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RELIVE: Liverpool v AS Roma (UEFA Champions League)
Published in Ahram Online on 24 - 04 - 2018


Full time: Liverpool 5-2 AS Roma
The referee blows his final whistle, Liverpool will take a comfortable 5-2 lead into the second leg next week.
90+3' Liverpool make their last substitution. Firmino makes way for defender Ragnar Klavan.
90+1' The referee adds four minutes of stoppage time.
89' The two goals Roma scored will revive their hopes of overturning the deficit in the second leg.
88' Roma's Fazio receives a yellow card.
86' Dzeko goes close for Roma with a shot that goes just over the bar! Roma stage a brave fight in the final stages.
85' GOAL FOR ROMA!! Perotti converts a penalty after a shot strikes Milner's arm.
85' PENALTY FOR ROMA!!
82' Wijnaldum wastes a clear-cut chance to add the sixth! He fails to connect with a low cross with the goal at his mercy.
81' A mistake from Lovren allows Roma to score. A long ball is misjudged by the central defender, with Dzeko pouncing to beat Karius at his near post.
81' GOAL FOR ROMA!!!
77' Will Liverpool be able to add more goals in the final 13 minutes?
74' Liverpool make their first substitution, our Egyptian hero Salah is replaced, making way for Danny Ings.
74' Liverpool defender Lovren receives a yellow card.
73' A header from Perotti is saved by Karius.
71' A mistake by Lovren almost gifts Roma a goal! His clearance is rebounded off Schick and goes just wide.
69' Firmino towers to head home a Milner corner for his second goal of the night as Liverpool humiliate Roma.
69' GOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR LIVERPOOL!!!!
66' Roma make a double substitution. Maxime Gonalons replaces De Rossi and Diego Perotti replaces Juan Jesus.
65' Roma's hapless defenders are chasing shadows, Liverpool's fearsome attacking trio is unstoppable.
63' Salah enjoys a dream night. He skips past Juan Jesus in the area and sends a low cross for Firmino for an easy tap-in at the far post.
61' GOOOOOOOOOOAAAL FOR LIVERPOOL!!!
60' Liverpool launch a wave after wave of attacks; they are likely to increase their lead.
59' In a rare chance for Roma, Schick tries a cheeky effort but it misses the target.
56' Salah runs onto a long ball, and unselfishly squares the ball for Mane to apply the finishing touch with a sliding effort, compounding the misery of Roma.
56' GOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR LIVERPOOL! Salah makes an assist for Mane.
53' Mohamed Salah almost robs the last Roma defender! The effervescent Egyptian is enjoying a great night.
51' Liverpool are unlikely to rest after taking a 2-0 lead; they look determined to increase the gap.
48' Will Roma be able to cope with Liverpool's relentless pressure in the second half?
46' Liverpool make their first substitution, Patrik Schick replaces Cengiz Under.
The second half is underway
The referee blows his halftime whistle
45+1' Salah runs through on goal after a pass from Firmino to send a delicate chip over the advancing keeper and into the net. It's the Egyptian King's night!
45' GOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR LIVERPOOL!!! IT'S MO SALAH!!!
43' A deflected shot from Firmino narrowly misses the target.
41' Another chance for Liverpool! Wijnaldum shoots from a tight angle but his effort is blocked by Alisson.
39' Liverpool right-back Alexander-Arnold is booked.
38' Liverpool almost make it 2-0!! A Lovren header from a Salah corner strikes the bar.
36' The in-form Egyptian winger scores with a trademark curling shot into the top corner of the net! What a breathtaking strike from Mo. It's his ninth Champions League goal this season.
36' GOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR LIVERPOOL!!! IT'S MO SALAH
35' A curling shot from Firmino is well saved by Alisson as Liverpool mount an onslaught.
34' A goal disallowed for Liverpool! Mane finds the net after a left-wing cross from Robertson but he is correctly flagged for offside.
32' Liverpool lay siege to Roma's area.
31' It's Salah's turn! This time his curling effort is blocked by Alisson after a neat one-two with Firmino.
29' Another opportunity for Mane! He receives a low cross from Firmino but his shot on the turn goes wide.
