MADRID (NWN) – Following a failed match between Antoine Griezmann and Atlético Madrid, Mohamed Salah on Tuesday entered Liverpool in the Champions League thriller.
Salah scored twice when Liverpool used Griezmann’s red card to beat Atlético 3-2 and remain flawless after three European appearances.
Griezmann has already scored twice to help Atlético recover from a bad start, but then he was sent off with a straight red card early in the second half for kicking Roberto Firmino in the head while trying to reach the ball.
Liverpool seized the advantage with Salah scoring the winning goal from the penalty spot in the 78th minute. The Egyptian striker has scored nine consecutive appearances for Liverpool in all competitions, becoming the first player to do so in the club’s 129-year history.
A few minutes after Liverpool’s third goal, Atlético had a penalty, but after the video review it was canceled.
Naby Keita also scored for Liverpool in the first half, as Liverpool led 2-0 in 13 minutes at Wanda Metropolitano.
“It was a tough game,” said Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp. “How you win it, I don’t care. The hardest ones are really important. Three points on a night like this is a lot. “
As a result, Liverpool took the lead in Group B with nine points in three games, five points more than Atlético. Porto, who beat Milan 1-0 at home in another group match, caught up with the champions of Spain. Milan were left with a zero score.
Atletico then visits Liverpool and Milan hosts Porto.
It was the first meeting between Atlético and Liverpool since the Spanish side knocked out the then reigning European champion Liverpool in the round of 16 of the 2019-20 season. Liverpool have not lost to Atlético in four UEFA Champions League games.
The English club took control early and quickly took the lead in the Metropolitano.
Salah opened the scoring in the eighth minute after picking up the ball on the right flank and bypassing three Atlético defenders before shooting low into the corner. The ball hit Jeffrey Kondogbia’s heel and flew into the corner.
Keita stepped forward five minutes later in a neat volley that curled up at the bar. Atlético defender Felipe made a mistake in his accurate shot, and the ball went straight to Keita, who immediately scored the ball from outside the penalty area.
“We didn’t start the game the way we wanted to,” said Atlético coach Diego Simeone. “It was only after their second goal that we were able to do what we tried to do.”
Griezmann brought the hosts closer with a short range redirection in the 20th after Coque Resurrecchón landed a low shot across the court and then evened the score after a good run by João Felix in his sixth double with Atlético in the Champions League. for the club.
Griezmann’s performance was overshadowed by his 52nd place red card when he went for a high ball, but instead hit Firmino in the head. Before leaving, Griezmann apologized to Firmino, who is in his 300th game for Liverpool.
Salah scored the winning goal from the penalty spot after Atlético defender Mario Hermoso pushed Diogo Hota after the ball went into the box.
Atlético complained loudly about the canceled free kick after Jose Maria Jimenez fell in the penalty area after facing Hota in a similar game that led to Liverpool’s penalties.
“You could say that the referee was not sure, but on the other hand, everything was very fast (to award a penalty for Liverpool),” said Felipe, who believed that Griezmann should have been shown a yellow card instead of a red one. “While Griezmann was still playing, it was a completely different match. After it was removed, we had to work 110%. “
Simeone started with Griezmann and Felix in front, leaving Luis Suarez on the bench as he returned from his duty and Uruguay struck. The striker has never played against his former club since joining Atlético from Barcelona last season.
Simeone and Klopp did not shake hands after the final whistle. The Atlético coach threw himself into the tunnel after the end of the match and later said that he never liked to shake hands with opposing coaches after games.
“He was clearly angry,” Klopp said. “With the game, with the world.”
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