Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has named Luis Garcia’s ‘ghost goal’ during the 2005 UEFA Champions League semi-final clash against Chelsea as his ‘favourite ever Chelsea memory’.
Garcia’s strike in the early stages of the second leg at Anfield decided the tie in unbelievably controversial fashion, with the two sides having played out a goalless draw in the first leg.
He poked the ball towards the Chelsea net after Milan Baros had been taken out by goalkeeper Petr Cech, but it was unclear whether or not the ball had actually crossed the line before it was hooked clear by William Gallas.
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Nevertheless, the referee gave a goal and the Reds went on to lift the trophy after winning the iconic Istanbul final.
Carragher played the entire 90 minutes in central defence, and reminded fans of the divisive moment in his reply to a tweet by Chelsea’s official club account.
In response to a post asking for supporters to recall their favourite Blues memory in two words, the 42-year-old simply replied: “Ghost goal.”
Carragher’s response brought up painful memories for Chelsea supporters
(Image: @ChelseaFC on Twitter)
Jose Mourinho, who was in charge of the Blues at the time, famously dubbed Garcia’s decisive contribution the ‘goal that came from the moon’.
“Liverpool scored, if you can say that they scored, because maybe you should say the linesman scored,” he quipped after the match. “They are in the final and in my heart I hope they win it.”
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