Liverpool into Champions League semis with dramatic win over Man City

Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring for Liverpool against Manchester City

Liverpool reached their first Champions League semi-final for 10 years after coming from behind to win at Manchester Metropolis and safe an emphatic 5-1 combination win.

Metropolis made the right begin as they tried to reel in a Three-Zero deficit from the primary leg when Raheem Sterling arrange Gabriel Jesus for a cool end after solely two minutes – however they by no means recovered from a contentious incident simply earlier than half-time that noticed supervisor Pep Guardiola despatched off.

Bernardo Silva had struck the submit and with Liverpool below intense strain, Leroy Sane scrambled house what Metropolis thought was an important second.

The objective was dominated out for offside though the ball got here off Liverpool’s James Milner and Guardiola marched on to the pitch in an explosion of fury to remonstrate with referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz. The outburst noticed him pressured to look at the second half from the stands.

With Guardiola away from his technical space, Metropolis misplaced momentum and the guests delivered the killer blow of the away objective when, inevitably, Mohamed Salah chipped in his 39th objective of the season after a strong run by Sadio Mane within the 56th minute.

Roberto Firmino’s elegant end 13 minutes from time accomplished the formalities and Liverpool will now have their sights set on a sixth triumph in Europe’s elite competitors.

The Reds will uncover their semi-final opponents when the draw is made on Friday at 12:00 BST in Nyon, Switzerland.

Magic Salah delivers once more

Salah’s health was the most important matter of dialog round Liverpool’s workforce choice earlier than this recreation – and his decisive contribution within the 56th minute demonstrated precisely why.

The striker was substituted within the first leg with a groin drawback however was absolutely match and restored at the beginning as Liverpool protected that three-goal lead from Anfield.

The Egyptian was powerless within the first half as Metropolis tried to claw that deficit again in a thunderous first 45 minutes that noticed Jurgen Klopp’s aspect below siege.

On this golden season, nonetheless, Salah solely wants one likelihood and so it proved once more as he collected the ball because it ran free from Mane’s drive into the realm earlier than delivering a composed lofted end with the arrogance of a person who feels he can’t miss.

These are the kind of game-changing contributions wanted at this elite stage and Salah delivers them.

It was becoming that the underrated Firmino added Liverpool’s second with equal calm as Metropolis ran out of hope – however it was Salah’s cool head on this frantic ambiance that modified the course and emphasis of this quarter-final second leg.

Liverpool entered this season's Champions League at the play-off round but have made it to the semi-finals for the first time since 2007-08

Guardiola loses cool as Man Metropolis curse luck

Metropolis will really feel they have been on the tough finish of the selections as they complained that Sterling ought to have had a penalty when he was fouled by Andrew Robertson and Salah’s opening objective at Anfield was offside.

The sense of injustice was burning once more right here when what might have been an important objective to place Metropolis 2-Zero up was dominated out for offside.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is unhappy with the referee during Manchester City's Champions League game with Liverpool

Milner acquired the ultimate contact however the flag went up in a second that was successfully the top of Metropolis’s problem on the night time.

Guardiola misplaced his cool, storming onto the pitch to gesticulate wildly on the referee because the gamers trooped off at half-time.

It was sufficient to see Guardiola despatched to the stand and the talk will rage about simply how a lot of an affect this had on Metropolis within the second half with out their supervisor to orchestrate and encourage from the technical space.

Guardiola has historical past with Lahoz after he was angered by a penalty awarded to Monaco within the last-16 first leg of the Champions League on the Etihad final season, which was missed by Radamel Falcao, and likewise his failure to award Sergio Aguero a penalty in the identical recreation.

Tuesday night time’s end result was Metropolis’s third damaging defeat in six days after defeat at Anfield within the first leg adopted by the concession of a two-goal lead at house to Manchester United when victory would have introduced them the Premier League title.

However their efforts have been appreciated by the house supporters who applauded them off warmly.

It has been a painful few days for Guardiola and his gamers – however at the very least they’ll quickly have the league title to console them.

Can Liverpool go all the best way within the Champions League?

Liverpool will draw big confidence from rising efficiently from this all-Premier League quarter-final – and there could have been delight when information filtered via from Italy that Roma had stunned Barcelona.

Klopp’s aspect have the standard in assault to bother any of the defences left within the Champions League, with Actual Madrid and Bayern Munich trying favourites to hitch Liverpool and Roma within the final 4.

Liverpool’s defence rode their luck and had their nervous moments right here however the backside line is that they restricted Metropolis to 1 objective over two legs.

The ultimate combination rating was convincing, though Metropolis will complain lengthy and exhausting about some selections.

Liverpool can’t match the expertise of battle-hardened Champions League campaigners like Actual and Bayern.

Nonetheless, the efficiency of their assault, their rising momentum and the historical past that offers the membership a way of future on this competitors means they’ll have excessive hopes of lifting the trophy for a sixth time.

