Reds stun City, while Barcelona breeze past Roma

The second night of Champions League quarter-final first legs produced big wins for Liverpool and Barcelona.

Manchester City headed to Liverpool’s Anfield on Wednesday night as the best team in the Premier League. However, the Citizens suffered a 3-0 defeat at the famous old stadium after a 31-minute first-half blitz from the home side.

The Reds took the lead on 12 minutes. Mohamed Salah fired home from close-range after the City defence failed to clear a Roberto Firmino effort. The scoreline got even better for the home side on 20 minutes. Former Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain picked up the ball 25 yards out and smashed an effort past Ederson.

Jurgen Klopp’s side made it three on 31 minutes. Salah flung a cross into the area and winger Sadio Mane glanced home to put the Reds into dreamland.

The home side took their foot off the gas the second half and lost star man Salah through injury. However, the visitors failed to get a shot on target in a frustrating second half, despite dominating possession.

The visitors have plenty of work to do in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium to get back into the tie.

Elsewhere, Catalan giants Barcelona recorded a 4-1 home win against Italian side Roma at the Nou Camp.

The game was relatively tight until the 38th minute when Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi put past his own goalkeeper. The home side received another stroke of luck on 55 minutes, as Kostas Manolas also put through his own net.

The home side scored a third just before the hour mark, as centre-back Gerard Pique scored a tap-in. With ten minutes remaining, the Giallorossi scored an away goal through Edin Dzeko. However, striker Luis Suarez scored a fourth goal for the home side to give them a major advantage heading into the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico.

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