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Atlético Madrid v Liverpool Live Commentary, 19/10/2021

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A. Griezmann (20)
A. Griezmann (34)
Mohamed Salah (8)
N. Keïta (13)
Mohamed Salah (78 pen)
Estadio Wanda Metropolitano


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Atletico are next in action in LaLiga on Sunday on home soil against Real Sociedad. Liverpool face another crunch game in the Premier League on the road to Manchester United on the same day.
Liverpool maintain their 100% record in Group B after defeating Atletico Madrid 3-2 in their Champions League clash at the Wanda Metropolitano. It was an eventful contest to say the least as the visitors stormed into a 2-0 lead through Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita. However, the hosts answered through a brace from Antoine Griezmann to level the scores at the break. The game took a turn when Griezmann was dismissed for a high boot on Roberto Firmino. Liverpool regained the lead after Diogo Jota was pulled down by Mario Hermoso in the box, allowing Salah to convert from the penalty spot. Minutes later the referee then awarded Atletico a spot-kick after Jota appeared to push Jose Gimenez, only for the official to overturn his decision after consulting the screen at the side of the pitch. Jurgen Klopp's men then held their composure to see out the victory on the road.
90' + 7' Suarez tries to latch on to a cutback from Carrasco, but he cannot turn to bring it under control before the Reds clear the danger.
90' + 6' OVER! Williams latches on to an offload from Firmino in the right-inside channel, but he slices his effort over the bar.
L. Suárez
Yellow Card
Atlético Madrid
90' + 5' Suarez goes into the book for dissent after not being awarded a free-kick. He continues to talk at the official and needs to be careful.
90' + 3' OVER! Atletico break forward with pace as Renan Lodi and Suarez combine in the final third to tee up Correa for a strike on the edge of the box. He has space and time, but he stretches as he shoots and fires his effort over the bar.
N. Williams
Mohamed Salah
90' + 2' Salah makes way after another productive performance. Williams replaces him for the closing stages.
90' There will be six minutes of added time.
90' Renan Lodi nods the ball towards the run of Suarez, but the forward is caught offside. The former Liverpool man has barely had a kick since entering the action.
88' Van Dijk is almost closed down by Correa at the back, but the Dutchman just works his way out of trouble.
J. Gomez
T. Alexander-Arnold
85' Alexander-Arnold makes way for the visitors and is replaced at right-back by Gomez.
85' Liverpool get a huge reprieve from the referee. The Jota push appeared eerily similar to the one that handed Liverpool a spot-kick.
84' VAR! NO PENALTY! Atletico are denied by a penalty as the referee deems that Gimenez went down too easily in the box. Atletico are furious with the decision.
83' Drama the referee goes to the screen at the side of the pitch to have a second look at the incident.
82' PENALTY TO ATLETICO! Gimenez goes down under pressure from Jota in the box from Renan Lodi's free-kick and the referee points to the spot. 
Marcos Llorente
Atlético Madrid
80' Llorente makes his way on to the pitch to replace Hermoso.
L. Suárez
T. Lemar
Atlético Madrid
80' Suarez comes on against his former club to replace Lemar.
Renan Lodi
R. De Paul
Atlético Madrid
80' De Paul is withdrawn for the home side and is replaced by Renan Lodi.
Á. Correa
João Félix
Atlético Madrid
80' Correa replaces Joao Felix in the final third for the home side.
79' Firmino brings down Lemar in the final third, handing Atletico a free-kick in a dangerous position.
Mohamed Salah
Penalty Goal
78' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! SALAH CONVERTS!!!! 3-2 LIVERPOOL!!!!! The Reds regain the lead as Salah holds his nerve from 12 yards. He takes a long run up and strikes his left-footed strike low and hard into the bottom-left corner, sending Oblak the wrong way.
76' PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL! Hermoso bundles over Jota in the box and the referee points to the spot. The defender commits a needless challenge on the Portuguese and Simeone appears baffled by the decision of his player.
