Salah doubles help Liverpool beat Atletico 3-2 as Griezmann sees red
MADRID, October 19 (Reuters) – Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah netted a brace, including the winner, as he secured a 3-2 victory over Atletico Madrid, whose striker Antoine Griezmann also scored twice but was sent off on Tuesday in a gripping Champions League clash. .
Salah sent the winner back on the spot after Griezmann saw red for a dangerous high boot, but the action was not over in a convincing encounter with Atletico being given a penalty, before it was canceled following a VAR review.
The win kept Liverpool ahead of Group B with nine points, five ahead of Atletico, second, and Porto, third, with AC Milan having no points at the bottom of the table.
“Honestly how you win I don’t care. The dirty ones are the most important. When we fly we win the games anyway, but on a night like this getting three points is really huge,” boss of Liverpool Juergen Klopp told BT Sport.
Salah opened the scoring with a deflected effort in the eighth minute and Naby Keita added a second with a thunderous volley five minutes later as Liverpool looked set to crush Diego Simeone’s side.
However, Liverpool’s defense imploded soon after and Atletico came back strong, with Griezmann in the center of the action.
He first led a Koke shot in the 20th minute to reduce the deficit and 14 minutes later he brought his level back to the side, a superb first touch opening up the space in front of him for a clinical finish close to the ground. Alisson’s left hand.
After a frenzied 45-minute opening, Liverpool finished the first half on the ropes, but a reprieve was not long in coming as the second half opened.
Yannick Carrasco forced an early save from Alisson, but Griezmann received a red card seven minutes after the break for carelessly planting his foot in front of Roberto Firmino as he challenged a high ball.
Simeone’s reaction was to continue cheering on the home crowd and his team seemed able to hang on with 10 men until another costly gap.
Defender Mario Hermoso conceded a penalty as he burst into Diogo Jota, and Salah made no mistake on the spot to put Liverpool back in the lead.
However, Liverpool apparently stumbled again when Atletico Madrid were awarded a penalty after Jota appeared to regroup against Jose Maria Gimenez, but the decision was overturned after a lengthy VAR review.
Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez came off the bench and fired a shot in the stoppage time over the bar before being booked for an angry exchange with the referee as he sought to find an equalizer for his team.
With seven more minutes of stoppage time Liverpool remained hungry but they managed to see the game come to an end.
Reporting by Philip O’Connor Editing by Toby Davis
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