Yossi Benayoun looked like being the hero as his extra time goal almost put Liverpool into the Europa League final in Hamburg next month. Alberto Aquilani leveled the tie on aggregate with a tidy finish after a great ball from Benayoun.
The Anfield crowd was treated to a fine attacking display from their side in the first half but the Merseyside club were unable to break down Atletico Madrid in the second half but early in extra time Lucas found the Israeli in space and he fired an unstoppable shot past teenager David de Gea.
Diego Forlan then scored the crucial goal for Atletico to clinch an away goal at Anfield to secure progress to the final where they will meet Fulham.
Liverpool’s Benayoun almost scores within opening three seconds
Liverpool 1-0 Atletico Madrid (Aquilani)
Liverpool 2-0 Atletico Madrid (Benayoun)
Liverpool 2-1 Atletico Madrid (Forlan)