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Champions League: Liverpool win at Salzburg


Like last season, Liverpool were under pressure on their last group match day. A constellation that suits the Klopp Elf - Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah prevented the defending champion.


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No surprise: Endgame in Salzburg, the defending champion in front of the out - of - the - way Headlines, which vanished in less than an hour by a double strike by Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah. FC Liverpool finished Group E in first place and SSC Napoli accompanied the Reds into the knockout stages of the Champions League after a 4-0 draw with KRC Genk (3-0).

The result: Liverpool have won their last group match at RB Salzburg 2-0 (0-0). Click here for the game report.

The first half: It was from the beginning the expected spectacle with chances on both sides. Salah awarded twice (5th minute and 29th), the hosts came through the ex-Hamburger Hwang Hee-chan (7th) and Erling Håland (24th) on good occasions. Keita missed the last chance in injury time first half.

The second half: Again, both teams did not have much time to breathe: Salah had two more promising opportunities (48th and 50th), Håland put the ball from half-left position only just past the left post. Then the decision within 100 seconds: Only Keita hit the head (57th), then Salah used the most complicated of his numerous opportunities and shot the ball from almost impossible angle almost from the baseline into the Salzburg goal (58.).

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Naby Keita scored the lead after Sadio Mané's lead

The returnees: The Liverpool Sadio Mané and Keita returned to their former workplace. Mané wore the Salzburg jersey between 2012 and 2014, while Keita played for RB from 2014 to 2016. The redeeming 1: 0 was a co-production of the two: Mané penetrated with a lot of speed half left into the box, was not irritated by the rushing out RB goalkeeper Cican Stankovic and crossed great for the waiting in the back room Keita, who finished with a header.

History repeats itself: Let's take a look back at the sixth group match day of the 2018/2019 Champions League season: Liverpool had to win against Napoli to qualify for the knockout round. The Reds won 1-0, were due to the more scored goals in spite of three defeats on and were six months later winner of the premier class. At least the difficulties in the fall have been repeated before.

History does not repeat itself: In the 2012/2013 season with Chelsea Chelsea for the last time a reigning Champions League winner in the group stage. And the Reds have a black spot in their history: In September 1978 they failed as defending champion in the first round of the European Cup of Champions. Statistics that may now disappear again in the poison cabinet.

The pink glasses: streaming provider Dazn offered in addition to the German commentary to celebrate the day also an Austrian. A challenge for the inclined spectator, who was greeted by Christian Brugger and Oliver Lederer directly with a "We are crossing our fingers for the pink Austrian glasses in Salzburg". The following 90 minutes, however, were accompanied much more confidently and more balanced than was feared. A rewarding experiment.


Erling Håland was without a goal for the first time in the Champions League

Stopped Håland Express: Håland had scored eight times in each of his first five Champions League games. In the sixth game this series broke despite two good opportunities. In the 75th minute, the discovery of this season was replaced in the premier class. Should Håland kick the ball for Salzburg in the spring, then it will continue for him and his club at the end of February in the second round of the Europa League.

RB Salzburg - Liverpool 0: 2 (0: 0)
0: 1 Keita (57.)
0: 2 Salah (58.)
Salzburg: Stankovic - Kristensen, Onguéné, Wöber, Ulmer - Szoboszlai (90th Ashimeru), Junuzovic (68th Daka), Mwepu - Minamino - Hwang, Håland (75th Okugawa)
Liverpool: Alisson - Alexander Arnold, Lovren (53rd Gomez), van Dijk, Robertson - Wijnaldum, Henderson, Keita (87th Origi) - Salah, Roberto Firmino (75th Milner), Mané
Referee: Makkelie (Netherlands)
Yellow cards: - / Mané

Source: spiegel

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