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AS Roma vs Liverpool, UEFA Champions League semi-final 2nd leg, highlights: Reds through to final despite loss
Catch all the live updates from the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg between AS Roma and Liverpool.
FT! LIVERPOOL ARE THROUGH TO THE FINAL!
Jurgen Klopp's men are through to their first Champions League final in 12 years as they beat Roma 7-6 on aggregate despite losing 4-2 in the second leg in Rome.
PENALTY TO ROMA AND NAINGGOLAN SCORES!
Hold on! The referee points to the spot after the ball hits Klavan's hand. Nainggolan steps up and smashes the ball down the middle. 4-2 on the night!
86` NAINGGOLAN SCORES!
Kolarov rolls the ball to Nainggolan who sends in a low venomous shot which pings both the posts before hitting the back of the net. Karius could do nothing about it. Roma need two goals more with Liverpool leading 7-5 on aggregate.
52` GOAL! EDIN DZEKO SCORES!
Roma have the first of the four goals they require as Dzeko scores after Karius could only parry away an El Shaarawy shot to the Bosnian. Game on! Eusebio Di Francesco makes a change and it is an attacking one as Cengiz Under comes on for Florenzi.
26` GOAL! LIVERPOOL REGAIN LEAD THROUGH WIJNALDUM'S HEADER
Liverpool get two away goals of their own as Dzeko heads the ball back into the danger area and Gini Wijnaldum heads it past Alisson to give Liverpool the lead. 7-3 to Liverpool now.
14` GOAL! ROMA LEVEL!
A comical goal to say the least. El Shaarawy wins a header on the far post against TAA only for the ball to drop to Lovren. However, Lovren's clearance hits James Milner smack on the head to land fly past Karius into the Liverpool goal. Lucky goal for Roma but they'll take what they get. Liverpool lead 6-3 on aggregate.
9` GOAL! SADIO MANE GIVES LIVERPOOL THE LEAD!
Mane scores inside ten minutes as Liverpool punish some lackadaisical passing from Nainggolan. His weak pass is picked up by Firmino who feeds Mane. The Senegal international makes no mistake as he slots the ball in the back of the Roma net. Liverpool lead 6-2 on aggregate.
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The moment that Liverpool realised that they are through to the final
"Kiev here they come! Liverpool are in the Champions League final. Rome lies in ruins!"— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 2, 2018
What a journey this has been for Jürgen Klopp and his team.
"So many heroes along the way!" pic.twitter.com/1wvQEnCn1P
Jurgen Klopp in elite company
Jürgen Klopp is the fourth manager in Liverpool's history to lead the club to a Champions League final.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 2, 2018
🔴 Bob Paisley (3)
🔴 Joe Fagan (2)
🔴 Rafael Benítez (2)
🔴 Jürgen Klopp
The previous three have won it at least once. pic.twitter.com/1VmbUFIxVV
Preview: Liverpool are on the brink of a return to the Champions League final as they lead Roma going into Wednesday's semi-final second leg amid tight security with thousands of Reds fans flooding into the Italian capital.
The five-time winners have a 5-2 advantage in a clash overshadowed by security concerns which marred last week's first leg game in Anfield and are favourites to reach their eighth final and first since 2007.
Liverpool supporters have been pouring into the city with an expected 5,000 for the 1845GMT kick-off in the Stadio Olimpico with manager Jurgen Klopp promising a display of attacking football.
"You want to play when it is big stakes for the big things, and that is why we are here. It is a great opportunity," said German coach Klopp.
"If you really want to win, you have to accept that you could lose and be brave, not wait for something to happen.
"We need to be active and use their situation much more than they can use it, because they have to win against us and take a risk.
"We are here to fight for our dreams, and we want to go to the final," the Liverpool boss continued.
The winner will face two-time holders Real Madrid in the 26 May final in Kiev.
Liverpool have been training before the game at the ground of Roma's bitter city rivals Lazio with Reds fans gathered in the city centre chanting "we love you Lazio" ahead of the game, but there were no early signs of trouble.
Fan safety in the Italian capital has overshadowed the build-up, with 3,000 police officers deployed after a Liverpool supporter was attacked by hard-core Roma ultras outside the club's Anfield stadium last week and left in a coma.
Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum said that the Liverpool squad had been "devastated" to hear about the condition of the fan, Sean Cox. "It's a game and everybody has to be safe and enjoy it," he said.
Roma's players showed their support for Cox by wearing shirts bearing the words "Forza Sean" (Come on Sean) during a training session on Tuesday.
Liverpool issued strict instructions for fans to restrict their socialising to the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza di Spagna before making their way to shuttle buses which would be given a full police escort after the game.
"Under no circumstances should supporters attempt to walk to the Stadio Olimpico," the club warned, advising the fans to arrive early in the stadium with gates opening at 1500GMT nearly four hours before kick-off.
Klopp had said he "really hoped everyone can walk to the stadium and look forward to an intense, fantastic and very important football game".
The club have also told fans to respect public monuments in the capital, to avoid street drinking which is prohibited, and stay clear of the Ponte Milvio and Ponte Duca d'Aosta, two bridges near the stadium.
On the pitch, Eusebio Di Francesco's Roman side are hoping for another magical comeback after overturning a 4-1 first-leg deficit against Barcelona to put them through to the final four.
Roma — who last reached the final in 1984 when they lost on penalties to Liverpool — have not conceded a goal at home in the Champions League this season.
They will be counting on star forward Edin Dzeko to counter Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah.
Bosnian Dzeko has scored in each of his last four Champions League matches — a record for a Roma player — to bring his tally to seven in Europe this campaign.
Liverpool — inspired by former Roma player Salah — have scored 20 goals in six European away games.
"The desire to make another miracle happen must push us all to give that extra something," said Di Francesco, adding his side "want to try and do something big in a stadium with 70,000 people".
With inputs from AFP
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