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Champions League:Liverpool 0-1 Inter (agg: 2-1);Reds Hold On Against Nerazzurri

by Soumadeep Bagchi

Lautaro Martinez’s stunning strike briefly gave Inter hope of a famous comeback, but after Alexis Sanchez was sent off ,Liverpool sealed their passage to the last eight.But Inter are the first away team to win at Anfield in 29 games.

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Liverpool are through to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, but the English side were given a fright as Inter threatened an upset.

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The onus was firmly on Inter after their 2-0 defeat in the first leg and, just for a moment midway through the second half, a famous Anfield comeback of another hue looked on the cards. Lautaro Martínez’s stunning strike halved the deficit for the ascendant visitors; for once, the Kop quietened.

Hope did not spring eternal, though. It barely lasted a minute. A second yellow card for Alexis Sanchez left Inter down to ten, an uphill task became a mountainous one. Jurgen Klopp brought on his wise old heads in midfield and Liverpool played the game out with a degree of comfort.

Liverpool, denied by the woodwork either side of half-time through Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah, and again through Salah in the closing stages, are through to the quarter-finals.

Liverpool are through to the quarter-finals for the fourth time in five seasons.

Player of the Match: Inter’s Milan Skriniar :Skriniar showed excellent composure for Inter, building from the back and managing to contribute to a rare clean sheet for the visitors at Anfield.”
UEFA Technical Observer panel.

Inter’s win was only their second in their last seven trips to England, the other five ending in defeat.

Liverpool’s club record seven-match winning run in the competition, the last 100% record remaining, came to an end. Only Bayern, in 2019/20, have ever gone through an entire campaign with a 100% record.

Inter defender Milan Skriniar said,”Tonight we showed what Inter are made of; a game like this will make us grow. We exit with our heads held high.”

Inter coach Simone Inzaghi said, “We’re disappointed. Over the two legs it was well-balanced, but those two goals in the final 15 minutes of the first leg proved decisive.”


Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah said , “They were a tough team, even in the away game they were very good, though we managed to win that. The most important thing is that we qualified. Hopefully we’ll be better in the next game.”

After match Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp said , “The difficulties we had were pretty close to what I expected. Inter are a really, really good side, set up for these kinds of games. Without playing brilliantly we had clear-cut chances.”


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