Before the match started, things were very different for Liverpool and Milan. The Reds had won five previous Champions League matches and by earning 15 points on their account they were sure not only to reach the knockout stage, but also to finish first in the group. Meanwhile, Milan had only four networks – as Atletico Madrid and less than FC Porto. All three teams had the right to dream of advancing to the playoffs. But most of all, they had to win their matches.
Liverpool went to face Milan with a little test squad. From the first minute, Tyler Morton, Konstantinos Tsimikas, Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi and others played. On the other hand, Klopp did not calm down for his two African stars – Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. However, the hosts – understandably – came on a festive menu.
Team Piol was the first to create a shooting stand for themselves. In the eighth minute, Junior Messias headed a free kick from the middle. Alison Becker dealt with his attempt. In the 29th minute, Milan attacked again – and again after a set set. But this time, it was the angle. The cross-ball under the flag first went to Romagnoli, who passed it to Fikayo Tomori. He struck the Englishman without thinking and gave his team the lead.
However, the Milanese did not enjoy it for long. In the 36th minute, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fired a powerful shot that rebounded from Mike Minnian. The ball did not leave the field – it hit directly at the foot of Salah, who realized the situation in a split second and sent it into the net. So in the break, both teams fell 1-1.
From the start of the second half, guests from England took the lead. Moments after the match resumed, Minamino tried his luck, but the Japanese lacked some accuracy. However, Divock Origi did not run out of him in the 55th minute, who scored Mane’s punch, thus beating Minyan. Milan lost the lead and also lost the idea of the game. And the Liverpool substitute performed better than the host.
At the end of the game, “The Reds” turned on the power saving mode and counted the minutes until the last whistle. Meanwhile, Milan is still unable to seriously harm visitors. With Atletico Madrid beating Porto 1-0 in the parallel match, the Rossoneri fell to last place in Group B. That means we won’t see them in European competition this spring.
Liverpool finished first in the group – which was already clear before the start of the day’s matches – (18 points). Atlético came second (7 points), and Porto finished third – which allowed them to play in the European League.
Jacob Selebec, Entrea
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