74' The home side have been disciplined at the back to frustrate the Reds. Liverpool may need a moment of magic to unlock the Atletico rearguard.
72' Carrasco makes a good break out from the back for the hosts. He tries to slide a dangerous ball towards the path of Joao Felix, but Oxlade-Chamberlain gets back to produce a sliding intervention.
70' There have been few clear-cut openings for the Reds since Griezmann's dismissal. The home side have been solid in front of Oblak.
68' Jota and Firmino combine in the final third, allowing the former to line up a strike. However, Jota loses his footing as he connects and his effort is cleared with ease by the home side.
66' SHOT! Oxlade-Chamberlain plays a neat one-two with Salah and surges into the box. He fires at goal on his right foot, but places his effort straight at Oblak.
65' Liverpool have to hold their composure here. Atletico are doing their utmost to make the contest as scrappy as possible.
T. Alexander-Arnold
Yellow Card
63' Frustration boils over for Alexander-Arnold as he kicks the ball away after being adjudged to have handled the ball. A needless one from the full-back.
A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
J. Milner
63' Oxlader-Chamberlain replaces Milner as Klopp aims to avoid a potential dismissal for the veteran midfielder.
Diogo Jota
S. Mané
62' Mane is withdrawn for the visitors and is replaced by Jota in the final third.
60' OFFSIDE! De Paul whip a free-kick low into the Liverpool box that Felipe sweeps towards goal. His effort trickles just past the left post, although the defender is offside anyway.
J. Milner
Yellow Card
59' Milner rises with Trippier and catches the full-back with a stray arm across the chest. Atletico appeal for a red card, but the referee brandishes a yellow. Even the yellow appears to be a harsh decision.
58' OVER! Robertson pounces on a loose ball in the Atletico box and hammers an effort at goal on his left foot. However, he can only slice his attempt over the bar.
56' SAVE! Van Dijk rises to attack a cross from Alexander-Arnold from the right flank, but the Dutchman directs his header straight at Oblak.
53' Firmino appears to be okay after receiving treatment on the field. There was no malicious intent from Griezmann, but it was clumsy and he has paid the price. Atletico now have to battle on with 10 men.
A. Griezmann
Red Card
Atlético Madrid
52' OFF! Griezmann's eventful evening goes from the sublime to the ridiculous as he is shown a straight red card for a high boot on Firmino. He tries to gain possession for the ball in the air and lifts his foot. However, he catches Firmino straight on the side of his head and the referee does not hesitate in giving the forward his marching orders. 
50' CHANCE! Atletico open up the Liverpool defence as Carrasco exchanges a sublime one-two with De Paul. The Belgian shoots low and hard at goal, but Alisson makes a vital block to deny the home side.
48' SAVE! Liverpool win a corner down the right flank that Alexander-Arnold whips into the box. Mane rises highest to head at goal, but Oblak dives to his right to parry it away from goal. Salah tries to hook the rebound towards the net, but scuffs his attempt.
46' We're back under way at the Wanda Metropolitano.
J. Giménez
G. Kondogbia
Atlético Madrid
46' Gimenez enters the action in place of Kondogbia in the heart of the Atletico defence.
N. Keïta
46' Keita is withdrawn after struggling defensively in the first half. Fabinho replaces the midfielder.
Jurgen Klopp will be furious with his team for allowing a two-goal lead to slip. The Reds were in complete control, but they were undone defensively and have been wide open at the back. Liverpool face a battle in the second half to swing momentum back in their favour. Atletico displayed resilience to respond to the deficit and now have the chance to record a famous comeback win.
A frenetic first half between Atletico Madrid and Liverpool ends with scores level at 2-2 in their Champions League Group B clash. Mohamed Salah put the Reds ahead with a deflected strike before Naby Keita added a second with a brilliant effort on the volley. However, the hosts responded when Antoine Griezmann steered Koke's drive into the net before notching the equaliser with a crisp strike.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
44' Griezmann has scored in each of his last three home matches against English sides in the Champions League, also netting against Leicester and Chelsea in 2017.
