NewsExpress advert FCMB banner Fidelity bank banner NewsExpress advert
Champions League: No second miracle for Roma, as Liverpool book Madrid in the final

By News Express on 03/05/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 754

•Jurgen Klopp rejoices with Firmino and another Liverpool player
•Jurgen Klopp rejoices with Firmino and another Liverpool player

Liverpool will play Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final in Kiev on 26 May after they survived Roma scare at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, winning 7-6 aggregate.

Roma won on the night, scoring two goals in five minutes to raise the hope of a spectacular comeback having lost the first leg 2-5. But there was no second miracle in Rome, like it happened in the quarter finals when Roma erased Barcelona’s 4-1 advantage.

The goal rush by Radja Nainggolan came too late. When the Slovenia referee, Damir Skomina, blew the final whistle, the scoreline was 4-2 to Roma and 7-6 to Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp’s side has thus reached their eighth European Cup final and first since 2007 where they will play two-time holders Real Madrid in Kiev on May 26.

First-half goals from Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum put Liverpool in control as Roma conceded their first goals in the Stadio Olimpico during the European campaign.

But despite Radja Nainggolan bagging two goals for Roma in the final eight minutes — the second from the penalty spot — there was to be no second miracle comeback for the Italians after last month’s 3-0 win over Barcelona in Rome.

It was another bitter defeat for Roma who lost the 1984 European Cup final to Liverpool on penalties.

Roma threatened early with Alessandro Florenzi sending the ball wide in the opening minutes but the hosts paid for woeful defending, giving Klopp’s side space to gain an early advantage.

Senegalese forward Mane got Liverpool off to a dream start after just nine minutes to the horror of the home fans.

A Nainggolan howler in midfield gave Roberto Firmino the opportunity to barge through, delivering the ball to an unmarked Mane who left Roma ‘keeper Alisson with no chance.

But six minutes later Roma got the equaliser when Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren’s attempt to clear a Stephan El Shaarawy header towards Dzeko across goal bounced off James Milner’s head, flying past Loris Karius and into the Liverpool goal.

– Breathless finale –

Liverpool’s ticket to the final in Kiev looked well and truly booked after 25 minutes when Wijnaldum nodded in.

Alisson denied Mane but from the resulting corner, Dzeko’s attempt to clear fell to waiting Dutchman Wijnaldum.

Stephan El Shaarawy rattled the post on 35 minutes with Florenzi also firing wide, and Pellegrini showed how not to take a free-kick which was way off the mark.

Dzeko broke through seven minutes into the second half with the equaliser after Karius cleared the ball straight into the path of the Bosnian who made no mistake for his eighth goal in 12 European matches.

And in a desperate scramble by the Italians in front of goal four minutes from time Nainggolan made up for his earlier blunders when he drilled a low shot into the bottom-right corner from a distance for his first ever European goal.

The Belgian midfielder added a second three minutes into injury time from a penalty awarded for a bitterly contested handball by substitute Ragnar Klavan, firing into the roof of the net.

It was a dramatic finale for Eusebio di Francesco’s side but it was too little too late as they failed to reach their first final since 1984 but earned a standing ovation from the 62,000 crowd.

Liverpool will again leave Rome victorious after winning the European title twice, in 1977 and 1984, at the Stadio Olimpico. (NAN)

Source News Express

Posted 03/05/2018 12:49:58 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

 

You may also like...
Court to hear Tambuwal's defection suit Feb 19...

Dokubo raises alarm, says Jonathan’s life in danger...

Ibim Semenitari: Exceptional Amazon, Epitome of Selfless Service,...

Abuja Chamber lauds VP’s economic planning, development efforts...

FG plans nationwide campaign for Made-in-Nigeria products

Turkish Airlines to get 26 new aircraft in...

We are dying slowly, Ogoni women cry out...

Faulty aircraft: NCAA demands incident report from Aero...

Biafra: Aso Rock has no witnesses against Nnamdi...

Sex-for-marks girl Monica Osagie speaks

Dickson’s Unity Cup: 16 Bayelsa communities lock horns...

U.S. reassures on partnership with Nigeria, sends Independence...

 

Latest News Buhari makes 4 new appointments Killings: Soyinka warns against genocide, asks international community to intervene Reps to issue arrest warrant for embattled NEMA boss over alleged N5.6bn fraud Imo APC crisis: Okorocha, Buhari meet again Lebanese, 16 others arrested over alleged illegal mining deal Buhari to receive 2018 Budget today — Saraki Standard Gauge: Laying of tracks starts fully in Lagos by June — Amaechi CBN injects another $100m into Forex market •Vows to get tough with erring banks Anambra signs N9bn erosion control contract Stanbic IBTC Bank leads in cash management and trade finance African Development Bank delivers strong operational results NiMet predicts cloudy skies, heavy rains on Friday

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (345,673 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (342,491 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (273,779 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (225,089 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (205,423 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (203,126 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (177,231 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (159,508 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (150,400 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (143,742 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (140,221 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (132,622 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (42) Business & Economy (3,159) Business Verdict (43) Columnists (856) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (498) Features (598) Global Business Monitor (274) International (1,971) Interview (149) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (120) News (35,579) Opinion (969) Pidgin (10) Politics (5,063) Religion (745) Sports (1,517) Stock Watch (29) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

Boko Haram commanders surrender

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement