Champions League disappointment

It was a disappointing night in the Champions League for the British representatives last night, with only one point out of a possible nine being picked up by Liverpool, Arsenal and Rangers, and both Liverpool and Arsenal suffering last-minute heartbreak.

Liverpool’s recent poor run of form continued with a 2-1 loss at home to French side Lyon, with Yossi Benayoun’s 41st minute opener being overturned by goals from Maxime Gonalon and Cesar Delgado, with the latter coming in stoppage time. It’s the fourth game in a row that Liverpool have lost, and with a big game against Manchester United at Anfield coming up this weekend the pressure is really on Rafael Benitez’s team.

‘It is very disappointing,’ the Liverpool boss said. ‘It was a difficult game for us but we were winning and had two or three chances to change everything. Then we conceded in the last minute. We had too many problems before the game and it is really disappointing.

‘It was a difficult game but we could have won and now we have to lift ourselves for Sunday. It is something we have to do. We have to prepare the players, push them and keep going. Now it is a question of doing things properly and to have the confidence that we can do it (against Man United this weekend). Had we taken our chances tonight everything could have been different.’

Elsewhere, Arsenal drew 1-1 at Dutch champions AZ Alkmaar, conceding a last-minute equaliser from Mendes De Silva after Cesc Fabregas had given the Gunners a first half lead, while Rangers were hammered 4-1 at home by Dan Petrescu’s Unirea Urziceni.

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