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.
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Kickoff is 8 p.m.
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
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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