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Milan v Liverpool Live Commentary, 2021/12/07

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F. Tomori (28)
Mohamed Salah (36)
D. Origi (55)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

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Milan must overcome the disappointment of this loss in their next Serie A outing against Udinese on the road on Saturday. Liverpool face Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa on Saturday in their next Premier League match at Anfield.
Liverpool record a 2-1 comeback victory over Milan in their Champions League clash. The Reds finish Group B with a 100% record as goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi secured the three points after Fikayo Tomori had put the Rossoneri ahead on the night. Milan crash out of the Champions League, and they also fail to qualify for the Europa League.
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: MILAN 1-2 LIVERPOOL
90' + 5' Romagnoli offloads to Saelemaekers to strike from the edge of the box, but his effort is charged down. Liverpool have been solid other than for allowing Tomori's strike.
M. Woltman
T. Minamino
Liverpool
90' + 3' Woltman enters the action in the closing stages for his Champions League debut to replace Minamino.
C. Bradley
N. Williams
Liverpool
90' + 3' Williams is withdrawn for Bradley, who makes his Champions League bow.
90' + 1' OVER! Oxlade-Chamberlain is played through on goal by Keita, but the midfielder lifts his effort over the bar amid pressure from Romagnoli and the onrushing Maignan.
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
89' Konate brings down Kessie with a loose challenge. However, the visitors clear the resulting free-kick from Bennacer with ease.
87' OVER! Phillips bundles Hernandez over down the left flank and Milan are awarded a free-kick. Bennacer clips a delivery to the near post for Kessie to attack, but he heads his effort over the top.
86' SAVE! Kessie is played through on goal by Saelemaekers and only has Alisson to beat. The Ivorian attempts to clip his effort over the Liverpool keeper, but the Brazil international spreads himself to make the stop.
84' Kessie angles a cross into the box from the right flank for Ibrahimovic to attack. The forward attempts an ambitious overhead kick that travels just wide of the right post.
T. Bakayoko
R. Krunić
Milan
83' Bakayoko enters the action to replace Krunic in the Milan midfield.
82' BLOCK! Ibrahimovic takes on the strike from 25 yards, but he fails to clear the Liverpool wall with his strike. The Swede has not been on form tonight.
81' Keita brings down Saelemaekers on the charge, handing Milan a free-kick in a threatening position.
Fabinho
D. Origi
Liverpool
80' Origi has been excellent tonight. Klopp gives him a deserved rest as Fabinho enters the action.
77' Hernandez makes a charge down the left flank and he finds space to dig out a cross, but it sails straight into the hands of Alisson at his near post.
75' Minamino works the ball to Williams to strike, but his effort is charged down into the hands of Maignan by Romagnoli.
73' From Liverpool's perspective, Klopp will be delighted with his team. They've been clinical tonight despite making eight changes.
71' Milan have had the fight knocked out of them by the Reds. The Rossoneri have not been good enough tonight.
69' CHANCE! Origi causes problems in the final third once more as he attacks a cross from Williams from the right flank, only to nod his effort just wide of the right post.
68' Origi has scored his first goal in 15 Champions League appearances since scoring in the 2019 final against Spurs, while he has scored in back-to-back appearances in a single season in all competitions for the first time since May 2019
66' INCHES WIDE! Origi comes close to notching a second as Keita picks out the Belgian on the edge of the box. He strikes low and hard towards the bottom-right corner, but the ball travels just wide of the target.
J. Gomez
S. Mané
Liverpool
64' Mane is withdrawn by Klopp after a solid shift. Gomez replaces the forward to shore up the defence.
A. Florenzi
P. Kalulu
Milan
64' Pioli withdraws Kalulu down the right flank as Florenzi enters the action.
N. Keïta
Mohamed Salah
Liverpool
64' Salah's evening is done after adding another goal to his tally for the season. Keita replaces the forward.
62' Minamino sends Salah down the right-inside channel and he goes for the blast, but Romagnoli deflects his effort behind for a corner.
61' OVER! Messias surges forward down the right flank before rolling an offload to Krunic to strike on the edge of the box. The midfielder blasts his effort first-time, only to lift his attempt over the bar.
A. Saelemaekers
S. Tonali
Milan
59' Saelemaekers replaces Tonali to add an extra dimension in the final third.
I. Bennacer
Brahim Díaz
Milan
59' Bennacer enters the action to replace Diaz in the Milan midfield.
