Matchday three of UEFA Champions League this midweek saw thrilling encounters in three games with similar score. It involved the favourites in Madrid, Paris and Manchester. Atletico Madrid dramatically slumped to a 2-3 defeat against Liverpool, whereas PSG and Manchester United had to struggle to win over their oppositions, RB Leipzig and Atalanta. Both games ended in identical score too 3-2.
The Reds eventually could avenge their loss two seasons ago by thumping Los Rojiblancos in Wanda Metropolitano. Jurgen Klopp’s side had two-goal lead first through Mo Salah’s and Naby Keita’s goal, but not long after Antoine Griezmann netted a brace to put them back on the level terms. It was 2-2 before the interval. At the second half, both sides were still trading attacks but Atletico had to lose their scorer as Griezmann was sent off due to kicking Roberto Firmino’s face accidentally. Liverpool’s winning goal was finally scored by Mo Salah from a penalty. The result had been so disappointing for Diego Simeone that the Argentine boss did not even shake hands with Klopp at the end of the game.
Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool 2-3
Goals: Antoine Griezmann (20,34); Mo Salah (8, 78), Naby Keita (13)
Atletico Madrid: Jan Oblak – Felipe, Mario Hermoso (Marcos Llorente 80), Geoffrey Kondogbia (Jose Gimenez 46) – Koke, Kieran Trippier, Yannick Carrasco, Rodrigo de Paul (Renan Lodi 80), Thomas Lemar (Luis Suarez 80) – Joao Felix (Angel Correa 80), Antoine Griezmann
Liverpool: Allisson Brecker – Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Trent Alex-Arnold (Joe Gomez 85) – Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita (Fabinho 46), James Milner (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain) – Sadio Mane (Diogo Jota 62), Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino
Meanwhile, in Paris and Manchester, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo became the key figure in both matches. They bagged the winning goals for PSG’s and Manchester United’s victory in a stunning comeback.
Le Parisien overturned the score line from 1-2 to 3-2. Kylian Mbappe scored the opener but the German side responded twice through Andre Silva and Nordi Mukiele. It was Messi who registered a brace for his second and third goals in Paris. The last one was by a Panenka penalty. In Old Trafford, The Red Devils were even already two goals behind as Mario Pasalic and Merih Demiral found the back of the net at the first half. Yet, after the interval, United who were at the tip of their frustration could finally reply three times through Marcus Rashford, the skipper Harry Maguire and last but not least the late header from Cristiano Ronaldo. It was another dramatic win after their last continental outing while hosting Villareal.
Besides the thrilling clash, this midweek is also about the big win by some other favourites. Ajax, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Chelsea trashed their opponents. Ajax and the reigning champions Chelsea were triumphant at their home turf against Borussia Dortmund and Malmoe by clinching 4-0 win whereas Die Roeten and Los Blancos hammered Benfica 4-0 and Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0 respectively on the road.