A Georginio Wijnaldum header put Liverpool back in front but Roma, who overturned a three-goal deficit to beat Barcelona in the last round, were given renewed belief when Edin Dzeko fired past Loris Karius early in the second half. Nainggolan drilled in from distance after 86 minutes to make it 3-2 and smashed home from the spot but it was too late for the Italian side who lost the first leg of the semi-final 5-2 in Liverpool. Liverpool's task was seemingly straightforward - avoid suffering a three-goal defeat and a place in the final in Kiev was theirs. Their 5-2 first-leg victory at Anfield was a scoreline that had never been overturned in the competition's history, but Barcelona's shock defeat in the same stadium had served as a warning against complacency. The crowd certainly seemed to believe a repeat result was possible and the noise levels increased as Liverpool were pushed back in the opening moments.
Liverpool: the English kings of European football pic.twitter.com/hkC24nD18v— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 3, 2018
Yet Roma's spirit was dampened when Liverpool took the lead, capitalising on a catastrophic mistake with a typically clinical counter. Roma midfielder Nainggolan played a suicidal square ball that was pounced on by Roberto Firmino, who drove forward and played it through to Mane who buried his left-footed finish past Roma's Brazilian keeper Alisson. That was the first goal Roma had conceded at home in the competition this season, but they were only behind for six minutes thanks to a calamitous own goal. Dejan Lovren tried to clear a ball into the area but smashed his effort straight into the face of Milner and it ricocheted past Karius. The home fans rediscovered their voice, but their renewed spirit lasted only another 10 minutes before Liverpool retook the lead.
"History repeats itself"#UCLfinal: Liverpool 1️⃣ - 0️⃣ Real Madrid 2018 #UCLfinal: ?❓ pic.twitter.com/IzZdSSNZNF — LFC USA (@LFCUSA) May 3, 2018