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Liverpool relief after hard-earned point

Liverpool striker Robbie Keane admitted he was happy to come away from the Vicente Calderon Stadium with a point after his side's 1-1 Champions League draw with Atletico Madrid. Keane opened the scoring for Liverpool in the 14th minute but Simao Sabrosa levelled seven minutes from time to grab a point for the hosts.

The Spanish side piled on the pressure in the second period and could have easily won all three points, as Keane acknowledged after the game.

"In the first half we had quite a few chances so we knew they would come out fighting and make it difficult for us," Keane told Sky Sports.

"They put us under the cosh in the second half and then they had a few chances towards the end so all in all you have to be happy with a point."

Keane missed a gilt-edged opportunity to double Liverpool's advantage minutes after he opened the scoring, but chose to attempt an elaborate flick from a close-range volley and missed.

He admitted he regretted the decision and should have scored.

"I should have had two. It was a great ball from Stevie (Steven Gerrard)," he said.

"It's no excuse but the ball was swerving all over the place. I should have got something on it but it wasn't to be."

"I think we had control of the game in the first half and part of the second half and I'm disappointed because we had chances to finish the game off," Liverpool coach Benitez said.

"We then made a mistake in the 83rd minute and we paid for it.

"If you said to me before the game that we would have seven points it might have been good, but after leading until the 83rd minute and the chances that we had, in my opinion we have lost another two points."

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