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Champions League Semi Final

Champions League Semi Final: JUST A TWO-legged tie with Roma now stands between Liverpool and their first Champions League final appearance in 11 years. Having seen off newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester City at the quarter-final stage, Jurgen Klopp’s men face a last-four match-up with the Giallorossi, who themselves caused a major upset by progressing at the expense of Barcelona.

One clip, uploaded by @TheFootyStands, claimed a Liverpool fan had been “stabbed” and it showed a man lying on the road outside the stadium receiving treatment while another man was attacked.

While a three-goal advantage should be sufficient to ensure Liverpool will go through, Roma overcame the same deficit in their quarter-final victory over Barcelona.

The eventual winners will play either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, who meet on Wednesday, in next month’s final in Kiev.

On the pitch, Salah, playing against the club that sold him to Liverpool last summer, was brilliant, scoring twice and setting up goals for Firmino and Mane.

The Egyptian’s stunning brace had given the Reds a 2-0 half-time lead at a raucous Anfield, but Jurgen Klopp’s team, seemingly already through to the final, conceded twice late on.

A goal from Edin Dzeko in the 81st minute and a Diego Perotti penalty in the 89th gave the visitors a slim chance of turning the tie round in next Wednesday’s return game in the Italian capital.

Champions League Semi Final

THE Champions League is down to the semifinals – and clubs from Europe’s four biggest soccer nations still have a shot at the title.

For the first time since 1981, teams from Spain (Real Madrid), England (Liverpool), Italy (Roma) and Germany (Bayern Munich) make up the last four of Europe’s elite club competition.

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Three of them are aristocrats of the continent, with Madrid, Bayern and Liverpool having won the competition 22 times between them. Roma has never been European champion but cannot be discounted after its historic comeback against Barcelona in the quarterfinals.

Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano RonaldoSource:AFP

Spanish representation in the semifinals has been cut to one team for the first time since 2010. The fact that team is Real Madrid isn’t a surprise. Seeking a record-extending 13th European title, Madrid is in the semifinals for the eighth straight year and is meeting Bayern at this stage for the seventh time in the competition’s history. The most recent was 2014, when Madrid won home and away against a team coached by Pep Guardiola.

Now the German team is coached by Jupp Heynckes, who led Bayern to the title in 2013 before his first retirement. Heynckes came back in October to rescue Bayern after its faltering start to the season led to Carlo Ancelotti’s departure and has already said he will not be staying on beyond this season. Heynckes led Bayern to a Champions League-Bundesliga-German Cup treble in 2013 and is attempting to do so again, having already won the league and reached the final of the cup.

Bayern has been eliminated by Spanish opposition every year since Heynckes first retired, and Madrid is the favorite heading into the two legs. The defending champions travel to Germany after a full week of rest and preparation since their last match, a 1-1 draw at home to Athletic Bilbao. They received the extra days off because their Spanish league match against Sevilla, originally scheduled for this weekend, was moved to next month after Sevilla reached the Copa del Rey final played on Saturday.

Zinedine Zidane should be able to count on all his first-choice players and must decide whether to start playmaker Francisco “Isco” Alarcon or winger Gareth Bale up front with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema on Wednesday. Ronaldo will be seeking to continue his incredible scoring run after having scored in all 10 matches in the competition this campaign for a total of 15 goals.

Bayern will be without combative midfielder Arturo Vidal because of a knee injury.

Salah gave Liverpool the lead in the 36th minute, curling an exquisite shot into the top corner, before doubling the score just before half-time with a dinked finish after Liverpool’s potent attack cut through the visitors’ defence.

That took his goal tally for the season to 43, but he turned provider after the break, setting up close-range finishes for Mane and Firmino with crosses from the right and the Brazilian made it 5-0 with a header from a corner on 68 minutes.

Tonight’s first leg takes place at Anfield, where the atmosphere is certain to be electric once again. We’re just over 45 minutes away from kick-off, so stick around for build-up.

Liverpool have taken a firm grip on their UEFA Champions League semi-final after beating Roma 5-2 in the first leg at Anfield.

Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both scored twice, with Sadio Mane getting the other as the Reds romped into a 5-0 lead after 68 minutes.

However two late goals will give the Italian side hope ahead of the second leg in Rome.

Away from the match, Merseyside Police confirmed they are investigating “a serious assault” following reports a Liverpool fan was attacked by Roma supporters before kick-off outside the ground.

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What’s at stake?

