The latest football result today is the match between Atletico Madrid – Liverpool. Wanda Metropolitano is a football ground that keeps the beautiful memories of Liverpool last season when at this stadium, they beat Tottenham to win the Champions League. However, this time back to Madrid, things were no longer simple for the army of Jurgen Klopp.
On Liverpool football ground, they launched the strongest starting lineup, including the return of Sadio Mane to recreate the familiar trio of attacks with Salah & Firmino, while the midfield trio of Henderson – Wijnaldum – Fabinho. On the opposite side, Atletico Madrid started with Morata – Correa, Koke & Lemar pairing 2 wings while Savic and Felipe kicked a pair of central defenders in front of goalkeeper Oblak.
In the first half
Having the lead, the host actively gave the game to Liverpool, but they were the only team with more chances to score when they always knew how to make a difference in the counterattack.
On the other side of the football ground, Liverpool, despite their superior control of the ball, but before the solid defense of the opponent, the defending champions stalemate and accept to be led after the first 45 minutes closed.
Atletico took the initiative from the start and they created the early danger. In the first 4 minutes, the home team earned a corner and the hanging ball, Fabinho accidentally brought the ball close to the Liverpool goal, giving Saul the opportunity to kick the score. The score was close to 2-0 in the 20 minutes when Lodi had a very good cross into the Liverpool penalty area of the football ground, but Robertson kicked off Morata to touch the ball.
Fabinho’s ability to intercept helped Liverpool regain the game and have many long ball controls. However, the rising squad put them at risk and in the 26th minute, Alisson almost had to stop Morata at a narrow-angle after a poor header from Van Dijk. Shortly after that situation, Salah took advantage of Oblak’s tee shot to score, but Firmino was caught offside.
Mane and Firmino struggled in the crowd of Atletico players before arranging for Salah to shoot the ball in front of the goal, but Felipe used his head to save the ball to make Liverpool finish the first half with no goal hit the finish line.
In the second half
Coach Jurgen Klopp immediately sent Divock Origi to replace Mane early in the second half while Diego Simeone brought Marcos Llorente to replace Lemar.
Origi failed to produce any effect and lost the ball repeatedly, but Salah almost equalized in the 53rd minute when he took advantage of the attention of two center-back Atletico on Van Dijk to sneak in to pick up a Gomez cross before a deflectable head hitting on the column.
Liverpool began to starkly stalemate and they even luckily escaped a loss in the 68th minute when Morata missed a chance in front of the goal in a counterattack by Atletico. Salah was also pulled out and captain Henderson, who narrowly missed the post with a cross in the 74th minute, also had to leave the football ground.
In the last 10 minutes, Liverpool often fell into a dangerous counterattack while their attacks were very deadlock. There were 4 minutes of injury time but the visitors could not turn the situation despite a few dangerous crosses, and Atletico Madrid will bring 1 goal difference to Anfield for the return leg of the morning on 12/3.
The match score: Atletico Madrid 1-0 Liverpool
The scorer: Atletico Madrid Saul 4’
The starting line:
Atletico Madrid: Lemar, Correa, Morata, Oblak, Vrsaljko, Savic, Felipe, Lodi, Koke, Saul and Thomas.
Liverpool: Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino, Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson and Fabinho.
Atletico and Liverpool were very confident before entering the great battle in the first round of the 1/8 Champions League. Liverpool is the team that is more appreciated not only as of the defending champion but also is very impressive. However, at the Wanda Metropolitano, the Kop soon received the ‘cold water ladle’ when Saul Niguez put Atletico Madrid ahead 1-0 from the fourth minute. Saul’s goal was a huge contribution from Fabio on the visitors’ side. Atletico’s striker was excited after the opening goal.
Meanwhile, Virgil van Dijk was not surprised because the home team soon received the goal. Outside the football ground, Juergen Klopp also proved dissatisfied. After the goal, Diego Simeone took the initiative to move his team to play counter-defense.
Atletico accepted to let Liverpool take control of the ball, but also always take advantage of the opportunity to create dangerous situations on the goal of Alisson. However, after 90 minutes, the 1-0 result was kept unchanged and the advantage was in Atletico Madrid. And that is the latest football result today about Atletico Madrid – Liverpool match.