Roma break the predictions against Barça, Liverpool tames the City
The Argentine star of FC Barcelona Lionel Messi (2I) tries to pass between two players of the AS Roma, in quarterfinal match of the ‘Champions’ played on April 10, 2018 in Rome
Roma gave the great surprise of the Champions League quarterfinals by winning Barcelona 3-0 on Tuesday and going back to the tie (4-1 in the first leg), while Liverpool stifled the Manchester City revolt and signed its go to the semifinals with a 2-1 triumph.
The Reds, with five European Cups in their showcases, had won 3-0 in the first leg. They return to a Champions League semifinal ten years after their last participation.
Further back must look at Roma, who had not participated in the penultimate round since 1984, a year in which he reached the final and lost the penalty in the penalty shootout against Liverpool in the Olympic capital of Italy.
“I did not think Barcelona was out, Roma lost Mo Salah and they are in the semifinals, it’s incredible,” said Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp, referring to his star, who left the Italian club to play for the Reds and scored a goal this Tuesday, to reach 39 this season.
Unquestionable favorites of their eliminatory, the City and Barcelona remain in the quarter, practically champions of England and Spain, two of the most reliable a priori teams in the continent.
On Wednesday the quarterfinals are completed. Juventus, who travels to Santiago Bernabéu to try to raise an adverse 3-0, and Sevilla, who meet in Munich with Bayern after losing 2-1 in the first leg, will try to come from behind.
– Hero Manolas –
Faced with a very gray Barca and barely created danger, the Romans turned the tie with the goals of Bosnian Edin Dzeko (6), Daniele de Rossi penalty (58) and Greek Kostas Manolas (82).
The team coached by Ernesto Valverde, who dreamed of the triplet after practically having sentenced the League and playing the final of the Copa del Rey, probably played the worst game of the season against a rival who had already shown at the Camp Nou a level of game that did not correspond with the bulky defeat by 4-1.
“Roma have played a great game and we have to congratulate them, we have not been able to get into the game,” Valverde said.
Encouraged by the Olympic, the Romans pressed and went for the game putting Barcelona in constant difficulties, especially in the balls overlooked.
It was not until the 74th minute of the game, with a play by Lionel Messi, when Barcelona finished for the first time with danger to the Brazilian Alison’s goal.
In the 82nd minute the miracle arrived, in a corner from the left in which Manolas went ahead of the defense and headed in the first post to the back of the net.
– Expulsion for protesting –
In Manchester Liverpool did not tremble before the great dominator of English football. In minute 2 the Brazilian Gabriel Jesus made it 1-0 and all Etihad Stadium began to believe in the comeback. But in 56 Salah silenced the stadium and took the Reds to the penultimate round.
Another Brazilian, Roberto Firmino, signed the spectacular triumph (77) by stealing the ball from Argentine Nicolás Otamendi and beating his compatriot Ederson with a precise shot attached to the post.
Before Pep Guardiola saw the red card at the break. After the cancellation of a goal to the German Leroy Sané for offside, the first part ended with a row between the local coach and the Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz, who ended up expelling his compatriot, forced to continue the second half from the harrow.
“I told [the referee] that it was a goal when the ball came to Sané, that’s why he sent me away,” Guardiola explained.
Without his guidance on the bench, City went down in the second half. And Liverpool took advantage of it. As it could not be otherwise, the man of the moment Salah initiated and concluded with a touch of class a transition in which the Senegalese Sadio Mané broke with speed and skill to the defense.