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Champions League live blog: Man City vs Liverpool, Roma vs Barcelona

21:30 IST 10/04/2018
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Final thoughts 💭

And there we have it...

Another thrilling night in the Champions League in which Roma and Liverpool came out as champions.

Pep Guardiola, sent to the stands at half time, saw his Man City side beaten 2-1 on the night and 5-1 on aggregate by nemesis Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool team.

Roma turned a 4-1 defeat at Camp Nou in the first leg into a 4-4 draw, with their goal in Barcelona eventually sending them through to the semi-finals.

And we're back tomorrow to do it all again as Real Madrid host Juventus and Sevilla travel to Bavaria to take on Bayern Munich.

Thanks for joining us!


Can Liverpool win the Champions League?

On a night for heroes, they came dressed in Red.

Our Liverpool correspondent Neil Jones believes Jurgen Klopp's men can win the Champions League, and here's why 👉  Read the full feature here!

The Reds' love affair with this competition is well and truly back!


POST-MATCH STATS 🔢

Roma have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League/European Cup for the first time since they made it all the way to the final in the 1983-84 campaign.

Roma have kept five consecutive clean sheets in their five matches at the Stadio Olimpico in this season’s Champions League, their best ever run without conceding on home soil in the European Cup/Champions League.

Barcelona conceded as many goals tonight (three) as in their previous 10 Champions League games combined.

Barcelona are winless in their last five away knockout matches in the Champions League (D1 L4), conceding 13 goals and scoring just once.

Edin Dzeko has scored three goals in his last three Champions League games against Barcelona, more than he has netted against any other club in the competition.

Dzeko has scored in three consecutive Champions League appearances for only the second time, and the first since December 2009 whilst with Wolfsburg.

Daniele De Rossi scored his first Champions League goal since bagging a brace against Bayer Leverkusen in October 2015.


FEATURE: Don't blame the ref!

Our Manchester City correspondent Sam Lee says that City can feel they were on the wrong end of several refereeing decisions over two legs against Liverpool, but in the end can only blame themselves!

Read the full piece HERE!


Liverpool break Man Utd record 😏

Not only did Liverpool dump Manchester City out of the Champions League, they also snatched a record from bitter rivals United in the process.

Jurgen Klopp's side set the single-season Champions League record for most goals by an English team!

You can find full details HERE.


STAT!

Roma have become only the third side in Champions League history to overturn a 3+ goal deficit after the first leg in the knockout stages to progress after Deportivo vs Milan in 2003-04 and Barcelona vs PSG last season.


Do you think they enjoyed that one?


As for Roma 😳

The capital club have pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history to defeat Barcelona and advance to the semi-finals of the competition!

The Catalan club held a three-goal advantage heading into this evening's match, with only two teams previously overturning such a deficit. Edin Dzeko made his side's intentions clear with an early goal and the Italian outfit dominated from that point onwards.

The visitors barely had a kick in the contest and were at the mercy of the Italian outfit's prowess in the final third. Eusebio Di Francesco's men missed openings before finally getting the second goal when Daniele De Rossi converted from the spot after Dzeko had been brought down by Gerard Pique.

It was a waiting game for the third, but Kostas Manolas etched his place in history with a brilliant header to send his side through.

There will be an inquiry back in Catalonia about this failure. 


And breathe...

You'd have got long odds for Liverpool and Roma to progress from the first set of quarter-final ties, but they've done it.

Gabriel Jesus’ early strike seemed to have set City up for a remarkable comeback, but - after Pep Guardiola was sent to the stands for complaining that a second City goal was incorrectly disallowed - the hosts never recaptured their spark in the second half.

And that was all the encouragement Liverpool needed.

Mohamed Sarah was the first on the scoresheet with a delicate dink before, in the closing stages, Roberto Firmino took advantage of Nicolas Otamendi’s slip.

No Champions League title for Pep Guardiola... AGAIN!


