3 things that went right for Liverpool against Roma
Liverpool beat Roma 5-2 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final and here are 3 things that worked perfectly for The Reds
The footballing world had their eyes glued to Anfield as Liverpool hosted Roma in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final and my word, what a match we witnessed!
Liverpool qualified after a thumping 5-1 aggregate win over fellow English team Manchester City and AS Roma reached the semi-finals after an incredible comeback against Barcelona.
The first half was an end-to-end affair and surprisingly, it was Roma who started the game on the front foot. Liverpool took their time to settle in and the deadlock was broken in the 35th minute by none other than Mohammed Salah.
The Egyptian's effort was simply unreachable for Alisson as Salah curled the ball into the far-post which went into the back of the net after grazing the underside of the crossbar.
It was Salah who stole the headlines once again as he doubled their lead with a delicious chip over Alisson who charged forward after being put through on goal by Firmino.
The second-half started in similar fashion and despite Roma's best efforts to get back into the game, Mane and Firmino got on the score sheet after brilliant work from Salah. Firmnino got his second in the 68th minute as he rose highest to meet Milner's corner.
Roma fought back and found themselves back in the game through Edin Dzeko who expertly finished past Karius after he was picked out by Naingollan. And, just 4 minutes later, the visitors were awarded a penalty after Milner was penalised for a handball inside the box.
Perotti stepped up and made no mistake to make the scoreline 5-2 and provided a case for optimism for the Roma faithful and a nervy end to Liverpool.
Here are 3 things that went right for Liverpool today:
#3 A strong second-half
Yes, despite conceding twice late on, Liverpool did not give Roma even a sniff of the goal in the second half, while they themselves scored three.
Liverpool took their time to settle in the match and at times it looked as if it was not the easy fixture that appeared on paper, particularly in the first-half.
Roma got off to a strong start and Liverpool's midfield took time to find their feet. Roma's high pressing, in the beginning, may have caught Liverpool off-guard as many of their passes went wayward.
However, after racing to a 2-0 lead at half-time, one might have expected Roma to come out firing on all cylinders in the second-half but that was not the case as Liverpool completely dominated proceedings when the game restarted and proved to be a tough nut to crack.
Even though forward Patrick Schick was brought on by Di Francesco, Liverpool's defence stood tall and negated any influence the forward tried to inject.
Roma found the going tough in the second-half and despite bagging two valuable away goals towards the end of the game, there were times when even the most optimistic of Roma fans thought that the tie was over, particularly when Liverpool went 5-0 up.