Riise own-goal rescues Chelsea's final hopes

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Liverpool, Apr 23: Liverpool's John Arne Riise accidentally headed the ball into his net in the fifth minute of stoppage time, giving Chelsea a 1-1 tie Tuesday night in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals.


Dirk Kuyt put Liverpool ahead in the 43rd minute when he beat goalkeeper Petr Cech from close range. Riise tied it when his diving header to clear Salomon Kalou's cross for Nicolas Anelka went in from about 5 yards. Goalkeeper Pepe Reina had no chance to stop the ball. These ties are decided on small details, and unfortunately the little bit of luck's gone to Chelsea at the end," Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said. "But maybe we'll get a bit of luck at Stanford Bridge. No fingers pointed at John. We're all in this together."


Liverpool and Chelsea are meeting in the semifinals for the third time in four seasons. Liverpool advanced in 2005 and 2007 but played the second leg of the total-goals series at home. The teams meet next Wednesday at London, with the winner advancing to the May 21 final against Manchester United or Barcelona, who play their first leg today in Spain. "I think we deserved definitely to get the draw at the end," Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard said. "They had chances, we had chances."


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