Arsenal draw 1-1 with Liverpool

Arsenal rallied to a 1-1 draw against Liverpool, three days after the two teams played to the same result in the first leg of the Champions League.

updated: April 06, 2008 07:53 IST
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Arsenal rallied to a 1-1 draw against Liverpool in the Premier League, three days after the two teams played to the same result in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals.

Nicklas Bendtner leveled for Arsenal in the 54th minute after Peter Crouch put Liverpool ahead in the 42nd yesterday.

The result doesn't help either club in the title race - Arsenal now has 71 points for third place, three less than second-place Chelsea, which beat Manchester City 2-0.

"In my brain it is not over, because it is not over mathematically," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "It depends on the results of the other teams. I said we would need at least five wins and a draw."

Premier League leader Manchester United has 76 points ahead of its match at Middlesbrough today.

"It is good to win first, ahead of United," Chelsea manager Avram Grant said. "But I expect a good result for them tomorrow."

Liverpool stays in fourth place with 63 points.

Also yesterday, it was: Aston Villa 4, Bolton 0; Blackburn 1, Tottenham 1; Fulham 1, Sunderland 3; Newcastle 3, Reading 0; and Wigan 2, Birmingham 0.

Portsmouth reached its first FA Cup final since 1939 with a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the semifinal match at Wembley. Nwankwo Kanu scored the only goal against his former club in the 54th minute.

West Brom goalkeeper Dean Kiely did well to block the first shot from Milan Baros, Zoltan Gera tried to clear the ball off the line but it rolled to Kanu who stabbed it home from five meters (yards).

The Gunners knocked Liverpool out of the League Cup and FA Cup last season with victories at Anfield and the two clubs meet again at Anfield on Tuesday in the second leg of the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez fears Arsenal's shrinking chances in the English title race could affect Tuesday's match.

"Maybe the only option now for them is the Champions League, which means they will be more dangerous for us too," Benitez said.

Liverpool dominated the first half at Emirates, with Crouch regularly troubling the Arsenal defense, forcing goalkeeper Manuel Almunia to jump and punch away a shot in the third minute.

In the 17th, Liverpool defender John Arne Riise shot over the bar before Crouch put Liverpool ahead. Yossi Benayoun flicked on a long goalkick from his own goalkeeper Pepe Reina to Crouch, who scored with a low shot from the edge of the box.

Arsenal's best first-half chance came in the 34th when Bendtner sent a tame shot straight at Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina. In the second half, Kolo Toure headed wide, two minutes before Bendtner outjumped Crouch to head the equalizer.

Shortly afterward, Emmanuel Adebayor, Arsenal's leading scorer, was sent on as a substitute for defender Justin Hoyte, adding to Arsenal's strikeforce which also included Theo Walcott.

That gave Arsenal a more attacking edge and Mathieu Flamini had a 70th-minute shot saved by Pepe Reina.