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Holders Liverpool beaten by Atletico Madrid in first leg

Holders Liverpool beaten by Atletico Madrid in first leg

Atletico have never lost a match in which Saul Niguez has scored - played 37, won 33, drawn 4Liverpool's defence of their Champions League title hangs in the balance after Saul Niguez's early strike gave Atletico Madrid an aggregate lead going into the second leg at Anfield.The Reds were given a dose of their own medicine as Atletico harried and hassled throughout and limited them to just two clear chances.Those opportunities fell to Mohamed Salah, who headed wide, and Jordan Henderson, whose hooked shot just missed Jan Oblak's far post.
Klopp replaced Sadio Mane and Salah with Divock Origi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but neither made an impact.Two-time finalists Atletico, who have been on a poor run of form, held on to a fourth-minute lead given to them by Saul. The Spanish midfielder turned sharply to fire home after a corner came off the boot of Fabinho.The return leg is on Wednesday, 11 March.
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Minutes before kick-off Klopp referred to Atletico having a similar "intense DNA" to his own side - and unfortunately for him they were at their intense best.What faced the Reds was almost a mirror image - a team that relentlessly pressed and got numbers forward on the counter.The Reds had large spells of possession in the opposition half, but Diego Simeone's Atletico side are past masters at dealing with teams of that type. They forced Liverpool into several errors when they had possession, and limited them to only two clear chances on goal.In fact, Liverpool had to wait until the 53rd minute for their first opening - Salah's stooping header drifting comfortably wide.The German coach, obviously not happy with his attacking threat in the first half, had twisted at half-time when he brought on Origi for the under-par Mane. However, the Belgium striker - the hero of last year's final - was easily marshalled, bar one moment of quality when he hooked in a cross for captain Henderson, who fired wide.Klopp's skipper came off injured in the 80th minute to cap a forgettable night.Liverpool have it in them to turn this tie around at Anfield, but unlike Barcelona, Simeone's Atletico are a tougher nut to crack. Klopp men's will have to be at their very best in three weeks.
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Line-ups
Atl Madrid
13Oblak
24Vrsaljko
15Savic
18Felipe
12Lodi dos Santos
6Koke
5Partey
8Saul
11LemarSubstituted forLlorenteat 45'minutes
9MorataSubstituted forMachin Perezat 70'minutes
10CorreaBooked at 45mins[/i]Substituted forDiego Costaat 77'minutes
Substitutes
1Adan
2Gimenez
14Llorente
19Diego Costa
20Machin Perez
21Carrasco
22Hermoso
Liverpool
1Alisson
66Alexander-Arnold
12GomezBooked at 59mins[/i]
4van Dijk
26Robertson
14HendersonSubstituted forMilnerat 80'minutes
3Fabinho
5Wijnaldum
11SalahSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 72'minutes
9Firmino
10ManeBooked at 40mins[/i]Substituted forOrigiat 45'minutes
Substitutes
7Milner
8Keita
13Adrian
15Oxlade-Chamberlain
18Minamino
27Origi
32Matip
Referee:Szymon Marciniak
Match Stats
Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamLiverpoolPossessionHome27%Away73%ShotsHome7Away8Shots on TargetHome2Away0CornersHome2Away7FoulsHome11Away13
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Match ends, Atletico de Madrid 1, Liverpool 0.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+5' Second Half ends, Atletico de Madrid 1, Liverpool 0.Posted at 90'+4' Attempt missed. Thomas Partey (Atletico de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.Posted at 90'+3' Foul by Joseph Gomez (Liverpool).Posted at 90'+3' Jan Oblak (Atletico de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 90'+3' Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Sime Vrsaljko.Posted at 90'+2' Fabinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 90'+2' Foul by Vitolo (Atletico de Madrid).Posted at 90'+1' Attempt missed. Diego Costa (Atletico de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Partey following a fast break.Posted at 90' Foul by James Milner (Liverpool).Posted at 90' Vitolo (Atletico de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 89' Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 89' Foul by Vitolo (Atletico de Madrid).Posted at 88' Foul by Joseph Gomez (Liverpool).Posted at 88' Vitolo (Atletico de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 86' Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 86' Foul by Diego Costa (Atletico de Madrid).Posted at 85' Offside, Atletico de Madrid. Thomas Partey tries a through ball, but Renan Lodi is caught offside.Posted at 83' Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.Posted at 81' Foul by Fabinho (Liverpool).Posted at 81' Diego Costa (Atletico de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution
Posted at 80' Substitution, Liverpool. James Milner replaces Jordan Henderson because of an injury.Posted at 78' Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Renan Lodi.
Substitution
Posted at 77' Substitution, Atletico de Madrid. Diego Costa replaces Angel Correa.Posted at 73' Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Divock Origi with a cross.
Substitution
Posted at 72' Substitution, Liverpool. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Mohamed Salah.Posted at 71' Joseph Gomez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 71' Foul by Koke (Atletico de Madrid).Posted at 71' Attempt missed. Renan Lodi (Atletico de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Partey.
Substitution
Posted at 70' Substitution, Atletico de Madrid. Vitolo replaces Alvaro Morata.Posted at 61' Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).Posted at 61' Felipe (Atletico de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Booking
Posted at 59' Joseph Gomez (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 58' Foul by Joseph Gomez (Liverpool).Posted at 58' Alvaro Morata (Atletico de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 56' Attempt blocked. Fabinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.Posted at 55' Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Sime Vrsaljko.Posted at 54' Divock Origi (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 54' Foul by Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico de Madrid).Posted at 53' Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Joseph Gomez with a cross.
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