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May 2, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at Stadio Olimpico (Roma)
Attendance: 61
Roma
4-2
Liverpool
Milner (15' og.), Dzeko (52'), Nainggolan (86', 90' pen.)
FT(HT: 1-2)
Mane (9'), Wijnaldum (25')

How Roma could line up against Liverpool

Ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg between Roma and Liverpool, Sports Mole looks at how the hosts could line up at the Stadio Olimpico.

Roma will welcome five-time European champions Liverpool to the Italian capital this evening knowing that they have it all to do if they are to book their place in the final of the Champions League for the first time since 1984.

The Serie A outfit were blown away in the first leg at Anfield eight days ago, but salvaged a glimmer of late hope by scoring twice in the final 10 minutes to leave themselves with a 5-2 deficit to make up.

It remains a tall order against a Liverpool team in devastating goalscoring form on the European front, but Roma produced a similar comeback against all the odds to knock the much-fancied Barcelona out in the last round.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Eusebio Di Francesco's team could line up at the Stadio Olimpico.


Predicted Roma XI vs. Liverpool
Out: Rick Karsdorp (knee), Gregoire Defrel (knee)

Eusebio has little choice but to attack Liverpool this evening, but he will also be wary of how easily the Reds sliced his high line open time after time in the first leg at Anfield.

Liverpool's pace in behind could force Eusebio to revert to a back four - rather than the back three he used on Merseyside - with Juan Jesus the most likely to make way from the central defenders.

A switch to a 4-3-3 system to match Liverpool's could see Diego Perotti return to the starting lineup, although changes are likely to be kept to a minimum despite the one-sided nature of the first leg.

Kostas Manolas, Cengiz Under, Kevin Strootman and Alessandro Florenzi were all given the weekend off and should return fresh, while Edin Dzeko scored twice on Saturday to take his tally up to 23 for the season across all competitions.



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Wednesday's key events


SKATEBOARDING
· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

SAILING
· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

CYCLING
· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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