43' SAVE! Carrasco threads a pass through to Lemar in the left-inside channel and the Frenchman steers a low strike towards goal. Alisson has to spread himself to deny the midfielder at the near post.
41' Alisson has a scary moment at the back as his clearance strikes the back of Matip. However, the bounce favours the visitors as it travels back to the keeper rather than Griezmann.
39' SAVE! Joao Felix is played into acres of space down the left flank by Trippier and he drives into the box. The Portuguese shoots low and hard from a difficult angle on his left foot, forcing a solid stop from Oblak.
37' Liverpool have been rocked by the response of Atletico in the contest. The Reds were seemingly in control, but now need to battle back to re-establish a foothold in the contest.
36' This is the first time Liverpool have both scored and conceded two plus goals in the first half of a Champions League game.
João Félix
Atlético Madrid
34' Joao Felix produces a fine run, displaying strength and skill to break away from Keita. He then delivers a delightful pass to Griezman for the forward to collect and score.
A. Griezmann
Atlético Madrid
34' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! GRIEZMANN LEVELS WITH A CRISP STRIKE!!!! 2-2!!!!! The home side notch the equaliser as Griezmann collects an offload from Joao Felix before dispatching a low shot past Alisson. Joao Felix twists and turns his way past Keita with ease down the left flank before steering a throughball for the clever run of Griezmann. The Frenchman takes a neat first touch to break away from Van Dijk before finding the bottom-right corner.
33' Liverpool win another free-kick as Mane is brought down by Koke. Robertson delivers a cross into the penalty, but on this occasion Matip nods the ball high into the hands of Oblak.
31' Alexander-Arnold floats a cross into the box from the right flank, but the home side manage to clear the danger before Keita's hopeful header from deep travels into the grasp of Oblak.
30' Milner has a raid down the right flank, but gets brought down by Hermoso. Liverpooll have a free-kick in a useful position.
28' CHANCE! Griezmann is played through on goal by Koke and only has Alisson to beat after breaking the offside trap. The Frenchman tries to power an effort over the onrushing Alisson, but the Liverpool keeper denies the forward with a brilliant block.
26' OVER! Firmino latches on to a loose ball as Mane battles Felipe in the air. The Brazilian goes for goal on the half-volley, but launches his effort well over the bar.
23' Atletico have life now and can attempt to push back into the game. Simeone needed a response from his team and they have found a way. The crowd is right behind Los Rojiblancos after being initially stunned by the Merseysiders.
21' VAR had a long check for the Atletico goal after it was awarded on the field. There were suggestions of offside against Lemar, but the goal stands.
Atlético Madrid
20' Koke gathers a low cross from Lemar and shoots towards the bottom-left corner. Griezmann reacts to help the ball past Alisson.
A. Griezmann
Atlético Madrid
20' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! GRIEZMANN GETS ATLETICO BACK IN IT!!!! 2-1!!!!! The Frenchman converts from close range, steering Koke's low drive from the edge of the box into the bottom-left corner. Lemar leaves Keita in his wake down the left flank from a corner and fires a cross into the box. Koke gathers and shoots hard on his right foot. Griezmann reacts in the six-yard box and guides an effort into the back of the net.
19' Alexander-Arnold has to react at the back post to steer a dangerous cross from Griezmann away from Carrasco at the back post. However, the home side have a corner.
16' Salah surges down the left flank and he fires a dangerous low ball across the face of goal that Firmino cannot reach. Mane tries to pounce on it in the left-inside channel, but he fouls Trippier in the process.
15' Simeone looks a concerned figures on the sideline. Atletico have not started at all this evening.
