For the second day in a row we saw big victories in the UEFA Champions League, but this time one of the results was thoroughly unexpected. Liverpool beat Manchester City in Anfield by a score of 3-0, and Barcelona beat Roma 4-1 at home.
The Merseyside squad dominated the entire game, with Jurgen Klopp’s pressuring defense suffocating City’s attacking efforts. This season’s breakthrough star Mohamed Salah scored the first goal after a perfectly executed quick attack in the 12th minute. Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mané each added another goal before half-time. Manchester City failed to score a goal in the second half to at least go back home with bigger hopes, as Guardiola’s tactics fell flat.
Meanwhile Barcelona dispatched Roma with ease even without playing a great game. Two own-goals doomed the Italians, and the goal scored by Dzeko as the game was winding down was quickly countered by a Luis Suarez goal that seems to seal Barcelona’s first Champions League semifinals in three years. For Valverde’s team the best news apart from the end result was the good level displayed by Andrés Iniesta, who has been plagued by injueries and irregular play all season long.