Liverpool Shocker: John Arne Riise's Own Goal in the 94th Minute Kills Anfield

GIUSEPPE ROSSITTOContributor IApril 22, 2008

We all thought it was over.

"You'll never walk alone" was almost ready to play at Anfield after the final whistle. But, that anthem becomes their consolation after a heartbreaking finish.

Liverpool, who was leading and controlling throughout the entire match with a goal by Kuyt, killed themselves with Riise's header at the 94th minute.

Now Chelsea goes to Stamford Bridge with the undeserved away goal. That just might be enough to take them to Moscow for the Final.

These two teams know each other very well, weaknesses and all. Let's not forget that they've played each other in the semifinals twice before, with Liverpool coming out on top in 2005 and 2007.

But, the Reds played better and created more chances. 

They were rewarded when Mascherano sent a beauty of a pass to Kuyt, who beat Cech and sent the Anfield crowd into a surreal roar. 

For the sake of Chelsea, and opposed to the momentum of Liverpool, the half-time whistle blew. The teams headed for the tunnels with the score 1-0 Liverpool.

The second half began with Liverpool pushing for a second goal, and Chelsea didn't know how to respond to the Reds' fury. 

"If only Essien was here!" (disqualified) was probably the cry of the Chelsea faithful.

Gerrard tried to put another nail in the Chelsea coffin with a great shot, but Cech made an unbelievable save.  He didn't know that save would be the one to assure the tie.

At the 94th minute Riise tried to clear a dangerous cross off the line, but his header went in the back of Reina's net—Anfield was silenced.

This is football—unforeseeable.

Just as unforeseeable as the result that will mature at Stamford Bridge in eight days.

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