corner. 89 Alonso plays a ball through intended for Torres but it runs through to Cech. Liverpool look deflated and defeated. 88 Alonso concedes another corner, which Reina claims calmly. 87 Gerrard tackles Anelka but gives Chelsea another corner, which won't ease Lievrpool fans nerves given what's happened tonight. 85 Malouda gives away a corner under pressure from Kuyt. Chelsea clear their lines easily from Gerrard's flag-kick. 84 Gerrard overhits his cross and Cech catches it with ease. 83 Babel gives the ball away in midfield, wins it back, and gives it away again. 82 Dossena mis-controls a lovely pass from Alonso and Liverpool's momentum is again halted. 81 Kalou thinks he's won another corner but the referee points for a Liverpool goal-kick. 79 Ryan Babel comes on for Lucas, while Nicolas Anelka replaces Drogba as both teams make a change. 78 Drogba's cross is almost put into his own net by Dossena bit somehow Reina and the Italian juggle the ball between them and clear. Benayoun is away but his pass intended for Torres is poor. 77 Lucas mis-kicks a shot from 30 yards and Chelsea regain possession. 76 Liverpool work the ball well to Arbeloa but Cech is dominant tonight and he comes to claim the cross above Kuyt. 75 Another substitution for Liverpool as Aurelio makes way for Andrea Dossena. 74 Lucas wants time he hasn't got on the ball in midfield and Lampard is there to make the tackle. 72 Ballack heads wide from another Chelsea free-kick. Chelsea have won everything in the air tonight. 71 Alonso spots Aurelio on the left but the Brazilian fails to control the pass. 70 Chelsea break and play in Malouda who strikes a low shot straight at Reina. 69 The challenges fly in as Liverpool try to find a way through the Chelsea rearguard. 67 Yossi Benayoun is on for Riera as Liverpool try to get back into the tie. 66 DROGBA! Ballack plays in Malouda, brilliantly, and the cross is perfect. Drogba taps it in to get his goal. Have Chelsea won this after 67 minutes of the first leg? 64 Skrtel heads away a Chelsea free-kick. 63 Rafael Benitez looks worried on the touchline. Half an hour for the Reds to turn this around. 62 IVANOVIC! Liverpool don't learn from their mistakes and Ivanovic heads Chelsea into a 2-1 lead with an identical headed goal from a corner. 60 Reina and Terry clash on the edge of the six-yard box and the Chelsea skipper receives treatment, probably to avoid a yellow card. It doesn't work, and that rules him out of the second leg. 59 Skrtel slices his clearance and Chelsea benefit by way of a corner. 58 An amnbitious ball from Alonso bounces into the Kop. 57 Essien is receiving treatment for an injury and there is a break in play. 56 Ballack's glancing header skips through to Reina and the Spanish stopper sets Liverpool on their way. 55 The first 10 minutes of the second half have been as open as the first 45. Dare I say it? There's more goals in this! 54 Lovely header from Gerrard sets Torres free but he blasts his effort over the bar. 53 Nervy moments for Liverpool. Lucas clears from a corner as Chelsea pick holes in the Reds defence. Lampard then fires straight at Reina. 52 Lampard plays in Drogba with a wonderful pass. The striker takes it well on his chest, beats Martin Skrtel and Reinea with the shot, but Carragher is there to clear off the line. 51 Gerrard cuts inside from the left and fires a shot wide from 25 yards. 50 Riera wins a corner off Ivanovic. Gerrard's flag-kick is cleared by Essien. 49 Gerrard tries to poke a ball through for Torres but a wall of Chelsea defenders smother the pass and Cech eventually clears. 48 Aurelio whips in the free-kick towards the Kop end but that evades everyone and Chelsea have a goal-kick. 47 Torres wins a free-kick after running into John Terry. 46 Liverpool get the second period under way. 2040 Sky Bet are fairly happy at half-time following an early blow when first goalscorer favourite Fernando Torres obliged after six minutes. The Harrogate firm had a lot of pre-match support for Liverpool so the 1-1 scoreline suits them fine. Liverpool are 19/10 in-running, the draw is evens with Chelsea 11/4. Make them pay! 45 An excellent half of football, and 1-1 is about right at the break. Join us for the second half live in 15 minutes! 45 Arbeloa blocks a cross from Drogba. There will be just one minute of added time. 44 Gerrard cushions a header towards Kuyt but John Terry reads it and clears well. 43 Gerrard drags a shot wide from 25 yards. 42 Lampard robs Lucas in midfield and sets Drogba away. He tries a ludicrous chip from the left and that sails harmlessly out of play. 41 Liverpool's corner is cleared by Chelsea. 40 Almost 2-1 to Liverpool. Kuyt runs free in the Chelsea box and only a very good save from Cech keeps the scores level, 30 seconds after Chelsea's equaliser. 39 IVANOVIC! A deserved equaliser for Chelsea and it's a first goal for Branislav Ivanovic. He's unmarked at the corner and it's an easy header from six yards. 38 The corner drops to Kalou who takes a touch before being tackled by Gerrard. Another corner. 37 Lampard has a shot deflected wide. Corner to Chelsea. 36 Gerrard and Essien tussle in the centre circle. The Chelsea midfielder has kept close tabs on the Liverpool skipper this half. 35 Arbeloa curls a left-foot shot about five yards wide of Cech's goal. 34 Liverpool keep the ball as Chelsea close down well. 33 Essien intercepts a rare weak pass from Gerrard. 