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UCL Draw: The enormous history between Liverpool and AS Roma

Champions League By: Uche Duru | 13/04/2018

Premier League giants Liverpool were paired with Italian club, Roma in the UEFA Champions League semi-final draw prompting us to take a look at the massive history between the two clubs.

Both clubs share a very interesting history in football haven met for the umpteenth time both in Champions League and the then UEFA Cup, currently known as Europa League.

Liverpool and Roma have met 5 times in history with the English club winning two times and drawing two. Roma on the other side have won once out of their five encounters.

Their first meeting was in the 1983/84 European Cup final where Roma hosted Liverpool in Rome, Italy. The then European Cup football club tournament was won for a fourth time by Liverpool in a penalty shootout in the final against Roma. The game had finished 1–1. Phil Neal had scored for Liverpool and Roberto Pruzzo for Roma. It was the seventh title in eight seasons for English clubs.

The clash extended to a penalty shootout which saw Liverpool win 4-2 to lift the trophy.

Both rivals met for the second time in the 2000/01 UEFA Cup fourth round. It was Liverpool who took the lead with two away goals in their first leg in Rome as Roma failed to score. The match ended 2-0 in favour of Liverpool. Michael Owen scored two priceless goals for Liverpool on that magnificent evening.

The second leg of the encounter announced Roma as winners. A late Marco Borriello goal gave Roma a 1-0 friendly win over Liverpool at Boston's Fenway Park. but Liverpool finally won with a 2-1 aggregate.

Liverpool and Roma met for the first time in the UEFA Champions League the following year, 2001/02 season. It was in the second group stage of the tournament and Roma played host in the first leg which ended in a goalless draw. 

The second leg of the game favoured Liverpool at Anfield with a 2-0 win against their visitors, Roma. An early Jari Litmanen penalty and a second-half header from Emile Heskey were enough to give the English side victory over Roma.

Another history will be made on the  25th of April when Liverpool will host AS Roma for the third time in the Champions League as the second leg will be held at the Olimpico Stadium on the 2nd of May.
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