LIVERPOOL – Champions League semi-final return , Liverpool-Barcelona 4-0 ( first leg 0-3 ), goals: Origi at 6 ′ and 78 ′, Georginio Wijnaldum at 53 ′ and 55 ′.
Liverpool in the Champions League final at the end of a historical comeback, the Barcelona falls back to us. Everyone in the blaugrana environment repeated like a refrain " It will not happen again as in Rome " and instead it went just like that, like in the worst nightmares. So in Rome as in Liverpool. The Barcelona seemed to have closed the qualifying speech in the first leg and instead it melted like snow in the sun in front of the hunger of the adversaries.
Last year, Barcelona had won 4-1 at home to Roma and then left the Champions League crashing 3-0 at the Olympic Stadium . They were the quarter-finals. This year, he had made things better by winning 3-0 in Barcelona but managed to lose to Liverpool with a four-goal margin by missing the final. The coach Valverde has gone from dream treble of the shame of being remembered as the coach of Barcelona which earned so much historical comebacks however painful in the Champions League.
After an encouraging start, where Alisson was the protagonist of parades worthy of note , Liverpool began to take the field until Barcelona disappeared from the pitch. Liverpool's hunger made the difference, the players made the difference but above all the goalkeepers made the difference .
Alisson drew conclusions all but easy, proving himself a great team goalkeeper, while Ter Stegen gave the bloody 2-0 goal to Liverpool, the one that made his team disappear from the field, with an incredible duck on a central conclusion of Wijnaldum.
After the 2-0, the faces of the Barcelona players were a "copy and paste" of those admired last year at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Messi failed to take the team by the hand and Liverpool took a bite of their opponents. 3-0 and 4-0 are emblematic.
The 3-0 came immediately after the 2-0, with Barcelona still shaken by the 2-0 result of the error of Ter Stegen. The 4-0 qualifying goal, takes place on a corner kick, like that of Manolas last year. Everyone sleeps, Alexander Arnold immediately takes the corner and Origi, who was left alone, scores comfortably. It is the network of the Reds paradise, it is the network of the Blaugran hell.
Liverpool-Barcelona 4-0, Wijnaldum and Origi sign historical comeback.
Liverpool's comeback attempt begins on the right foot. Divock Okoth Origi unlocks the game after just six minutes. The Belgian striker is forgotten by the Barcelona defense and has no difficulty in scoring practically empty. At 13 ', Alisson Becker deflects a left-footed shot from Lionel Messi into a corner kick, keeping the qualifying speech open. At 17 ', Alisson Becker made another great parade, this time on Coutinho. The great ex of the match, had been served by a delightful ass of Messi.
At 42 ', Robertson's long-range conclusion is deflected into a corner kick by Arturo Vidal. At 46 ', Sergio Busquets was warned for stopping Fabinho's restart with a bad foul. The first half ended with Liverpool leading by a goal against Barcelona. The qualification will be decided in the second half.
At 53 ', Liverpool doubles with Georginio Wijnaldum. The Dutch midfielder kicks in centrally but Ter Stegen makes it big and passes the ball under his body. At 55 ', Liverpool equalized scoring the third goal with Wijnaldum. The Dutch midfielder heads with Shaqiri's cross.
4-0 Liverpool at 78 '! Alexander Arnold quickly beats the corner kick and surprises the Barcelona players. The ball arrives in Origi that marks from two steps without any problem ( deepening here ). It's over, Liverpool has completed one of the most incredible comebacks in football history and qualified for the Champions League grand final.
Here are the official formations of Liverpool-Barcelona.
Liverpool (4-3-3) – Alisson; Alexander Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Milner, Henderson; Shaqiri, Origi, Mané.
Barcelona (4-3-3) – Ter Stegen; S. Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, J.Alba; Vidal, Busquets, Rakitic; Messi, Suarez, Coutinho.
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