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Bromsgrove's Orlando turned out to be Liverpool's lucky mascot as the Reds staged dramatic Barcelona comeback

Harry Leach 9th May, 2019

A YOUNG boy from Bromsgrove turned out be Liverpool’s lucky mascot during the club’s stunning Champions League semi-final comeback against Barcelona.

Nine-year-old Orlando Boyce, who plays in goal for Catshill under 9s football team, walked down the Anfield tunnel with the team moments before it pulled off an Istanbul-esque miracle and overturned a 3-0 deficit to beat Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate.

He was chosen to be a Liverpool mascot after his mum Karen entered him into Mastercard’s UEFA competition.

Orlando, who walked out with Barcelona player Philippe Coutinho, said: “I was amazed at how loud the crowd were singing.

“Everyone was waving at us but it felt like they were waving just at me.”

Orlando was able to get former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’s autograph but did not have chance to speak his favourite player Lionel Messi.

The Fairfield First School pupil added: “It was such a good game and I was shocked by the result but I’m glad Liverpool went through to the final.”

Orlando travelled to city with his dad Gary, and had the chance to look around Anfield and speak to locals before the game kicked off.

Gary said: “Every single Liverpool supporter said they were confident they could win.

“When we got inside the stadium they took us to a small backstage area and gave Orlando his kit.

“I didn’t see him again until he was coming out of the tunnel.

“Myself and his mother Karen are very proud. It was a special night.”


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