Atletico beat Liverpool but everything remains open for the return match
Atletico Madrid beat Liverpool 1: 0 in the first match of the Champions League 1/8 final. But every opportunity to qualify in the quarter-finals remains open to both teams in the return match.
Saul Nunez of Atletico scores what was the only goal of the triumph for Diego Simeone’s team on Tuesday at Wanda Metropolitano.
The Spanish giant’s minimal victory means everything is open for the return match, which will take place at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s team, the reigning champion of Europe’s most prestigious club competition, did not hit within the frame of Ian Oblak’s gate throughout the match.
The Reds were dominating Atletico by keeping the ball in possession most of the time. But, were lacking the creativity and opportunity to score.
The locals, meanwhile, had more frequent opportunities and were able to gain a deeper, despite being constantly in the defense.
Saul came close to scoring the only goal in the match, just four minutes into the game. Throwing the ball into the net after a corner kick, which created a tussle in the Reds’ defense.
Atletico travel to England on March 11 for the return match with the goal of winning and moving on to the quarter-finals.
Liverpool will seek to overturn the result. As they attempt to advance to the quarter-finals on the road to defend the European crown.