Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Marseille 1-2 Liverpool FC- a sweet start to the Champions League campaign

After the fantastic win over Manchester Utd during the week-end, Liverpool were prepared to kick off their Champions League campaign full of confidence. Olympic de Marseille were hosting Liverpool at Stade Velodrome. Marseille started the game brilliantly, winning the ball and passing it all over the park. On the other hand, Liverpool FC rarely struggled and even created some chances which were missed. In fact, the better chances were created by Liverpool but Marseille dominated the game. Marseille's domination was rewarded after midfielder Benoit Cheyrou set up Loric Cana with a great overhead ball which saw him beat Pepe Reina from close range.

Liverpool immediately reacted after the goal creating some occasions until Steven Gerrard hit a thunderbolt from around 25 yards which the Marseille keeper could do nothing about. Liverpool continued to press and again Ryan Bael performed a piece of magic. He was fouled in the Marseille's box after a brilliant display on the ball. The referee pointed to the penalty spot which Gerrard made no mistake to convert into goal after his first attempt was disallowed. At half time, the scoreboard read an impressive 2-1 in favour of Liverpool.

The second half saw Marseille attack with venom. Liverpool got few chances, the best ones seeing Ryan Babel failing to beat the keeper from close range. Most of the second period was dominated by Marseille whom, you could sense, were trying hard to get a result out of this match. Liverpool's defence was working hard, trying to send the ball as far as possible down the pitch. Near the end of the match, Liverpool's defence looked weak as they were troubled when Marseille nearly got the equaliser after a wonderful effort from Niang. The match ended in a Liverpool win.

Once again Pepe Reina demonstrated his abilities and proved why he's actually the best keeper in the Premier League, and certainly among the top ones in the world. It was not such a convincing display by Liverpool FC but the result is what counts at the end of the day. With 3 points already in the bag, Liverpool FC are now looking to seal another couple of wins to ascertain their qualification in the last 16th.

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