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Nainggolan apologises to Roma fans for error in Champions League loss

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1.70K   //    03 May 2018, 07:29 IST
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Roma star Radja Nainggolan

Radja Nainggolan used social media to apologise to supporters for his error in Roma's Champions League semi-final exit to Liverpool.

Nainggolan scored a late brace as Roma fell short of the Kiev final despite Wednesday's 4-2 victory at the Stadio Olimpico, where Liverpool prevailed 7-6 on aggregate.

Needing to overturn a 5-2 first-leg defeat, Roma's hopes of a stunning comeback were dashed after Nainggolan's back-pass gifted Sadio Mane and Liverpool the opening goal of the night in the Italian capital.

And Roma star Nainggolan issued an apology to fans via Instagram, writing: "I'm proud to be part of this team.

"I'm sorry for the error that weighed heavily on the final result… We go forward… #dajeroma."

It was an eventful night in the Eternal City, where Roma only fell one goal short of forcing extra time against their Premier League opponents.

Mane's ninth-minute opener was cancelled out by a James Milner own goal six minutes later.

Georginio Wijnaldum restored Liverpool's lead on the night approaching the half-hour mark before Roma scored three unanswered goals in the second half courtesy of Edin Dzeko and Nainggolan.

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Roma were left aggrieved afterwards, president James Pallotta and sporting director Monchi both demanding the introduction of the video assistant referee (VAR) in the Champions League after Trent Alexander-Arnold's handball inside the penalty area went unnoticed.

Dzeko was also incorrectly flagged for offside before he was brought down by Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.

On the Alexander-Arnold incident which prevented Stephan El Shaarawy from scoring in the second half, Roma veteran Daniele De Rossi told Mediaset Premium: "I saw the handball clearly, looked around and thought maybe I was seeing things. I asked Edin Dzeko on the corner, he didn't see, so I stayed quiet.

"I was right there, I saw it immediately, but if it was just me in a stadium of 60,000, it can't have been that easy for the referee to see it either. It makes no difference what I think, anyway. I thought at the time Dzeko was clearly offside on the other penalty, yet we saw later that he wasn't.

"The penalty problem was around the hour-mark and there was a long time to go. It might've changed the inertia of the game, perhaps Liverpool would've gone through anyway, but at least we'd have had the chance."

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