Mane and Salah sink Leipzig in Hungary


Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah played a crucial part in Liverpool’s triumph against RB Leipzig.

The duo was on target for the English champions as they defeated the German side away from home in the first leg of the Uefa Champions League last 16 clash to put one leg in the next round of the competition.

Leipzig could have taken the lead in the fourth minute, but Spanish striker Dani Olmo hit the post after a well executed diving header connected with Angelino’s beautifully weighed cross.

The visitors looked the more threatening of the two sides going into halftime, but Peter Gulacsi stood firm between the posts to deny them the lead.

A mistake at the back by Leipzig resulted in Salah slotting home from close range to give the English side the lead in the 53rd minute of the game. Five minutes later, Mane doubled the lead for the Reds after yet another mistake by a shaky Leipzig defence.

Second half substitute Hwang Hee-Chan could have pulled one back for the hosts, but missed after going one on one with Allison Becker. Jurgen Klopp’s side held on and took a big advantage into the second leg which will be played in three weeks at Anfield Stadium.

Liverpool will now shift focus to the Premier League where they have been struggling to positive results in recent weeks. The defending champions have lost all three of their previous league games with the recent loss coming against Leicester City last weekend.

Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain came back from a goal down to defeat FC Barcelona at Camp Nou.

Lionel Messi put the hosts in front with a phenomenal penalty in the 26th minute before Kylian Mbappe levelled matters seven minutes later. The Frenchman netted his second of the game deep into the second half to give the visitors the lead for the first time in the game.

Moise Kean made it three with 20 minutes left before Mbappe completed his hat-trick in style after a beautiful counter attack by PSG who won 4-1 on the day.

Idrissa Gana Gueye started and played 45 minutes for the visitors before being replaced by Ander Herrera after picking up a yellow card in the first half.

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