FULL TIME!

Liverpool and Roma go through to the semi-finals!!!

City 1-2 Liverpool (1-5)

Roma 3-0 Barca (4-4)


90+2 mins - Tick tock

Roma are taking the clock down for as long as they can as dead-ball situations.

They're so close to a historic result.


STAT 🔢

This will be Liverpool’s 18th European semi-final, and their 10th in the Champions League. It looks as though Roma, who are currently beating Barcelona, will be joining them.


90 mins - BLOCK!

Fazio denies Suarez after he latched on to Messi's low cross into the box. All hands on deck for Roma.


85 mins - Barca scramble!

Messi weaves his way through the Roma defence, but the ball does not sit for him in the six-yard box. His scuffed effort lands safely into Alisson's hands.

A long ball forward from Alba has Alisson scrambling out of his net, but the keeper beats Dembele to it and heads clear of danger.

They're running out of time.


82 mins - GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL ⚽

This wasn't supposed to happen!

As it stands Roma will be heading through to the semi-finals as Manolas heads home from the corner. Under's delivery was perfect to the near post and the Greek made the run late to catch Barca asleep. He connected with his effort guiding it low towards the far corner, leaving Ter Stegen with no chance.

What a moment for the Italian outfit.

Barcelona are on the verge of a Champions League exit here...

Roma 3-0 Barca (4-4)


79 mins - SAVE! ✋

TER STEGEN KEEPS ROMA AT BAY!

Florenzi lifts a dangerous cross to the back post from the right flank.

Kolarov gambles and guides an effort towards the bottom corner, but Ter Stegen reacts to punch it away from danger.

A fine save from the German.


77 mins - GOAL!!! ⚽

GAME. OVER.

Roberto Firmino wraps it up for Liverpool.

City 1-2 Liverpool (1-5)


Salah hits 50

Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 50 goals in all competitions this season (39 goals, 11 assists), 11 more than any other Premier League player.

Absolutely incredible!

Player of the Season? 🤔


70 mins - CLOSE!

De Rossi and Alba jostle for the ball at the back post and the Italian makes glancing contact from Florenzi's cross, but the ball travels past the post.


STAT TIME ⏰ 

De Rossi has scored his first Champions League goal since bagging a brace against Bayer Leverkusen in October 2015, and his first at home since November 2010 against Bayern Munich.


62 mins - Time for subs? ♻️

Guardiola has to make some changes now, surely, with his City side seemingly having run out of ideas, and Liverpool are looking sharp on the counter.

Sergio Aguero, perhaps?


STAT 🔢

Mohamed Salah has now scored more goals in a single Champions League/European Cup campaign for Liverpool (8) than any other player in the club’s history.


57 mins - GOAL!!! ⚽

The goals are coming in pairs this evening...

Dzeko is hauled down in the box by Pique, and after consulting with the official behind the goal, the referee points to the spot.

Daniele De Rossi converts.

Roma 2-0 Barca (3-4)


56 mins - GOAL!!! ⚽

Game over?

Mohamed Salah chips a beautiful equaliser for Liverpool to put them 4-1 up on aggregate.

What can Man City produce now?

City 1-1 Liverpool (1-4)


50 mins - Running out of steam? 😤

City haven’t come out with the spark they had in the first half, and seem to be just easing their way back into this one. 

 As good as City have been, Liverpool have worked extremely hard to limit their attempts on goal, with Karius only called into action a few times following Jesus’ early opener.


STAT! 🔢

Barcelona managed just one shot on target in the opening 45 minutes, their lowest in the first half of a match since November against Juventus (also one).


46 mins - And we're back!

Both games are back underway...


Man City's push

Gabriel Jesus gave City the ideal start, and the hosts have been in control of this one since then. That being said, Liverpool have defended valiantly, although are fortunate that City’s final ball has, at times, let Guardiola’s side down.