N. Keïta
13' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! KEITA SCORES A STUNNER!!!! 2-0 LIVERPOOL!!!!! The Reds are in dreamland as Keita hammers a volley past Oblak. Felipe heads a poor clearing header straight to the midfielder on the edge of the box. Keita takes the strike on first time on the volley and it rockets into the top-right corner with Oblak rooted to the spot.
12' The Reds have enjoyed an excellent start to the game, and are dominating possession. It is forcing Atletico out of their comfort zone.
10' Salah gets the better of Carrasco down the right flank, leaving the Belgian in his wake. He fires a dangerous cross into the box that Felipe has to clear at the back post.
A. Robertson
8' Robertson feeds Salah on the right flank with a cross-field pass and the forward does the rest with a fine finish.
Mohamed Salah
8' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! SALAH FIRES LIVERPOOL AHEAD!!!!! 1-0!!!! The Reds take the lead with the aid of a deflection from Salah's left-footed strike. The Egyptian takes possession on the right flank and drops his shoulder to cut in on his left foot. He fires a low hard effort towards the net that is taken away from Oblak by the boot of Kondogbia and into the bottom-left corner. A lucky start for the visitors, but they'll take it.
7' Robertson takes possession on the left flank and fires a dangerous low cross into the box that Hermoso has to clear on the slide.
4' Trippier allows the ball to roll out for a goal-kick, but gets a nudge from Mane in the process. The full-back is not too happy with the challenge.
2' Carrasco makes an early raid inside from the left flank, but his low cross into the Liverpool box is cleared by Van Dijk.
1' We're under way at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Liverpool have failed to win any of their four UEFA Champions League matches against Atletico Madrid (D2 L2), only facing Basel as often (also four times) without winning in their European Cup/Champions League history.
Klopp keeps matters simple tonight, making only one change to the side that beat Watford comfortably at the weekend. Alisson comes into the fold after returning from international duty and replaces Kelleher between the posts. Firmino, Salah and Mane continue to lead the line despite the presence of Jota on the bench. Fabinho also returns to the bench after playing for Brazil late last week.
There is no place in the starting line-up for Suarez against one of his former clubs. Simeone makes four changes to his side that defeated Barcelona last time out. Trippier, Griezmann, Kondogbia and Felipe all come into the fold. Atletico are without Stefan Savic at the back, while Gimenez drops to the bench alongside Suarez and Llorente.
LIVERPOOL SUBS: Fabinho, Ibrahima Konate, Joe Gomez, Adrian, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Takumi Minamino, Diogo Jota, Konstantinos Tsimikas, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Phillips, Caoimhin Kelleher, Neco Williams.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson; James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.
ATLETICO MADRID SUBS: Benjamin Lecomte, Jose Gimenez, Luis Suarez, Angel Correa, Renan Lodi, Marcos Llorente, Hector Herrera, Matheus Cunha, Sime Vrsaljko.
ATLETICO MADRID (3-1-4-2): Jan Oblak; Felipe, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Mario Hermoso; Koke; Kieran Trippier, Thomas Lemar, Rodrigo De Paul, Yannick Carrasco; Joao Felix, Antoine Griezmann.
Liverpool hammered Watford on their return from the international break, putting five goals past the Hornets on Claudio Ranieri's return to the Premier League. Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick, while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were also on the scoresheet. The Reds appear to be back to their free-flowing best in the final third, with Salah pulling all the strings. It will be a challenge for Jurgen Klopp and his team tonight, but they will be eyeing their third win on the bounce in Group B.
Atletico will be hopeful of a repeat performance from their victory over Liverpool the last time the two sides met in the Champions League when they knocked the Reds out of the competition in the 2019/20 campaign. Diego Simeone's men staged a late rally to defeat AC Milan in their last Group B outing as late strikes from Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez won the contest at the death of the Spanish outfit. It has been 17 days since their last match, a 2-0 triumph over Barcelona, which may catch them out of sync tonight.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Champions League Group B clash between Atletico Madrid and Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano.