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.
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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