Atlético Madrid narrowly beat defending champions Liverpool 1-0 courtesy of a fourth-minute strike by Saúl Ñíguez in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie at Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on Tuesday night.
“In the 8 years I’ve been here, (Wanda Metropolitano) I’ve not seen the crowd like that for the whole game. It was really emotional. “It’s not the best night ever because we didn’t win a trophy. But there are nights you don’t forget,” said Diego Simeone, Atlético coach.
Despite the loss, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp said that he is not disappointed with how his side played.
“I saw many worse games in my life. We just weren’t good enough in the final third. But it’s only 1-0; we aren’t down and out. As long as we have 11 players with a Liverpool shirt, anything can happen. For all the Atlético fans who get an away ticket: Welcome to Anfield,” said Klopp.
The return leg will be played at Anfield in Liverpool on the 11th of March, kickoff at 20:00.
Meanwhile, in Germany, Erling Haaland hit a brace to hand Borussia Dortmund a 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) with Neymar scoring the crucial away goal at the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund on Tuesday evening.
The 19-year-old Haaland was named man of the match for his effort and in the process became the first teenager to score 10 in a single Champions League campaign.
The second leg of the Dortmund-PSG clash will also be played on March 11 in Paris, Parc des Princes (22:00).
Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said they want to remain positive despite conceding an “unnecessary goal”.
“It was important how the team reacted after the equaliser, they were going forward and aiming for that second goal. The key for us is defending well. We know that we always have solutions going forward. Defending cleverly, that’s important.”
Wednesday UCL Round of 16 First Leg Fixtures
Atalanta vs Valencia, Stadio San Siro (22:00)
Tottenham vs RB Leipzig, Spurs Stadium (22:00)
By FARPost Reporter