Salah scores twice as Liverpool beat Atlético Madrid to 10
After a frustrating end to Antoine Griezmann’s night with Atlético Madrid, Mohamed Salah won for Liverpool in a Champions League thriller.
Salah scored twice on Tuesday as Liverpool took advantage of Griezmann’s red card to beat Atlético 3-2 and stay perfect after three appearances in European competition.
Griezmann had already scored twice to help Atlético recover from a bad start, but he was later sent off with a direct red card early in the second half for hitting Roberto Firmino’s head with his foot trying to reach the ball. Liverpool took advantage of the advantage with Salah scoring the game-winning goal from a penalty kick in the 78th minute. The Egyptian striker has scored in nine straight games for Liverpool in all competitions, becoming the first player to do so in the club’s 129-year history.
Atlético received a penalty a few minutes after Liverpool’s third goal but it was canceled after a video review.
Naby Keita also scored for Liverpool in the first half as Liverpool took a 2-0 lead in the 13th minute at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
“It was a tough game,” said Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp. “How you earn it, I don’t care. The most delicate are the most important. On a night like this, three points is really huge. ” The result leaves Liverpool at the top of Group B with nine points from three games, five points more than Atlético. Porto, who beat AC Milan 1-0 at home in the other group game, were tied with the Spanish champions. Milan stayed on zero points.
Atlético will then travel to Liverpool, while Milan host Porto.
It was the first meeting between Atlético and Liverpool since the Spanish team eliminated Liverpool, then reigning European champions, in the round of 16 of the 2019-20 season. Liverpool had been winless against Atlético in four Champions League games.
The English club took control early on and quickly built their lead at the Metropolitano.
Salah opened the scoring in the eighth minute after recovering a ball from the right flank and passing three Atlético defenders before sending a low shot into the corner. The goal was first awarded to James Milner who slightly redirected the ball.
Keita added ahead five minutes later with a neat volley that curled up by the post. Atlético defender Felipe hit his shot poorly and the ball went straight to Keita for his shot on reception just outside the box.
Atlético had never conceded in the first 15 minutes of a match since coach Diego Simeone took over at the end of 2011, and never in their history in the Champions League, according to Stats Perform.
Griezmann brought the hosts closer with a point blank redirection in the 20th after Koke Resurrección sent a low shot into the box and then equalized after a good run from João Félix for his sixth brace with Atlético in the Champions League, most of all players for the club.
Griezmann’s performance was marred by his red card in the 52nd as he attempted a high ball but instead hit the side of Firmino’s header. Before leaving, Griezmann apologized to Firmino, who was making his 300th appearance for Liverpool.
Salah scored the winning goal from the penalty spot after Atlético defender Mario Hermoso pushed Diogo Jota away from a long ball sent into the box.
Atlético strongly complained about the inverted penalty call after José María Giménez fell into the box following a meeting with Jota in a similar game which led to Liverpool’s penalty.
“You could tell the referee wasn’t sure, but the other way around it was all really quick (to call the penalty for Liverpool),” said Felipe, who felt a yellow card should have been be shown for Griezmann instead of red. “It was a completely different game while Griezmann was still playing. We had to run 110% after he was sent off.” Simeone started with Griezmann and Félix upstream, leaving Luis Suárez on the bench as he came back from his duty with Uruguay’s national team suffering from a stroke.The forward had never played against his former club since joining Atlético from Barcelona last season.
Simeone and Klopp didn’t shake hands after the final whistle. The Atlético coach rushed into the tunnel after the match was over.
“He was obviously angry,” Klopp said. ” With the game, with the world. ”
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