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  • Updated: November 04, 2021

UCL: Liverpool Cruise Past 10-Man Atletico Into Last 16

UCL: Liverpool Cruise Past 10-Man Atletico Into Last 16

Sadio Mane Celebrates Goal Against Atletico Madrid

Liverpool cruised into the last 16 of the Champions League on the back of 10-man Atletico Madrid to win 2-0 at Anfield on Wednesday and qualify with two games to spare.

Goals inside the first 21 minutes from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane gave the Spanish champions a mountain to climb even before Felipe was sent off before halftime for a cynical hack on Mane.

Maximum points from four games are enough to win Liverpool group B and guarantee home advantage in the second leg of their last-16 tie come the new year.

Atletico, on the other hand, have to battle to reach the knockout stages as they sit third, one point behind Porto with two games to play.

When the sides last met at Anfield 20 months ago, Atletico's dramatic extra-time victory to reach the Champions League quarterfinals was overshadowed by the looming threat of coronavirus.

That proved to be the final top-level match in England for three months and the last in front of a full crowd for over a year.

The Liverpool support had not forgotten the bad blood that brewed between the teams from that tie and the Reds' 3-2 win in the Spanish capital two weeks ago.

Luis Suarez was roundly booed on his return to Anfield, while Atletico coach Diego Simeone was mocked as his side capitulated before halftime.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has not hidden his distaste for the cautious style Simeone's Atletico have become synonymous for.

However, the Argentine was aghast on the touchline at some of the visitors' defending during the first 45 minutes.

Just like their meeting in Madrid, Liverpool were 2-0 up inside the first quarter.

Jota easily escaped the attention of Felipe to have a free header from Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross to open the floodgates.

Alexander-Arnold was also the creator for the second goal as this time his shot was turned beyond Jan Oblak by Mane.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain then fired a shot inches wide as Liverpool threatened to run riot and Atletico lost their heads.

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Oladimeji Balogun
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UEFA Champions League 2021/2022 TABLE

UEFA Champions League
No Teams P Pts
1 Liverpool 12 28
2 Atletico Madrid 9 11
3 FC Porto 6 5
4 AC Milan 6 4
No Teams P Pts
1 AFC Ajax 7 18
2 Sporting CP 6 9
3 Borussia Dortmund 6 9
4 Besiktas 6 0
No Teams P Pts
1 Real Madrid 10 21
2 Inter Milan 6 10
3 Sheriff FC 6 7
4 Shakhtar Donetsk 6 2
No Teams P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 8 19
2 Benfica 11 12
3 Barcelona 6 7
4 FC Dynamo Kyiv 6 1
No Teams P Pts
1 Villarreal 16 17
2 Manchester United 7 11
3 Atalanta 6 6
4 Young Boys 6 5
No Teams P Pts
1 Lille OSC 11 11
2 FC Red Bull Salzburg 6 10
3 Sevilla 6 6
4 VfL Wolfsburg 6 5
No Teams P Pts
1 Chelsea 13 19
2 Juventus 12 15
3 F.C. Zenit Saint Petersburg 6 5
4 Malmo FF 6 1
Full Table

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

Luis Suarez
Luis
Suarez
UY Uruguay
  • HEIGHT

    182cm

  • WEIGHT

    86kg

  • AGE

    35

Sadio Mane
Sadio
Mane
SN Senegal
  • HEIGHT

    1.75 m

  • WEIGHT

    69 kg

  • AGE

    30

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid

Club Atlético de Madrid commonly referred to as Atlético de Madrid or simply as Atlético or Atleti, is a Spanish professional foot...

Liverpool
Liverpool

Liverpool Football Club is a professional football club in Liverpool, England, that competes in the Premier League, the top tier of English ...

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