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UEFA Champions League: Liverpool Thrash Manchester City As Barcelona Rout AS Roma

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| April 5 , 2018 , 13:07 IST

In the clash of the Premier League teams in the quarter-final of UEFA Champions League, it was Liverpool who took a commanding lead in the two-legged tie over the league leaders Manchester City on Wednesday. The final score stood at 3-0 at Anfield.

Even though the points difference in the Premier League between the two teams is 18 points and in the favour of City, it was Liverpool who asserted their dominance.

In fact, City who are in their pursuit of yet another league title has only lost one game this season which came against Liverpool in January in a thrilling 4-3 game.

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Liverpool mounted a first-half blitz which saw all three goals of the game in quick succession. Mohammed Salah was the one to who scored the first goal in the 12th minute. They caught the City defense off-guard as Salah sprang Roberto Firmino in behind them. After his initial effort was parried by City keeper Ederson, Firmino teed up Salah to smash home his 38th goal of the season.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal was the pick of the bunch as he smashed one from 20 yards out, to put the ball past the keeper in the 20th minute.

Shortly after, Mo Salah chipped in a ball in the penalty area of for someone to attack the ball, and it was Sadio Mane who headed home for Liverpool to take an early three-goal advantage.

However, a perfect night for Liverpool was marred when Salah limped off with an injury early in the second half.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City was faltering and he looked to his bench to make some changes in the second half, but the team still couldn’t create any significant goal-scoring chances and will be going into the second leg tie with their backs against the wall as they plan to topple over the three-goal advantage their opponents have.

Elsewhere, Barcelona strolled past AS Roma and punished the Italian sides for their errors as they won their first leg by 4-1 thanks to two own goals. Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez were the other two scorers to make sure Barcelona take forward a healthy advantage in the return leg in Italy.

The second leg ties of both the fixtures will be played on April 10.