Last Tuesday, on the 24th, in the UEFA Champions League semi finals, Liverpool faced AS Roma at Liverpool’s home ground, Anfield. At first, it looked like a very dull game, with either side creating poor chances, except for an attempt by Roma in the 18th minute. However, a goal in the 34th minute by Egyptian Mohamed Salah opened the scoring for the English side, and another goal by the winger in the 44th minute put Liverpool one foot into the final by halftime. In the 55th minute, Sadio Mane scored from a well-placed cross from Salah, and Roberto Firmino scored in the 60th minute, and again in the 67th minute, to complete a brace for the Brazilian striker. Just as all hope was lost, Roma managed to score an important away goal, in the 80th minute from forward Edin Dzeko. With a last-minute penalty, Diego Perotti bagged another one for the Italian side. Roma are going to have to be at their top form if they are to recover from the 3 goal deficit and advance to the finals.
Meanwhile, in the other semi final game, the German club Bayern Munich was pitted against 12 time UCL champions Real Madrid. It was an extremely close match, with top players at their best playing on each team. However, in the 27th minute, Joshua Kimmich broke the deadlock with a goal for the German side. A well-executed cross from Columbian James Rodriguez allowed for the German right back to cut through the penalty box and fire a shot pass Keylor Navas. The Real Madrid goalkeeper simply had no chance of saving the shot. The Los Blancos were able to comeback from the 1-0 loss after halftime with a goal in the 43rd minute by Brazilian left-back Marcelo, and a final goal from Spaniard Marco Asensio.
The second legs of both matches will be held in May.