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Liverpool beat Roma 5-2 in first leg of Champions League semi-final: As it happened

Mohamed Salah scored two and assisted three goals before Roma pulled back two in the dying minutes of the match.

By: Express Web Desk |
Updated: April 25, 2018 5:09:21 am
Salah scored two and assisted three. (Source: Reuters)

Roma started the game well with Aleksander Kolarov managing to hit the post in the first 25 minutes. But Liverpool took control of the game after that hounded the Roma defence with wave after wave of attacks. Mohamed Salah then took it upon himself to put Liverpool in front with a beautiful curler. He then scored another before assisting three goals in the second half. Roma, though managed to nick back two goals in the dying minutes which means that they are yet again required to close a three-goal deficit at the Stadio Olimpico next week.

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Liverpool vs Roma, UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg:

02:12 (IST)25 Apr 2018
FULL TIME! Liverpool 5-2 Roma

It stops at seven goals. An absorbing game of Champions League football once again. Roma started well. Then Mohamed Salah took over first by scoring two absolute peaches and then taking advantage of Roma affording him wide open spaces down the right. Roma then hit back with two goals. They are hence tasked with turning around a three-goal deficit at home once again this season. There was a time when such things seemed impossible. Wonder who would be declared winner of the shouting match that was happening at the touchline though.

Source: Reuters
02:04 (IST)25 Apr 2018
88 mins, Liverpool 5-2 Roma

There have been five goals in this second half and all of a sidden, it is Liverpool under pressure. Dzeko makes a long range effort that goes just wide. He then puts it in from the left but Perotti turns it wide. Roma fans are clearly believeing that their team can pull off another stunning turnaround here. It may not happen at Anfield but there is another 90 minutes and more of football to be played at the Stadio Olimpico.

01:58 (IST)25 Apr 2018
GOAL! Liverpool 5-2 Roma (Perotti 85 mins)

Perotti from the spot and Roma get another! Milner blocks a Nainggolan shot with his hand and Roma get a penalty. Perotti simply sends the ball into the top corner, sends Karius the wrong way. This is does not make an iota of sense. 

01:57 (IST)25 Apr 2018
GOAL! Liverpool 5-1 Roma (Edin Dzeko 81 mins)

Nainggolan lifts the ball into the box and Lovren unable to time his jump, completely misses a headed clearance and Dzeko turns it in. Roma had turned around a 4-1 deficit against Barca and that away goal proved a valuable one for them. This cannot possibly be the one that ensures they have booked a flight to Kyiv, could it?

01:51 (IST)25 Apr 2018
75 mins gone

Perotti crosses in from the left, Schick meets it with his head but Karius makes the save. Mohamed Salah is then taken off for Danny Ings. 

01:44 (IST)25 Apr 2018
GOAL! Liverpool 5-0 Roma (Firmino 69 mins)

Salah's corner and Firmino heads it in. Roma are taking an absolute hiding here. Salah has scored two and assisted three today and this is the Champions League semi-final. 

01:41 (IST)25 Apr 2018
68 mins

Changes for Roma: A grim looking Daniele De Rossi comes off for Maxime Gonalons, Diego Perotti replaces Juan Jesus. Francesco Totti was shown on the screen sitting in the stands. He had the same expression has De Rossi. 

01:38 (IST)25 Apr 2018
GOAL! Liverpool 4-0 Roma (Firmino 61 mins)

Salah cuts in and Firmino taps in. Salah is being left with acres of space down the right side and he is making Roma pay for it. He beats Jesus and puts the ball in, Firmino is on the far side and he simply has to place it. This is suicidal defending from Roma. 

01:34 (IST)25 Apr 2018
59 mins

Roma reeling. Lovren's long pass finds Mane who passes inside to Salah. The pass is cut off before it reaches the Egyptian. Salah and Mane are wreaking havoc with the kind of space they are being afforded. 

