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Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:00 am
by anwenwilson
Five things we learned from the Reds' Audi Cup final defeat against Diego Simeone's men

Liverpool suffered a penalty shoot-out defeat in the Audi Cup final against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night, succumbing 5-4 on penalties after salvaging a 1-1 draw late on during the 90 minutes of normal time. Keidi Bare opened the scoring for the side from La Liga just after the half-hour mark, nodding home on the rebound from close range after Danny Ward had made a tremendous save from the initial effort. The best chance for Liverpool in the first half came from Dominic Solanke’s header which drifted wide, with both teams struggling to get numbers forward with regularity. Aggressive challenges on either side inhabited any real fluidity in the play, with several cards being shown; Jurgen Klopp had said after the match against Bayern that he hoped Atletico would temper their fiery approach, but it certainly wasn’t the case—though his own team also responded in kind.

After the break Liverpool went close through a deflected Andrew Robertson cross and Atletico’s Angel Correa attempted a 40-yard free-kick, somewhat summing up a game which had comfortably more yellow cards than clear chances on goal. Indeed, the biggest cheers of the night were reserved for the entrance of former Reds striker Fernando Torres, coming on as substitute late on - until Divock Origi was upended in the box inside the last 10 minutes and Roberto Firmino buried the resulting penalty.That sent the match to a shoot-out, with Jordan Henderson missing Liverpool’s second and Atletico netting all five of theirs.

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