As it happened: Man City 1-2 LFC (1-5)

Champions League Quarter Final 2nd Leg
Tuesday 10 April 2018 - 7:45 pm
Etihad Stadium
Man City1
2Liverpool
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⚽️ Jesus2'
Moraes14'
14'Mane
29'Alexander-Arnold
Silva30'
35'Firmino
56'Salah ⚽️
66'van Dijk
Silva off, Agüero on ↔️67'
77'Firmino ⚽️
82'↔️ Firmino off, Klavan on
82'↔️ Alexander-Arnold off, Clyne on
87'↔️ Salah off, Ings on
Possession %
6832
Total Shots
205
Shots on Target
33
Shots Blocked
12
Offside
8
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After a 6 day wait since the first leg, it's now decision time amongst the two English sides battling for a place in the Champions League semi final.

Liverpool's 18 minute first half burst of three goals gave the reds the advantage but that only serves to prove the inherent danger awaiting.

Man City were denied the chance of winning the title against their derby rivals at the weekend and won't even countenance a third consecutive defeat.

They have produced one of the most dominant English league campaigns in history and will be named title winners before the end of the month.

Jurgen Klopp's pre-match press conference

Both clubs are capable of scoring, and conceding, goals in number and in a short space of time so Liverpool will need to put in another impressive performance if we are to make it to the final 4 of Europe's top football competition.

Follow the game with us live below.

As it happened...

18:27 UK
Team news incoming

We're moments away from tonight's team news....

18:31 UK
Confirmed LFC team

Five changes for the reds.  With Jordan Henderson suspended - James Milner is captain.

Mo Salah starts for Liverpool.

Liverpool team: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Substitutes: Mignolet, Klavan, Moreno, Clyne, Woodburn, Ings, Solanke.

18:35 UK
Tonight's Man City side

Aguero on the bench. Stering starts in this leg.

Team: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva, Sane, Sterling, Bernardo, Jesus

Subs: Bravo, Aguero, Kompany, Foden, Gundogan, Zinchenko, Delph

18:42 UK
Liverpool arrive

Not many Man City supporters in sight at the Etihad stadium yet

18:51 UK
Three at the back for City?

Looks like Man City are opting for three at the back - with Otamendi in the middle and Laporte and Walker either side.

Interesting tactics and a departure from City's normal system.

19:32 UK
Plastic flags supplied for the City fans

It's like Chelsea all over again...

19:39 UK

19:45 UK
Spanish officials tonight

All six of the officials tonight are from Spain.  Let's hope that's not a good omen for Guardiola.

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz 

19:45 UK
KICK OFF

We're underway...

19:46 UK
20 seconds in

And it's a boot in the ankle from Sadio Mane on Kevin de Bruyne.

19:47 UK

1' Liverpool defend the free kick and it's back at the half way line.

19:48 UK
GOAL

For the love of sweet jesus.

2' Van Dijk knocked off the field, Sterling lays it through to Jesus and they've got one back already!

19:51 UK

6' Overhit pass by Wijnaldum.  Salah isn't getting to that and it's back with the City keeper.

19:52 UK

7' And now an overhit pass by Salah.  Liverpool trying to build some stability after that poor mistake in the second minute.

19:53 UK
Elsewhere...

Roma have hit an early goal back against Barcelona as well.  That tie is currently 2-4 on aggregate.

19:53 UK

8' de Bruyne has a chance from outside the area.  He fires it over the crossbar.

19:54 UK

9' Liverpool corner.... would be great to get that goal now.

19:55 UK

It's a short one but Trent Alexander Arnold gets it in, but Lovren drags it over the touchline.

19:56 UK

11' Good pressure from Sadio Mane who catches Kyle Walker in possession.  City eventually get it away but de Bruyne drags the ball out of play.

20:00 UK
Double yellow cards

14' Sadio Mane catches Otamendi in a 50/50 ball - but Ederson runs out and he's pushing Mane all over the pitch.  Mane and Ederson both yellow carded.

20:02 UK
Free kick City

16' Looks like Sterling was about to run the ball out but Lovren's fouled him unnecessarily there.

Free kick in a dangerous position.

Sane is in acres of space but he doesn't connect well with the shot.

20:05 UK

19' Cross in for City.  Robertson defends well, and now City have cut Liverpool open again and the reds are under the cosh.

Liverpool stuck in their own half.

20:07 UK

21' Here comes another corner for Man City - almost mid-way through the half and the reds are struggling a bit here.

Cleared but only back out to City.

20:11 UK

26' Mane and Salah have switched sides but there still not seeing much of the ball.

Yet another City corner.  Lovren heads clear.

20:11 UK
Shot

27' de Bruyne with a low shot and Karius is down to stop it.

