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Soccer: Milan stands alone against the English

Posted by Dresonic on April 12, 2007

Clarence Seedorf, left, eluding Owen Hargreaves of Bayern. Seedorf scored as AC Milan outwitted Munich and won, 2-0. (Christof Stache/The Associated Press)

So, after nine months of endeavor across Europe, the Champions League has come down to this: AC Milan against the English.

Preying on Bayern Munich errors, picking the pockets of Germany’s powerhouse with two goals in four minutes in Munich’s own backyard Wednesday, Milan, won, somewhat comfortably, 2-0. Its 4-2 aggregate victory gave it the right to represent the rest of the continent in a tournament that has turned very English.

Milan travels to Manchester on April 24, with the second leg at the San Siro on May 2. It will be a semifinal of Italian guile against the pace of United’s youth.

The other semi is a repeat of 2005, when Chelsea and Liverpool cancelled one another out in stubborn defensiveness until a late, controversial goal put Liverpool through.

The semis also pit three exponents of pragmatic defending against one team, United, that attacks with breathtaking, exhilarating speed.

Do not think for one moment that Milan will allow Manchester to destroy its defense as United did in putting seven goals past Roma this week.

Milan’s coach Carlo Ancelotti was not born a Roman, but he played there for almost a decade and captained Roma up to 1987. His first thoughts after Wednesday turned to the “mission” to represent Italian soccer.

The manner of Milan’s victory was typical. It absorbed Bayern’s muscular but unimaginative thrusts. Then Clarence Seedorf and the inevitable Filippo Inzaghi scored in the space of four minutes. Game over. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by Dresonic on February 22, 2007




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Barcelona 1-2 Liverpool: Bad boys on target

Posted by Dresonic on February 22, 2007

BARCELONA, February 21 (Champions League) – Craig Bellamy and John Arne Riise both got on the scoresheet as Liverpool put a traumatic week behind them to claim a stunning Champions League victory over Barcelona at the Nou Camp.



Ronaldinho and Barcelona’s other stars failed to shine.

Bellamy and Riise were allegedly the two players involved in last week’s training ground fracas in Portugal – and tonight’s response from the pair will have delighted coach Rafael Benitez and the mass of travelling Liverpool fans.

In the battle between the last two winners of the competition, 2005 champions Liverpool tonight became only the second English team to beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp.The only previous side to win here was the 1975-76 Liverpool team, which downed Barca 1-0 in the UEFA Cup semi-finals before going on to win the final.Liverpool, who had not lost in three previous visits to the Nou Camp, made a confident start, and they should possibly have taken the lead after creating the first incisive move of the match in the fourth minute.However, Riise, having broken the offside trap to latch onto Steven Gerrard’s pass, could not find Bellamy in the middle, when a decent pass would surely have led to the Welshman putting Liverpool ahead.After a quiet start, the home side and their fans were finally woken up when Ronaldinho went sprawling in the box, only for the referee to wave play on.Deco then tried his luck before Juliano Belletti blazed high and wide, before Barca took the lead in the 14th minute when Gianluca Zambrotta crossed to the far post where the diminutive Deco headed into the corner of the net.Saviola had a chance to make it 2-0 just minutes later after skipping past Jamie Carragher, but the Argentinian’s left-footed Read the rest of this entry »

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