32 Riera fires a cross that is too strong for everyone and Chelsea have a throw deep in their own half. 31 Aurelio picks out Arbeloa with a super cross-field ball. Liverpool win a throw near the corner flag. 30 The first caution goes to Kalou who kicks the ball away. 29 Torres nutmegs Ashley Cole but the Chelsea left-back recovers well and wins a goal-kick. 28 Another huge chance for Chelsea and Drogba. The Ivory Coast forward beats Carragher to a brilliant low cross from Michael Ballack, takes a touch and blazes a shot over the bar from 12 yards. 27 Arbeloa nicks the ball off Essien and finds Lucas, who balloons a shot high into the Anfield Road stand. 26 Lampard is caught in possession by Torres who runs towards the box, checks, and curls a shot just over the bar from 20 yards. 25 Reina just gets to the ball ahead of Alex to prevent another chance for Chelsea. 24 Another chance for Chelsea as Malouda just drags a shot wide from the left side of Liverpool's box. 23 Riera hits a loose pass in midfield following a nice touch from Xabi Alonso. 22 Alex now hits a free-kick straight at the Liverpool wall. 21 Albert Riera is fouled by Ivanovic. Aurelio takes the free-kick early but hits it too close to Cech who catches without fuss. 20 Lampard's free-kick fails to beat the Liverpool wall. 19 The free-kick is yet to be taken as Kalou receives treatment following the challenge. 17 Salomon Kalou wins a free-kick after a late challenge from Aurelio. Chance for Chelsea. 15 Petr Cech comes out to collect a cross from Aurelio. 14 Drogba is caught offside, but if he'd left the ball alone Lampard had run into the box from an onside position. Let off for Liverpool. 13 Carragher strides out of defence with the ball for Liverpool. 12 Chelsea have reacted well to going behind. Malouda is the latest to have a shot but Jamie Carragher blocks his effort. 11 Lucas almost plays in Arbeloa but the ball is just too strong. 10 Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard challenge for the ball in midfield. The Liverpool skipper wins it and it breaks for Torres, who almost fashions another chance for himself before taking one touch too many. 9 There is plenty of space for both teams and this isn't as tight as some people might've expected. In the first 10 minutes anyway. 7 A great chance for Chelsea to equalise within a minute. Drogba finds himself through on goal and Reina makes himself big enough to stop the shot. Super chance for Chelsea. 6 TORRES! A dream start for Liverpool. The Reds work the ball to Arbeloa on the right and the full-back picks out Torres with a low, pin-point cross. The Spaniard calmy tucks it into the corner first time and wheels away in delight. 1-0 Liverpool. 5 Fabio Aurelio wins a free-kick on the Liverpool left. 4 Kuyt blasts a volley towards goal following the corner but it deflects wide. The referee awards a free-kick to Chelsea anyway. 3 Fernando Torres wins a corner on the right for Liverpool, who are attacking the Anfield Road end first half. 2 A few nervy clearances in the opening exchanges from Jose Reina. 1 We're off! Chelsea get the game under way. 1940 The teams are in the tunnel and we are five minutes away from kick-off. 'You'll Never Walk Alone' echoes around the ground. 1938 The award for the email sent by a person as far away from me as possible goes to Eddie in New Zealand. He's looking forward to the game, predicts a 2-1 Liverpool win, and is just about to get the beers in. By my calculations it's 6:40 am in Auckland. I've nothing but respect for the man. 1935 Roy Evans has emailed in. I guess he has a lot of time on his hands these days. He says: "If Liverpool start like they have been doing over the past few weeks and keep it going all game this might be done and dusted in the first leg." 1930 With plenty of Champions League form between these two to go on the bookies must be laughing here right? Sky Bet go 13/10 Liverpool, 12/5 Chelsea and 2/1 the draw. Looking at the first goal odds, Dirk Kuyt, the man for the big occassion in Europe, is 8/1. Didier Drogba is a 9/1 chance. Place your bets! 1925 Conor Dowley is a worried Liverpool fan. He says: "I'm feeling anxious about Lucas taking on Essien and Lampard." 1920 Mixed support for both teams on the email so far. Both Pulkit and Trevor fancy Liverpool to win 3-1, while Frank thinks Chelsea will win 1-0 thanks to a Lampard goal in the 86th minute! 1901 Chelsea go with this XI: Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Alex, Ashley Cole, Kalou, Ballack, Essien, Lampard, Malouda, Drogba. Subs: Hilario, Carvalho, Belletti, Mancienne, Mikel, Deco, Anelka. 1900 Here's the Liverpool line-up for tonight's game: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Skrtel, Aurelio, Kuyt, Lucas, Alonso, Riera, Gerrard, Torres. Subs: Cavalieri, Dossena, Hyypia, Agger, Benayoun, Babel, Ngog. 1855 Welcome to tonight's clockwatch from Anfield where Liverpool entertain Chelsea in another blockbuster Champions League clash. It promises to be another enthralling encounter and if you've any thoughts on the match send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org - team news is coming in very shortly.
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