Liverpool make Champions League history with 2-1 win over AC Milan

Liverpool make Champions League history with 2-1 win over AC Milan

  • Liverpool were a much-changed side against AC Milan on Tuesday, December 7
  • Despite the changes, the Reds came from behind to stun AC Milan, who needed a win to ensure they progressed
  • Salah scored once again to take his tally for the season to 20 goals

Liverpool became the first English side to win all six of their group games in the Champions League after a 2-1 win over AC Milan.

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Liverpool finished Group B with a 100% record. Photo by Piero Cruciatti.
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Jurgen Klopp made eight changes to his typical starting XI as the Reds had already qualified for the last 16 as group winners.

For AC Milan, they knew they needed a win to have a chance at progressing as their other group rivals Atletico Madrid and FC Porto were also in contention.

Despite the squad overhaul, Liverpool dominated possession in the opening exchanges, although it was the home side who broke the deadlock at the half-hour mark.

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Takumi Minamino missed the ball from a corner, with goalkeeper Alisson only managing to push the ball to the path of Fikayo Tomori, who made no mistake from a few yards out.

Seven minutes later and the Reds were back level and it came from that man again – Mohammed Salah.

The Egyptian showed impressive predatory instincts to latch onto a rebound after goalkeeper Mike Maignan kept out Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shot.

The goal also had personal significance for Salah, as he became the first Liverpool player to score 20 goals in five consecutive seasons since Ian Rush.

Divock Origi then turned the game on its head in the second half, scoring his first Champions League goal since 2019 when he scored in the final against Tottenham.

In the end, the Reds claimed yet another victory as Jurgen Klopp’s side continued to show their potency, regardless of what squad is named for a game.

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At the start of the competition, Group B was tipped to be the toughest one yet, with the likes of AC Milan, Porto and Atletico Madrid all in it.

But Liverpool somehow managed to beat all these sides, twice, in the group, and will head into the last 16 as one of the most feared teams in this year’s edition.

Atletico defy odds to progress

In the other game, Atletico Madrid stormed into the last 16 of the Champions League thanks to a 3-1 win over Porto in an extraordinary match that saw three red cards.

Atletico finishes second in the group, with Liverpool the group winners.

Source: SportsBrief.com

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