Guardiola is clearly livid with referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz, although it is not clear why. City’s disallowed goal may have something to do with it.

Regardless, the Man City manager has been sent to the stands for the second half!


ROMA REACTION

Roma have been outstanding in the first half and take a deserved 1-0 lead into the break thanks to Edin Dzeko's early strike.

Eusebio Di Francesco's men still need a further two goals to swing the tie in their favour, although it should have been only one as Patrick Schick missed a glorious opening to notch their second, heading narrowly wide of the post.

Barcelona have been quiet, especially Lionel Messi, who has wasted three openings in the first period.


HALF TIME

The first 45 minutes is over and the second half of both ties is set up nicely.

Man City 1-0 Liverpool - (1-3)

Roma 1-0 Barcelona (2-4)


42 mins - POST!

SO CLOSE! Bernardo Silva again finds plenty of space down the right and proceeds to hammer a shot goalwards.

Karius is beaten, but it clatters away off the post.

Can Liverpool hold on until half time?


41 mins - Where's Lionel Messi?!

Messi lines up the free-kick from distance, but he sends his effort well over the bar.

He's not been on form this evening.


38 mins - OVER! ⬆️

Florenzi floats a cross to the back post for Dzeko to attack. He leaps above Semedo to power his effort towards the net, but Ter Stegen rises to tip the ball over the bar.

Dzeko once again rises in the box from the resulting corner, but on this occasion he guides his headed effort from Kolarov's corner over the bar.

Wake up, Barca! 😴


32 mins - Barca on the back foot

Roma should be 2-0 ahead on the night and within striking distance of taking the advantage in the tie. Schick will hope that he and his team-mates not rueing that miss come the end of the match.

Nainggolan leads his team forward and goes for the drive from the edge of the box. It hits a crowd of players and almost falls for Schick in the box. However, unlike Dzeko, he cannot get the decisive touch as Pique makes a vital sliding challenge ahead of him.

The examination of the Barcelona defence continues by Eusebio's men. They've been brilliant this evening, but need to find their clinical edge inside the box.


30 mins - 'Keeper!

Superb goalkeeping by Karius, who manages to tip away David Silva’s wicked delivery.

Bernardo Silva is on hand to pick up the loose ball and hammer an effort goal wards, but it is blocked by Milner, and the Portuguese is then booked after claiming it hit the former City man’s arm.


29 mins - CHANCE!

SCHICK HAS TO SCORE!

Fazio is afforded time to send a cross into the box.

The delivery is perfect for the forward, who is unmarked in the middle. He guides a header low towards the bottom corner, but his effort travels wide of the post. A huge moment in the game.


25 mins - Roma continue to press

Dzeko works the ball inside for Kolarov on the surge.

Pique manages to get a across at the last second to divert the ball behind before the full-back can shoot at goal.

You get the feeling a goal is coming.


Current mood for Messi 😣

Roma are very much on top here, with Dzeko having another strong opportunity in front of goal.

Space opens up for the forward to shoot from distance, but he can only smash his effort well over the bar.


19 mins - Liverpool struggling!

Guardiola’s system, and how the City players are slotting into it, is an incredible thing to behold, and Liverpool’s midfield are working incredibly hard to press their hosts back.

The Reds have more than enough firepower on the break, but they are well on the back foot at the moment.


18 mins -  Alba to the rescue

Florenzi breaks behind Alba on the right flank, but the Spaniard recovers well to make the closing challenge.

Alba had to make that tackle otherwise the Italian was through in the right inside channel.


14 mins - Double booking 📒📒

Mane slid in on Otamendi and catches the Argentine with his knee.

The crowd reacted badly, given it was Mane who picked up a red card in the league fixture here earlier in the season, but a yellow card was the correct call.

Ederson, too, picks up a booking, after he ran out to confront Liverpool’s forward.


13 mins -  CLOSE

Kolarov whips a pinpoint cross into the box from a corner and Schick rises highest to head at goal.