20:15 UK
Yellow

29' Another Liverpool name in the book.  Trent Alexander-Arnold gets sold by Sane and drags him back.

20:15 UK
Another yellow

That's the fourth of the game.  Bernando Silva for dissent.

20:18 UK
Some respite

34' Liverpool with a corner.

20:20 UK
Firmino booked

35' de Bruyne was running away with the ball and Firmino clipped him.

20:24 UK
Close

39' Bernardo Silva with a shot that takes a deflection - another City corner.

20:24 UK

Van Dijk rises highest to head that away.

20:26 UK
LIVERPOOL SHOT

40' Oxlade-Chamberlain drills straight at the keeper though.

20:26 UK
POST

Bernardo Silva rattles the post.  Liverpool under the cosh again as half time approaches.

20:27 UK
Disallowed goal

Ball loops over and Sane gets the final touch.  Liverpool exposed.

20:30 UK

45' Liverpool cut City open there - combination of Firmino, Salah and Oxlade-Chamberlain but the chance is spurned.  The angle was too tight for the Ox.

20:32 UK
HALF TIME

And that's the half time whistle.

Dismal half from Liverpool - not much attacking chances from the reds.

20:37 UK
Guardiola sent to the stand for the second half

He remonstrated with the referee at half time.

We think it was related to the disallowed goal which looked like it took a touch off James Milner.

20:43 UK
Stats

Most first half passes for Liverpool? The keeper.

Loris Karius (19)
Roberto Firmino (17)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (16)
Virgil van Dijk (14)
Sadio Mane (13)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (13)

20:46 UK
SECOND HALF

We're back underway. 

City need two more unanswered goals to level the tie and on the basis of the first half they look to have that easily within them.

Will the reds try and defend for 45 minutes or get a goal that would give them vital breathing space?

 

20:51 UK

50' Been a quieter start to this second half.  No real chances of note so far.

20:54 UK

54' Overhit pass from Kyle Walker.  A bit of steam gone out of City although they do have Aguero and a host of others on the bench who will surely be unleased soon.

20:57 UK
GOAL

56' Liverpool slice Man City apart, Mane looks like he's fouled in the area - no matter.  Mo Salah lifts it over Ederson!!!!

GOAL!!!

20:58 UK

58' Sadio Mane accidentally drags the ball back for a corner.  City don't do anything with it.

Guardiola, sitting in the stands, slumps in his seat.

20:59 UK
Roma 2-0

Roma have scored a second.  Barcelona now leading just 4-3 and Roma with the away goals.

21:02 UK

61' de Bruyne limited to another long shot which is drilled straight at Karius.

21:04 UK

63' Corner opportunity for Man City.  Sane is over it..

21:04 UK

.. it's way too deep but Otamendi drills it back in nicely but Karius is there once again.

21:06 UK
Another yellow card

66' van Dijk gets a yellow card because Sterling tried to kick him in the face.

21:07 UK
City sub

67' Sergio Aguerio is ON for David Silva

21:09 UK

69' Leroy Sane and Oxlade-Chamberlain collide accidentally after Chamberlain jumped for header.

Both of them hobbling a little bit.

21:11 UK

70' Laporte smashes one and it's deflected off Lovren's head and that nearly goes in - just over for a corner.

21:13 UK
Time is running away from City

73' Man City have about 17 minutes to score four goals against Liverpool.

The reds have been far better in this second half and can now taste the semi finals of the Champions League.

21:17 UK
It's all gone quiet

76' Very quiet in the Etihad now.  They've given up booing our possession.  

The noise continues from the Liverpool end.

It'll be the Emptihad very soon we think.

21:18 UK
GOAL!!!!!

77' As we predicted....

Firmino lashes it in - mistake by Otamendi and GOAL from Bobby Firmino.

Liverpool 5-1 up now.  

21:20 UK

80' Clyne and Klavan coming on for Liverpool.

21:22 UK
Disallowed goal

...for Man City.  Gundogan strays offside unnecessarily.

21:22 UK
Yellow cards

All yellow cards are wiped ahead of the semi-final in case you are concerned about the few we've collected tonight.

21:30 UK
Final LFC sub

87' Mo Salah goes off and on comes Danny Ings.

21:33 UK
FULL TIME

Almost over....

And there's the whistle.

LIVERPOOL ARE INTO THE SEMI FINALS!!!!

21:41 UK

Salah: 'In the beginning we struggled a bit but we came out, worked hard and got the result'

'Everyone gave 100%.  We're very happy with the result.'

21:44 UK

Confirmation that Roma have knocked Barcelona out on away goals.  They beat Coutinho's new side 3-0 on the night (4-4 aggregate).

Very reminscent of the year Owen went to Real Madrid and Liverpool went on to win the Champions League in 2005? Is that an omen?



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