58' Milan have got to go for it now. Atletico are leading Porto in their clash, meaning that only a victory will do for the Rossoneri, who could be heading out of Europe altogether tonight.
D. Origi
Goal
Liverpool
55' GOAL!!!!! ORIGI HEADS HOME!!! IT'S 2-1 TO LIVERPOOL!!! The Reds deal a massive blow to Milan's last-16 hopes as Origi heads in on the rebound. Tomori loses possession on the edge of his own box to Mane, who surges into the box before firing at goal. Maignan makes a fine reaction save, but the ball loops towards Origi. The Belgian directs his header away from the Milan keeper into the top-right corner.
53' SAVE! Salah turns on his left foot to strike at goal from the edge of the box after being teed up by Origi. However, his effort is tame and straight at Maignan.
50' Kessie latches on to a throughball from Hernandez in the left-inside channel and he goes down under pressure from Tsimikas, but the referee waves away Milan's appeal for a penalty.
48' OVER! Tsimikas rolls the ball to Minamino to line up a strike from 20 yards, but he drills his effort over the top.
47' Messias collects in space on the right flank and angles a cross into the box for Krunic. Phillips is well placed in the middle to head away.
46' We're back under way at San Siro.
Milan played the game to perfection by sitting back before taking the lead through Tomori. However, a lapse by Mike Maignan allowed Salah to equalise, which means that the hosts will have to do the hard work all over again. It is still goalless between Porto and Atletico, giving Stefano Pioli and his team all the encouragement they need to force a victory.
It's all square at the break in the Champions League Group B clash between Milan and Liverpool at San Siro. Fikayo Tomori put the home side ahead with a close-range finish on the rebound, but Mohamed Salah responded for the Merseysiders to level the scores. As it stands, the Rossoneri are heading out of the tournament unless they can put the visitors to the sword in the second half.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: MILAN 1-1 LIVERPOOL
45' + 2' Origi cuts in from the left flank and lines up an ambitious blast at goal, but he sends his effort harmlessly over the top.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
45' Hernandez launches a ball over the top for Krunic to chase, but the midfielder loses control of it off his chest amid pressure from Konate.
42' Salah is the first player to score 20+ goals in five consecutive seasons for Liverpool in all competitions since Ian Rush from 1981-82 to 1986-87 (six in a row). 
40' Milan cannot afford to keep allowing Liverpool to strike from distance. Mane and Salah are beginning to turn the screw in the final third.
38' OFFSIDE! Origi sends Mane away down the left-inside channel. He fires at goal from a tight angle, but Kalulu deflects his effort into the side-netting. It would not have counted anyway as the flag goes up late against the forward.
Mohamed Salah
Goal
Liverpool
36' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! SALAH SCORES ON THE REBOUND!!!! 1-1!!!! Liverpool are level as Salah responds for the visitors. Oxlade-Chamberlain is afforded space and time on the edge of the Milan box once more. He drills a low strike on his left foot that Maignan parries into the path of Salah. The forward buries his effort high into the net to notch the equaliser.
34' OVER! Liverpool work the ball around the final third before Oxlade-Chamberlain lines up a blast from the edge of the box. It strikes Tomori and travels over the bar, but the Reds are on the charge.
32' SAVE! Origi twists and turns inside the Milan box and finds space for a left-footed strike. He fires hard towards the target, but his effort is straight at Maignan.
31' Tomori is only the third English player to score a Champions League goal against an English opponent while playing for a non-English side, after Patrick Roberts for Celtic v Manchester City in 2016 and Jude Bellingham for Borussia Dortmund against City in 2021.
30' What a huge goal that is for Milan. As it stands, they're heading through to the last 16 of the Champions League.
F. Tomori
Goal
Milan
28' GOALLLLLLL!!!! TOMORI POUNCES! 1-0 MILAN! The Rossoneri take the lead as Tomori capitalises on a rebound to fire home from close range. Romagnoli attacks a cross from Diaz from the right flank and steers a strike towards the near post. Alisson makes the reaction stop but palms the ball into the middle of the six-yard box. Tomori is alert and strikes his effort into the empty net.
28' Milan have space on the counter and Tonali slides an offload towards Ibrahimovic. The Swede opts against the first-time strike and is closed down by Phillips, although the hosts win a corner.
27' Liverpool press down the left flank and win a corner that Tsimikas lifts into the box. Origi attacks the cross, but it falls to Konate to strike. However, the defender sees his effort charged down by Kalulu.
