After Tuesday’s goal-fest Champions League action continued on Wednesday, some big teams were at the action, with some exciting fixtures.
The biggest upset of the lot was Liverpool lost to Atalanta BC by 2-0 at Anfield. In the other match of Group D, Ajax beat the newcomer from Denmark Fc Midtjylland to 3-1. Now, Liverpool, Atalanta, and Ajax all are in the race for the knockout stage.
This year’s Champions League most exciting group is looking like Group B, where Borussia Mönchengladbach won 4-0 against Shaktar Donetsk and Real Madrid beat Inter Milan by 2-0 with the help of one of the most stupid red card was conceded by Arturo Vidal. M’gladbach keeps their top spot and Real Madrid moved on to the second position.
Manchester City won 1-0 against Olympiacos and secured their knockout participation. Bayern Munich overcomes the challenge of RB Salzburg relatively easily by 3-1 but the match could have been easily 4-3 for the favour of Salzburg. With this win, they secured themselves top of the group.
Champions League Match report: Liverpool 0-2 Atalanta:
When last time Atalanta hosted the reverse fixture at Bergamo Liverpool won the game 5-0. That result may have given complacency to Jurgen Klopp and he thought it would be a good idea to give some time off to his first-team players.
He was wrong to think like that. After the 5-0 defeat, people might think Atalanta would be much reserved this time, but they don’t have that in their DNA under Gian Piero Gasperini.
Liverpool made five changes from their last win against Leicester City in the Premier League. Mohammed Salah returned to the starting Xl after he contacted Covid-19 during the International duty. Andrew Robertson and Roberto Firmino were rested.
Atalanta made three changes from their last match against Spezia in Serie A. Their Colombian Star forward started on the bench. Alejandro Gomez and Josip Ilicic were the two forward.
Liverpool Xl: Alisson, N.Williams, Matip, R.Williams, Tsimikas, Jones, Wijnaldum, Milner, Salah, Origi and Mane
Atalanta Xl: Gollini, Romero, Toloi, Djimsiti, Gosens, Hateboer, Freuler, De Roon, Pessina, Gomez and Ilicic
The Serie A side was much the better team in the first half and Liverpool was lucky that they squandered at least three good chances.
But they made the most of their one decent chance in the second half as Josip Ilicic bundled in a brilliant cross from Papu Gomes.
And things got even better for Atalanta just four minutes later when Robin Gosens finished from eight yards out after more good work down the left-hand side.
Liverpool couldn’t manage a single shot on target throughout the match, which is quite unbelievable from Klopp’s side at Anfield.
Match Report: Olympiacos 0-1 Manchester City:
Yet another match but the same story for Manchester City dominant throughout the whole 90 minutes but couldn’t capitalise the chances they had. Another just one goal scored by The Citizens.
Olympiacos just tried to sit back and defend everything. They couldn’t manage a single attempt on target in this match.
Pep Guardiola made five changes since their defeat against Tottenham Hotspurs. Kevin De Bruyne didn’t travel with the squad, he was rested for this encounter. John Stones and Benjamin Mendy were given the opportunity to shine.
Olympiacos missed their star man Mathieu Valbuena and former Watford man Jose Holebas. They had few notable injuries in their squad.
Olympiacos Xl: Jose Sa, Semedo, Ba, Cisse, Drager, Camara, M’Vila, Rafinha, Pepe, Fortounis, Masouras.
Man City Xl: Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Mendy, Silva, Rodri, Gundogan, Foden, Jesus, Sterling.
City dominated from the first whistle and took a deserved lead after Phil Foden finished a brilliant team move involving Ilkay Gündogan and Raheem Sterling.
The visitors continued to push and nearly doubled their advantage through Bernardo Silva, who scuffed wide with his weaker foot when through.
Foden was the standout player for City, although spirits will be high after Sergio Agüero and Fernandinho continued their comebacks from injury.
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