Preview - Roma vs. Liverpool 03 May 2018

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May 01, 2018, 05:28 PM Last Edit: May 03, 2018, 07:49 AM by Harry85
Champions League Semi Final Second Leg
Roma vs. Liverpool
Thursday, May 3rd , 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

Roma: 
Last five matches form: D W W L W
CL Average goals per match: 1.55
CL Average goals against per match: 1.55
CL Top Scorer: Edin Dzeko (7)

Liverpool:
Last five matches form: W W D W D
CL Average goals per match: 3.45
CL Average goals against per match: 0.53
CL Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino (10)

First Leg Score: Liverpool 5 - 2 Roma

It's advantage Liverpool headed into this semi final second leg, having rattled in five and built up a three-goal lead at Anfield last week, surely the hard work is done. But then Barcelona thought the same thing headed into their quarter final second leg here with a 4-1 advantage.

Vulnerable on the road, Roma have proven to be a different proposition in entirely in front of their own fans, and nowhere was that more in evidence than when beating the Spanish Champions 3-0 here to go through on away goals. Having completed one miraculous comeback, they now need another.

Gregoire Defrel and Rick Krasdrop are out for Roma. Kostas Manolas, Kevin Strootman, Alessandro Florenzi and Cengiz under will head into the game refreshed having been given the weekend off.

Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joel Matip and Emre Can are out for Jugen Klopps men. Sadio Mané is expected to be fit to partner Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino in the Red's devastating attack.

Roma have conceded 17 goals in the Champions League this season, however all of these have come away from home. At the Stadio Olimpico they have been impenetrable. Five games, five clean sheets, they will be hoping this solid defence will at least give them a platform from which to launch a comeback.

Liverpool have however only failed to score in eight of 53 games this term. Interestingly five of those blanks have come in goalless draws. Keeping the Anfield boys quiet appears to come at a cost in terms of attacking intent.

Away from home in the Champions League Liverpool have been rampant, averaging 3.33 goals across their six games.

We don't see Roma living with Liverpool on the counter unless they sit deep. Doing so will restrict their chances of securing the three goals they need though, and they will have to come out of their shells at some point. We expect goals, with Liverpool doing enough to make the final.


Prediction: Roma 2 - 2 Liverpool

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 2
Full time: 4 - 2
Aggregate Score: 6 - 7
Shots: 24 - 11
Shots on target: 6 - 5
Corner Kicks: 7 - 3
Possession: 60% - 40%

Referee Damir Skomina reached for the notebook five times in all here. Issuing yellow cards to Alessandro Florenzi and Konstantinos Manolas of Roma, and Liverpool's Dejan Lovren, Andrew Robertson and Dominic Solanke.

As seen in the previous round against Barcelona, overhauling a three goal deficit at home is not beyond this Roma side. In just the ninth minute though their task became all the more difficult. Roberto Firmino picking up the ball in midfield and driving forwards before releasing Sadio Mané into the left-hand side of the Roma area. Excellent finish from Mané to find the bottom right hand corner. Liverpool now up 6-2 on aggregate.

Roma were back on level terms on the night in the 15th minute in bizarre circumstances. A cross from the right by Florenzi being headed back across goal by Lorenzo Pellegrini and looking relatively harmless. Dejan Lovren's attempted clearance went slap bang into James Milner though and ricocheted back into the Liverpool net.

In the 26th minute Roma's deficit in the tie was increased from three to four once again. A poor defensive header from Edin Dzeko headed back towards his own goal, but only as far as the waiting Georginio Wijnaldum to nod past Alisson Becker. 7-3 on aggregate at the break. Roma surely couldn't pull four goals back in the second half. Could they?

In the 52nd minute Stephan El Shaarawy made a trademark run down the left before cutting inside and firing a shot on goal. Loris Karius made the save but could only palm the ball out Dzeko. The big striker calmness personified to control and fire in the rebound. Still three needed.

As we headed past 80 minutes, Liverpool looked to be cruising through, but there was still time for late drama.

In the 86th minute,  Mirko Antonucci teed up Radja Nainggolan around 25 yards from goal. Karius getting nowhere near his blistering drive in off the post.

Still two needed.

In the third minute of stoppage time Ragnar Klavan handled in the area to gift Roma a penalty. Nainggolan stepping up to blast home.

Now just one needed to take this to extra time.

And then time finally ran out for brave Roma as a second miraculous comeback proved just beyond them.

The Champions League final is set then. It's Liverpool vs Real Madrid, and if its anything like as good as some of the knockout stage games have been, we could be in for a classic.


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