10 March 2005

7 out of 8 is now known...

The EPL will have two flag-carriers in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after Liverpool coasted to a 3-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen at the Bay Arena in their knockout round second leg match, the same scoreline when they played the first leg at Anfield. Liverpool will join Chelsea in the last eight. Luis Garcia gave the Reds a two-goal half-time lead, to virtually assure qualification. Baros then scored a third for Rafa's side in the 67th minute to leave Leverkusen's fans gutted despite scoring a late consolation goal two minutes from time. Aggregrate lead of 6-2.

Unfortunately for last season League leaders Arsenal...a 2nd half goal from Henry after a 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich at the last leg, means they failed for another season to join Europe's elite.

1 French team (LYON-#1 on Ligue 1), 1 Dutch (PSV-#1 on Eredivisie), 1 German (Bayern-#1 on Bundesliga), 2 English teams (LFC-#5 & CFC-#1 on Premier League), 2 Italians (Milan-#1 and Juve-#2 on the Serie A) leaving the last berth for either last year's winner Porto-#1 on Campeonato Nacional (as a Portugal rep) or Inter-#4 on the Serie A (3rd Italian team) to fight it out on the 15th at the San Siro with Porto and Inter carrying a 1-1 tie with Inter up on an away goals rule.

The quarter-finals who vs. who will be decided on Friday ... March 18!

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