Rome: Liverpool travelled to the capital of Italy to face the Roman gladiators having already secured a 5-2 lead in the first leg of the semi-finals.
Roma right from kick-off lead a straight line charge into the Liverpool net and sustained that pressure till the 9th minute when a miss pass from Nainggolan was pounced by Mane and slotted into the home net. Things started looking grim for the Roman warriors until a ray of sunshine shined upon them in the form of an own-goal where a header by El-sharaway into the box cleared by Lovren right into the standing face of Milner and Karius could only watch as the ball came into his net. The ruthless Reds did not stop attacking as a poor clearance from a corner by Dzeko fell into the path of Wijnaldum who scored his very first goal for Liverpool since his transfer last summer. With two away goals in the pocket Liverpool were almost assured their place in the final if it wasn’t for Dzeko who kept pushing and leveling at the night when an Allison blocked shot came to his path. Roma were also not awarded two penalties following a charge by Allison and tripping Dzeko and a hand ball by young Arnold when El-Sharaway attempted a shot, this didn’t stop a determined Nainggolan as his shot from outside the box reached the inside of the net after ricocheting off the post 4 minutes from time and Roma were finally given a deserving penalty following a hand ball by substitute Klavan which was slotted into the net by Nainggolan yet again 30 seconds from time.
After the second goal by Wijnaldum, Roma had to do what Liverpool did to them in the first half and score 5 goals which would take the game to extra time. Roma were hoping to repeat the same performance they did against Barcelona and add 3 goals to their tally to take them to the finals but unlike the Spanish champions Klopp’s men refused to stay back and defend and went for the kill. Liverpool is the first team to score at the Stadio Olimpico in this UEFA season and Roma the first team to beat Liverpool on the night.
Liverpool will now face Real Madrid in the finals of the UEFA on the 26th of this month.