But of course, the atmosphere, stakes and tension will be nowhere near than what we will witness over 180 heart-pounding minutes in just a few weeks time. Liverpool and Roma have met 5 times in history with the English club winning two times and drawing two. It was in the second group stage of the tournament and Roma played host in the first leg which ended in a goalless draw. Isco was especially crafty and created a ton of chances not only for himself, but Ronaldo as well.
The Tottenham forward went to great lengths to claim his side's winner against Stoke last weekend, with the Premier League's dubious goals panel awarding him a goal that keeps him within four strikes of Salah in the race for the Premier League golden boot. Daniele De Rossi controlled the midfield, and Edin Džeko caused problems for Barcelona's defense, but at the end of the day, Roma simply worked harder.
"This club have been here before and they know how hard it is, regardless of who you are playing, to get to the final and try and win this trophy", he said.
Heynckes is now the Bayern Munich coach (again). Unlike the other big teams in this round, Bayern had no drama, and if their attack explodes, they can cause problems for anyone.
Ramos was suspended for the second leg against Juventus and watched most of the match from the stands. The key for Bayern will be possession. Hence, the bookies have put up (1.66) for three or more goals while both sides scoring is available at the odds of (1.53) with Bet365.
The Champions League gods have smiled on the Scousers.
This has the potential to be a great semifinal. His switch to an untested 3-4-1-2 formation in the second leg against Barcelona caught the leaders of La Liga off guard and allowed Roma to swamp the midfield, privileging the natural physicality of De Rossi, Radja Nainggolan and Kevin Strootman. The Giallorossi are solid at the back, too, where Aleksandar Kolarov has proved a brilliant signing. Lucas Vázquez, for whatever reason, looked to be taking Cristiano Ronaldo's knockdown on his chest instead of just trying to header in from the edge of the six yard box, but he won the penalty.
Jupp Heynckes won a Champions League title in 1998 with Real Madrid.
Dubbed the 'Boston Derby' for the ties to the historic Massachusetts city these two owners share, Roma and Liverpool has all the fixins, storylines, star power and stakes to become an instant European classic, and it cannot come soon enough. Ronaldo has still scored in every Champions League match this season, and with question marks still looming over goalkeeper Manuel Neuer's fitness, the champions looked primed for a third successive final.
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