Ter Stegen comes off his line, but fails to beat the forward to the delivery. Fortunately for the German, Schick's effort sails over the bar.


STAT!

Only Sergio Aguero has been directly involved in more goals in all comps this season for Man City than Raheem Sterling (31 - 21 goals, 10 assists)


8 mins - Messi steps up...

Messi is brought down 25 yards from goal by De Rossi and it hands the Argentine an excellent chance to respond from the free-kick.

The crowd holds its breath, but Barca man puts the effort over the bar.

Play continues.


5 mins - GOAL!!! ⚽

Well well well...

What a start to the evening!

Roma have pulled one back against Barcelona through Edin Dzeko.

Buckle in, folks!

Roma 1-0 Barcelona (2-4)


2 mins - GOAL!!! ⚽

They couldn't, could they?

Manchester City are off to the dream start at the Etihad - Gabriel Jesus opens the scoring for the hosts.

Man City 1-0 Liverpool - (1-3)


Kick off! ⚽

Off we go...

Both games are underway, so if you forgot to go to the toilet you'll have to wait until half time 😄


Pre-match predictions 🔊

Can City pull off their greatest ever European comeback? 

Will Barcelona do the business in Rome?

Let us know how you think the games will go in the comments or on social media!


10 minutes to go!

The stage is set...


STAT!

If Liverpool progress here this evening, they will secure their first Champions League semi-final place in 10 years!


Messi magic!

Lionel Messi was at his imperious best to guide Barca to victory over Leganes in La Liga at the weekend.

Ernesto Valverde's men remain on course to reclaim the Primera Division crown as Messi scored a hat-trick to secure a 3-1 win, maintaining their healthy lead over Atletico Madrid.

Valverde will be desperate for a drama-free evening at the Stadio Olimpico.


The calm before the storm! 🌊

Liverpool are warming up at the Etihad in what promises to be a fiery game in Manchester.


STAT!

Liverpool’s James Milner has provided more assists than any other player in the Champions League this season (7) 

😲


Can City do the impossible?

Okay, so it's not quite impossible, but only two teams in Champions League history have overturned a 3+ goal deficit from the first leg in the knockout stages – Deportivo vs Milan in 2003-04 and Barcelona vs PSG last season.

Liverpool shocked the Premier League elect in the reverse fixture with a 3-0 victory, but will Pep and his City players get revenge at the Etihad this evening?


Last time out 🔄

There were plenty of goals in both first-leg ties, with Barcelona coming into the second leg with a 4-1 advantage.

Roma were on top for much of the game at Camp Nou but conceded two own goals before Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez put the game to bed. 

Edin Dzeko scored an away goal, however, which may still play a part in this tie.


Over in Rome...

The home side look like this:

Alisson, Manolas, Fazio, Jesus, Kolarov, Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman, Florenzi, Džeko, Schick

Subs: Skorupski, Pellegrini, Under, Gonalons, Peres, Gerson, El Shaarawy

While Messi and Co. shape up like this:

Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba, S. Roberto, Busquets, Rakitić, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi.

Subs: Cillessen, Suarez, Dembele, Paulinho, Alcacer, Gomes, Vermaelen


Team news time! ✍️

This is what the City XI looks like:

Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva, Sane, Sterling, Bernardo, G Jesus

Subs: Bravo, Aguero, Kompany, Foden, Gundogan, Zinchenko, Delph

And here's how Liverpool line up:

Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Mane, Firmino

Subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Clyne, Moreno, Woodburn, Ings, Solanke


🎉 The Championsssss!🎉

Hello and welcome to Goal's live coverage of this evening's Champions League fixtures!

We've got our second round of quarter-final ties to look forward to, with Roma hosting Barcelona and Manchester City looking to overturn a three-goal deficit from the first leg as Liverpool travel to the Etihad.

We will be bringing you all the build-up, team news and updates as they happen, so sit tight!