Atletico Madrid 2-3 Liverpool: Salah's brace sink ten man Atleti
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Atletico Madrid 2-3 Liverpool: Salah's brace sink ten man Atleti

Mohammed Salah bagged a brace as Liverpool recorded a 3-2 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

As predicted, the game lived to its hype from the first minutes with Liverpool opening the scoring proceedings in the 8th minute. The Reds who had dominated play had Mohammed Salah to thank as his shot took a deflection off James Milner to wrongfoot Jan Oblak.

Even before the hosts could settle, the Reds doubled their led five minutes later through a wonderful goal from Naby Keita. The Guinea national team captain smashed a right-foot volley from the edge of the penalty area past Oblak after Atleti had half-cleared a danger in their own box.

But Atletico was never going to take things lying down and deservedly reduced the arrears in the 21st minute through Antoine Griezmann who deflected a shot by Koke. While the Reds urged the referee to check for a possible offside, VAR gave the goal after minutes of deliberations.

The goal seemed to have rejuvenated the home side and they were to restore parity through Griezmann in the 34th minute with the Frenchman getting to an end of a Joao Felix pass to slot the ball past the onrushing Ederson.

Griezmann however turned from hero to villain when he was handed a straight red card minutes after resumption following a high boot on Roberto Firmino. Liverpool took the advantage to take the lead in the 78th minute through Salah from the penalty spot after Mario Hermoso had fouled Diogo Jota in his own box.

Drama was left in the closing stages of the game when Atleti's appeal for a penalty was overturned by the VAR following an infringement in the box.

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