Atletico Madrid’s Spanish midfielder Marcos Llorente (R) celebrates scoring his crew’s second objective through the UEFA Champions league Spherical of 16 second leg soccer match between Liverpool and Atletico Madrid at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on March 11, 2020. Paul ELLIS / AFP
Atletico Madrid ended Liverpool’s defence of the Champions League on Wednesday as Marcos Llorente’s double and Alvaro Morata’s late strike shocked Anfield with a Three-2 win after further time to progress Four-2 on mixture.
The holders regarded to have ended Atletico’s dogged resistence when Roberto Firmino put them forward within the tie after Georginio Wijnaldum’s first-half header compelled the sport into an additional 30 minutes.
Nevertheless, Liverpool had been made to rue a number of missed possibilities to kill the tie off in 90 minutes as Llorente twice curled dwelling from outdoors the field earlier than Morata twisted the knife by breaking away to attain in added time of additional time.
Defeat ends Jurgen Klopp’s proud report of by no means dropping a two-legged European tie as Liverpool supervisor.
Nevertheless, it stays to be seen if and when the final eight will even be capable of happen because of the chaos prompted throughout the continent by the brand new coronavirus.
A packed Anfield performed its half in making an attempt to roar Liverpool onto one other well-known Champions League conquest as, not like in quite a few nations throughout Europe, no restrictions have thus far been placed on supporters attending video games in the UK.
However it was the practically Three,000 travelling followers in attendance, regardless of the actual fact video games in Spain can be performed behind closed doorways for the following two weeks, that celebrated a stoic rearguard show from their aspect.
The European champions didn’t handle a single shot heading in the right direction in a 1-Zero defeat in Madrid three weeks in the past, however Jan Oblak was shortly put to work.
Wijnaldum’s flicked header provided a warning for Atletico of what was to return earlier than Oblak parried Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pushed effort.
Simply because the Spaniards thought the job was half carried out with no injury carried out, Wijnaldum’s highly effective downward header left Oblak with no probability two minutes earlier than the break.
Oblak retains Liverpool at bay
The objective didn’t change Atletico’s method as they performed a dangerous sport and relied on Oblak to maintain them within the sport.
The Slovenian saved from Mohamed Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Firmino as Liverpool missed quite a lot of possibilities that in the end got here again to value them.
Andy Robertson got here closest to the knockout blow with a close-range header that got here again off the bar earlier than he, Mane and Salah all fired over.
Atletico thought they’d stolen the tie with the final contact of the 90 minutes when Saul Niguez headed dwelling a free-kick, however the Spanish worldwide was flagged offside to ship the tie to an additional 30 minutes.
Regardless of Liverpool being getting ready to a primary Premier League title in 30 years, their quantity 9 Firmino had not scored at dwelling all season till 4 minutes into extra-time.
The Brazilian’s header from Wijnaldum’s cross got here again off the put up and completely again into his path to fit dwelling with Oblak grounded.
Nevertheless, no sooner had Liverpool gone in entrance for the primary time within the tie than Atletico hit again with a sucker-punch.
The guests had barely examined stand-in Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian, however the lack of Alisson Becker to a hip damage ultimately proved Liverpool’s downfall.
Adrian fired a easy clearance straight to Joao Felix, who fed Llorente and he discovered the underside nook.
Llorente had joined Atletico from bitter rivals Actual Madrid in a controversial transfer in June.
However the man whose father and nice uncle, Francisco Gento, additionally performed for Actual, made himself a Rojiblanco hero with a second that secured Atletico’s place within the final eight with one other exact low end in added time on the finish of the primary half of additional time.
One other former Actual participant Morata then sealed a well-known win as Liverpool had been caught on the counter-attack to lose at dwelling within the Champions League for the primary time since October 2014.