Referee Helped Liverpool Reach Champions League Final Says Cengiz Under

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Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final, but Cengiz Under claims Roma would be in Kiev if not for the semi-final referee.

The Turkey international claims refereeing decisions robbed the Serie A outfit of a place in the final.

The Reds knocked Roma out 7-6 on aggregate, beating the Italian giants 5-2 at Anfield before losing 4-2 at the Stadio Olimpico.

Roma sporting director Monchi called for VAR to be introduced in the Champions League after the second leg which saw two penalty claims dismissed, while president James Pallotta described the refereeing decisions as being “embarrassing” and “an absolute joke”.

In an interview with beIN Sports Turkey, Under claimed the referee robbed Roma of the chance of playing in the final.

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“Liverpool started very well, they were quickly up 2-0 [in the first leg],” he said. “They were relentless and kept scoring.

“After 5-0, everyone was worried on our side. But they got tired as the game went on. In the last 15 minutes, we were dominant and scored two goals. If there were five minutes more, we could have scored a couple more.

“In Rome, there were two penalties which should have been given for us. I don’t want to criticise the referee, I’m only 20 years old but that’s the truth.

“I could have been in Kiev today. They took that away from us. That’s my opinion.”

The 20-year-old scored nine goals and provided two assists in all competitions this season.

Roma finished the Serie A campaign in the top four and will play Champions League football next season.