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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

MANCHESTER CITY 1 LIVERPOOL 2: MOHAMMED SALAH SENDS THE REDS INTO CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL


Jurgen Klopp's side had come into the quarter-final second-leg clash leading the tie 3-0, but were left stunned when Gabriel Jesus netted in only the second minute.
City were by far the better of the two sides in the first half but, after Leroy Sane's goal was disallowed for offside and Pep Guardiola was then sent to the stands, Liverpool scored twice in the second half to secure a stunning 5-1 aggregate score-line that sends them into the semi-finals for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign.
Klopp was boosted ahead of the game by the return of Salah from a groin injury after the Egyptian missed the Merseyside derby at the weekend due to a groin issue he felt in the second half of the 3-0 win over City a week ago.
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(REUTERS)
Yet, Salah barely had any time on the ball in the opening stages at the Etihad as the hosts left the visitors stunned when they took the lead in just the second minute.
Raheem Sterling, who did not start the first leg at Anfield, played a major role in the opener after forcing Virgil van Dijk into conceding possession near the touchline, which ended in the City winger picking the ball back up again, squaring to Jesus who coolly drove it past Loris Karius.
The goal was an early reward for how attacking Guardiola's side had been set up to be in the clash, with Liverpool being forced to defend time and time again.
While Sterling and Leroy Sane were particularly dangerous for the hosts, Bernardo Silva also proved one of City's most biggest threats as the 23-year-old saw a curling effort from the right fly just wide of the far post before he hit the post with his long-range effort five minutes before the break.
(AP)
City also had two penalty appeals turned down within the space of just a minute - both incidents involving Andy Robertson and Sterling although replays showed the referee was right not to award the spot-kicks.
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