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Liverpool beat Arsenal to set up semi-final with Chelsea

Liverpool beat Arsenal 4-2 to set up yet another Champions League semi-final with Chelsea. And what a game it was. Liverpool and Arsenal served up one of the best Champions League games in living memory with high drama throughout and some great goals to boot.

Arsenal were outstanding in the first half playing football that would have given even the most cynical Spurs fan a footy chubby. They took the lead after 13 minutes through Diaby only to see the Finnish warhorse Hyypia outfox Senderos and level the tie with a great header from a Gerrard corner.

The Swiss centreback enjoyed a difficult evening and was easily turned by Torres who finished exquisitely for Liverpool's second in the 69th minute after a flick on form the human wall that is Peter Crouch.

Torres' strike looked set to be the goal of the game until Theo Walcott set off from the edge of his own box cutting the Liverpool defence to shreds before laying the ball on for Adebayor to make it 2-2.

It was all looking good for Wenger's men when a minute later Kolo Touré fouled Ryan Babel in the box. Gerrard stepped up to coolly smash in the penalty before Babel scored a fourth to put the result beyond doubt.

Wenger has called the decision to award the penalty 'dodgy' but his decision to play Touré out of position at right back totally backfired. In contrast Benitez again proved that he has the Midas touch in Europe.

Chelsea booked their place in the semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Fenerbache at Stamford Bridge. The final score flatters to deceive and Chelsea have their third choice goalkeeper Hilario, on for the injured Cudicini, to thank for keeping them in the competition.

Michael Ballack scored after four minutes and Avram Grant seemed content to try and protect Chelsea's slender lead. Enter Hilario who saved from Ugur Boral and Kazim Kazim before Frank Lamps tapped in a Michael Essien cross late in the second half.

Grant now has the chance to outdo Jose Mourhino by beating Liverpool over the two legs and guiding Chelsea to a Champions League final.

Liverpool-Arsenal 4-2


Chelsea-Fenerbache 2-0

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