Liverpool beat Chelsea in Champions League

Associated Press

Liverpool, May 4:

Luis Garcia scored in the fourth minute to give Liverpool a 1-0 victory over English champions Chelsea and put the four-time winner into the Champions League final.

The 1-0 aggregate loss ended Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho’s reign as European champion. He led FC Porto to the title last season.

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez, however, has a chance to add the Champions League title to the UEFA Cup he won last season with Valencia.

Liverpool took an early lead when Steven Gerrard played a through pass to Milan Baros, who lobbed the ball over the goalkeeper and appeared to be brought down by Petr Cech at

the same time. But play continued and Garcia managed to nudge the ball goalward, brushing Chelsea captain John Terry.

Chelsea defender William Gallas tried to clear the ball off the line but it was ruled a goal — the fifth for Garcia in 11 Champions League matches this season.

The English rivals drew 0-0 at Stamford Bridge last Wednesday.

Chelsea, which clinched the English title on Saturday for the first time in 50 years, almost snatched a vital away goal in the fifth minute of injury time at Anfield when forward Eidur Gudjohnsen fired across the front of the goal after Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek had failed to clear a cross.

Liverpool will meet either AC Milan or PSV Eindhoven in the final on May 25 in Turkey. AC Milan won the first leg 2-0.