Benayoun urges caution

Bernabeu goal hero insists the Real tie is not finished

Benayoun: Tie not over

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Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun has warned his team-mates that they still have a job to do if they are to progress to the UEFA Champions League quarter finals.

The 28-year-old headed the crucial away goal in Liverpool's memorable 1-0 win over Real Madrid in the Bernabeu on Wednesday but the Israeli is wary that the job is only half done.

Real rarely threatened the Merseysiders' back-line throughout the 90 minutes with the hosts restricted to long-range efforts.

The away goal means that Rafa Benitez's team are well and truly in the driving seat in the tie and although Benayoun is confident he is not getting carried away.

"Of course I am happy because it was very nice to score such an important goal," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"But the main thing was the win because it was a great result for us. For now though we must remember that there is still one more game to go and we must finish the job at Anfield.

"Winning the game 1-0 means that we have the confidence that we can go through but we cannot afford to think that the tie is finished.

"Real Madrid have a lot of good players and we know we will have to work hard to complete the job.

"Real are one of the biggest clubs in the world and they are capable of winning anywhere, but hopefully we will win and go through to the next round."


Winger Albert Riera echoed his team-mate's sentiments but he must watch the return leg from the stands after he picked up his second booking of the competition.

"The scoreline was sensational. It is true that Real arrived with better form but football changes things," he said.

"We played a serious match and we stopped their key men. I am happy with the victory but also sad because I cannot play at Anfield because of the yellow card.

"The referee was severe with me.

"Liverpool say that the match is 180 minutes and we have now played 50 per cent.

"I had read the quotes of the president of Real Madrid but that was extra incentive for us. The squad were very motivated for this match for a very long time.

"The atmosphere at Anfield it will be unique and that's an advantage for us"