Leipzig got off to a better start in the Puskas Arena, where the WAC will face Tottenham in the Europa League on Thursday. Dani Olmo was unlucky with a pole headball in the fifth minute. After about a quarter of an hour, Liverpool found their way into the game, Mohamed Salah failed alone in front of RB goalie Peter Gulacsi (16). Andrew Robertson almost surprised Gulacsi with a long shot (33rd), before that Leipzig captain Sabitzer had checked Liverpool keeper Alisson from the edge of the penalty area (17th).
After the break, Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku initially missed a top chance when he found his master in Alisson (47th). Then followed two dropouts from the Saxons, which probably paved the way for Liverpool to reach the quarter-finals. Sabitzer played a hair-raising bad pass to Salah, the Egyptian didn’t let the chance pass and made it 1-0 for the English champions (53rd).
“Made two blatant mistakes”
Five minutes later, Nordi Mukiele gave a long ball from Curtis Jones an extremely unfortunate figure, Sadio Mane ran alone on goal and scored the second goal of the “Reds”, who had lost three times in a row in the Premier League. Liverpool was far from another defeat this time, Leipzig fought too unimaginatively for the connection in the finish. Ex-Salzburg Hwang Hee Chan missed the best chance for the honorary goal, his Lupfer just missed the target (93rd).
“It was relatively even in the first half. In the second half we actually played a great game, but we also made two blatant mistakes. They are punished at this level. I think it’s much worse that we don’t take the chances. We have to chalk that up more than the mistakes, ”said coach Julian Nagelsmann. Sabitzer added: “The disappointment is great. If you start into the second half with two such mistakes, it’s annoying. I still think we still have a chance in the second leg. “
Mbappe shines after Messi’s opening goal
The game in Barcelona was initially even, Antoine Griezmann (14th) and Mauro Icardi (19th) missed the first opportunities. A little later, Frenkie de Jong fell in a running duel with Layvin Kurzawa, and Lionel Messi converted the penalty awarded (27th). The Argentine has scored in the Champions League every calendar year since 2005, setting Raul’s record (1995-2011).
The star of the evening was Mbappe. In the 32nd minute, the world champion danced the Barcelona defense in a confined space and equalized. Then he put the guests in the lead in the 65th minute. Previously, Gerard Pique cleared a pass from Alessandro Florenzi at Mbappe’s feet.
Just five minutes later, Moise Kean headed the 3-1 for the Champions League finalists from last season after Leandro Paredes’ free-kick, before Mbappe scored the final score with a flick into the Kreuzeck (85th). With it Paris drove a sovereign victory even without the injured Neymar and took revenge for the legendary 1: 6 against the Catalans at Camp Nou four years ago.