Man of the match – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah

Acquainted territory for Liverpool – the stats

  • Liverpool have reached the semi-final stage of the European Cup/Champions League for the 10th time – the one English workforce to have appeared in additional are Manchester United [12].
  • After reaching the Champions League semi-finals in every of his first seven seasons within the competitors as supervisor with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola has did not make this stage in each of his campaigns with Manchester Metropolis.
  • Liverpool are the primary workforce to beat a aspect managed by Guardiola thrice in a single season.
  • Jurgen Klopp has overwhelmed Guardiola extra typically than some other supervisor [seven wins].
  • Guardiola has solely progressed in two of his eight Champions League knockout ties as a supervisor through which his aspect misplaced the primary leg [v Porto in 2015, Arsenal in 2011].
  • Guardiola has misplaced three consecutive matches in all competitions for the primary time since Could 2015 as Bayern supervisor.
  • Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have each scored extra objectives in a single Champions League/European Cup marketing campaign for Liverpool [eight each] than some other participant within the membership’s historical past.
  • Gabriel Jesus has scored three objectives in three video games towards Liverpool in all competitions, greater than towards some other workforce since his debut with Man Metropolis.
  • Liverpool have scored 33 objectives within the Champions League this season – essentially the most by an English aspect in a single marketing campaign.

What’s subsequent?

Manchester Metropolis head for Wembley trying to keep away from a fourth successive defeat once they meet Tottenham within the Premier League on Saturday [19:45 BST]. Liverpool will know the identification of their Champions League semi-final opponents by the point they kick-off towards Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday [17:30].

Line-ups

Man Metropolis

  • 31EdersonBooked at 14minutes
  • 2Walker
  • 30Otamendi
  • 14Laporte
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forAgüeroat 66′minutes
  • 7Sterling
  • 20Bernardo SilvaBooked at 30minutesSubstituted forGündoganat 74′minutes
  • 33Jesus
  • 19Sané

Substitutes

  • 1Bravo
  • fourKompany
  • eightGündogan
  • 10Agüero
  • 18Delph
  • 35Zinchenko
  • 47Foden

Liverpool

  • 1Karius
  • 66Alexander-ArnoldBooked at 29minutesSubstituted forClyneat 81′minutes
  • 6Lovren
  • fourvan DijkBooked at 65minutes
  • 26Robertson
  • 21Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 7Milner
  • 11SalahSubstituted forIngsat 89′minutes
  • 9FirminoBooked at 35minutesSubstituted forKlavanat 81′minutes
  • 19ManéBooked at 14minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Clyne
  • 17Klavan
  • 18Moreno
  • 22Mignolet
  • 28Ings
  • 29Solanke
  • 58Woodburn
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
53,461

Match Stats

Residence StaffMan MetropolisAway StaffLiverpool
Possession
Residence68%
Away32%
Photographs
Residence20
Away5
Photographs on Goal
ResidenceThree
AwayThree
Corners
Residence9
Away2
Fouls
Residence5
Away7

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Match ends, Manchester Metropolis 1, Liverpool 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester Metropolis 1, Liverpool 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Danny Ings replaces Mohamed Salah.

Foul by Kyle Walker (Manchester Metropolis).

Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Nathaniel Clyne replaces Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Ragnar Klavan replaces Roberto Firmino.

Offside, Manchester Metropolis. Gabriel Jesus tries a via ball, however Leroy Sané is caught offside.

Try blocked. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester Metropolis) left footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus.

Purpose!

Purpose! Manchester Metropolis 1, Liverpool 2. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) proper footed shot from the left aspect of the field to the underside proper nook.

Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by Sadio Mané.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester Metropolis. Ilkay Gündogan replaces Bernardo Silva.

Offside, Manchester Metropolis. Kevin De Bruyne tries a via ball, however Leroy Sané is caught offside.

Try missed. Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester Metropolis) with an try from the centre of the field misses to the left. Assisted by Leroy Sané with a cross following a nook.

Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

Try blocked. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester Metropolis) left footed shot from exterior the field is blocked. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Try blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester Metropolis) proper footed shot from exterior the field is blocked. Assisted by Aymeric Laporte.

Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

Try blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester Metropolis) proper footed shot from the left aspect of the field is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester Metropolis. Sergio Agüero replaces David Silva.

Reserving

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) is proven the yellow card.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester Metropolis) wins a free kick on the fitting wing.

Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool).

Offside, Manchester Metropolis. Gabriel Jesus tries a via ball, however Leroy Sané is caught offside.

Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Try saved. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester Metropolis) left footed shot from exterior the field is saved within the centre of the objective. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Try missed. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) proper footed shot from exterior the field misses to the fitting.

Offside, Manchester Metropolis. Kevin De Bruyne tries a via ball, however Leroy Sané is caught offside.

Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by Sadio Mané.

Purpose!

Purpose! Manchester Metropolis 1, Liverpool 1. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left aspect of the field to the underside left nook.

Bernardo Silva (Manchester Metropolis) wins a free kick on the fitting wing.

Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

Offside, Manchester Metropolis. Fernandinho tries a via ball, however Leroy Sané is caught offside.

Second Half

Second Half begins Manchester Metropolis 1, Liverpool Zero.

Half Time

First Half ends, Manchester Metropolis 1, Liverpool Zero.

Try missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) proper footed shot from the fitting aspect of the six yard field is only a bit too excessive. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

Try blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester Metropolis) left footed shot from exterior the field is blocked. Assisted by David Silva.

Offside, Manchester Metropolis. Gabriel Jesus tries a via ball, however Leroy Sané is caught offside.

Try blocked. Bernardo Silva (Manchester Metropolis) left footed shot from exterior the field is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus.

Try blocked. Fernandinho (Manchester Metropolis) proper footed shot from exterior the field is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus.

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