On Tuesday evening, every football fan, plus a few bored TV lovers lost for choice on what to watch, caught their eyes glued to their screens to catch one of the most anticipated for football matches this season.
Liverpool Football Club hosted the mighty FC Barcelona at Anfield stadium in England for the return leg of the fixture, the former having lost 0-3 in the first encounter at Camp Nou a week ago.
Honestly speaking, very few people – including myself – believed that the Reds had any chance of qualification. The reasons were simple.
Liverpool needed to score more than three goals without reply to overturn the earlier deficit and automatically qualify.
Three-nil would also afford them a chance to stretch the game into extra-time and penalties later if neither team scored within the extra 30 minutes.
But nobody, in their right earthly minds, would imagine a team without its key players in Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino edging even half a chance in a Gerard Pique-manned defence.
Well, the gods of Anfield were in for a total turn-around as Divock Origi and a second-half super sub in Georginio Wijnaldum both netted braces to shock Ernesto Valverde’s team in 90 minutes.
Not even Lionel Messi could change a thing – save for the fact that he missed three golden opportunities to bury the game early.
BET award winner, Eddy Kenzo joined the rest of football fans in mocking Barcelona. He noted that the Spanish champions failed to live up to their own standards in allowing Liverpool through to the finals.
He sarcastically described their game plan as ‘volongoto’, a Luganda argot to mean ‘shambolic’. It is also the title of his new song.
Well, Liverpool fans must still be in seventh heaven and will concur to Kenzo’s description. We’ll let them enjoy the moment, they deserve it all!