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Roma 2-2 Liverpool, LIVE score (3-7 agg): Get the latest updates from the Champions League semi-final second-leg as Mo Salah and Co look to prevent Italian resurgence at Stadio Olimpico

  • Sadio Mane opened the scoring for Liverpool in the ninth minute in Rome
  • Comical James Milner own goal restored parity on the night for the hosts
  • Georginio Wijnaldum headed the Reds back in front during the first half
  • Edin Dzeko equalised again for Roma seven minutes into the second half 
  • Roma starting XI: Alisson, Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov, Lorenzo Pellegrini (Under), De Rossi, Nainggolan, Schick, Dzeko, El Shaarawy
  • Roma subs: Skorupski, Juan Jesus, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, Gerson, Antonucci
  • Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane
  • Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Clyne, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke, Woodburn
  • UEFA Champions League semi-final kicks off from Stadio Olimpico at 7.45pm
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72min: Gonalons’ first contribution to the game is to blast well over from 25 yards after running onto a lay-off from Dzeko. The threat from the home side has just diminished though in the last few minutes.

69min: Second change for Roma as Daniele de Rossi’s 34-year-old legs are done as he is replaced by Maxime Gonalons.

Salah, from an acute angle, sees a shot turned away from goal by Alisson.

‘Yes, it should have been a penalty and I think the referee hasn’t seen it luckily for Liverpool. But he [Alexander-Arnold] definitely got his arms raised and it’s a penalty. As we see here, it hits him and that’s a penalty.’

66min: This is a very shakey spell for Liverpool. Dzeko’s first touch lets him down inside the box, and that allows Klopp’s team to put pressure on the striker who drills wide of the near post.

‘Maybe Klopp should take Alexander-Arnold off. For once, he is looking like a rookie teenager as Roma press.’

63min: Roma have already been denied a strong penalty shout in this half – now they have been denied what is known as a stonewall shout!

Alexander-Arnold’s clearance bounces off Patrik Schick into the path of El Shaarawy whose goal bound shot is blatantly deflected over by the raised hand of Alexander-Arnold – not spotted by any of the match officials. Liverpool are riding their luck now.

‘Andrew Robertson is having another magnificent game for Liverpool. Creating chance after chance with his overlapping runs. It’s a long way from Queen’s Park to the Champions League final but Robertson is almost there.’

‘James Milner is still running around like a teenager, breaking up play and winning fouls himself. The best free signing ever?’

60min: Decent stop from Karius. Under gets a slight foot onto a long ball over the top but his touch towards goal is well saved by the Liverpool stopper reacting in good time.

59min: Liverpool are not quite over the line yet. Roma are on top right now and are creating half-chances as another cut-back somehow fails to find a Roma shirt.

The Reds are still set up for a counter attack but the front three are rather isolated from their midfield.

56min: That equaliser has brought Roma new found belief as they win a free-kick near the corner of the Liverpool box. Aleksandar Kolarov clips it towards the backpost for former Manchester City team-mate Edin Dzeko but the striker can only nod back across goal and well off target.

53min: Roma then make their first change, sending on Cengiz Under for Lorenzo Pellegrini.

52min: This keeps it interesting. A Trent Alexander-Arnold error allows Stephan El Shaarawy space to attack on the left and after cutting inside his shot across goal is beaten away by Karius.

Beaten away poorly I might add. As Edin Dzeko collects the loose ball before firing in across goal.

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49min: Fortune now favours Liverpool. Edin Dzeko gets in behind the defence before being wiped out by Loris Karius for what looked like a certain penalty… only for an offside call to be brought back against the Bosnian. Make that an incorrect offside call too.

47min: Honestly, if anything I would expect Liverpool to extend their lead instead of having to fight defending it.

Roma have shown nothing in this tie to suggest they can contain Liverpool’s front three, and as long as they are on the pitch there are goals in them. Mohamed Salah sees a shot deflect into Alisson’s arms.

