Liverpool defeat Barcelona 4-0 in a Thrilling Game to Qualify for the Champions League Final
Liverpool defeated Barcelona 4-0 in a thrilling tie at Anfield to qualify for the Champions League final for the second consecutive season.
Divock Origi opened the scoring after being the first one to react after Marc-André ter Stegen parried Jordan Henderson’s shot into the Belgian’s path.
After the break Gini Wijnaldum was introduced and it wasn’t long before he made an impact, in the 54th minute he got on the end of Trent Alexander Arnould’s low cross and fired it past the Barcelona goalkeeper.
Belief was flowing through the veins of the players and the fans as Anfield began to erupt.
Less than two minutes after his first Wijnaldum again produced a special moment as he out-jumped Gerard Pique to fire a bullet header into the top left corner.
The momentum was fully with Liverpool and it almost became inevitable that they were going to secure the fourth goal that would send them to the final.
Divock Origi curled in an effort from close range as Trent Arnould caught the Barcelona defence sleeping when he quickly whipped in a low cross from the corner kick.
The final whistle brought delirious celebrations on the pitch and in the stands, where the Reds supporters had played their part in an unforgettable match.
Liverpool have managed famous European fightbacks before, notably when they won this competition for the fifth time in Istanbul in 2005, but this was arguably the greatest in their glittering history.
Artefact: 5 Other times in which a team achieved the unthinkable in in the second leg of a Uefa Champions League tie.
Barcelona 6-1 Paris Saint-Germain (6-5 agg), 2017
Barcelona remain the perpetrators of the most remarkable of all Champions League comebacks, at least in terms of deficit overhauled.
Trailing 4-0 from the first leg of their last-16 tie with PSG, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi scored either side of a Layvin Kurzawa own goal, only for Edinson Cavani to grab what was expected to be the decisive strike for the visitors.
However, two quickfire Neymar goals – the second a highly controversial penalty after an apparent Suarez dive – levelled the tie at 5-5.
Then, in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Sergi Roberto struck to create a slice of Champions League history – no side had ever turned around a four-goal first-leg deficit before.
Roma 3-0 Barcelona (4-4 agg, Roma won on away goals), 2018
The boot was on the other foot when Barcelona were dethroned in the Italian capital last year as Roma completed one of the most unlikely turnarounds in quarter-final history.
Eusebio Di Francesco’s side came back from a 4-1 first-leg deficit to progress to the last eight on away goals after a thrilling 3-0 win in front of their home fans.
Paris Saint-Germain 1-3 Manchester United (3-3 agg, United won on away goals), 2019
No side had ever won a knockout tie after trailing 2-0 from a first leg at home, and with 10 senior players missing, including the banned Paul Pogba, United’s chances looked slim.
Romelu Lukaku scored just two minutes in, though, and despite Juan Bernat’s equaliser on the night, Lukaku struck again after a Gianluigi Buffon error to make it 2-1.
As the game crept towards second-half injury time, Diogo Dalot’s shot struck Presnel Kimpembe’s arm and the referee awarded a penalty after a lengthy VAR review. Marcus Rashford scored it, United progressed, and the clamour for Solskjaer to be given the permanent manager’s job grew louder.
Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 (agg 5-4) AC Milan
Remember them? Deportivo are currently in the second tier of Spanish football but once upon a time they were one of Europe’s best sides.
And arguably their best moment on a European stage saw them knock out holders AC Milan in a quarter-final tie in April 2004 after overturning a 4-1 deficit from the first leg at the San Siro.
In Spain, however, Deportivo wiped out Milan’s lead in the first-half of the second leg with goals from Birmingham flop Walter Pandiani, Juan Carlos Valeron and Newcastle flop Albert Luque.