The Reds have taken six of six group stage wins with a 2-1 win over AC Milan, despite a number of changes in the starting XI.
Milan would have had a chance to advance to the knockout stages of the competition if they had collected all three points, although bad mistakes in defense and goalkeeper Mike Maignan doom them to loss, as Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi came into play. results sheet.
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The result at San Siro opened the door for Atletico and Porto in the group’s other game, as a win for either would have been enough for them to advance to the round of 16.
And it was Atletico who ultimately won out in a dramatic game, with Antoine Griezmann, Angel Correa and Rodrigo De Paul scoring goals in a 3-1 incident filled with incidents.
After the France international scored from a free kick, the game threatened to spiral out of control as the referee issued five red cards in eight minutes in the second half.
Atletico’s Yannick Carrasco slapped Otavio and received his marching orders, potentially putting his team in a difficult position for the finals.
However, Porto Wendel’s left-back was sent off for an arm to the face of Matheus Cunha, who enjoyed minimal contact.
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Shortly afterwards, they received another red card, with the Marchesin substitute goalkeeper being sent off.
Two more red cards were also issued, with Atletico and Porto seeing each of their team members behind the scenes made redundant.
As Porto pushed for an equalizer that would have allowed them, they were hit twice at the break by Atletico via Cunha and De Paul, while Porto added late consolation from the penalty spot.
The result sees Atletico advancing far behind Liverpool, having lost two moody clashes to the Reds in the group stage.
Liverpool will not face the Spanish champions in the round of 16 as they will be separated in the draw as they were in the same group. However, if the two teams progress, they could face each other again in later stages.
The last time the teams met in the round of 16 was in the round of 16 last season, with Atletico ultimately advancing 4-2 in aggregate over two matches.
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