01:29 (IST)25 Apr 2018
GOAL! Liverpool 3-0 Roma (Mane 56 mins)

Salah cuts in from the right and Mane taps it into goal this time. It is just getting easier and easier for Liverpool. Aleksander Arnold made he inital pass from well inside his own half and Salah was completely free to do whatever he wanted when he got the ball. 

01:25 (IST)25 Apr 2018
Liverpool kick off the second half

Roma have taken off Cengiz Ünder and brought in Patrik Schick. Meanwhile, Merseyside police says that it is investigating the incident before the match.

01:12 (IST)25 Apr 2018
HALF TIME! Liverpool 2-0 Roma

Mo Salah scored twice and put up his hands apologetically on both instances. If Mane had scored off the two chances that he had then Liverpool would have been 4-0 up by now. All this keeping in mind the fact that Roma had a better share of chances and possession in the first 25 minutes. It has been an extraordinary first half of football from the home side and their fans wouldn't mind more of it in the second half. 

Source: Reuters
01:02 (IST)25 Apr 2018
GOAL! Liverpool 2-0 Roma (Salah 45 1)

Clearance, counter, Salah; Liverpool lead 2-0. Roberto Firmino picks up the ball and runs all the way to the Roma half, Salah is ahead of him and Firmino makes the pass, Salah chips it over the keeper who comes off his line and the ball rolls into goal in the most painfully slow way for the Roma defenders. 

00:57 (IST)25 Apr 2018
40 mins, Liverpool 1-0 Roma

Liverpool are absolutely harrowing the Roma defence now. Lovren hits the post from with a header from a corner. Moments later, Saido Mane is put in but Fazio comes in to block away any space for a shot. Then, Wijnaldum takes a shot from a cross into the box and Allison does well to save it. 

00:53 (IST)25 Apr 2018
GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Roma (Salah 36 mins)

Who else but Mo Salah! Drives into the box, cuts it and attempts a curler at the far post, Allison dives but he simply can't get to it. Salah puts up his hands apologetically, he doesn't celebrate but Anfield is bouncing. 

00:51 (IST)25 Apr 2018
34 mins, Liverpool 0-0 Roma

Mane puts it in the back of the net but he is declared offside. Replays show that he was clearly ahead of the Roma defensive line. 

00:48 (IST)25 Apr 2018
31 mins

Liverpool swarming around Roma now. Salah cuts in from the right and takes a shot at the far post that Allison does well to palm away. Roma clear away the corner, Van Dijk puts it back in but Roma manage to take care of it. 

00:47 (IST)25 Apr 2018
28 mins Liverpool 0-0 Roma

Two close chances for Mane! The first is when he sets himself free from Fazio with a lovely touch and finds himself one on one with the keeper, he ends up missing the target. The second is when Firmino cuts in  from the right and Mane ends up skying a tap in. The second one was very poor work from the Senegalese. 

00:44 (IST)25 Apr 2018
27 mins gone, Liverpool 0-0 Roma

Liverpool with a sustained period of possession after Mane wins a free kick 25 yards out. The attack fizzes out when a cross aimed at Firmino is collected by the Roma keeper.

00:37 (IST)25 Apr 2018
19 mins, Liverpool 0-0 Roma

Kolarov latches on to a ball cleared by Liverpool after a corner and lazers in a shot from 25 yards, it goes straight to Karius but the keeper is unable to palm it away properly. Thankfully for him, the ball deflects off his fingers to the bar. That was a powerful shot from Kolarov but if it did go in that would have been a proper howler from Karius. 

(Source: Reuters)

Liverpool were drawn runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City while Roma were up against a rampaging Barcelona. On paper, and on the basis of form, it was supposed to be City and Barca in the semis. In the case of Liverpool, the first half of that possibility was blown away in the first leg of the quarters itself. Liverpool ended up winning the two-legged fixture 5-1 but if you think Pep Guardiola had it tough, think again. His former charges Barcelona won the first leg 4-1 but that one away goal turned out to be costly. For they were blown away by Roma in the second leg and lost 3-0, with the aggregate score being 4-4 and Roma with the away goal advantage.

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