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Cole gives Chelsea lead over Liverpool
April 26, 2007 02:17 IST
A first-half goal from Joe Cole gave Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in the first leg of their all-English Champions League semi-final at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
The England winger swept the ball into the goal from six metres following a cross from Didier Drogba's in the 29th minute.
The Ivory Coast striker had proved too strong for Daniel Agger, beating the defender before firing low into Cole's path.
It was only Cole's second goal of his injury-plagued season -- and the first time Chelsea had scored against Liverpool in five Champions League meetings.
Liverpool, who left top scorer Peter Crouch on the bench until early in the second half, threatened sporadically. England midfielder Steven Gerrard went closest for Rafa Benitez's side, his dipping left-foot volley well saved by Petr Cech.
Manchester United or AC Milan meet the eventual winners in the final in Athens on May 23. United won the first leg 3-2 at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
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