Liverpool beat Juventus 2-1; Lyon hold PSV
London, April 6:
Liverpool scored with a pair of early volleys to beat Juventus 2-1 in a Champions League quarter-final match that commemorated the Heysel Stadium tragedy nearly 20 years ago.
Sami Hyypia scored the first goal from the left side in the 10th minute, and Luis Garcia added the second with a hard shot from well outside the area in the 25th. Defender Fabio Cannavaro replied for Juventus, scoring his first Champions League goal with a powerful header in the 63rd.
In another quarter-final match, PSV Eindhoven came back to draw 1-1 with host Lyon. Florent Malouda sent a low shot past PSV goalkeeper Gomes in the 12th minute, but Phillip Cocu equalised for the Dutch leaders in the 79th. The second leg matches will be played next Wednesday.
In Liverpool, former stars Michel Platini and Ian Rush joined with thousands of fans in an emotional ceremony to remember the 39 people who were killed at Heysel Stadium in Brussels, before the start of the 1985 European Cup final. Platini and Rush, who later joined Juventus, played on opposite sides in that game, which Juventus won 1-0.
Hyypia opened the scoring when Steven Gerrard’s corner was flicked on by Luis Garcia to the Finland international. Fifteen minutes later, Anthony Le Tallec floated a ball into space midway in the Juve half. Luis Garcia then ran through to take control and lob a firmly struck 25-yard shot over the head of goalie Gianluigi Buffon and under the crossbar.
The winner of the two-leg series will face either Chelsea or Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.
In Lyon, the hosts dominated large portions of the match, but PSV did well to get an important away goal when Cocu drove forward from midfield and sent a deflection off a Lyon defender past goalkeeper Gregory Coupet.
Lyon exerted continuous pressure after Malouda’s goal. Mahamdou Diarra sent a blistering shot just past the left post and Michael Essien’s shot from 20 yards bounced off the right post.
The semi-finals are slated for April 26-27 and May 3-4, with the final set for May 25 in Istanbul.