Europa League Semi-finals

Soccer News by on 04-23-2010 filed under UEFA Europa League

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Diego ForlanIn the first leg of the Europa League semi-final Liverpool loose at the Vicente Calderon stadium. In fact, Atletico Madrid beat Liverpool thanks to a 9th minute goal of Diego Forlan. The first half was dominated by Atletico Madrid although one has to note that Liverpool midfielder, Benayoun, had a regular goal ruled offside. The second half was characterized by the continuous tentatives of Liverpool to try and obtain an equalizer but never really worried Atletico’s keeper. Torres absence was felt by Liverpool. Atletico also created their chances and went close to scoring a second goal. It is important to note that Reyes yesterday was in great form, he was a constant torn in Liverpool’s defence with his constant running, dribbling and crosses.

In the other encounter Hamburg and Fulham finished 0-0. Both teams had their opportunities, with Fulham also demanding a penalty for a Boateng tackle on Gera. As the match was approaching the end Hamburg kept insisting for a goal by even playing Petric for the last 20 minutes. The goal never arrived. Hamburg will have to play much better in the second leg if they want to make it to the final which is going to be played in their stadium, but one thing is sure… it won’t be easy for them to beat Fulham at Craven Cottage.





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