Liverpool produced one of the biggest upsets in UEFA Champions League football when they humiliated Barcelona 4-0 in the second semi-final clash at Anfield on Wednesday night to claim a 4-3 aggregate score win and advance to the final.
The Catalans were firm favourites to book a final berth following their 3-0 first leg win, but the Reds had other ideas and took the lead as early as the seventh minute through Belgium forward Divock Origi.
Ernesto Valverde’s troops struggled to maintain the intensity of Liverpool and were caught napping as Jurgen Klopp’s charges scored in quick succession through substitute Giorgio Wijnaldum to pull the tie level.
Origi netted his second in the most bizarre fashion from a corner kick with the Barcelona defense ball watching and Andre Ter Stegen off his line.
In the end Liverpool kept the Barca attack at bay to see them progress to their second successive Champions League final.
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Darren Keet (Bidvest Wits ), Rowen Williams (SuperSport United), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs)
Daniel Cardoso (Kaizer Chiefs), Rivaldo Coetzee (Mamelodi Sundowns), Ramahlwe Mphahlele (Kaizer Chiefs), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), S’Fiso Hlanti (Bidvest Wits ), Buhle Mkhawanazi (Bidvest Wits), Thamsanqa Mkhize (Cape Town City)
Bongani Zungu (Amiens), Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Downs), Dean Furman (SuperSport United), Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford FC), Tiyani Mabunda (Mamelodi Downs), Thulani Serero (Vitesse Arnhem FC), Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Fortune Makaringe (Maritzburg United), Ben Motshwari (Orlando Pirates), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier)
Lebo Mothiba (RC Strasbourg), Percy Tau (Royal St Union), Lars Veldwijk (Sparta Rotterdam), Lebogang Maboe (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Kermit Erasmus (Cape Town City)
Bafana Bafana have been pitted in Group F alongside Ivory Coast, Namibia and Morocco.
They open their Afcon account against the Elephants on June 18.
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Mondli Mpoto (Bloemfontein Celtic), Darren Johnson (Ajax Cape Town), Reyaad Pieterse (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Thendo Mukumela (Ajax Cape Town), Keanu Cupido (Cape Town City), Reeve Frosler (Kaizer Chiefs), Tercious Malepe (Chippa United), Katlego Mohamme (SuperSport United), Bongani Sam (Bloemfontein Celtic), Sandie Mthethwa (Richards Bay United)
Teboho Mokoena (Supersport United), Athenkosi Dlala (Supersport United), Kegan Dolly (Montpellier), Sipho Mbule (SuperSport United), Kamohelo Mahlatsi (SuperSport United), Grant Margeman (Ajax Cape Town), Jamie Webber (SuperSport United), Kgaogelo Sekgota (Vitoria Setubal, (Portugal).
Phakamani Mahlambi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lerato Lepasa (TS Galaxy), Jemondre Dickens (Baroka FC), Luther Singh GD Chaves, Portugal), Liam Jordan (Koge FC, Denmark)
National U23 head coach David Notoane will take charge of the COSAFA Squad for the SADC regional tournament which starts on Saturday, 25 June.