Liverpool has an excellent case done in the first leg of the semi-finals of the Champions League. The Reds overklasten 70 minutes, Roma were 5-0 and lay their ticket for the final bite. But then happened what nobody thought possible. Suddenly stood AS Roma and scored two more times: 5-2 was the final score after a crazy night at Anfield. The battle is not yet fought, it promises to be a hot evening in Rome.
As expected started Simon Mignolet on the bench at Liverpool. The Red Devil is a while second goalkeeper behind the German Loris Karius. When AS Roma was Radja Nainggolan, of course, lie in the basis. Anfield came incidentally before the arrival of the Romans, the traditional ‘You’ll never walk alone’ made for a most magical moment. In advance there were some riots in the city centre. Some of the Italian fans went to the confrontation with English supporters and the police.
But it was the atmosphere not hurt them at Anfield. Liverpool also started the best to the party. Salah slammed on goalkeeper Alisson, Firmino shot from a sharp angle in front. Meanwhile, the lijnrechter for hilarity. He got already after a few minutes, a new flag, but that was quickly broken. In anticipation of the restoration he did encourage further with only his baton.
The first opportunities were for Liverpool, but Roma played well in the opening stages. Large supply of chances created, the visitors will not, however, so put Karius but a helping hand. Kolarov took far charred, the German goalkeeper is rated the bang is completely wrong, and sat there half in addition to. To the relief of many Liverpool splashed the icicle shatter on the bar. The Reds saw halfway through the first half Oxlade-Chamberlain fail, Wijnaldum was his replacement.
The match went long and down, but with the half hour in sight switched Liverpool to a higher gear. The big chances would all pile up suddenly, but Sadio Mané was lucky first half. First he laid the ball across goal when he only for Alisson came, then took aim he of the sixteen meters in the direction of upper ring. Just after the half hour, he scored well, but the Senegalese was rightly flagged for offside.
‘Then I’ll do it but, ” thought Mo Salah. The Egyptian – Sunday-voted the Player of the Year in the Premier League – put the ball to his left foot, looked for a moment at target and painted the leather than prinshéérlijk in the square: 1-0 and the goal 42 of the season for Salah. Out of respect for his former team, which he last summer, left for a transfer fee of 42 million euro, fourth he subdued.
AS Roma the blow came not to the top and ran behind an elusive ball. Lovren headed to the bar, and Salah slammed on Allison. The 2-0 hung in the air, and fell still for the rest. Salah has laid down a high ball with the heel to Firmino. Who waited for the right moment and sent his Egyptian team-mate only on purpose. That failed – of course not and doubled the lead with a stiftertje: 2-0 with his 43rd of the season and Liverpool on roses.
AS Roma had to recharge their batteries during the interval, coach Eusebio Di Francesco brought Patrik Schick in the place of Cengiz Ünder. But it brought no solace. With a sharp counter-attack played Liverpool the Italian defence are a little bit tattered. This time he crawled in Salah in the role of principal, and he offered Mané the 3-0. Those who thought that Liverpool was at the more leisurely pace would do after that third goal, was quick to for the effort. Five minutes later, the visitors were again completely out of context, crazy. Now found Salah Firmino and the Brazilian picked up his goal: 4-0, AS Roma completely exhausted.
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With Maxime Gonalons and Diego Perotti threw Di Francesco, two fresh forces into the battle, but the sheep had already drowned. The soil still had to be reached. We were still only at minute 68, when Liverpool have a corner if stairs. At Roma they were committed to yawn, Firmino nods to the 5-0 against the ropes. After less than 70 minutes in the first leg seemed to be the semi-final already decided. At Liverpool they could have their tickets in the direction Kiev all books. At least, that they thought it was…
AS Roma seemed to be only after that 5-0 wake up to shoot and then, suddenly, it might very well create opportunities. Schick surprised almost Karius when he made a pass from Lovren blokte, a little later, had the German goalkeeper is good flat on a header by Florenzi. In minute 73 was Salah al an early applauswissel. Under a deafening noise, went to the Egyptian to the side.
With the 5-0 score on the board hit the nonchalance yet, what with the home team and that resulted still in a tegendoelpunt. Nainggolan wipte the ball over the thuisdefensie, champions ‘ manager insists got his first real chance of the match and did not fail: it was suddenly 5-1. Roma had so are sought after uitgoal bite with still ten minutes before the bell, but nobody believed this a difference it could make.
Liverpool was his aura, however, will be lost. The Italians were suddenly the room and went hopeful to the future… with success! The ball went on the spot after the hands of Milner, Perotti put himself behind the ball and put the team credentials and stay up unerringly objective: 5-2. Klopp saw it happen.
Liverpool won by large figures, and makes an excellent case for the final, but may still not be completely at ease in. The two late goals are a damper on the revelry, The Reds should be in Rome still full to the bin. And in Rome happen sometimes miracles, just ask FC Barcelona,…