Liverpool Reaches Champions League Final


Liverpool managed to avoid the same fate that brought down Roma’s last opponent and has earned itself a place in the Champions League final.

Liverpool fell to Roma to 4-2 in the second leg of their semifinal on Wednesday but advanced on a high-scoring 7-6 aggregate to set up a date vs. Real Madrid in the final in Kiev on May 26.

Liverpool carried a 5-2 aggregate edge into the second leg vs. Roma, which was hoping to pull off a second straight miracle comeback to advance. In the quarterfinals, Roma overturned a 4-1 aggregate deficit by beating Barcelona 3-0 in the second leg at home to go through via the away-goal tiebreaker. An identical result Wednesday (or a 4-1 win or any four-goal triumph) would have done the trick, though Roma had to do its share of the work defensively and keep a high-powered Liverpool side off the board, too. That proved difficult, with Sadio Mane scoring early and Georginio Wijnaldum adding a second the pulled Liverpool level on the tiebreaker, in case it ever came into play.

Needing goals, Roma came out with plenty of pressure and possession. After a couple of semi-chances, Alessandro Florenzi fired the first warning shot, a blast from long distance that narrowly missed Loris Karius’s goal in the sixth minute.

Liverpool, meanwhile, was patient in defense, waiting for its chance to pounce, and it came in the ninth minute. A turnover in midfield sparked a trademark Liverpool counterattack, with Mane finishing off a pass from Roberto Firmino to make it 1-0 on the day and 6-2 on aggregate.


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