Liverpool were in the driving seat following a 5-0 lead against AS Roma in the first-leg semi-final tie at Anfield but conceded twice late in the game which allowed the Serie A giant killers to fight back and replicate a similar show that they delivered against Barcelona at Stadio Olimpico in the quarter-final. Jurgen Klopp’s juggernaut, however, proved to be little superior to Barcelona as they thrashed Roma’s clean-sheet record at home. Although they lost the outing by 4-2, it was still good enough (won in aggregate 7-6) to ensure a place in the final against champions Real Madrid.
Liverpool started the game on a lower tempo and kept on waiting patiently to hit back on the counter move. They were handed a golden opportunity when Radja Nainggolan misplaced his pass and the Reds took no time to break the deadlock via Sadio Mane in early minutes. But the hosts received a lifeline out of nowhere as when Dejan Lovren’s clearance accidentally hit James Milner and went straight into his own net. Yet, they were not distorted and restored the lead when the Roma backline failed to clear a corner properly and Georginio Wijnaldum made full use of it when he headed home to grab his first away goal since moving to Premier League. The first-half ended 2-1 in favor of the visitors.
The second half, however, proved to be disastrous for the Reds, particularly for Trent Alexander-Arnold whose repeated mistakes troubled the Reds’ defensive line. Dzeko made it 2-2 early in the second half but failed to convert again until Radja Nainggolan made it 3-2 with a thunderous effort. The drama was not over yet as the hosts earned a ‘controversial’ spot-kick in dying seconds of the stoppage time and Nainggolan made it 4-2 from the spot. However, they did not have enough time to constitute any other move and the Reds have now marched towards an incredible Champions League final that will be held in Kiev later this month.
AS Roma vs Liverpool Lineups:
AS Roma: Alisson Becker, Alessandro Florenzi, Federico Fazio, Kostas Manolas, Aleksandar Kolarov, Daniele De Rossi (Maxime Gonalons 69′), Radja Nainggolan, Lorenzo Pellegrini (Cengiz Under 53′), Patrik Schick, Stephen El Shaaraway (Mirko Antonucci 75′), Edin Dzeko.
Liverpool: Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold (Nathaniel Clyne 90′ +), Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane (Ragnar Klavan 83′), Roberto Firmino (Dominic Solanke 87′).
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