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Liverpool hammer Roma but get a late scare

Liverpool have beaten Roma 5-2 in tonight’s Champions League semi-final first leg clash.

Goals from Salah (twice), Mane and Firmino (twice) has given them an advantage going into the second leg next week.

Mohamed Salah superbly curled the ball into the far corner from the edge of the area to put them one up after 36 minutes.

Before half time, Salah was on the scoresheet again after one of the many high balls met him, played a one-two with Roberto Firmino, breaked towards goal before calmly clipping the ball into the net.

16 minutes into the second half, Salah is not picked up as he chases yet another ball over the top. He carries the ball into the area before sliding it across goal for Sadio Mane to tap in.

All too easy for Liverpool as they grabbed a fourth on the 62nd minute. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s first-time flick sends Mo Salah away down the right, he waits for support before picking out Roberto Firmino to tap home.

Six minutes later, it was goal number five as Roma fail to pick up a corner and Roberto Firmino nods into the far corner.

81st minute, Roma get one back as the visitors catch out Liverpool with a ball over the defence, Edin Dzeko brings it under control superbly before driving home.

85th minute, Diego Perotti a penalty and suddenly Roma have two away goals and the deficit is just three!


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