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Liverpool survive Roma scare to set up UCL final with Real Madrid



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Premier League giants, Liverpool were beaten 4-2 by AS Roma in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie but won on aggregate to set up a Real Madrid final.

Liverpool are reaching the Champions League final for the first time since 2007 after they survived a late scare by the Serie A side who needed to score one more goal to take the tie to extra time.

Leading 5-2 from the first leg at Anfield, the English side increased their lead within 10 minutes when Sadio Mane finished from Roberto Firmino’s clever pass.

An own goal by James Milner leveled both sides, before Georginio Wijnaldum’s header made it 2-1, and 7-3 on aggregate going into halftime.

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In the second half, Roma scored three more goals to put Liverpool under pressure.

Edin Dzeko scored in the 52nd minute to make it 2-2, before Radja Nainggolan added two late goals – an 86th minute strike and a 94th-minute penalty.

But Liverpool survived with a 7-6 aggregate victory to become the first English side to reach the Champions League final since Chelsea in 2012.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are seeking to be crowned champions of Europe for a sixth time.

They face defending champions, Real Madrid, in the final on May 26 in Kiev.

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