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L'Pool 5-2 Roma: Salah breaks Eto'o's UCL record with brace

Champions League By: Uche Duru | 24/04/2018

Mohamed Salah broke Samuel Eto'o's Champions League record as he emerged as the highest goal scorer in a season after scoring a brace in Liverpool's 5-2 win against AS Roma in the first leg of the semi-finals at Anfield.

Liverpool's African superstar Mohamed Salah continued to prove he is among the best players in the world after breaking a UEFA Champions League goal record set by FC Barcelona legend Samuel Eto’o.

The Egyptian netted 10 times in the UCL surpassing the Cameroonian's 8 goal mark making him the highest African goalscorer in the League in a single campaign.

Salah scored a resounding brace in the first half of the encounter, 35th and 45th minute, and also launched two assists. Mane came through with the third goal at the 56th with a brilliant assist from Salah while, Firmino saw the back of the net two times, at the 61st and 69th minute. 

18th-minute substitution for Liverpool as Oxlade-Chamberlain left the stage for Wijnaldum after the Englishman got injured and was carried out of the field with a stretcher after he involved himself in a tackle with Roma's Edin Dzeko.

29th minute and 30th minute, Sadio Mane missed two brilliant opportunities at the 18-yard box which had the potentials of placing Liverpool two goals ahead of their visitors. The Senegalese fire blank on both occasions in front of the goalkeeper. 

Mane scored an offside goal at the 34th minute which was flagged down by the linesman.

Liverpool saw the back of the net at the 35th minute as Mohamed Salah bent a stunner at the top corner which gave the Kops their lead against AS Roma. At this point, the scoreline read Liverpool 1-0 AS Roma.

Liverpool broke their visitor's code with long passes upon discovering their slow pace which gave them edge and opportunities in the encounter.

Mohamed Salah saw a brace at the 45th minute of the game after delivering a perfect Messi-like finishing. The Egyptian in a one-on-one encounter with the goalkeeper stylishly chipped the ball past the goalkeeper and saw the back of the net.

The first half of the showdown ended 2-0 in favour of Liverpool as AS Roma struggled to get themselves together without registering a good number of breathtaking attempts. Though Liverpool struggled for the first 20 minutes, they later devised a strategy that worked perfectly fine which gave them the first half lead.

Liverpool continued with their long pass strategy into the second half and saw the back of the net at the 56th minute after missing two brilliant chances in the first half. An excellent assist from Mohamed Salah gave the Kops three goals ahead of AS Roma who had nothing. The scoreline, Liverpool 3-0 AS Roma. 

Mohamed Salah recorded two assists in the encounter as the Egyptian helped Firmino to score the fourth goal for Liverpool. The Brazillian netted at the 61st minute making the scoreline 4-0 against the visitors. For the records, this was the most one-sided semi since Brazil vs Germany. 

Roma launched double substitutions at the 66th minute of the second half as De Rossi went off for Gonalons and Perotti replaced Juan Jesus. 

Firmino scored a brace at the 69th minute with a brilliant header which positioned itself at the far net and gave Liverpool a resounding 5-0 win.

The man of the moment Mohamed Salah left the stage with a standing ovation for Danny Ings at the 74th minute after registering two goals and two assists in the showdown.

Edin Dzeko scored AS Roma's first and only goal at the 81st minute. At this point, the scoreline read, Liverpool 5-1 AS Roma.

AS Roma earned a penalty and scored at the 85th minute. The ball mistakingly hit James Miner's hand in the 18-yard box which resulted in a penalty kick from Diego Perotti who curled the ball into the net. Liverpool 5-2 AS Roma, so read the scoreline at this point.

Roberto Firmino left the stage for Klavan at the added time after scoring a brace for Liverpool.

The match ended 5-2 in favour of Liverpool who prepares to travel to Rome for another big 90 minutes that will decide their fate into the Champions League finals.

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