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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