Liverpool with the shock of the century last night, our great grand kids must see this! Everything went well for the Mersey side team………no biased refereeing which is usually the case for every pivotal match.
Imagine a Ghanaian winning a Jollof rice cooking competition on Nigerian soil. Oh, the horror! For non football experts that essentially was the nightmare scenario playing in the terrified minds of Madrid supporters as they watched Barcelona romp over Liverpool to a 3-0 first-leg lead in their champions league semi-final clash in Camp Nou, Barcelona’s stadium, on the 1st of May.
The last time a team overcame a three-goal, first-leg, semi-final champions league deficit was Barcelona who did it vs Gotham all the way back in 1986. Wait, it wasn’t Gotham, Batman lives there. It was Gothenburg. Anyway, 1986 was so far back neither Wizkid nor Davido existed.
Madrid and Barcelona are fierce rivals. Think of Batman and the Joker! And the final of this year’s champions league tournament is in the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, home to Athletico Madrid, crosstown rivals of Real Madrid. The hate for Barcelona exceeds that for Athletico (depending on who you ask) so the thought of them winning the trophy in Madrid was just TOO much to take! The beef has its origins in politics but that’s a story for another day. Just know the beef is thick and well seasoned with maggi.
Up stepped Liverpool in the return leg yesterday with one of the most unforgettable comebacks in the tournament’s history. Missing star players like Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino through injury, only the most optimistic of Liverpool fans (and gambling addicts) held any hope of a comeback against such formidable opposition. Against all odds, they overturned the deficit with a 4-0 victory, winning the tie 4-3 on aggregate.
For Barcelona, it was a bad case of Déjà vu. Last season, at this same semi-final stage, they crashed out in similar spectacular circumstances to Italian team AS Roma, winning the first-leg 4-1 but losing the second leg 3-0 and eliminated on away goals (Roma scored in their stadium).
Ps. Goal keeper Allison Becker was on both winning teams……….weird.
To complete a magical night, the Liverpool players and their coach gathered in the middle of the field as the raucous crowd sang their flagship anthem “You’ll never walk alone.”
Football, bloody hell! Sips cup of coffee