What the papers say about Reds in Europe

Enjoy the game last night? Got the urge to go and buy every paper* in the shop to read the reports and look at the photos? Well we still recommend you go and do that, you’ll possibly be wanting to show those papers to your grandchildren in years to come. In the meantime though we’ve helped you to start reading some of those reports by providing a few links to a few reports from some of the main newspapers’ websites.

(* Every paper except one of course.)

Independent: Take it as Red
By Jason Burt at Anfield

They talked about destiny calling and last night Liverpool embraced theirs and smashed the apparently relentless hegemony of Jose Mourinho, Roman Abramovich and Chelsea to reach their first European Cup final in two decades.

Times: Chelsea shot down behind enemy lines

By Matt Dickinson, Chief Football Correspondent

THE occasion surpassed expectations and so, famously, did Liverpool on one of English football’s most memorable evenings. The outcome, extraordinarily, is that Rafael Benítez’s team will contest the European Cup final on May 25 and José Mourinho was a lone voice in proclaiming that they do not deserve their shot at immortality in Istanbul.

The Guardian: Mourinho: ‘You can say the linesman’s scored’

Dominic Fifield at Anfield
Wednesday May 4, 2005
The Guardian

Jose Mourinho risked yet more sanction from Uefa last night after departing this competition with the snarled suggestion that a Slovakian linesman had been influenced by the ferocious atmosphere in this arena to award Liverpool their winning goal.


Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea (Liverpoool win 1-0 on aggregate
By David Maddock and John Cross

STEVEN GERRARD hailed the "greatest night of his life" as he steered Liverpool to the Champions League final.

The Anfield heroes completed what most had deemed mission impossible for the Merseyside club, destroying Chelsea’s dream with a controversial goal from Luis Garcia in the fourth minute.

Daily Mail: Liverpool through but did ‘goal’ cross the line?
By IAN McGARRY, Daily Mail 07:37am 4th May 2005

The goal that sealed Liverpool’s place in the final of the Champions League was surrounded by controversy today.

Luis Garcia’s strike after just four minutes took his team to a 1-0 win over Chelsea at Anfield last night in the second leg of the all-English semi-final, despite doubt over whether the ball crossed the line.