Liverpool dominate Atlético Madrid in feisty Champions League clash; advance to knockout stages

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(CNN)Liverpool enactment successful a ascendant show against Atlético Madrid connected Wednesday night, winning 2-0 successful a heated brushwood astatine Anfield successful the Champions League.

Diogo Jota headed the hosts successful beforehand against the reigning Spanish league champions wrong the opening 15 minutes, heading location a delightful transverse from England planetary Trent Alexander-Arnold.

And with Liverpool looking the far superior team, Sadio Mane doubled its pb nether 10 minutes later, tapping location from adjacent scope from different Alexander-Arnold cross.

    The evening went from atrocious to worse to Atlético, who had Felipe sent disconnected aboriginal successful the archetypal half. With a antheral vantage for implicit 50 minutes, Liverpool continued the pressure, squandering galore chances to widen its lead.

      It means with 2 games near of the radical stage, Liverpool is into the knockout stages of the Champions League, portion Atlético beryllium 3rd connected 4 points, 1 down Porto.

      After the game, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp called the show "nearly perfect."

      People privation to spot much goals but we did make much chances. I deliberation the crippled was astir perfect," helium told BT Sport.

      "We scored the goals successful the close moments. They were overmuch much connected the front-foot with however they started than the location crippled but we started well. They were fantastic finishes arsenic well, particularly Sadio's one. With the reddish card, well, you don't similar that, you don't privation to play against 10 men but successful the extremity it's 2-0 and it was a large night.

      He continued: "You gain a batch of wealth to triumph Champions League games! The archetypal people was to get done this group. But we did it with 2 games to go. What tin we do? We volition person to see. I didn't expect we would beryllium done aft 4 games but the boys did it and it's truly good deserved."

      Jota celebrates scoring against Atlético Madrid.

      Impressing from the start

      When the 2 teams met successful Madrid successful their archetypal encounter, they produced a breathtaking affair, with Liverpool racing into a 2-0 lead, lone for Atlético to conflict backmost and equalize, with Mohamed Salah grabbing a melodramatic victor successful the last stages.

      Having won its opening 3 games of the radical stage, Liverpool sat atop Group B. But Atlético traveled to the UK needing a result, having lone won 1 of its opening 3 games.

      But it couldn't person started worse for Diego Simeone's men, conceding a sloppy opening extremity wrong the opening stages of the game.

      Portugal planetary Jota was the beneficiary of a sumptuous Alexander-Arnold transverse to caput past the despairing Jan Oblak successful goal.

      Known for its antiaircraft solidity, the extremity rocked the typically resolute Atletico, but determination was overmuch worse to travel for the Spanish side.

      It was 2 goals down successful the 21st minute, arsenic Mane tapped location from adjacent scope again to stun Simeone connected the bench.

      Although Atlético produced its champion play of attacking play aft going 2 goals down, it was short-lived.

      After committing a foul connected the borderline of the Liverpool container to halt a accelerated break, Brazilian defender Felipe refused to obey referee Danny Makkelie's wishes that helium travel and judge his yellowish card; Makkelie decided to amusement Felipe the reddish instead.

      Referee Danny Makkelie shows a reddish  paper  to Atletico Madrid's Felipe (unseen).

      Liverpool tested Oblak a fewer much times arsenic a feisty archetypal fractional came to a close, leaving Simeone overmuch to ponder during the halftime break.

      It took conscionable minutes for Liverpool to person the shot successful the Atlético nett erstwhile again, lone for Jota's chill decorativeness to beryllium ruled retired by the video adjunct referee (VAR) for offside.

      And the location broadside continued to spurn glorious opportunities, Salah, Joel Matip and Jota coming wrong whiskers of putting Liverpool 3 up.

      Against the tally of play though, Luis Suarez -- returning the crushed wherever helium had truthful overmuch occurrence arsenic a Liverpool subordinate -- appeared to person fixed Atlético a lifeline, his deflected effort wrongfooting Alisson successful goal.

      But it wasn't to beryllium for Suarez, arsenic the VAR ruled the extremity retired for offside.

      It was much of the aforesaid unluckily for Atlético, arsenic Liverpool kept up its unit connected the Liverpool goal, with Virgil van Dijk's long-range onslaught conscionable going over.

        The remainder of the crippled was a cleanable show of crippled absorption from Liverpool, with immoderate evident injuries to Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the lone blights connected an different cleanable evening.

        It present means that Liverpool is unbeaten successful 25 matches successful each competitions, its joint-longest specified tally since it joined the English Football League successful 1893.

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