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Roma 4-2 L'Pool: The Kops head to UCL finals despite loss

Champions League By: Uche Duru | 02/05/2018

Liverpool qualified to the Champions League finals in Kiev with a 7-6 win in aggregate after losing 4-2 to Roma in the second leg of the semi-final showdown in Rome.

First-half away goals from Sadio Mane and Wijnaldum placed Liverpool on a higher ground until the home teams came through with four goals in the encounter.

Mane opened scores for Liverpool at the 9th minute, a brilliant assist from Firmino birthed the first goal of the night during the Champions League showdown in Rome.

Roma replied with an equaliser in the 15th minute. A bizarre own goal off James Milner favoured the host club and they went level with Liverpool with a 1-1 scoreline.

Liverpool missed a brilliant chance at the 25th minute. Robertson's pass led to Mane's strike at the 18-yard box which was saved by the goalkeeper and it led to a corner-kick. 

The corner-kick heralded Liverpool's second goal of the night. Wijnaldum, while left one on one with the goalkeeper, headed the ball past him into an empty net at the 26th minute. It was the Dutchman's first Champions League goal this season and it came through in an all-important game. Liverpool edged the host in a 2-1 scoreline at this point.

The first half of the game ended with the aforementioned scores. It was thoroughly entertaining! Liverpool basically went through. Though possession was on the home team's side, a Roma come-back was still uncertain. 

Roma eqalised for the second time at the 52nd minute. Edin Dzeko netted for the home team and they went all-squared, Roma 2-2 Liverpool. 

Edin Dzeko has now scored 8 goals the most goals for an Italian team in a Champions League campaign since Samuel Eto'o scored eight for Internazionale in 2010/11.

Karius made a brilliant save in the 59th minute. A Roma long thrust was chipped but the Liverpool stopper pulled a brilliant save. 

Sadio Mane after his first-half lone goal left the stage for Klavan at the 83rd minute. Liverpool went defensive as the changes proved so.

Roma scored their third goal at the 86th minute. Nainggolan hit one from 20 yards away and found the back of the net with a little chip at the woodwork. At this point, the scoreline read Roma 3-2 Liverpool as the away team still edged with 7-5 goal aggregate.

Firmino was replaced by Solanke in the 87th minute.

Roma earned a penalty at the extra time and Radja Nainggolan fired the fourth goal for the home team and his second which presented itself as the last strike of the night.

The game ended in a 4-2 scoreline as Roma edged, but it was in favour of Liverpool who qualified for the Champions League finals in Kiev with a 7-6 scoreline in goal aggregate after a 5-2 first-leg win at Anfield.

Liverpool will be battling it out with Real Madrid in a final showdown on Saturday 26th May.
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