Five days before the Reds walk out in the Olympic Stadium, revisits the road to Athens to see how we got to our second Champions League final in three seasons.

Jimmy Rice 18 May 2007

The Road to Athens

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Liverpool 2-1 Maccabi Haifa
Third qualifying round, first leg

It all started with a tie billed by Steven Gerrard as the toughest qualifier Liverpool had ever faced – and that’s pretty much how it turned out. Anfield was stunned by a first-half opener from Gustavo Boccoli, and it needed a couple of debutants to turn things around. Craig Bellamy levelled things following a weak parry from Nir Davidovitch before Mark Gonzalez hit a sensational 88th minute winner. It was the club’s 13th consecutive win in competitive matches.

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Maccabi Haifa 1-1 Liverpool
Third qualifying round, second leg

Security concerns meant the Reds were spared a daunting trip to Israel, though a trek to Kiev was hardly something for the Liverpool squad to look forward to. Things were made a little more comfortable when Peter Crouch nodded home a Jermaine Pennant cross to put the game just about beyond doubt. There were a few hearts in mouths when Roberto Colautti snatched one back nine minutes later, though it was the Merseysiders who progressed to the lucrative group stages.
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PSV 0-0 Liverpool
Group phase one

Liverpool opened their Group C account with a useful point against the Dutch champions. The visitors were unlucky not to fly home with more, with Dirk Kuyt and Stevie G both striking the woodwork in the second half. Still, it was Rafa not Ronald who was smiling come the final whistle.

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Liverpool 3-2 Galatasaray
Group phase one

Europe’s comeback kings nearly got a taste of their own medicine after taking a 3-0 lead through Luis Garcia and Peter Crouch (his brace including a majestic bicycle-kick that’ll live long in the memory of all who witnessed it). But just when it seemed like game-over, Anfield was rocked by a pair of quick-fire headers from substitute Umit Karan. Fortunately, Rafa’s normally watertight defence regained its composure to see out a victory which left the 2005 champions top of Group C.

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