Champions League - Group B
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Atletico Madrid 2-3 Liverpool: Mohamed Salah stars against 10-man Atletico

By Phil DawkesBBC Sport
Mohamed Salah and James Milner combine to give Liverpool the lead at Atletico Madrid
Salah is the first player in Liverpool's history to score in nine consecutive appearances in all competitions

Mohamed Salah continued his superb form as Liverpool made it three wins out of three in the group stage of the Champions League by beating Spanish champions Atletico Madrid in a game of constant drama.

In a frantic, fantastic match in the Spanish capital between sides that were dazzling in attack but vulnerable at the back, the Reds saw an early two-goal lead wiped out by Antoine Griezmann's double.

The France forward was then shown a straight red card early in the second half, allowing the visitors to reassert their authority and snatch a big win through Salah's well-taken penalty, awarded for a clumsy barge on Diogo Jota by Mario Hermoso.

Jota almost turned villain, though, as his challenge on Jose Maria Gimenez resulted in a penalty being awarded - only for the referee to change his mind after being encouraged by VAR to view the incident on the pitchside monitor.

Earlier, Salah had given the Reds the lead when his low finish at the end of a weaving run found the net off the toe of James Milner before Naby Keita's brilliant volley doubled the visitors' advantage.

Griezmann's neat close-range finish then superb turn and shot across Alisson restored parity, all before the break.

But the last word went to Salah, who is now Liverpool's record goalscorer in the Champions League - his two goals taking him to 31, one more than Steven Gerrard.

Jurgen Klopp's side are now unbeaten in 21 games in all competitions and continue to provide an attacking threat opponents are rarely able to deal with.

In their last nine matches they have racked up 30 goals and have scored at least three times in all of their seven away games this campaign.

They now top Champions League Group B by an emphatic five points after their most impressive win so far.

It did not however impress Atletico boss Diego Simeone, who spent the game either whipping the home crowd up into a frenzy or berating the officials and then headed off down the tunnel at full time without shaking the hand of Klopp.

Liverpool create more fond memories in Madrid

There is something about Liverpool and the Wanda Metropolitano.

It was on this ground in the Spanish capital that they won Europe's top club prize for the sixth time in 2019 - although that was followed by a 1-0 first-leg loss to Atletico in the stadium the following season that contributed to the end of their trophy defence.

After this remarkable game against La Liga's champions, they now they have another memorable encounter to add to the list.

It is a cliche to suggest a game had everything, but you would be hard pressed to work out what this action-packed and at times controversial match did not showcase.

There were elite forwards providing attacking brilliance, with Salah again offering evidence to back up his manager's claims that he is currently the best player in the world.

His goal owed much to Milner's touch, but the close control and skill to make space for the shot was of the level recently witnessed to a similar end result against Manchester City and Watford.

At the other end, Griezmann was just as ruthless, with his second goal in particular a showcase of his intelligent movement and finishing prowess as he left Virgil van Dijk in his wake following fine work by Joao Felix.

There was a long VAR check on the former Barcelona striker's first goal, but the officials must have decided Thomas Lemar did not obstruct Joel Matip after being offside from Koke's initial shot.

The red card that ended Griezmann's game was a debatable one, but his boot was certainly high and while unlikely to be intentionally dangerous it was out of control.

Scattered in among all this drama was some fine goalkeeping from Alisson, who excelled on his return to the side with a string of fine saves, albeit he also almost gifted Atletico a 3-2 lead of their own before the break with a clearance that struck Matip.

Finally, to the penalties - one correctly given, one controversially not.

Hermoso can have no complaints over the decision to punish his clumsy foul on Jota, but the Liverpool forward's light but similar challenge on Gimenez in the box at the other end could easily have cost his side.

The referee's decision to overturn his on-field call reprieved Jota - who had been caught on the wrong side from a free-kick - and helped Liverpool secure a victory that takes them to the brink of the knockout stages of Europe's elite club competition.

