Iniesta’s late heartbreaker

May 6, 2009

“Ten-man Barcelona robbed Chelsea of a place in the Champions League final in the cruellest of fashions with a 93rd-minute away goal at Stamford Bridge. A stunning first-half volley from Michael Essien looked to have earned Chelsea victory and set up a repeat of last year’s Champions League final against Manchester United.” (ESPN)
Pique admits fortune after Chelsea penalty claim (ESPN)
Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona (agg 1-1) – (BBC)
Barcelona win on the away goals rule (BBC)
Chelsea hearts broken by late, late Iniesta goal for Barcelona (Guardian)
Chelsea v Barca in pictures (Sun)
Video – Chelsea – Barcelona (1-1) (Mighty Football)
Language and Contradictions in The Beautiful Game (Foot Smoke)
No Live Blog Today (The Run of Play)
Chelsea Fan Foiled From 3,000 Miles Away (NYT)
Chelsea UnDone BY Refereeing; Chelsea-1, Barca-1 (All About FC Barcelona)
Barca Player rating against Chelsea on 06/05/09 (All About FC Barcelona)

José Manuel Reina

May 6, 2009

“José Manuel Reina Páez (born 31 August 1982), commonly known as Pepe Reina or José Reina, is a Spanish footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for the English Premier League club Liverpool F.C. and the Spain national team.” Wikipedia, LiverpoolFC

Rafa: United will make mistakes in the run-in (ESPN
“Rafael Benitez still expects Manchester United to slip up after Liverpool’s gap-closing 3-0 win over Newcastle and hopes his rivals crumble under the pressure of four crucial games in 12 days.”

Dirk: It’s only a matter of time (LiverpoolFC)
“Dirk Kuyt today assured Liverpool fans it is only a matter of time before their long wait for a 19th League Championship is brought to an end.”

Dossena will stay and fight for Liverpool place (ESPN)
“Italian defender Andrea Dossena is only focused on making his mark at Liverpool despite speculation he could be off-loaded in the summer.”

Xabi a doubt for Hammers trip (This Is Anfield)
“Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is rating the chance that midfielder Xabi Alonso will be fit in time for this Saturday’s Premier League visit to West Ham as doubtful.”

Saturday’s big match preview (West Ham Uniter FC)
“WEST HAM can count themselves a little unlucky having to face Liverpool at Upton Park on Saturday evening. Usually by this time of the season, the Merseysiders already need snookers to win the Premier League title as they are almost always trailing in the wake.”

Rafael Benitez: Robbie Keane experience will not put off new Liverpool signings (Telegraph)
“Keane, who signed for £20 million from Tottenham Hotspur last summer and was sold back at a loss just six months later, failed to dislodge either Steven Gerrard or Fernando Torres from Benitez’s first-choice attack.”