After a difficult first half, the Reds stretch in the second half with Thiago Alcantara and Salah
The fifth is also good. Liverpool also beat Porto and continue to have full points in the Champions League (the only team together with Bayern and Ajax). Decisive, in today’s 2-0, were Thiago Alcantara’s goals in the 52nd minute and that of Salah in the 70th minute. The Conceicao team will play for qualification for the round of 16 on the last day, when they host Atletico Madrid, who arrive at the direct match with one point less in the standings. A draw will be enough for the Portuguese if Liverpool remain unbeaten even with AC Milan.
Klopp teams up with 4-3-3, with Salah, Minamino and Mané in attack. Conceicao responds with the classic 4-4-2, with Taremi and Evanilson leading the way. Porto starts better and creates the first chance in the 9th minute, when Taremi is dangerous with his head. At 13 ‘the guests are still pushing forward: it is Otavio, from a good position, who kicks towards the goal, but wasting his excellent position by sending the ball to the side. From minute to minute Liverpool managed to raise the center of gravity more and more and found the goal of the advantage in the 37th minute: on an assist from Thiago Alcantara it was Mané, from inside the area, who caught the corner by striking Diogo Costa. The 1-0, however, was canceled by the intervention of the Var, who saw the offside of the Reds attacker. Also in the second half the pace is high and in the 47th minute, thanks to Otavio’s assist, it is Taremi who freaks out. A few minutes later Uribe is unlucky who, after a good pass from Cardoso, sends out a little from an excellent position. At 52 ‘, however, it was Liverpool to move forward: Thiago Alcantara, on a set piece, invented a volley that bags into the corner. After the disadvantage, Porto struggled to react and the hosts controlled easily: in the 65th minute it was Mané who kicked out on an assist from Chamberlain. The 2-0 arrives in the 70th minute: on a cue from Henderson it is Salah, with his left, who again beats the opposing goalkeeper.
A few minutes later the referee even awards a penalty for Liverpool for Mbemba’s foul on Origi, but the Var corrects the referee’s decision by establishing that the intervention, so broken, however, took place outside the area. Henderson’s free-kick is the last real chance of the match, but not the last emotion: Messias’ goal, which allows Milan to win at Atletico Madrid, ensures that the Portuguese remain second in the standings with only one game still to be played. At Anfield, however, it ends 2-0. Fifth is also good for Liverpool. The sixth will be decisive for Porto, Milan and Atletico.
November 24 – 11:12 pm
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