Quotas do not only exist in video games. Each team, in each match, has a reserve whose destiny indicates the limit between victory and defeat. Call yourself lives. Salzburg sold out their lives before the 57th minute. He escaped when Hee-Chan and Minamino stayed hand in hand with Becker and didn't beat the goalkeeper. They were consumed when Haaland topped the stick. They were lost when Henderson in the first half, and Lovren in the second, touched the ball with his hand in the Liverpool area and neither the referee nor the VAR ruled that this should be interpreted as a penalty. There, the amazing Salzburg stayed out of the Champions League. There the current champion was classified, Liverpool, who lived on the dark side for 57 minutes. The time it took to get out of purgatory, avoid fitting, put the 0-1 as someone who breathes again, and channel a victory that allows him to qualify as first of Group E ahead of Naples.
Cican Stankovic, Ulmer, Wöber, Rasmus Nissen Kristensen, Onguene, Junuzovic (Patson Daka, min. 67), Enock Mwepu, Minamino, Dominik Szoboszlai (Majeed Ashimeru, min. 89), Erling Braut Haland (Masaya Okugawa, min. 74) and Hwang Hee-Chan.
Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil Van Dijk, A. Robertson, Lovren (Joe Gomez, min. 52), Naby Keita (Divock Origi, min. 86), Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Roberto Firmino (Milner, min. 74 ) and Mane.
0-1 min. 56: Naby Keita. 0-2 min. 57: Salah.
Stadium:Red Bull Arena Salzburg
The winding road of the Liverpool in the group stage he squirmed on the last day. From the first play, when news came from the San Paolo stadium in Naples. Faced with Genk in the other Group E match, Polish Arkadiusz Milik, who has been languishing in Italy for three years, put a hat trick between minute three and 38.
Ensured the classification of Naples, Liverpool was forced to save at least one draw. It was not easy at all. Salzburg is a strong, uninhibited, well-stocked team of capable players in all its lines. From the goalkeeper, Cican Stankovic, to his center forward, blond Haaland. The Austrian group operated as a demolition unit from tireless pressure and mass deployment. Somehow, Salzburg put on the Liverpool suit. From the first minute. He started hitting.
Takumi Minamino did not delay. This sharp Japanese midfielder, dynamic and skilled in the election of the passes, left only Haaland before Becker in the initial maneuvers. Feeling threatened in his field, the Livepool came out long. Every ball that Van Dijk caught, every time Henderson scanned the horizon, when Alexander-Arnold or Robertson could think with the ball in their foot, the answer led to the 50-meter pass, if possible diagonally, to the area where presumes that they run Salah or Mané, more liberated. Little could run.
Salzburg was not intimidated. Where he did not reach his defense came Stankovic, agile and fast to dismantle situations that announced the goal. In addition to harassing Liverpool every time he tried to organize the slightest attack drawn up, this alluvial team revealed himself for his excellent ball care. Drift altered Liverpool's customs. As they saw that they could not with the rhythm they were printing, the Klopp players chose to do something they rarely have to do in the Premier: they started trying to hide the ball with passes backwards. Let's see if they tired their energetic rivals.
At halftime, Salzbugo counted seven shots on goal by two of his adversary. The jam was undone at the edge of the game time. With Salzburg half dispersed by the effect of fatigue, Liverpool put together one of its patented moves: lateral-lateral-extreme. Much of the goals of the leader of the English championship come from maneuvers that involve a game change from Robertson to Alexander-Arnold, or vice versa. This time it was Alexander-Arnold who changed front. The Scotsman connected with Mané, and the Senegalese burst into defense when he was lowered out of tilt. Keita nodded the center of Mané. It was goal.
Broken the physical and moral resistance of Salzburg, the sentence did not take a minute to be issued. Henderson played long on the right wing and, overcoming the goalkeeper at the start, Salah hit an impossible shot when he reached the bottom line. The Egyptian celebrated him euphorically with his companions. Relieved to ensure their permanence in the tournament after a group stage that led them to the limit.