Liverpool wins Real Madrid 1-0

February 26, 2009 at 2:54 am (sports) (, , , , )

Liverpool took a significant step towards the Champions League quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over Real Madrid.

The Spanish side headed into the last-16 clash as La Liga’s form team but a typically efficient Liverpool performance saw Rafael Benitez’s side return home with a lead – and a vital away goal – to take into the second leg at Anfield.

Yossi Benayoun headed home Fabio Aurelio’s 82nd-minute free-kick to earn a clinical Liverpool victory.

Liverpool also went close through Fernando Torres and Xabi Alonso, who were both denied by fine saves from Iker Casillas, while Madrid’s best effort was an Arjen Robben piledriver that Jose Reina tipped over.

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Chelsea signs Quaresma

February 3, 2009 at 7:00 am (sports) (, , , , , , , )

Quaresma, nicknamed ‘Mustang’ forfor his speed and power, will be the sixth Portuguese player in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s first-team squad.His arrival will help to compensate for the loss of injured England midfielder Joe Cole who is out for the rest of the season with knee ligament damage.The 25-year-old can play on either flank and began his career with local club Sporting Lisbon.

He soon worked his way into the first team and became a regular during the championship-winning 2001/02 season alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, now with Manchester United.Quaresma made 59 league appearances in two seasons before joining Barcelona but his time at the Nou Camp was hampered by injury.He returned to Portugal with Porto and his form helped the club to seal a succession of league triumphs.Quaresma was one of Jose Mourinho’s first signings for Inter but now he has the opportunity to rekindle his relationship with Scolari.The Brazilian knows the winger well from his time as Portugal manager. He selected the winger for Euro 2008, where Quaresma scored the most recent of his three international goals, in a 3-1 win over Petr Cech’s Czech Republic side.

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