Liverpool advance to the UCL Final even after losing 4-2 to AS Roma. The English side qualified with an aggregate score of 6-7 as the world witnessed history being written: ‘Most goals ever scored in a semi-final of UCL over two legs’.
Published By: Dalipinder Singh Sandhu (Bliss)
Liverpool reaches the finals to meet Real Madrid in Kiev, Ukraine. After 11 years the English side has come this far in the competition. Last time they won UCL they defeated AC Milan by 4-3 in the dramatic comeback which was played in Istanbul, 2005.
After 1981 this is the first time that there were 4 UCL semi-finalists from Germany, Spain, England, and Italy. Recalling the result of that season makes Liverpool fans cheer as their side defeated Real Madrid in the final by 1-0 and won their 3rd European Cup.
AS Roma (ITA) and Liverpool (ENG) battled it out in the second leg of the semi-final tie in Stadio Olimpico (Rome). The tie remained open until the last minute as the home side came closer than ever to another comeback after they shocked the world this season in the round of 8 by knocking out Barcelona.
The Italian side remained short of one goal which hindered them from qualifying for the Final in Kiev. The English side qualified due to the 2 early goals from Sadio Mane and Georgino Wijnaldum at 9th and 25th minute of the game respectively.
The visitors had a strong hold on the scoresheet from the start of the game but that did not stop the trailing home side from giving Klopp’s men a chase for their money. The own goal of James Milner (LIV) in the 5th minute of the game started the scoring for AS Roma and Edin Dzeko (ROM) equalized the score in the 52nd minute of the game.
The Italian side did not give up the dream of reaching the final as Radja Nainggolan scored two late goals in the 86th minute and converted the penalty in the 90+4th minute.
The job of the referee is always the toughest as the decision made in the nick of the time is discussed for years. The last night match was no different to such speculation.
The handball of Alexander Arnold (LIV) in the 63rd minute of the game wasn’t penalized which came off from the shot of El Shaarawy (ROM) and looking at the ball it seemed it would have found the net if it wasn’t obstructed. Roma fans are infuriated as the goal might have been enough for the comeback and force the tie into extra time.
Though Roma fans were happy for their ex-player Mohammed Salah (LIV), who now aims to lift the trophy and stop Real Madrid from winning their 3rd consecutive UCL title.
Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid now awaits Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the Final of UEFA Champions League. The fixture will be played in Kiev, Ukraine at 7:45 PM CET on Saturday, 26th of May 2018. The match will be telecasted by official broadcasting partners of UEFA.