Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool (1-5 agg): Salah, Firmino Seal Semi-Final Spot for Jergen Klopp’s Liverpool
Pep Guardiola was sent off as Manchester City were knocked out of the Champions League by Liverpool following a 2-1 quarter-final second-leg loss, which gave the Reds a 5-1 aggregate triumph.
Jurgen Klopp’s side claimed a famous victory to book their place in the semi-finals, with Mohamed Salah’s record-breaking goal cancelling out Gabriel Jesus’ early opener before Roberto Firmino struck the winner at the Etihad Stadium.
Trailing 3-0 from the first leg at Anfield and fresh from Saturday’s bitter defeat to Manchester United, City made a lightning start in their quest for a famous comeback, with Jesus netting in only the second minute.
The home side totally dominated the first half but were denied a second by fine margins, with Bernardo Silva hitting the post and Leroy Sane seeing a goal harshly ruled out for offside.
Furious with referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz’s decisions, Guardiola raced onto the pitch at half-time to confront the official and was promptly ordered to watch the remainder of the match from the stands.
Salah compounded City’s frustrations with a simple finish 56 minutes in, becoming the first Liverpool player to score eight times in a single Champions League or European Cup season, and Firmino pounced on a Nicolas Otamendi error to seal their passage to the last four and match his team-mate’s record tally.
50 – Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 50 goals in all competitions this season (39 goals, 11 assists), 11 more than any other Premier League player. Relentless. pic.twitter.com/gdrkWBHKnA
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 10, 2018
Key Opta stats:
– Liverpool have reached the semi-final stage of the European Cup/Champions League for the 10th time – the only English team to have appeared in more are Manchester United (12).
– After reaching the Champions League semi-finals in each of his first seven seasons in the competition as manager with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola has failed to make this stage in both of his campaigns with City.
– Liverpool are the first team to beat a side managed by Pep Guardiola three times in a single season.
– Jurgen Klopp has beaten Pep Guardiola more often than any other manager (7 wins).
– Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have both scored more goals in a single Champions League/European Cup campaign for Liverpool (8 each) than any other player in the club’s history.
– Liverpool have scored 33 goals in the Champions League this season – the most by an English side in a single campaign.