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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

UEFA Champions League: Match Day 8. The last spot is up for grabs at the San Siro

Image courtesy of UEFA.

Tuesday, 11 March

Internazionale 0 x Liverpool 1 (aggregate 0 x 3)

Will history repeat itself? (No). In 1965, Inter overcame a 1 x 3 deficit to advance in the European Cup against Liverpool.

One away goal by the Reds should end this tie, but Inter, who celebrated their centenary over the weekend, will be keen to make this another memorable night at the San Siro.

Fernando Torres has been on excellent form, and may be the decisive element in this match. Here were some comments made by his captain, Steven Gerrard, in Football Italia.

"I feel England suits him even better than Spain. He suits the constant flow and the rough and tumble of the Premier League better than the stop-start technical La Liga.

When you look at the impact he has made in just seven months here, it means that no-one now can make excuses about needing time to settle."
Esteban Cambiasso of Inter provided his viewpoint: (Also from Football Italia).
“The key will be our defence, not our attack. It is imperative that we don’t concede and then we can create lots of chances.

Our fans at San Siro will put a lot of pressure on our opponents. We should avoid one-on-one duels and play with our brains rather than our hearts.”

Notes after the game
  • The winning goal by Fernando Torres was clinical. Inter failed to convert on many opportunities. Specifically, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Julio Cruz.
  • For the first time in the history of the UCL, four teams from the same country advance to the quarterfinals.
  • I have never seen the referee touched as frequently by players as occurred tonight. Usually, that behavior results in a card or worse. The referee, Mr. Tom Ovrebo, is a psychologist from Norway.
  • ESPN showed passing statistics for teams and players. For example, Javier Mascherano of Liverpool made 30 successful passes for a 70% rating. This type of statistic should be shown more with more frequency. Especially to North American audiences.

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