ROME: Liverpool advanced to its first Champions League final in more than a decade despite a 4-2 loss at Roma on Wednesday.
The Reds scored two early goals and that was all they needed to advance 7-6 on aggregate after a 5-2 win in the first leg of the semifinals.
“Tonight was all about getting the job done,” said Liverpool midfielder James Milner, who scored an own goal. “We’re through to the final now and we’ve got there by beating some very good teams along the way.”
Sadio Mane took advantage of a misplaced Roma pass to put Liverpool ahead nine minutes in and Georginio Wijnaldum restored the advantage with a header after Milner’s own goal.
Edin Dzeko equalized for Roma early in the second half and Radja Nainggolan scored two late goals for the hosts as the Giallorossi narrowly missed out on another miracle after their stunning 3-0 second-leg victory over Barcelona in the quarterfinals.
In the May 26 final in Kiev, Ukraine, Liverpool will face two-time defending champion Real Madrid.
Madrid beat Bayern Munich 4-3 on aggregate in the other semifinal.—AP