Against Inter, Liverpool made a solid choice for the Champions League quarter-finals. Inter dominated, but took the nose cap twice in the last quarter.
Inter – Liverpool in a nutshell:
- Key moment: Fifteen minutes before the end, Firmino makes the difference. With a good header from Robertson’s corner, he leaves the substitute Handanovic undefeated. A cold shower for Inter and less than eight minutes after Salah is making matters worse.
- man of the match: It’s kind of a silly pun, but Virgil van Dijk played a great game. The Dutchman was once again the rock in the surf at Liverpool with excellent positional play and decisive tackles. He also assisted Salah 0-2.
- statistics: Mohamed Salah’s numbers are mind-boggling. Al-Masry scored for the eighth time in a row in a match away from home tonight. After 50 games with Liverpool in the Champions League, his counter is 33 goals. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (51 goals with Real) and Robert Lewandowski (36 with Bayern) have scored more in their first 50 games for the club.
Mané net over de lat, Calhanoglu op de lat
After 10 years, Inter were finally in the round of 16 at the tournament ball and the hunger was clearly high. Liverpool tried to make the match, but the hosts played with dedication and were too short.
In the fifteen minutes, a difficult start to the match capped a huge chance for both teams. Robertson drew a free kick to Mane’s head and head narrowly. Inter immediately responded with a great move from Calhanoglu. After a clever assumption, he shot straight at the crossbar from a very sharp angle.
After that everything became a little less at San Siro, although she always remained on the lookout. Calhanoglu managed to prevent Salah from scoring with a decisive intervention, and on the other hand Konate did the same to Dzeko.
Calhanoglu is eerily close to 1-0:
Liverpool counted mercilessly outside Inter in the last quarter
Inter came out of the dressing room sharply and forced Liverpool to take a defensive stance. The home team came close to 1-0 after a few minutes. Perisic hit a beautiful cross from Dumfries, and put the ball in front of the goal, but Martinez came too late.
At Liverpool, the benches made the difference. On the clock, Diaz managed to hit from close range, but Skriniar managed to block his shot. Fifteen minutes later, Firmino had more luck with a corner kick. He sent the ball to the far corner in the far corner out of Handanovic’s reach.
A cold shower for Inter and less than 8 minutes later Liverpool stabbed the knife a little deeper into the wound. Van Dijk headed a cross from Alexander-Arnold to Salah, who missed the ball against a group of Inter players inside the goal. Tough referee for Inter, who need a small miracle to qualify for the quarter-finals.
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