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Ahram Online , Wednesday 1 May 2019
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Full time: Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool



The referee blows his final whistle, Barcelona take a comfortable 3-0 advantage to Anfield in the second leg!


90+5' Dembele is guilty of a glaring miss as he fails to make it 4-0! Barca forwards outnumber Liverpool defenders in a counter attack and Messi squares the ball for the unmarked Frenchman, whose poor effort goes straight into the hands of Alisson with the goal at his mercy. 

84' Salah almost gives Liverpool a much-needed away goal but his shot strikes the woodwork with the goal gaping. 

82' It's Messi again! A sublime free-kick is curled over the wall and into the top corner of the net. 

82' GOOOOOAL FOR BARCELONA!!

75' Messi makes it 2-0 against the run of play! A Fabinho sliding tackle sends the ball to Suarez, whose scrappy effort hits the upright and falls for Messi to chest it down and nod into an empty net. 

75' GOOOOOAL FOR BARCELONA!!

72' Barcelona are still holding firm as Liverpool forwards persistently attempt to unlock the defence. 

67' Liverpool lay siege to Barcelona's area. 

63' Vidal is found unmarked by an astute pass from Messi but his cross is intercepted when well-positioned to score. 

63' It's all Liverpool in the second half so far! 

60' Barca make their first substitution; Semedo replaces Coutinho. 

58' Another golden chance for Liverpool! Salah runs down the right and sends a low cross, with a clever dummy finding Milner whose shot is easily collected by Ter Stegen.

56' Ter Stegen is Barca's star tonight! 

53' A chance for Salah! He collects a loose ball on the edge of the area and creates space for himself before firing a low shot that is once again blocked by Ter Stegen! 

50' Liverpool look lively in the early stages of the second half, can they score an equaliser? 

47' Barca keeper Ter Stegen pulls off a superb save to thwart a shot from Milner after some good work from Salah. 

The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 


43' Milner is lucky to escape a yellow card for pushing Messi near the touchline. 

39' Barcelona defender Lenglet is booked for tugging the shirt of Salah. 

38' Milner tries his luck from distance but his low shot misses the target. 

35' What a chance wasted by Mane! He skies his shot high over with the goal at his mercy following a sublime diagonal pass from Henderson. 

34' At the other end, Sergi Roberto makes a headed clearance before a cross finds Mane. 

32' Fabinho clears the danger after a series of superb Barcelona passes. The Catalans are vibrant tonight! 

30' Liverpool's defence is struggling to contain Messi and Suarez. 

26' The brilliant Suarez sneaks between Van Dijk and Matip to latch onto a superb low cross from Alba and send a sliding shot into the net. 

26' GOOOOOAL FOR BARCELONA!!

24' Liverpool make an unscripted substitution; Henderson replaces Keita. 

23' Mane muscles his way past several challengers but his eventual effort is blocked. 

21' Naby Keita looks to have sustained an injury. Liverpool are unlucky, given that they are already missing Firmino. 

15' Barcelona look dangerous every time Messi controls the ball in the final third! 

6' Liverpool look dangerous on the break! Mane is found in the area and he falls under a slight challenge from Pique. 

4' A chance for Barca! Rakitic outpaces Matip and tries to send in a cross but the Cameroonian redeems himself to block it. 

2' Salah makes a jinking run into the area, skips past a challenger but his shot is blocked by the defence. 

The match is underway 


19:55 Barcelona's starting line-up: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Arturo Vidal, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho
 
19:50 Liverpool's starting line-up:  Alisson Becker,Joseph Gomez,Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, James Milner,Georginio Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane
 

18:00 Egypt's Mo Salah said he is excited to play against Barcelona.

16:00 While Barca may be on cloud nine after sealing an eighth title in 11 years, Valverde warned his side about the dangers of a relentless Liverpool side who are a point off the top in the Premier League after earning a staggering 91 so far this term.

15:30 "We are very happy to be in the semi-finals and after winning the league we're also feeling really confident, we can't wait for the game to arrive," added the Croatia international.

"There are still many things we need to improve on but most of all we are excited. We have to learn from the mistakes we made in the last few years but we're really up for it and we know the best is yet to come."

15:30 Rakitic said his side were excited about playing in their first Champions League semi-final since winning the competition in 2015, adding that the players had an extra spring in their step after lifting the Liga title on Saturday.

14:45 Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic added: "We respect Klopp's opinion but playing in the Nou Camp is different, it's special. We don't care if it's seen as a temple or not. I'd love to be able to play at the Nou Camp every week."

14:30 "The fans at the Nou Camp have already played a decisive role this season. We've had over 90,000 fans at our last few games and we have felt the difference they made," Valverde told a news conference ahead of Wednesday's match.

"We expect the same tomorrow, and we know our fans will give us that extra push, just like Liverpool will get at Anfield. I think Klopp said that to cool the hype about the game, because it's just another game."

14:30 However, Valverde backed the Barcelona supporters to turn up the volume in the game to help his side move towards a first Champions League final in four years.

14:00 Liverpool coach Klopp said in an interview with broadcaster DAZN that his team should not be overwhelmed by playing at Barca's ground, saying: "The Camp Nou is just a stadium. It is pretty big, but it is no temple of football."

13:30 The Nou Camp is the biggest stadium in Europe with a capacity of 99,000 yet it does not have the same reputation for noise or unconditional support as Liverpool's Anfield home.

13:00 Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde trusts the Nou Camp faithful to give his side the support they need in their Champions League semi-final first leg against Liverpool, playing down Juergen Klopp's claim that the stadium will not intimidate his team.

 

Stay tuned as match is due to start at 21:00 Cairo time (GMT+2)


Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona)

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands)

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