Champions League round-up: Liverpool and Bayern run riot; Blues overcome Juve | inside World Soccer

Champions League round-up: Liverpool and Bayern run riot; Blues overcome Juve

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Liverpool logo
4 - 0
Real Madrid logo
Real Madrid
Fernando Torres 16

Steven Gerrard(pen) 28

Steven Gerrard 47

Andrea Dossena 88

Nine-time winners Real Madrid crashed out at the first knockout stage of the Champions League for the fifth successive season as they were humbled by a superior Liverpool 4-0 at Anfield.

The Reds completely dominated the match and within four minutes into the first period Fernando Torres brilliantly turned Fabio Cannavaro, leaving him one-on-one with Iker Casillas. He aimed for the corner but Casillas stretched out a boot and deflected it away.

Liverpool went ahead in the 16th minute, although there was a hint of controversy about the goal as Torres appeared to pull back Pepe and Dirk Kuyt crossed for the Spaniard to tap the ball home.

The home side doubled the lead 12 minutes later in another controversial style when Gabriel Heinze was wrongly adjudged to have handled inside the area. Steven Gerrard stepped up to send Casillas the wrong way.

Real were furious with referee Frank De Bleeckere, the official who sent off Marco Materazzi when Inter Milan were beaten at Anfield at this same stage last season.

A frustrated Heinze got the hump with Torres and, after the striker caught the defender on the ankle, Heinze flicked out a right arm which got his opponent in the face. However, the referee did not spot it.

Liverpool put the tie beyond doubt two minutes after the break as Ryan Babel broke down the left and crossed for Gerrard to volley superbly high into the net with Casillas helpless.

Substitute Andrea Dossena wrapped up a smashing 5-0 aggregate hammering when he converted a Javier Mascherano cross with two minutes remaining.

Juventus logo
2 - 2
Chelsea logo
Vincenzo Iaquinta 19
Michael Essien 45
Alessandro Del Piero(pen) 74
Didier Drogba 83

Chelsea twice came from behind to hold Juventus 2-2 and secure a 3-2 win on aggregate to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Juventus took the lead on 19 minutes when Vincenzo Iaquinta rifled past the onrushing Petr Čech after combining beautifully with strike partner David Trezeguet.

Didier Drogba appealed for an equaliser when his 25-yard free-kick was gathered by Gianluigi Buffon from behind the line, but the linesman failed to spot the goal and Spanish referee Alberto Undiano stuck by the judgment amidst furious Chelsea protests.

Chelsea's disappointment was only temporary though, as Michael Essien, restored to the starting XI after months out with a serious knee injury, netted on the stroke of half-time after Buffon had pushed a deflected effort from Frank Lampard onto the underside of the bar.

Juventus' hopes appeared to suffer a critical blow when Giorgio Chiellini was sent off for dissent 20 minutes from time.

But Chelsea then conceded a penalty for a Belletti handball and Alessandro Del Piero stepped up to calmly convert from the spot.

However, Belletti made amends with seven minutes remaining as he slid a low cross into the path of Drogba, who swept home from close range.

Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich logo
7 - 1
Sporting Lisbon logo
Sporting Lisbon
Lukas Podolski 7
João Moutinho 42
Lukas Podolski 34

Ânderson Polga(o.g) 39

Bastian Schweinsteiger 43

Mark van Bommel 74

Miroslav Klose 82

Thomas Müller 90

Bayern Munich crushed Sporting Lisbon 7-1 to complete an amazing 12-1 aggregate win - the largest winning margin in the Champions League history.

Lukas Podolski set the tone for the evening with a powerful left-footed effort from outside the area that flew past Sporting goalkeeper Rui Patrício on 7 minutes.

Podolski got his second in the 34th when Patrício and Ânderson Polga collided inside their own area, allowing the German international to score with an overhead kick.

And Polga's night went from bad to worse five minutes later when he inexplicably volleyed a harmless corner past his own keeper.

João Moutinho reduced the deficit with a powerful shot into the top corner on 42 minutes.

But Bayern replied immediately when Christian Lell dribbled into the box and passed to an unmarked Bastian Schweinsteiger, who finished from close range.

Mark van Bommel made it 5-0 in the 74th minute after a fine work from young substitute Thomas Müller.

Miroslav Klose then scored from the penalty spot with eight minutes to go before Müller tapped in to complete the rout.

Panathinaikos logo
1 - 2
Villarreal logo
Vangelis Mantzlos 55
Ariel Ibagaza 49

Joseba Llorente 70

Villarreal saw off Panathinaikos 2-1 to secure a 3-2 triumph over the two legs.

Villarreal's Ariel Ibagaza had a goal disallowed in the 36th minute after Giuseppe Rossi was adjudged to have pushed Loukas Vintra, although replays suggested the goal should have stood.

But Ibagaza was not to be denied as the Argentine put the visitors ahead within four minutes of the re-start with a fantastic strike from the edge of the box which beat Mario Galinović at his near post.

But the Greek champions equalised six minutes later when Vangelis Mantzlos headed home a Giorgos Karagounis corner from seven yards.

Villarreal then scored the decisive goal in the 70th minute as substitute Joseba Llorente struck past Galinović after he had been found by an Ibagaza pass.

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