Player of the match

Mohamed SalahMohamed Salah

with an average of 8.31

Atlético Madrid

  1. Squad number8Player nameGriezmann
    Average rating

    5.76

  2. Squad number13Player nameOblak
    Average rating

    5.17

  3. Squad number7Player nameJoão Félix
    Average rating

    5.08

  4. Squad number21Player nameCarrasco
    Average rating

    4.88

  5. Squad number23Player nameTrippier
    Average rating

    4.77

  6. Squad number11Player nameLemar
    Average rating

    4.73

  7. Squad number6Player nameKoke
    Average rating

    4.64

  8. Squad number18Player nameFelipe
    Average rating

    4.57

  9. Squad number4Player nameKondogbia
    Average rating

    4.36

  10. Squad number5Player namede Paul
    Average rating

    4.32

  11. Squad number22Player nameHermoso
    Average rating

    4.21

  12. Squad number2Player nameGiménez
    Average rating

    4.06

  13. Squad number14Player nameMarcos Llorente
    Average rating

    3.82

  14. Squad number10Player nameCorrea
    Average rating

    3.73

  15. Squad number12Player nameRenan Lodi
    Average rating

    3.70

  16. Squad number9Player nameSuárez
    Average rating

    3.57

Liverpool

  1. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah
    Average rating

    8.31

  2. Squad number1Player nameAlisson
    Average rating

    8.29

  3. Squad number3Player nameFabinho
    Average rating

    7.58

  4. Squad number9Player nameRoberto Firmino
    Average rating

    7.45

  5. Squad number26Player nameRobertson
    Average rating

    7.24

  6. Squad number32Player nameMatip
    Average rating

    7.22

  7. Squad number10Player nameMané
    Average rating

    7.21

  8. Squad number4Player namevan Dijk
    Average rating

    7.20

  9. Squad number15Player nameOxlade-Chamberlain
    Average rating

    7.19

  10. Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold
    Average rating

    7.14

  11. Squad number14Player nameHenderson
    Average rating

    7.08

  12. Squad number12Player nameGomez
    Average rating

    7.03

  13. Squad number7Player nameMilner
    Average rating

    6.99

  14. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Jota
    Average rating

    6.84

  15. Squad number76Player nameN Williams
    Average rating

    6.71

  16. Squad number8Player nameKeïta
    Average rating

    6.61

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 13Oblak
  • 18Felipe
  • 4KondogbiaSubstituted forGiménezat 45'minutes
  • 22HermosoSubstituted forLlorenteat 80'minutes
  • 6Koke
  • 23Trippier
  • 5de PaulSubstituted forLodi dos Santosat 80'minutes
  • 11LemarSubstituted forSuárezat 80'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21Carrasco
  • 7SequeiraSubstituted forCorreaat 80'minutes
  • 8GriezmannBooked at 52mins

Substitutes

  • 1Lecomte
  • 2Giménez
  • 9Suárez
  • 10Correa
  • 12Lodi dos Santos
  • 14Llorente
  • 16Herrera
  • 19Santos Carneiro Da Cunha
  • 24Vrsaljko

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-ArnoldBooked at 63minsSubstituted forGomezat 85'minutes
  • 32Matip
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 8KeïtaSubstituted forFabinhoat 45'minutes
  • 14Henderson
  • 7MilnerBooked at 59minsSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 63'minutes
  • 11SalahSubstituted forN Williamsat 90+2'minutes
  • 9Firmino
  • 10ManéSubstituted forJotaat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Fabinho
  • 5Konaté
  • 12Gomez
  • 13Adrián
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 18Minamino
  • 20Jota
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 27Origi
  • 47Phillips
  • 62Kelleher
  • 76N Williams
Referee:
Daniel Siebert
Attendance:
60,725

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Atletico Madrid 2, Liverpool 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Atletico Madrid 2, Liverpool 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Neco Williams (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

  4. Booking

    Luis Suárez (Atletico Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ángel Correa (Atletico Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  6. Post update

    Diogo Jota (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Felipe (Atletico Madrid).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Neco Williams replaces Mohamed Salah.

  9. Post update

    Fabinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ángel Correa (Atletico Madrid).

  11. Post update

    Offside, Atletico Madrid. Koke tries a through ball, but Renan Lodi is caught offside.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Joseph Gomez replaces Trent Alexander-Arnold.

  13. Post update

    VAR Decision: No Penalty Atletico Madrid.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Atletico Madrid. Luis Suárez replaces Thomas Lemar.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Atletico Madrid. Renan Lodi replaces Rodrigo de Paul.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Atletico Madrid. Marcos Llorente replaces Mario Hermoso.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Atletico Madrid. Ángel Correa replaces João Félix.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

  19. Post update

    Thomas Lemar (Atletico Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Goal! Atletico Madrid 2, Liverpool 3. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

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