Liverpool must come from behind in their Champions League last-16 tie against Atletico Madrid after a 1-0 first-leg defeat in the Spanish capital on Wednesday morning (AEDT), only their third defeat of the season. Struggling domestically but always dangerous in Europe, Atletico got an early winner as Saul Niguez poked home from close range as the ball fell kindly to him from a corner (4).Liverpool dominated the ball (73 per cent) but could not break through the stubborn Atletico defensive wall, with Mohamed Salah going close twice, and Jordan Henderson steering just wide in the second half.The European champions ended the game with no shots on target, and have a task on their hands in the second leg at Anfield in three weeks.Watch LIVE coverage of La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and EFL Championship with beIN SPORTS on KAYO. New to Kayo? Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly >ARE YOU WATCHING UTD? TEEN FREAK WHO SLIPPED THROUGH RED DEVILS’ FINGERS DOMINATES FOR DORTMUNDANOTHER HEAD-IN-HANDS MOMENT FOR MORATASaul stings Reds early0:35Returning to the scene of their Champions League win in June, where half of the Wanda Metropolitano was behind them, Liverpool this time struggled early on in a Madrid caldron.An early Koke corner evaded everyone in the box before hitting the foot of Fabinho, then fortuitously falling to Saul to turn home from close range for the opener.Liverpool reacted well and had all of the ball – 75 per cent in the first half, and in dangerous areas – but struggled to break down the Atletico defence. In a rare break, Alvaro Morata nearly capitalised on an equally rare Virgil van Dijk mishap, but saw his shot from an acute angle blocked by Alisson.Liverpool had the ball in the net not long after as Jan Oblak’s miscued clearance fell to Salah 40 yards out; he instinctively passed forward to Roberto Firmino, using him as a wall before Salah rolled the ball into the net, only for the flag to go up for an offside against the Brazilian.The visitors best chance then fell to Salah after good work from Sadio Mane and then Firmino, but the Egyptian’s goal-bound effort from 12 yards was superbly deflected clear by Felipe.Jurgen Klopp made a change at half-time as Mane made way for Divock Origi, but it was more of the same as Salah headed wide unmarked from a Joe Gomez cross.Klopp will be desperately disappointed at half time. Passing too slow and too passive from #LFC – and against an opponent as horrifically negative as Atletico, that’s a recipe for pain. Need to realise they’re just the Spanish Stoke and treat accordingly. #ATLLIV— David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) February 18, 2020 Atletico arguably had the best chance to score the second goal as Morata met a Renan Lodi’s centre in acres of space, only to slip as he went to shoot from 10 yards.Henderson came within inches of an equaliser, steering a side-footed effort from 12 yards just wide, and there was concern late on as the Liverpool captain was then forced off with an apparent glute injury.Diego Simeone was the conductor for the home fans’ vocal support, overly animated on the touchline even by his standards, and it eventually saw them through without any damage on their own goal.For Liverpool and Klopp, the feeling of defeat may be a rarity, but their dominance of this game will give them hope going into the second leg on Merseyside.Morata or Bambi on ice?0:24NEYMAR SCORES, BUT TEEN FREAK DOMINATESNorway teenager Erling Braut Haaland scored twice as Borussia Dortmund sealed a 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain, for whom Neymar scored on his return from injury, in Wednesday’s other match.Forward Haaland took his tally to 11 goals in seven games since Dortmund paid Salzburg 20 million euros ($A32 million) for the 19-year-old with second-half goals either side of Neymar’s equaliser.The Brazil star, who has been sidelined for the last four weeks with a rib injury, gave PSG a life-line with an away goal for the return leg in Paris on March 11 in their bid to reach the quarter-finals after exiting the last 16 in the last three consecutive seasons.Haaland dazzling brace v PSG1:01Dortmund’s Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland.Source: AFPAfter Haaland stabbed home at the near post to give Dortmund a deserved lead mid-way through the second-half the world’s most expensive player profited from Kylian Mbappe’s final pass and tapped home the equaliser.After the Neymar missed last season’s surprise last-16 loss to Manchester United with a foot injury, this was exactly what travelling Parisian fans at Signal Iduna Park had wanted to see.However, PSG were level for just two minutes as Dortmund’s 17-year-old midfield replacement Giovanni Reyna put a pass inside which Haaland smashed into the top corner for the winner.Dortmund deserved the win with PSG’s star-studded attack, led by Mbappe and Neymar, repeatedly frustrated with Dortmund’s defensive midfielders Axel Witsel and Emre Can on hand to snuff out attacks.Mbappe merks Dortmund defence0:45There was very little to separate the teams in the first-half with a saved shot from Dortmund’s English winger Jadon Sancho the only clear-cut chance of the opening 45 minutes.Dortmund kept finding plenty of holes in midfield with Witsel calling the shots. His midfield partner Can, whose loan deal from Juventus was made permanent earlier in the day when he signed a four-year contract, had a penalty appeal waved away by referee Jose Montero after being clattered in the area by Marco Verratti.Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar celebrates scoring.Source: AFPAfter the goalless first half, Dortmund poured forward and kept finding spaces to exploit down the flanks.Soon after Dortmund’s Swiss coach Lucien Favre threw on Reyna, who turned 17 last November, for his Champions League debut, Haaland got the breakthrough soon after when he stabbed home past PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas on 69 minutes.With their German coach Thomas Tuchel frantically urging them on, PSG were level six minutes later when Mbappe unpicked the Dortmund defence and presented Neymar with a straight-forward finish.However, the scene was set for Haaland to continue his phenomenal scoring run with some clinical finishing from Reyna’s final pass when he blasted home the winner to the delight of the home crowd.Re-live all the action in our live blog.If you can’t see the blog, CLICK HERE.



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