Liverpool versus Roma, 13 goals, records broken, dodgy penalties, a two-goal hero coming back to haunt his old club, Gini Wijnaldum scoring an AWAY goal, a young Scouser living the dream and Britain’s most successful European side marching towards another massive final.
Jurgen Klopp’s heavy metal football is one game away from claiming a first No 1 in 13 years. The Reds have not been Kings of Europe since that famous comeback in Istanbul when club legend Steven Gerrard hauled his side from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan on penalties.
The two sides had only met five times previously, the most famous the 1984 European Cup final, which the Kop side won 4-2 on spot-kicks.
Roma’s first victory’ came in a 1-0 win at Anfield in 2001 but the Italians lost that tie 2-1 on aggregate. It was to be a similar story this week as the Italians won the game 4-2 but went out 7-6 overall – the highest scoring semi-final in CL history.
Sadio Mane eased Reds nerves before Wijnaldum found the net at an away ground for the first time since an injury-time winner for PSV against Den Haag in May 2015. Talk about timing!
Liverpool have scored an incredible 40 goals in 12 European matches this season – 46 if you include the two qualifiers against Hoffenheim when this momentous campaign began back in August.
Stats have tumbled all tournament and with one game to go the Reds already have third-most goals in Champions League history. Only Barcelona and Real Madrid – this month’s final opponents – have scored over 35 goals in a single campaign.
Of the 40 goals, 30 have been snaffled by their front three of Mo Salah (11), Bobby Firmino (11) and Mane (9).
There is of course only one man who has hit more in the competition (15) and he stands in the way of Liverpool’s legends in the making – Cristiano Ronaldo.
But the last time the Spanish giants lost one of these finals was back in 1981 – yes you guessed it to Liverpool – oh and for the superstitious there was also a Royal wedding that year. Could history repeat itself?
So onto the bridesmaids . . . some Arsenal fans having been calling Wenger Out for years and he really is out now – out the door and out the Europa League.
It’s sad the Frenchman’s dream of leaving the club he loves with one last hurrah is over and a complete nightmare that the man who scored the killer goal was Diego Costa. Atletico Madrid’s former Chelsea striker is such an ugly character that he makes blind children cry.
And tears will have been shed in North London as Wenger’s 22-year reign will end with a whimper and not a glorious send off in a cup final in his native France.
WOMEN worldwide love Italian men and they are going to love them even more now.
Juventus and Napoli players joined forces with fellow Serie A stars in taking to the field with a red stripe on the cheek.
The move, which caught supporters outside of Italy by surprise, is part of a partnership between the players’ association and the Italian humanitarian organisation WeWorld Onlus.
The red lipstick marks help raise awareness of violence towards women and a number of big name players including Juve’s Paulo Dybala and Napoli’s Marek Hamsik took part.
Everyone – man or woman – needs to do their bit to combat violent misogyny. If you think you are too small to make a difference you haven’t spent the night with a mosquito.
AND finally despite chucking around frivolous pre-season predictions of pushing for European football at the London Stadium, West Ham have had a stinker and continue to flirt outrageously with relegation.
Next up for David Moyes’ men are Leicester. The Foxes – safe in mid-table obscurity – allowed lowly Crystal Palace to record their biggest ever Premier League win (5-0), lost to both Newcastle and Burnley and drew with Southampton in their last four games.
This is the Hammers big chance to save their skins as Leicester’s players all have their resting beach faces on