What an amazing game!
The teams were fairly straight forward as Liverpool had the same starting XI as the game at the Etihad, while AS Roma brought in Under in place of Schick. The first twenty minutes of the game were fairly balanced as both teams were attacking each other, Roma actually looked the more dangerous of the two. Liverpool began to grow into the game and in the 35th minute Salah curled in a beautiful left footed effort to give Liverpool the lead. The goal seemed to confuse the Roma defence and errors and mistakes allowed Salah to score a second via a chip in the 45th minute.
The second half started off in the same fashion as wave after wave of Liverpool attacks threatened AS Roma, by the 70th minute Liverpool had added 3 more goals with Mané and Firmino the providers. It looked like Liverpool were already through to the final with the second leg looking like a complimentary game, but Salah was substituted and with him the impetus that Liverpool had also left the field. Roma began to finally threaten the Liverpool defence and managed to get two goals in the final 10 minutes. The first was a clever finish by Džeko who’s run Lovren had failed to track, and the second was a penalty converted by Perotti after a Milner hand ball.
Uptil the 80th minute it was all Liverpool, Salah and Firmino particularly standing out as they have done all season. The two away goals for Roma have given them hope and practically the same task they had against Barcelona. A 3-0 victory in Rome would take them through. This Liverpool team has a questionable defence but they also arguably have one of the best strike forces in Europe. Barca were poor in Rome and were not all that good in general but Liverpool are another beast they might concede in Rome but they will probably also score.
This tie looked dead but the result at the end has insured that the second leg in Rome will be a mouth watering fixture.