Liverpool have done the hard part by proving they have the mental strength to deal with Roma, while creating an attacking threat too. Now they have 45 minutes to see out the job.

That job being don’t concede four goals to set up a Champions League final with Real Madrid.

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‘The atmosphere inside the Stadio Olimpico was right up there with anything I’ve experienced in recent years at the start of the game which underlines just how brilliantly Liverpool have done to silence the stadium.

‘Never say never but after a tumultuous opening half hour, they have drawn Roma’s sting. Roma have played well but, as so many predicted, they can’t cope with Liverpool’s front three, particularly when they make the kind of mistakes Nainggolan made for Liverpool’s opening goal.

‘It would be a surprise if there aren’t more goals in the second half. Roma will press to reduce their opponent’s advantage and the more they commit, the easier it will be for Liverpool to pick them off.’

‘It may seem churlish to say when Roma effectively need five goals in the second half but Jurgen Klopp will be unhappy with some parts of Liverpool’s play.

‘He was hopping in frustration towards the end of the first half when Liverpool were lackadaisical with their passing and intensity while Jordan Henderson went berserk at Mohamed Salah for not getting back into position quickly enough.

‘Klopp will still be looking for improvement in the second half.’

44min: Dear, oh dear. That’s one of the worst free-kicks I have seen this season. From the dangerous set-piece, Lorenzo Pellegrini blasts way off target and nowhere near a team-mate.

43min: Roma supporters are getting frustrated now as Liverpool start to play keep-ball. Jurgen Klopp’s team are well on top.

Roma though do counter with a long ball down the left, resulting in Dejan Lovren being booked for a push on El Shaarawy to the left of the box near the touchline.

40min: Desperation creeping into Roma’s game as El Shaarawy cuts inside of Trent Alexander Arnold only to then go down in the box under an expected challenge that never materialised from the full-back.

‘That goal for Gini Wijnaldum has been a long time coming. It’s the first time he’s managed to find the net away from home since May 17, 2015 when PSV Eindhoven beat Den Haag 3-2.

‘Given the way Roma are defending, you could see him scoring again. It was significant to with whom the Dutch midfielder celebrated: he ran to Andreas Kornmayer, the German fitness coach who has taken an increasingly important role this season.’

35min: So of course out of nowhere, Roma hit the post! El Shaarawy cuts inside onto his right foot before his effort from the edge of the box deflects off Milner, across goal and low onto the post.

32min: There is a resignation in Roma’s approach now. They have played well in this first half but the confidence (if there was any) in their ability to defend seems to have evaporated.

Even the home fans have gone a little quiet in the last few minutes.

29min: Away goals are now equal and that means Roma have to score four goals just to force extra time.

Make that four unanswered goals. Considering they have already conceded seven in this tie, their hopes of not being breached again over the next hour are not exactly in their favour.

26min: Liverpool fans can breathe again. From the corner not only do Roma fail to clear their lines, they are chief architects in their downfall.

Edin Dzeko’s header goes back towards his own goal and that allows Georginio Wijnaldum to easily nod past Alisson.

24min: Chance for Liverpool. Andy Robertson storms past Florenzi on the left like The Flying Scotsman, before his cut-back results in a shot turned behind for a corner.

21min: Roma continue to pile forward in attack, but it is still that comical James Milner own goal as the only thing that has managed to beat Loris Karius:

18min: That goal of course puts us back to where we were before kick-off. Roma need three goals to progress. It’s been a cracking start to the game though.

Roma are constantly pushing forward but Liverpool look so dangerous on the counter attack. There are more goals in this one.

15min: It is the sort of own goal you see down on your local park, not a Champions League semi-final!

Dejan Lovren tries to clear a cross, only to fire against the back of James Milner‘s head before it loops in for an own goal.

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12min: As Dzeko plays another short ball into the box, where once again there are no takers in a Roma shirt, Roma’s task this evening becomes even greater.

