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Liverpool Magic Destroys Arsenal's Trophy Dreams

cl trophy Liverpool Magic Destroys Arsenal's Trophy DreamsThe sensational match between Liverpool and Arsenal was a wonderful advertisement for English football. The Gunners absolutely dominated Liverpool for the first 30 minutes, running circles around the Reds with their one-touch passing movements which were mesmerizing to watch. After Diaby scored the opening goal, it seemed that Arsenal was unstoppable.

The turning point in the game, however, was Sami Hyypia’s brilliant headed goal from the Liverpool corner kick. After the inch perfect header went in the net, Liverpool was a completely different side brimming with confidence. If that header had gone a few inches to the right and struck the post, I’m convinced Arsenal would have gone on to win the match.

Fair play to Liverpool, though. The team played extremely well in the second half. Fernando Torres’s goal seemed to come out of nowhere after the long kick from Reina. What was most incredible about Torres’s goal was that he didn’t look up once. He controlled the ball, swiveled past Senderos and struck the ball without looking up. It was purely an instinctive shot. The Spaniard must have a compass inside his head to help him steer the ball toward the net.

Adebayor’s equalizer was a justified reward for Arsenal especially after Theo Walcott tore through the Liverpool midfield and defense after Gerrard’s miskick. Now you can see what Sven saw when he took Theo to the 2006 World Cup. Walcott’s speed and mazy run were sensational.

The next chapter in the game was a cruel one for Arsenal when Ryan Babel was jostled and knocked down in the box. To be fair, the Swedish referee had a brilliant game and didn’t make many mistakes — if any — during the match. The ref made the correct decision and Gerrard slotted the ball home in a see-saw of a match.

Babel, who was a revelation for Liverpool after coming on for Crouch, put the game out of reach for Arsenal after speeding past Fabregas and calmly knocking the ball under the approaching Almunia.

Football fans will undoubtedly be discussing whether the foul on Babel should have been a penalty or not for days, if not weeks. Even if the referee had not awarded a penalty, Babel’s goal was enough for Liverpool to win the game.

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21 Responses to Liverpool Magic Destroys Arsenal's Trophy Dreams

  1. Shakira Graham says:

    It was soft penalty at best but Liverpool deserved to win the tie without the penalty call. One can only hope that this latest installment of Liverpool v Chelski will not be yet another snoozefest.

  2. Cameron says:

    That is bull. Not only was it a soft foul that should of been given if at all outside of the box or definitely not at all, but Arsenal would have gone on to win for sure. The final babel goal comment above is a complete farce. Babel would have never gotten that goal had Arsenal not been stolen the game from the ref. All Arsenal could do was bring the entire side forward in hopes of scoring.

  3. Nevitt says:

    As an Arsenal fan I am devastated, the penalty decision hurts. The league is going to be a miracle at this point, but maybe this will convince Arsene that he needs to spend some money to add some depth and play Walcott.

  4. BillE Shears says:

    What bothers me the most about it, is that Gerrard was pants for that entire match but gets to walk off the hero for getting the winning penalty.

    Every time he got the ball he would run forward and recklessly wing it across the field to a waiting Arsenal player.

  5. James Mughal says:

    Arsenal fans would feel the same way we felt in 1989. This one was the revenge for that day.

  6. Django says:

    i got your pants right here

  7. Django says:

    but gerrard really was shit, for most of the match i questioned whether or not he really cared. not a great feeling to have about your skipper.

  8. EdGE says:

    Football fans will undoubtedly be discussing whether the foul on Babel should have been a penalty or not for days, if not weeks. Even if the referee had not awarded a penalty, Babel’s goal was enough for Liverpool to win the game.
    Dude, if it wasn’t for that penalty Arsenal wouldn’t have attacked so much and Babel wouldn’t get that much of a space.Liverpool were very lucky, you have to admit that and the refrees suck, 3 decisions in 3 games regarding penalties in their favour.

  9. Mal says:

    Damn that Mascherano, all he did was kick people around and then do his innocent droopy eyed retard act so he can escape punishment from the referee.
    Liverpool only started dominating after Flamini limped off the pitch.
    I feel sorry for Walcott, this night is not going to be remembered for his great display but for that joke of a penalty

    @ comment no.5: its not revenge if you are losing and the ref litereally offers you the game with 5 minutes to go ;)

  10. Ha! Ha! I guess if I were an Arsenal supporter I’d be talking rubbish too. Pedigree…pure pedigree…Liverpool go a long way and have the best footballing history in England. Shame that there are no true football fans commenting here. They would say that on this showing Liverpool were never said die and that they are well on the road to another European Cup Final!! Sorry guys, Arsenal have a great time, just not great enough!

  11. nostradick says:

    i didn’t see it. that was arsene appropriate reply to the foul. just like the lot of you. blind as bats supporters of goners gone by.

  12. true gooner says:

    liverpool fans are just pathetic i’d like to see the chelsea match against them. The second leg will be at Stamford Bridge, face it liverpool, the only reason why you have been considered ‘European Giants’ is because of the luck of the draw where you have always had the advantage of playing the second leg at home.
    You also had plenty of luck last night as you got a penalty decision after you got away with one last week, liverpool only have heart and that is mainly down to Stevie Gerrard, Arsenal are better on the ball, younger and faster…we simply outplayed you.
    Walcott should now be christened the new Henry, he took out at least five of your players and it was so funny to see mascherano fall into the dust he left behind. I feel especially sorry for him because he should have won Arsenal the match and take all the headlines instead of Ryan Babel who did not show half the ability as he did diving and then facing the simple task of outpacing a tired soldier called Fabregas. I expect a Chelsea win.

