Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid

Second half: Atletico Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

Marcos Llorente comes on for Thomas Lemar at the break for the home side.

Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid
Llorente all set to explode in second half.

Sadio Mane is a surprise withdrawal at the break for Liverpool as he replaced by Divock Origi, who scored the decisive second goal for Reds in their Champions League final win over Tottenham on this very ground last season.

Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid
Booked Mane was taken off by Jürgen Klopp at half time, as Origi came in for him.

 We are back underway at Wanda Metropolitano.


47 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

Liverpool has begun their second half as they ended their first, dominating the possession with a hope of doing something no team has ever done before in over 30 attempts – beating Atletico Madrid in a game in which Saul Niguez has scored one goal at least.


49 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

Atletico cut opens Liverpool at the back down on the right flank. Llorente surges inside and slides the ball back for Vrsaljko to score, but he fails to connect on his right foot, spurning the opening for the home side.


50 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

Diego Simeone encourages the crowd to get behind the home side. Meanwhile, on the pitch, Liverpool concedes a free-kick on the edge of the Atletico penalty area.


51 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

Liverpool wins a free-kick wide on the right flank. Trent swings the ball in towards the far post, where Marcos Llorente heads clear.


53 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

CHANCE MISSED! Mo Salah heads wide of the post. Gomez brings the ball forward and whips a perfect cross into the box for the run of the Liverpool winger. He connects with a header from 10 yards out, only to glance his effort wide of the target. A potent equalizer chance missed.

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Salah misses a close chance.
55 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

Firmino wins a corner after his floating cross into the Atletico penalty area is blocked by Marcos Llorente. Liverpool takes the corner short, plays it to Fabinho in front of the penalty area but his delivery into the box is blocked out.


57 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

Thomas Partey gets a vital touch to stop Firmino from turning into the box after being teed up by Mohammad Salah. The pressure from visitors has been unrelenting for the past 10 minutes.

Atletico’s CDM – Thomas Partey defends well against Roberto Firmino ( Source – gettyimages.in )
59 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

BOOKED! Joe Gomez tries to get ahead of Morata to win possession, but is late on the Atletico’s forward and is booked by the referee. Yellow card for him.


60 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

Robertson tries to send Divock Origi down the left flank. The pace of the ball is just too much for the Belgian, which prevents him from flicking a shoot past Oblak, who had come a long way off his line. It ends up as a goal-kick for the home side.


64 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

 Liverpool continues trying to turn the screw, probing and pressing for their opening goal. They’re completely dominant, but Atletico’s goalkeeper Jan Oblak has yet to make a save, so tight has his defence been in front of him.

Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid
Jan Oblak and his man kept defence so tight, that Liverpool couldn’t get any shot on goal throughout the game.
65 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

 Angel Correa goes down and stays down, injured after being caught by a kick on the ankle by Fabinho. He is writhing in agony. Players cool down till the Correa receives treatment. He may even make way here.

Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid
Correa is caught by Fabinho on a bad tackle.
68 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

WHAT A MISS! Savic releases the ball for Lodi over the top in the left side channel and he cuts the ball back for an unmarked Alvaro Morata. He has space and time along with the goal gaping, but he slips at a crucial moment and fails to connect with the ball for the goal. A huge opportunity is spurned by the Spanish striker.


70 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

Atletico Madrid substitution: Vitolo on for a dismal Morata.

Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid
Morata substituted out after an easy miss on the goal.
72 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

Liverpool substitution: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on for Mohmmad Salah.

On the Atletico bench, Morata is applying his foot or ankle after kicking himself while slipping with the ball at his feet and the goal at his mercy.


73 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

CLOSE! Origi floats in a cross from the right channel into a crowded penalty area. Henderson smashes towards goal on the volley, but the ball drifts just wide of the post.


77 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

Diego Costa in for Angel Correa, who makes his first appearance since November.

Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid
Correa makes way for Diego Costa, who hasn’t played a game for 4 months.
77 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

Jordan Henderson is down for Liverpool and he may have to go off. It would be a huge blow for the Reds to lose their skipper.


80 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

Jordan Henderson is replaced by James Milner, although he is able to walk off the field with his disappointment.


82 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

Thomas Partey brings down Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the edge of the D but Liverpool doesn’t get a free-kick.

Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid
Jan Oblak dives to stop the ball, which eventually went over the bar.

86 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

Liverpool gets back on the ball, trying till the last to get shot on the target and possibly score an away goal.

They’ll be content with a 1-0 defeat, but taking an away goal back to Anfield for the second leg would make their task so much easier.


88 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

 Liverpool is furious with the referee as he plays an advantage for a handball against Renan Lodi. The Reds do not get much of an advantage as Atletico clear their lines from a cross into the box.

Jurgen Klopp’s remonstrations at the advantage against Liverpool earns him a yellow card from the referee.

Jurgen Klopp is shown a yellow card for his frustrating act.

90 + 1 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

Diego Costa goes for a shot from some distance but his low strike is fairly harmless and skids tamely wide of the post.


90 + 3 mins – Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0

Joe Gomez has been penalized for barging into Oblak at the set-piece.


Full-time: Atletico Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

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