UEFA Champions League: Barcelona, Liverpool battle for final ticket (LIVE UPDATES)

Mohamed Salah in action
Mohamed Salah in action (Photo Credit: Reuters)

The fight to know who will play in the UEFA Champions League final this season between Barcelona and Liverpool will have its first part staged at Camp Nou tonight.

These two sides have lifted the famous trophy five times apiece since its inauguration, but Barca are competing in the semis for the first time in four years.

Fresh from their triumph on the domestic scene in which they wrapped up an eighth La Liga crown in 11 seasons, Barcelona are still on course for a famous treble.

The Spanish giants are the only unbeaten side left in this season’s Champions League, while they come into this match on a 22-game undefeated streak in all competitions, stretching back to January.

On their part, Liverpool are locked in a tense Premier League title race with Manchester City, sitting one point off the summit with two games to go.

Stay with PREMIUM TIMES for Live Updates.

Kickoff is 8 p.m.

Team news

BARCELONA STARTING XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets Vidal; Messi, Suarez, Coutinho

SUBS: Cillessen, Nelson Semedo, Arthur, Dembele, Malcolm, Umtiti, Alena

LIVERPOOL STARTING XI: Alisson; Gomez, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Fabinho, Keita; Salah, Mane, Wijnaldum

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SUBS: Mignolet, Lovren, Firmino, Henderson, Shaqiri, Origi, Alexander-Arnold


Kickoff at Camp Nou!!!


ALMOST! Liverpool almost conceded an early goal at Camp Nou


Barcelona with the first corner kick of the game


Free kick as Fabinho from Liverpool trips Ivan Rakitic



Liverpool won’t be happy to not to have been given an early penalty kick there


Luis Suarez commits a rough foul on James Milner but he escapes a booking


This is the 13th meeting between the sides and their first in more than a decade… Still goalless for now


Mane with an effort but nowhere near the target


Lionel Messi already causing the Liverpool defense some headache


Sadio Mane gets a free kick for Liverpool


Liverpool have had 57% of the ball in the opening 15 minutes .. that is rare for any team at Camp Nou


Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool is ruled offside


Played stopped for now as Liverpool’s Naby Keita is down injured and receives medical treatment on the field.


Play back on


Substitution: Naby Keita out for Jordan Henderson


GOAL !!! Luis Suarez get the opening goal

Jordi Alba provided the assist for the goal.


That was Suarez 25th goal of the season


Desperate defending by Barcelona as Liverpool push for an equaliser


The Catalan giants switch the mode and now piling the pressure on Liverpool


Barca are well on top, with some quick passing down the left carving Liverpool open.


YELLOW CARD for Clement Lenglet


40 Minutes gone Barcelona 1-0 Liverpool


Ball possession: Barcelona: 50%, Liverpool: 50%.


James Milner from Liverpool gets a final warning from the referee after a challenge on Lionel Messi


Three minute(s) of time to be added


Half Time: Barcelona 1-0 Liverpool

Liverpool come close but they win a corner kick


Sadio Mane beaten to the ball by the Barcelona keeper Ter Stegen


Joseph Gomez is penalised for pushing Ivan Rakitic


Play has been stopped because there is a player lying on the pitch.


Clement Lenglet is injured and is taken off the field to receive medical treatment.


He is back as Liverpool take a goal kick


James Milner with a shot on target but the Barcelona keeper Ter Stegen makes a save


Substitution.. Vidal goes out for Semedo


One hour of action already played and its still Barcelona 1-0 Liverpool


Crucial interception by Virgil van Dijk from Liverpool to prevent his team conceding a goal.


Goal… Messi double the lead for Barcelona


Georginio Wijnaldum our for Roberto Firmino


Goal!!! Lionel Messi curls the direct free kick into the back of the net! Wonderful finish


Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool


Unlucky Liverpool almost reduced the deficit but Mane’s effort cleared off the line


Barcelona tore Manchester United apart Camp Nou.. They are doing same against Liverpool tonight


Jordi Alba is booked for time-wasting


Five minutes added time tickling away


Full Time : Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool


Another masterclass show for Messi as Barcelona already have one foot in the final


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