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"As in a Stephen King story" – Italian press about Liverpool v Roma football



"C Ome on Roma, you can do it." Corriere dello Sports header seemed somehow more desperate than optimistic. Thirty-four years ago, Giallorossi had been waiting to play in another European Cup semi-final, only to be torn to pieces by a player they had sold to Liverpool ten months ago.

Two late goals at Anfield, the least hopes, but did the Italians really believe that this Roma side could repeat the comeback of the Champions League against Barcelona?

"If you land under a train and come out with a few broken bones, you're almost happy," wrote Luigi Garlando in Gazzetta dello Sport. "These 5-2 final results looked almost beautiful after risking a historic defeat, and now the Roma can repeat themselves like a mantra:" Three goals at Olimpico and we're through. "In reality, this task is much more complicated Between a good start [Kolarov hitting the bar] and a proud finale came the heart of this game where Roma were demolished. "

The defeat was more painful because it was staged by former Roma player Mohamed Salah. "These composite hands, which ask for forgiveness, will not make the gates any less bitter," commented Matteo Pinci in La Repubblica on the refusal of the player to celebrate. This newspaper, along with some others, called the Egyptian a balloon d & # 39; Or.

"The past is a beast," wrote Pincis colleague Maurizio Crosetti. "The past is cruel, with long nails, and the Roma suddenly found it, Mo Sala's torn flesh, as they call it here, the worst nightmare they feared, and it came on time as it was you're caught in a story by Stephen King who had bad sleep due to indigestion and instead got up to write. "

Even the statistics seemed to mock Roma. "Salah was sold for 42 million euros before bonuses," said Davide Stoppini in Gazzetta. "The same player has crossed the 42-point mark against the Roma: almost as if he were showing that he is worth more, much more, too much more."


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Elsewhere in the Pink Gazette, Fabio Licari challenged readers to look beyond flimsy facts and figures: "The numbers can not tell the whole story. [Salah] looked like Messi was twice as fast."

Other players from Liverpool, especially Roberto Firmino, praised. But an article on Il Messaggero's website raged against Roma's inability to better plan for the man they knew best. "Liverpool is not" only "Salah, how many times have we heard that? Many, too many times. Of all, from [the Roma manager Eusebio] Di Francesco down now he's almost there enjoying the final in Kiev. Even though we have the game in the Olimpico, maybe this time around Anfield, we'll hear someone saying, "We have to stop Salah."

Corriere dello Sport editor Alessandro Vocalelli, however, seemed the least prepared to release the ghost "If it is true that this result was a serious one, the Roma have once again shown that they are alive, that they have the character of their superior, that they are the moment of relaxation of the English and a defense – that of the English Reds – punish "This is far from invulnerable," he insisted in his editorial.

His newspaper also pointed a finger of guilt at the officials and described the referee, Felix Brych, as "a disaster". "A clear foul on Strootman over the gate that opened the game," wrote Vocalelli. "Away from Liverpool's third goal, two serious mistakes in a game that was not decided at the time."

Other newspapers also sidelined, though most referred to footnotes. "This Roma team was too broken to be true," reflected Gianni Mura in La Repubblica before admitting that she had at least shown character in the end. Nevertheless, he reflected: "How often do miracles repeat themselves?"

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