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Friday, July 29, 2005

Liverpool sidestep Everton

Everton, Champions League newcomers, were relieved to avoid their neighbors Liverpool but are handed a stiff test against Spanish club Villarreal.

Last years third place club in Spain finished a mile behind both Madrid and Barcelona but had a +32 goal difference. That means top scorer Diego Forlan (bottom) for Everton to contend with.

Liverpool are the better side by a mile against potential draws CSKA Sofia of Bulgaria or KF Tirana of Albania. They take a 3-1 advantage against Kanus home to Anfield for the second leg.

Everton, Champions League newcomers, have a lot to prove this season and are now in the 3rd round qualifying draw. How Andy Johnson could help Everton right now. Crouch is over at Liverpool handing Cisse goals.

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Anonymous Juvefan said...

So they avoided Liverpool ... Big Deal. Villarreal are the Spanish version of Chelsea on a budget.

Fourth and rightful qualifiers Everton end up plaing the toughest club available while fifth placed Liverpool play some Albanian or Bulgarian team. Ironic.

Perhaps UEFA should have added some sort of seeding component into the draw taking into accounts each country's league ranking and the opponents' domestic league position.

Such that Man Utd and Everton play Hadjuk or CSKA Sofia, while Liverpool (5th) play Villarreal.

7/31/2005 2:37 AM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

I have a similar gripe about teams from the same country playing eachother in general (except of course the final). That defeats the purpose of the CL a bit.

7/31/2005 6:03 AM  

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