  13. Ivan says:

    Okay. Not a Liverpool supporter or an Arsenal supporter, in fact i’m a Leeds United supporter. The reason why Liverpool are “european giants” is clear, look at final appearances and number of wins in this competition…. penalty was soft in the context over two legs. I have yet to see a convincing angle which says it is clear penalty unlike the Hleb incident but that is the way it goes sometimes. I have tipped the irony of much maligned Avram Grant to win the league and UCL (this beating Liverpool which they have failed to do under Mourinho in UCL)…. and if they do it will hurt but not as much as the Mancs getting it done……

  14. simon says:

    starnge article, it was the Refs not Bable who won the game for liverpool, do you really think arsenal would have had 10 players in the Liverpool box prior to Bable scoring if they wern’t chaseing the game? Liverpool are 4th in thier dommesitc league for a reasen

  15. Nonsense says:

    Did this guy watch the match
    “The ref made the correct decision and Gerrard slotted the ball home in a see-saw of a match.” I’ve seen more harsh challenges not given..Toure made very little contact…if anythin the incident in the 1st leg was a penalty

    “Even if the referee had not awarded a penalty, Babel’s goal was enough for Liverpool to win the game.” .. u believe babel would have scored in injury time if the score was 2-2. Very Funny !!

    Not sure why u write such dumb articles. Cant u write unbiased articles ??

    Match Summary : Great Game…Arsenal unlukcy and Sloppy defensively , Liverpool played well…did Liverpool deserve to win : not sure.
    Crucial Decisions in 1st and 2nd Leg cost arsenal the tie.

  16. ossie's dream says:

    Nonsense said: “Crucial Decisions in 1st and 2nd Leg cost arsenal the tie.”

    I suppose crucial decisions have cost Arsenal in the title race too, right?

    Another trophy-less season for Arsenal, and Wenger fails again to win a European trophy. There are bigger questions here that go far beyond “was it a penalty.”

  17. Darren says:

    Actually Crucial Desisions did cost Arsenal the tie, you really cant argue that. A clear penalty not called in one game, a very soft penalty called in the next… Game over. They were very level teams in all 3 matches and either teams deserved to win really… and it ended up being 2 Crucial desisions that did in fact dictate who advanced. That’s football sometimes, as much as it hurts

  18. ossie's dream says:

    Darren said: “Actually Crucial Desisions did cost Arsenal the tie, you really cant argue that.”

    Yes I can argue that and in fact I just did. Did a crucial decision make Senderos go AWOL when Hypia scored? Did a crucial decision prevent Torres from scoring a wonderful goal? Did a crucial decision make Adebayor miss an absolute sitter? Did crucial decisions prevent Arsenal beating Liverpool a single time in three attempts, two of which were at home?

    No. Rafa did a job on Arsenal.

    You can complain about referee decisions all you want, but all that does is deflect attention from larger problems at Arsenal, such as despite having an excellent team there is some dead weight that needs cutting from it. Arsenal were in the market for Torres and Babel but passed on them for being overvalued – and guess what, they end up at Liverpool, scoring in the quarter final.

    Also Rafa/Liverpool seem to have that European magic touch while Wenger/Arsenal patently do not.

    If you want to get all micro about it you could argue that losing Sagna or losing Flamini cost Arsenal the tie. Or that preventing Gerrard from skinning his man and supplying the cross that created the crucial away goal in the first leg was the #1 crucial moment.

    Penalties get the headlines but they do not tell the whole story.

  19. Michael is a Wanker says:

    To the Gaffer,

    This is a good post. You wrote it not that wanker Michael, that is why!

    What on earth have you let your site become? A place where a bumbling
    19 year old, a ‘writing wannabe’ no-wit, and ‘a writer’ who’s stupid
    poses make vomit want to induce on itself can come to make what was a
    good site make writing from a five year old pleasant.
    This rubbish is too much for true fans of the game. You always had done an outstanding job of presenting opinion and views about the Premier League but now leave your writing to a 19 year who knows less about football than my pet ferret.
    I am not much for the Americanizing of the opinion here but at least when BC John, Kartik and Bill E Shears used to post even though they are Americans they gave repsectable, reasoned opinions. Michael is a total non-nothing wannabe wanker.
    Besides, with you having no more podcasts, this place is worthless to
    any fan. Speaking of your podcasts, why they suddenly stop, is michael taking that over as well, and his lack of contacts and knowledge of football but his love of Hockey and lecturing us how the NHL works is now the standard for EPL Talk?
    I know you have had your health problems and all, but just give it up if you are going to leave this site to no nothing 19 year old.
    If you want to be a blogger and just blog on what you see on TV fine, but don’t pretend you know all of it. Your
    site is now worthless to anyone who cares about the world’s game. My holiday has been ruined by seeing what this site has become.
    Gaffer get well and run this site the way it used to be run. Otherwise I will be simply the first out the door of EPL Talk.

    Don’t delete this. Let your readers decide whether they want Michael posting and ruining EPL Talk any further.

  20. Alex Hleb says:

    liverpool supports…..

    ……

    …..18 years!

    18 years!

    18 years! 18 years! 18 years!

    so ive heard its been a while since youve won the league.

    pure pedigree. pure pedigree.

    scousers being twats. what else is new?

    cunning stunts.

  21. Liverpool John says:

    Now if Barca can finish off the SCUM we’ll be doing just fine!

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