28' What a chance for Liverpool!! Mane breaks clear after brilliant work from Firmino but he blasts his left-foot shot over the crossbar with the goal at his mercy.
27' Liverpool are finding it difficult to penetrate a watertight defence.
26' Roma's Juan Jesus receives a yellow card for a challenge on Sadio Mane.
25' Liverpool are gradually gaining more possession.
21' Liverpool are now on the back foot after a fine start to the game.
19' The first chance for Roma! A powerful drive from Kolarov strikes Karius hands and strikes the bar.
18' Liverpool make an unscripted substitution. The injured Oxlade-Chamberlain makes way for Georginio Wijnaldum
18' Roma start to probe Liverpool's defence.
16' Liverpool midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain is receiving treatment on the pitch.
14' A Roma cross is easily gathered by Liverpool keeper Karius.
10' Liverpool are displaying flowing football in the early stages.
8' Oxlade-Chamberlain tries his luck but his low shot goes straight into the hands of Alisson Becker.
7' Television replays suggest Firmino was offside.
5' The first goal-scoring chance for Liverpool! Salah releases Firmino with a deft through ball but the Brazilian's shot goes across the six-yard box and wide.
5' The match is paused as the linesman changes his flag.
3' Mo Salah makes his first foray forward, cutting inside to send a shot that is easily collected by the keeper.
The match is underway
Starting line-ups:
Liverpool: Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino
AS Roma: Alisson Becker, Federico Fazio, Kostas Manolas, Juan Jesus, Alessandro Florenzi, Daniele De Rossi, Kevin Strootman, Aleksandar Kolarov, Cengiz Ünder, Radja Nainggolan, Edin Dzeko
20:30 Only 15 minutes remaining before kick-off, Will Mo Salah score again tonight?
19:45 No surprises in the starting line-ups of both sides. Liverpool coach Klopp sticks to his fearsome trio upfront, including Egypt's Salah.
18:30 Salah has scored in four consecutive Champions League starts for Liverpool. Only Steven Gerrard did better.
17:30 Liverpool's Klopp urged the team's fans to show respect to Roma when they arrive at Anfield, saying: "This is such a fantastic football club and family. Known for fantastic atmospheres around the world, so we don't need to throw whatever at the Roma bus. Please, show them the respect."
16:30 AS Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco says his side won't sit back against Liverpool at Anfield. The Italian said he is well aware of the Merseyside club's ability to hit teams with swift balls over the top for their attacking trio to exploit but wants his side to keep a tight, compressed formation.
16:10 Salah has struck eight times in the Champions League this season - second only to Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid, who has 15 goals. But with strike partner Robero Firmino also scoring eight and Sadio Mane seven, Liverpool have the most potent attack in the competition with 33 goals.
16:10 Salah was less prolific in Italy's Serie A during his two seasons with Roma, but his 34 goals in 83 appearances in all competitions for the club impressed Klopp and earned the Egyptian a 42 million euro (36.77 million pounds) move to Anfield.
15:45 "I am pretty sure the Italian defenders are famous for not having friendly games, so I think Mo will feel early in the game that they are not his team mates any more and then he can strike back in a football way," the German said.
15:00 Juergen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, expects Roma's defenders to give Salah an early reminder, if any were needed, that friendships end once the players are on the field.
14:00 Liverpool pulled off their own surprise as Salah, voted Player of the Year by England's Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) on Sunday, scored in both legs of his team's 5-1 aggregate quarter-final win over Premier League champions Manchester City.
13:30 The Italian side are a surprise arrival in the last four of Europe's premier club competition after a stunning comeback against Spanish giants Barcelona in the last round.
12:55 But on Tuesday at Anfield Roma's primary task will be to stop the prolific Salah from adding to his impressive 41 goals in all competitions.
12:15 What they surely didn't expect would be that Salah and Liverpool would stand between them and a place in the Champions League final.
12:00 When AS Roma agreed to sell Mohamed Salah to Liverpool last June they could well have anticipated that the Egyptian would go on to be a big success with the Premier League club.

Venue: Anfield, Liverpool
Referee: Felix Brych, Germany
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