An advantage ahead of the second leg next week. Bayern is hoping for a win and obviously not letting Real score, but a 3-1 win would be ideal if Real are to score. A draw with goals would feel like a defeat for the Germans. As for Real Madrid, it goes without saying a win would be perfect. But they’d take a draw with goals. Even losing 3-2, they’d feel good. A draw or better, and Real is the clear-cut favorite moving forward.

Prediction

Bayern gets the narrow victory thanks to a header from Robert Lewandowski, but a crucial Gareth Bale away goal leaves the tie open entering the second leg.
Bayern Munich 2, Real Madrid 1. 

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ednesday’s game should be Heynckes’s last European night at the Allianz Arena, although that’s a unsafe assumption with a man who has become like a reliable heavyweight champ, tempted out of retirement and into the red corner for just one more bout. Five goals in nine Champions League matches this term is a pretty good return for the 29-year-old and he will need to be at his clinical best, combining his first-time finishing and slick movement, to earn more comparisons with Ronaldo.

David Alaba, Mats Hummels and Joshua Kimmich should all come in, leaving Kingsley Coman, Arturo Vidal and Manuel Neuer all still ruled out with injury. The only injury worries for Real Madrid is Nacho as all the other players are available and raring to go. Regardless, the two players will have a big role to play in ensuring their teams control possession like they’re used to.

“I think James Rodriguez will play – he didn’t start at the weekend at Hannover which I think was a clear indication he will start”.

Both sides are quality-laden all over the pitch and with that in mind, we look at how each team’s key stars compare.

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Bayern Munich will be out for revenge when they host holders Real Madrid in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

Real beat the Bundesliga giants at the quarter-final stage last season, wining 6-3 on aggregate, including a 2-1 victory in Munich. Cristiano Ronaldo was the inspiration for Real, scoring six times in both games.

Ronaldo is once again in free-scoring form in this competition, netting three times during the dramatic 4-3 aggregate win over Juventus in the last eight. However, Bayern are a different animal this year, with the squad revived under the watch of familiar manager Jupp Heynckes, who returned to replace Carlo Ancelotti back in October.

Date: Wednesday, April 25

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Bayern have been in rampant form of late, wrapping up the Bundesliga title with room to spare, along with booking a place in the DFB-Pokal final.

Goals have been numerous, with Die Roten recently hitting six past Bayer Leverkusen in the cup semi-final. They also smashed four to seal the title against Augsburg.

Bayern’s big players stayed in the goals during Saturday’s win over Hannover, per the Champions League on Twitter:

Strikers Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller are both in peak form, with the former scoring 40 times in all competitions, while the latter has added 15 goals of his own.

Both Muller and Lewandowski have responded well to Heynckes, who won this tournament with Bayern back in 2013. While Heynckes knows he has the firepower to stop Real from winning the trophy for a third time in a row, the 72-year-old will be concerned about his defence.

Specifically, Heynckes needs to protect second-string goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. The sub stopper has been playing while Manuel Neuer continues to recover from a foot injury.

Ulreich has done brilliant work filling in for the injured Neuer.TF-Images/Getty Images

Muller was full of praise for Ulreich after his performance against Leverkusen, telling Sky Sports Deutschland (h/t Goal’s Ryan Benson):

There was a phase in which the game was open. Then Ulle [Ulreich] was on the spot twice.

He’s been in great form and has often been dubbed Player of the Year, as he often keeps us in the game. He does things that are not part of the average goalkeeper’s ABC, so you have to say thank you.”

Ulreich will face a tougher test trying to subdue Ronaldo, who is on yet another fine scoring run. The 33-year-old powerhouse forward has found the net in 12 consecutive matches for the first time in his career.

More troubling from a Bayern point of view is how much Ronaldo has enjoyed punishing Die Roten down the years:

Heynckes will rely on holding midfielder Javi Martinez to shield the back four and cut off the supply to Ronaldo. It will require smothering former Bayern playmaker Toni Kroos.

Meanwhile, Real boss Zinedine Zidane has a big call to make about who to start alongside his attacking talisman. He could continue with Isco or Marco Asensio partnering Ronaldo and Karim Benzema up top or he could hand a rare start to Gareth Bale.

The Welshman’s pace and aerial power would cause problems for Bayern.

Breaking a recent jinx against Los Blancos will be on the minds of Heynckes and his players—Die Roten were also knocked out by Real in the semi-final in 2000, the last eight in 2002 and the semi-final in 2014.