Atletico Madrid knocked Champions League holders Liverpool out of the competition at the last-16 stage after a dramatic 3-2 win at Anfield.
ubstitute Marcos Llorente scored two extra-time goals as Atletico Madrid earned a 3-2 second-leg win to knock out holders Liverpool and advance to the Champions League quarter-finals 4-2 on aggregate.
Jurgen Klopp’s defending European champions trailed 1-0 from last month’s first leg in Madrid but levelled up the tie through Georginio Wijnaldum’s header two minutes before half-time in Wednesday’s dramatic match.
Inspired Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak made a string of saves either side of Wijnaldum’s breakthrough goal and Andy Robertson headed against the crossbar as the contest went the distance at Anfield.
Roberto Firmino put Liverpool ahead in the tie for the first time with a goal early in extra time, but Llorente – brought on in the second half – capitalised on an Adrian error to swing the game back in Atleti’s favour and added a second eight minutes later.
Alvaro Morata applied gloss to the scoreline in the waning seconds of extra time, sending coach Diego Simeone sprinting down the touchline in delirious scenes from the visiting side and their travelling supporters.
1′ Diego Costa’s shot wide out
CLOSE! Atleti almost lead inside 15 seconds! Joao Felix plays a lovely pass between Gomez and Van Dijk, and Costa is onside. His shot is just wide of the right-hand post, but that is a very, very early warning.
5′ Oblack denies Wijnaldum’s effort
SAVE! It’s straight at Oblak, but this is a great effort from Wijnaldum! In windy conditions, the midfielder meets Alexander-Arnold’s cross with a header that flies goalwards. Oblak gathers well.
11′ Salah’s shot flies into the sky
Over the top! Mane does wonderfully to recover the ball after a slack Robertson pass, driving forwards and finding Salah. The winger cuts inside and shoots over. Oblak was not troubled.
14′ SAVE! Oblak parries Oxlade-Chamberlain long shot
SAVE! Big stop from Oblak! Mane’s cross is cleared to Alexander-Arnold, whose hurried pass to Oxlade-Chamberlain is controlled well. The midfielder hammers in a low drive, but Oblak is down to save. Robertson centres again on the rebound, yet Atleti clear.
21′ Felipe handball ignored after VAR check
Liverpool want a penalty again! Van Dijk challenges for a cross and wins a corner. Robertson delivers once more, and Mane goes up. The ball bounces off an Atleti head onto Felipe’s unwitting arm at close range, but there is no penalty given.
36′ Oblack stops Firmino with decent save
SAVE! Oblak again! Firmino looks certain to score! Alexander-Arnold crosses towards goal, and Firmino appears to get the slightest touch on the ball inside the six-yard box. Oblak is alert, though, parrying away.
43′ GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Atletico (Wijnaldum)
GOOAAALLLL!!! WIJNALDUM! 1-0 Liverpool! 1-1 on aggregate! It’s him again! And what a time to score. The midfielder sends a powerful header down and beyond Oblak from just in front of the penalty spot. What a lift for the hosts!
48′ AGAIN! Oblak parries Salah’s shot
SAVE! Selfish from Salah! Wijnaldum frees the winger with a lovely pass in behind. But Salah goes alone, with options in the middle, and shoots straight at Oblak.
56′ Diego Costa out with frustration, Llorente in
SUB: A defensive change as Atleti look to gain a foothold in this match. Costa is furious that he is the man to make way, with Llorente on.
60′ Adrian denies Felix shot but spills the ball
SAVE! JUST! A rare Atleti opening almost prompts a precious away goal. Joao Felix shoots low on the break, and Adrian makes a meal of it, spilling the ball at Correa’s feet. The goalkeeper at least reacts well to smother as Correa looks set to score. Big chance.
67′ Crossbar! Robertson almost score for Liverpool
CROSSBAR! Agonisingly close from Robertson! Partey brilliantly carries the ball 40 yards up the field after a scramble on the edge of the Atleti area, only to loose out to Henderson. Liverpool break, and Salah gets in on the right. He tricks his way past Lodi, but a low shot is deflected, looping up beyond Oblak. Robertson is arriving and heads against the crossbar with the goal gaping!
85′ OVER! Mane with the bicycle kick!
OVER! Mane with the bicycle kick! Milner gets in down the left and picks out Wijnaldum, who cannot time his header. The ball instead loops up for Mane, in the middle of the area, but he cannot keep a spectacular volley down.
87′ CHANCE! Salah’s shot just over the bar
SO CLOSE! Dazzling from Salah! He beats Koke, then Lodi and then Saul on the right. Moving further and further inside, the winger lashes at his finish and misses the top-left corner. Big chance.
93′ OFFSIDE! Saul’s goal disallowed
OFFSIDE! Remarkable! What a finish to the match! Alexander-Arnold concedes a really needless free-kick, giving Atleti a chance to win this at the last. Lodi delivers, and Saul heads into the top-left corner. The Atleti coaching staff pour onto the pitch, but Saul is blatantly offside. The flag is straight up. He should not have been caught. Liverpool survive.
94′ GOAL! Liverpool 2-0 Atletico (Firmino)
GOOAAALLLL!!! FIRMINO! 2-0 Liverpool! 2-1 on aggregate! His first goal at Anfield all season! Wijnaldum scored the first and creates the second. He bursts down the right and crosses for Firmino, whose header bounces back out off the post. The striker’s luck is in, though, and the ball falls for him to tap in.
97′ GOAL! Liverpool 2-1 Atletico (Llorente)
GOOAAALLLL!!! LLORENTE! Atleti are back in control! It’s 2-1 to Liverpool but 2-2 on aggregate! The visitors have scarcely threatened, but awful goalkeeping from Adrian allows them a swift response! Adrian hacks a clearance straight to Joao Felix, who feeds Llorente. A low shot beats the goalkeeper, who does not appear to dive properly. He slips. It is a strange, strange goal.
106′ GOAL! Liverpool 2-2 Atletico (Llorente)
GOOAAALLLL!!! LLORENTE AGAIN! It’s 2-2 and Atleti lead 3-2 on aggregate! Liverpool are on the ropes! Atleti break in the final moments of the first half of extra-time. Llorente makes a good run to take a square pass from Morata, jinks inside of Henderson and gets the shot off under pressure from Milner. It flies into the bottom-right corner.
119′ Conflict between Morata and Alexander-Arnold!
YELLOW: Alexander-Arnold is clearly incredibly frustrated. He barges Morata to the ground by the corner flag in front of the Atleti fans. Morata reacts angrily and goes nose to nose with Alexander-Arnold, which is enough for a booking, too.
120+1′ GOAL! Liverpool 2-3 Atletico (Morata)
GOOAAALLLL!!! MORATA! 3-2 Atleti! 4-2 on aggregate! That’s the tie! And it is awful from Adrian once again. Morata races through and shoots straight through the goalkeeper. Anfield is in song, but the European champions are out.
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