24' Mane fends off Kalulu and sends Salah down the right-inside channel, but Tomori gets across to block his attempted cross out for a corner.
22' Milan are sitting back and seem content to hit the Reds on the counter. They used a similar approach against Atletico to great effect.
20' OVER! Konate attacks the resulting corner from Oxlade-Chamberlain from the right flank, but he plants his header comfortably over the bar.
19' BLOCK! Williams offloads to his left for Oxlade-Chamberlain in space, but the midfielder sees his blast from 20 yards charged down by Tomori.
17' Kessie angles a ball over the top for Hernandez to chase down the left flank. Phillips reads the danger and slides to clear into touch.
16' Mane breaks down the left flank into space and goes for a cutback towards the run of Origi, but his cross is cleared by Tomori.
14' Tsimikas has space down the left flank to angle a cross into the box, but he slices his effort out for a goal kick.
12' Romagnoli slides in on Origi and comes off worst in the challenge. He requires treatment before the game can resume.
10' It has been an open start to the game. Liverpool are keen to play their football, despite the changes made by Klopp.
8' Tomori rises highest in the box to attack a cross from Messias from the left flank, but he loops his header into the hands of Alisson.
7' Williams catches Krunic with a lunge and hands Milan a free-kick in a useful position.
6' Messias tries to get the better of Tsimikas down the right flank, but the defender holds his ground to fend off his run.
4' Williams gets forward from the back to latch on to an offload from Salah, but his low drive from 20 yards is saved with ease by Maignan.
3' Liverpool are dominating possession in the early stages of the game and are forcing the Rossoneri back towards their own goal.
1' We're under way at San Siro.
This will be the fourth meeting between AC Milan and Liverpool, with all four coming in the Champions League. Both teams have won one game apiece in the previous three, while their draw came in the 2005 final which Liverpool went on to win on penalties.
Liverpool have made eight changes to their side from their win over Wolves. Only Salah, Mane and Alisson retain their places as Klopp takes the opportunity to rest the majority of his key men. Williams, Konate, Phillips and Tsimikas start in the back four, while Oxlade-Chamberlain, Morton and Minamino slot into the midfield. Origi joins Salah and Mane in the final third after scoring the decisive goal against Wolves at the weekend.
Milan have made five changes to their side from their win over Salernitana last time out. Ibrahimovic leads the line in the final third in place of Pietro Pellegri, while Messias and Krunic also get the nod ahead of Rafael Leao and Saelemaekers. Tonali returns to the middle of the park and Kalulu starts at right-back. Florenzi, Bakayoko and Saelemaekers all drop to the bench.
LIVERPOOL SUBS: Fabinho, Naby Keita, Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson, Joel Matip, Elijah Dixon-Bonner, Caoimhin Kelleher, Trent Alexander-Arnold, James Norris, Max Woltman, Conor Bradley, Harvey Davies.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Neco Williams, Ibrahima Konate, Nathaniel Phillips, Konstantinos Tsimikas; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tyler Morton, Takumi Minamino; Sadio Mane, Divock Origi, Mohamed Salah.
MILAN SUBS: Ciprian Tatarusanu, Ismael Bennacer, Fode Ballo-Toure, Alessandro Florenzi, Daniel Maldini, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Matteo Gabbia, Alexis Saelemaekers, Andreas Jungdal.
MILAN (4-2-3-1): Mike Maignan; Pierre Kalulu, Fikayo Tomori, Alessio Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Sandro Tonali, Franck Kessie; Junior Messias, Brahim Diaz, Rade Krunic; Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Liverpool are already safely through to the next round of the Champions League, but will want to advance with a 100% record. The Reds have been in dominant form against their Group B rivals and a clean sweep will send them into the last 16 with momentum. Liverpool are in impressive form, reeling off five wins on the bounce in all competitions since losing 3-2 to West Ham United at the start of November. Divock Origi's late goal against Wolves maintained their streak, and they will be looking for another victory tonight.
Milan know that they have to beat Liverpool this evening to advance to the last 16 of the Champions League. The Rossoneri gave themselves a fighting chance by defeating Atletico Madrid on the road in their last outing in Group B courtesy of Junior Messias' late goal. Porto are in prime position to take second place in the group, but if they fail to beat Atletico tonight, Milan can edge ahead of the Portuguese side to reach the knockout phase. Stefano Pioli's men are in good form, having defeated Genoa and Salernitana in their last two matches, but it will take a strong effort to defeat Jurgen Klopp's men.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Champions League clash between Milan and Liverpool at San Siro.