Reds set up Champions League final date with Real Madrid

On Wednesday night, Liverpool progressed to the Champions League final courtesy of 7-6 semi-final aggregate win over Roma.

The Reds did suffer a slight scare losing 4-2 on Wednesday night at the Stadio Olimpico, but their first leg win was enough to see the Merseysiders progress to the final on May 26th against reigning European champions Real Madrid.

The visitors took the lead on nine minutes, as Roberto Firmino intercepted a short pass from Radja Nainggolan and found Sadio Mane. The Senegalese international raced towards goal and fired beyond Allison in the home goal.

The home side was level on 15 minutes in rather comical fashion. Dejan Lovren tried to clear his lines, only for the ball to rebound off James Milner’s head and past Loris Karius, who had no chance of keeping it out.

Jurgen Klopp’s side regained their lead on 25 minutes, Georginio Wijnaldum capitalised on poor defending to head home. Roma equalised on the night on 52 minutes, Edin Dzeko tapping home after Karius had parried an effort from Stephan El Shaarawy.

Roma then saw two penalty appeals turned down. The first involved Dzeko. The Bosnian striker raced through on goal only to be brought down in the visitor’s box by Reds goalkeeper Karius.

All eyes were on the officials. However, the referee’s assistant decided to flag the striker offside. Replays showed he was, in fact, onside and the home should have had a penalty kick.

The second appeal came soon afterwards, as Reds full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold appeared to handle an El Shaarawy shot on goal. Roma did finally get their third goal, Nainggolan hitting a powerful long-range effort that beat Karius all ends up.

The Belgian international doubled his tally deep into stoppage-time, hammering home a penalty kick after Ragnar Klavan was adjudged to have handled in the area.

However, it was too little too late for the Giallorossi, as Liverpool progressed to a final date with Spanish giants Real Madrid on May 26th in Kiev.

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