Liverpool FC advanced to the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 2-1 aggregate victory over 10-man Inter, despite losing 1-0 in Tuesday’s second leg at Anfield.
Late goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah in last month’s first leg ensured the Reds were in control of the tie heading into the return fixture.
The hosts hit the frame of the goal through Joel Matip and Salah and looked under no threat until the point Lautaro Martinez fired in a stunning goal for Inter with an hour played.
Alexis Sanchez was sent off 107 seconds later for a second yellow card.
However, Liverpool went closest to scoring the next goal when Salah struck the post.
Thiago Alcantara and Matip returned to Liverpool’s line-up, and the latter picked out the crossbar from the best of Liverpool’s limited first-half openings.
Milan Skriniar superbly blocked Virgil van Dijk’s goal-bound header moments later.
Meanwhile, Hakan Calhanoglu tested Alisson at the other end from a low free-kick.
Liverpool slowly started to turn the screw and should have been out of sight in the tie, only for Salah to fire against the upright after Samir Handanovic denied Diogo Jota.
Those wasted chances came back to haunt Jurgen Klopp’s side when Martinez unleashed a swerving 20-yard shot into the top-right corner.
Sanchez, who received a yellow for a challenge on Thiago late in the first half, was sent off for following through on the same opponent almost immediately after Martinez’s goal.
Liverpool was further frustrated as Salah’s cushioned volley came back off the upright.
But the hosts protected their one-goal aggregate lead from reaching the last eight.
What does it mean? Reds’ runs ended.
Liverpool had won 12 games in a row in all competitions and a run spanning 28 matches.
Martinez’s goal brought an end to both streaks, but the damage was not fatal for Liverpool.
Thanks to their late double at San Siro three weeks ago.
Salah sums up Liverpool’s woes.
Liverpool hit the goalframe three times, and a couple of last-ditch blocks saved them.
Salah had previously scored eight goals in seven Champions League appearances this term.
But he failed to net from his three shots today, which had an expected goals value of 0.70.
What’s next for Liverpool FC and Inter?
On Saturday, Liverpool will switch to the Premier League to Brighton and Hove Albion.
Meanwhile, Inter headed to Torino in Serie A on Sunday.
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