Group B in the Champions League is known as ‘Group of Death’ this year but Liverpool have picked up six wins from six and their win over Milan helped ensure Luis Suarez and Atletico Madrid stay competitive.
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Liverpool completed their perfect record in Group B of Champions League on Tuesday night with victory in Milan.
The goals of Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi stamped a victory back for Jurgen Klopp’s side to make sure they got six wins out of six in the group.
That victory goes hand in hand with Atletico Madrid win against Porto in a bad encounter in northern Portugal, sending Diego Simeone’s side through in second place in the table.
It was an emotional night for Atleti and especially their striker Luis Suarez, who crying on the bench after suffering an early injury.
Matheus Cunha came on for Suarez and his partner Antoine Griezmann in attack – the Frenchman opened the scoring in the second half, before goals from Angel Correa and Rodrigo de Paul.
Entering the final day of competition, the group is very even – although the Red Devils have won the top position with two matches remaining.
In the group that is considered the most difficult Champions League, Jurgen Klopp’s army has emphasized in winning two victories against Porto, Atletico Madrid and on the last day, Milan.
However, all three opponents in their group have ambitions to join them in the Round of 16.
Porto leads the way at the start of the evening with five points, one point ahead of Atletico and Milan – the Spanish side are in third place ahead of them on goal difference.
For Porto, the task was clear – if they win at home against Atleti, they will advance to the Round of 16 and even a draw will be enough if Milan don’t beat them. Liverpool.
Atleti need to win and hope that Milan don’t beat the Reds with a bolder scoreline while Milan need to win and hope for a draw on Portuguese soil.
Fikayo Tomori gave Milan a first-half lead over Klopp’s side, meaning they overtook Porto in second place.
However, things quickly fell apart for the Italian team – Salah equalized before Origi scored the winner in the second half.
In a bad game in Portugal, Griezmann gave Atletico the lead as Yannick Carrasco and Wendell were both sent off as each side was reduced to 10 men, amid two mass scuffles between players.
Porto were the better side for most of the game and created most of the chances, but Griezmann was unable to score from a corner to open the scoring in the game.
That put Atleti in second place for the first time ever, and when Porto swarmed forward in search of a dramatic – and arguably deserved – equalizer, Atleti lashed out at them with lousy punches.
First, Angel Correa scored a beautiful home goal before de Paul added a third late in the game, while Sergio Oliviera scored a belated consolation from the penalty spot.
On a night in which three sides took second place, Liverpool’s win in Italy helped ensure Atletico would make a significant second-half shift to rescue their spot in the competition.
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