Having conceded their first Champions League goal at home this season, the Serie A side now need to score four times.

9min: That will ease those nerves! Radja Nainggolan panics under pressure and plays a square pass straight to Roberto Firmino, who lays off Sadio Mane. The forward then canters into the box before coolly finishing past Alisson.

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6min: This has been a good start from Roma. Edin Dzeko outmuscles Andy Robertson chasing a ball over the top but his low ball across the penalty box has no takers.

A few moments later, Alessandro Florenzi hits a dipping shot across goal from 25 yards that only just flies wide.

Roma may need to score three goals this evening but that doesn’t make this start any less nervy for Reds fans.

4min: Roma are on top right now but Liverpool’s defence is settling as they clear a corner. Mohamed Salah then goes to lead a counter and the jeers from the home support are almost deafening for the Egyptian who used to play in these parts.

1min: Straight away, and backed by a very vocal fanbase, Roma get stuck into the Liverpool defence. Stephan EL Shaarawy flicks the ball across goal but Edin Dzeko can only just turn the ball wide.

KICK-OFF: Roma get us underway in this semi-final

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Here is a reminder of the team line-ups and the formations:

Roma: Alisson, Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov, Lorenzo Pellegrini, De Rossi, Nainggolan, Schick, Dzeko, El Shaarawy.
Subs: Skorupski, Juan Jesus, Under, Gonalons, Bruno Peres, Gerson, Antonucci.

Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Subs: Mignolet, Clyne, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke, Woodburn.

Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

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ROBERT COTTINGHAM: Roma host Liverpool in their Champions League semi-final second leg clash on Wednesday evening with a mountain to climb if they are to reach the final in Kiev.
The Italians are 5-2 down from the match at Anfield having been torn apart by Jurgen Klopp’s men, who raced into a 5-0 lead before conceding two late goals.

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And they had to change something after the mauling they took in the first leg. From a personnel stand point at least there are three changes as Lorenzo Pellegrini, Patrick Schick and Stephan El Shaarway come in for Juan Jesus, Kevin Strootman and Cengiz Under.

It is a rather obvious one too. The injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain makes way for Georginio Wijnaldum who replaced the midfielder during the first leg 5-2 victory over Roma.

Roma’s arch city rivals Lazio for instance have been happy to let Liverpool train on their training ground in the build-up to the clash, while Lazio supporters have enjoyed the day mingling among the travelling Reds support.

…the TV pundit has kept a low profile since his infamous spitting scandal but he is working on coverage this evening as he greets Liverpool fans making their way inside the Stadio Olimpico.

Liverpool fans gear up for Champions League clash against Roma with riot police on red alert as coaches prepare to transport them to Stadio Olimpico after being ordered not to walk ‘under any circumstances’

PAUL THOMPSON AND ADAM SHERGOLD: Thousands of Liverpool supporters have experienced a heavy police presence in Rome on Wednesday as English and Italian forces combine to keep order ahead of the Champions League semi-final, second leg.

Dozens of riot police were seen surrounding Liverpool fans in Villa Borghese as they waited to board coaches that will take them to the stadium. It forms part of a massive security operation mounted amid fears they will be attacked by factions of the Roma Ultras.

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But tonight could see that drought come to an end as I welcome you to Sportsmail’s live coverage of Roma vs Liverpool in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final. 

Liverpool are on the cusp of their first UEFA Champions League final in 11 years when they travel to Roma for the second leg of their last four-clash.

A 5-2 hammering of the Serie A outfit in the first leg makes Jurgen Klopp’s team huge favourites to set up a clash with Real Madrid in Kiev, with the holders seeing off Bayern Munich in the other semi-final.

But the home side are yet to concede a goal at home in this season’s competition and have already overturned a three-goal deficit as recently as the quarter-finals in the stunning victory over Barcelona. Follow all the action as it happens.

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