UEFA Champions League

Liverpool stun Barça to advance to final 

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  • Doubles from Origi and Wijnaldum lift Liverpool into UEFA Champions League final
  • Reds complete stunning comeback after trailing Barcelona 3-0 from first leg
  • Liverpool will face winner of Ajax-Tottenham in Madrid on 1 June

Liverpool completed an historic comeback by defeating Barcelona 4-0 in the second leg of their semi-final and winning 4-3 on aggregate, and advanced to a second consecutive UEFA Champions League final.

Divock Origi opened the scoring in the seventh minute after a frenetic start to the match. The Belgian forward, filling in for the injured Mohamed Salah, scored from close range after Jordan Henderson's initial shot was saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Spurred on by the frenzied Anfield faithful, Liverpool continued to press Barça aggressively and limited their opponents to few significant scoring opportunities.

Georginio Wijnaldum substituted into the match for Andrew Robertson at half-time and that proved to be a masterstroke by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Wijnaldum had an instant impact, completing a quick-fire brace in the 54th and 56th minutes to bring the tie level.

The comeback was complete when, in the 79th minute, Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold's quick thinking from a corner kick caught Barça out. His pass from the corner found a wide-open Origi, who steered a shot into the top corner with his first touch.

Anfield reached fever pitch at the sound of referee Cuneyt Cakir's final whistle as Salah had made his way down from the club suites and ran on to the pitch to celebrate with his team-mates, wearing a t-shirt that read 'Never Give Up'.

Did you know?

  • Liverpool are the fourth team to progress in the Champions League after losing the first leg by at least three goals
  • Barcelona are the first team to fail to progress multiple times after winning the first leg by at least three goals
  • Liverpool reach the final of the European Cup/Champions League for the ninth time, an English record
  • Barcelona suffer their joint-biggest defeat in European club competition
  • For the first time since 2013, there will be a non-Spanish winner of the Champions League

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