Premier League title favourites Manchester City have been knocked out of the Champions League at the quarterfinal stage after losing 2-1 at home to Liverpool, while five-time winners Barcelona have also exited after Roma produced one of the competition’s great comebacks.
City required a 3-0 win just to send the game to extra-time, after their stunning loss by that same scoreline in the first leg.
And that appeared a realistic goal when Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus scored two minutes into the match, played at Etihad Stadium in Manchester on Tuesday.
However, Liverpool’s in-form forward Mohamed Salah put the result to bed when he scored a crucial away goal 56th minute before Roberto Firmino struck a second to secure a stunning 5-1 win on aggregate.
City manager Pep Guardiola was sent to the stands for the second half for arguing with referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz during halftime.
He and City can legitimately complain that Leroy Sane had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside at the end of the first half, which would have made it 2-0.