There was a huge African influence in Liverpool’s first leg victory over AS Roma in the UEFAChampions League semi-finals played on Tuesday evening at Anfield.
Egyptian international Mohamed Salah, fresh from winning the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) 2018 Player of the Year was again the star of the night against his former side.
He scored twice in the first half and provided two assists to Senegalese skipper Sadio Mane for Liverpool’s third and another for Robert Firminho.
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The Reds went five goals up with a second strike from Firminho before Roma rallied late to pull back two goals ahead of the second-leg fixture slated for the Stadio Olympico in Rome.
Of some of his records this far: Mohamed Salah has scored in each of his last five Champions League starts for Liverpool; no player has scored in more successive games for the Reds (he equals a record held by ex club captain Steven Gerrard).
Mo Salah has scored 10 goals in the Champions League this season, the most by a Liverpool player in a single season in European competition. And the highest by an African player in a single campaign.
He has scored 43 goals for Liverpool this season in all competitions; only Ian Rush has netted more in a single campaign for the Reds (47 in 83/84, with Roger Hunt also on 42 in 61/62).
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Nigeria: Residents Cry For Help After Ilorin Flood
Residents of Olunlade Area in Ilorin, Kwara state, complained bitterly about the havoc wrecked by flood on their property as buildings, cars and shops were troubled by heavy downpour.
According to reports, the area experienced a heavy downpour around 4pm on Wednesday which lasted for about three hours.
One of the victims, Mr Femi Olaoye, whose house was taken over by flood, said he was helpless as the water entered his siting room and kitchen.
“I was bitter and sad as there is nothing I could do to stop the flood from entering my house. It was only me and my two children at home. I wept bitterly to witness such terrible occurrence.
“All my electronics were damaged beyond repair. Even the bedroom has turned to swimming pool. I am confused,”
Another resident, Mr Yusuf Taiwo said the flood came as a nightmare to him as his furniture, bookshelf and electronics were destroyed by the flood.
“Even some vital documents that I placed on the floor in my room have been destroyed by the flood.
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