Liverpool break Roma hearts - how Italian and English media reacted to UCL win
Liverpool reached the Champions League final on Wednesday night after seeing off Roma in the semifinals.
Jurgen Klopp's men lost 4-2 on the night but prevailed 7-6 on aggregate to set up a showdown with Real Madrid in the final on May 26.
The sorrow at the end of an unexpected dream just about sets the agenda in the Italian media, although plenty of space is also reserved to the anger at refereeing decisions which, once again involving an Italian club, are being partially blamed for Roma's semifinal elimination.
La Gazzetta dello Sport -- Roma worthy of applause
Sulla #Gazzetta in edicola oggi ⚽ Roma da applausi, impresa sfiorata #RomaLiverpool 🔥 Chelsea-Sarri, scatta l'assalto ⚽ Mancini-Nazionale, lo Zenit s'arrabbia 🚲 #Giro101 -1 parla Froome. E molto altro! pic.twitter.com/9GmZsjIISA— LaGazzettadelloSport (@Gazzetta_it) 3 May 2018
Roma are eliminated by practically nothing. They won 4-2, but needed a 5-2 to force extra-time. Instead, Liverpool booked their ticket to Kiev. It was an elimination tinged with regrets -- of what might have been and what will not be. Roma paid for that damned first half at Anfield, or rather that slice of the game when they let themselves get overrun by wave after wave of Salah, Firmino and Mane. Maybe destiny has it that Roma-Liverpool will be like this: 1984 and the big chance missed in 2018.
Corriere dello Sport -- another injustice!
A fairy tale Olimpico and a nightmare referee. It ended with a great crowd and with another injustice, with the controversy and two penalties not given (and a red card missing too) which condemn a splendid, infinite Roma who went so close to a legendary achievement. This is how it ends, in a stadium which it was beautiful to experience, with its appreciable immense warmth and with a 4-2 win which is not rewarded with a place in the final because of referee Skomina, who had a major influence on an electrifying game: errors which, added to those at Anfield, cost the Giallorossi two valid goals. Despite the unfairness and that Real and Liverpool will go to Kiev, an organised and fearless Roma legitimately deserve credit for being one of Europe's protagonists.
Il Tempo -- what misfortune!
Maledizione #ChampionsLeague Sfortuna e arbitro fatali per l'@OfficialASRoma Addio lavoratori in piazza solo #immigrati Basta un sito per spaccare ancora il Pd Ecco la nostra #primapagina Vi aspettiamo in edicola #Buongiorno pic.twitter.com/Ph7OkuaV23— IL TEMPO (@tempoweb) 3 May 2018
The Champions League is a curse. The post, penalties not given: Roma are eliminated just one step away from a miracle. 34 years on, Liverpool are once again the side who condemn them. It ends 4-2 amidst the Olimpico's tears. This time the miracle does not happen, and it is practically a slap in the face.
Il Messaggero -- Roma stop one step short of their dream
The salute given by the Curva Sud to their stars is long and moving. The Olimpico, with its 65,000 fans, of infinite love and the rediscovered feeling of belongingness, are not enough, however, for what would have been an achievement without precedent. Even if Roma beat Salah's Liverpool 4-2, their path ends in the semi-final. The elimination is, however, the result of that crushing 5-2 at Anfield on April 24, which finished this tie off in the first leg. Only one goal separated them from extra-time, but two goals came late, with referee Skomina getting himself in the way of something beautiful. Di Francesco, debuting in the competition, leaves with his head held high.
On the other side, the English media encapsulated Liverpool's jubilation with a similar theme ...
Daily Mail -- Bring on Real
They rode their luck, just a little. They could have had the goalkeeper sent-off. They could have conceded two penalties. They could have been hanging on for dear life, come the end. Yet Liverpool will play Real Madrid in Kiev on May 26, because they got it right. They knew what they were best at, they knew what they had to do. They didn't come to Rome in two minds about whether to dig in a steadfastly defend a three-goal lead. Attack is the best form of defence, with this team.
i Sport -- Bring on Real
In the end there was a comeback completed in Rome - but the only one that mattered was Liverpool's return to club football's greatest stage. The most successful English side in the history of the competition has reached their eighth Champions League final. There they will meet Real Madrid, the most successful side in the history of the competition full stop.
It is a showdown so rich in history, and really a fixture for the ages, even if it did not quite involve a performance for the ages for Liverpool to finish the job and get to Kiev.
The Express -- This way to Kiev
In a city which has seen empires rise and fall, the dream of a new and dominant era for Liverpool remained in tact after Jurgen Klopp's side stormed into an eighth Champions League final. Eleven years after their last attempt in Athens, 13 years on from Istanbul, the Merseysiders will travel to Kiev on May 26 in their thousands hoping the German can lead them to a sixth trophy in this storied competition. In their way will stand the formidable Real Madrid gunning for an unprecedented 13th title. Yet on this form, and that which they have displayed on a thrilling campaign trail to date, Liverpool will fear no one.
The Times -- That was close, but who cares?
This was a mad tie, finishing with a tennis tie-break of a score, 7-6, a semi-final to give defensive coaches sleepless nights and attacking aficionados sweet dreams. This was an emotional rollercoaster of a night for Liverpool of nerves and then relief at the final whistle. Some players sunk to their knees, overcome with exhaustion and elation. This was an evening when the celebrations said it all as the Liverpool players broke through a cordon of stewards to salute their 5,000 fans. You could see how much it meant for Liverpool supporters and players, reaching an eighth final in Europe's elite competition, getting a shot at old Big Ears again.
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