Atletico Madrid travelled to Anfield this evening to lock horns with Liverpool in the Champions League. It’s a fixture that’s fast becoming one of the most iconic in European football, but it was far from a classic that was served up. Liverpool won 2-0.
The game started at a somewhat frenetic pace, as is to be expected in an atmosphere as hot as Anfield’s. Atletico took the game to their hosts but it was Liverpool that struck first blood in the 13th minute. Diogo Jota scored a header after a stunning cross from deep on the right side by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The hosts doubled their advantage in the 20th minute. Alexander-Arnold was heavily involved again, firing in a low, driven ball from outside the area that Sadio Mane managed to artfully divert past Jan Oblak and into the back of Atletico’s net.
Atletico responded well, but shot themselves in the foot in the 37th minute when they went a man down. Felipe tripped up Sadio Mane to earn himself a yellow card, only for the referee to upgrade it to red when the centre-back ignored him. In truth, his dismissal signalled the end of the game as a contest.
“We started attacking well, but then what you saw happened. We went 1-0 down and then 2-0, and then came the red card. Playing a game a man down against Liverpool is not easy.
⏱ 90'+ 4' | Liverpool 2⃣-0️⃣ Atleti
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— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) November 3, 2021
“I congratulate the team for the tranquility and patience they showed in the second half. We remained humble to try and get into the game, and we could have had [Luis] Suarez’s goal stood.
“We’re leaving with the tranquility of knowing we gave everything, with two games ahead of us to look forward to.
“I’m bitter because the game went by very quickly, with the goals and the red card. It doesn’t leave me in a content state, but it is what I feel. I also accept the second half, that we did not buckle against a team that will score seven goals if you allow them.”