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.