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Record breaking Salah helps Liverpool beat 10-man Atlético Madrid in Spain

Mohamed Salah became the first Liverpool player to score in nine consecutive games as the Reds defeated 10-man Atlético Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano. 

Liverpool scored the opening goal in the 8th minute, after Salah’s low drive left-footed strike wrong-footed Jan Oblak, as the ball deflected off Kondogbia into the net.

Five minutes later, the Reds made it 2-0 thanks to Nabil Keita, following a poor clearing from Felipe, who headed the ball straight to the midfielder on the edge of the box.

In the 20th minute, Antoine Griezmann pulled one back for the home side, converting from close range, steering Koke’s low drive from the edge of the box into the bottom-left corner. 

In the 34th minute, the home side scored the equaliser through Griezmann again as Joao Felix twists and turns his way past Keita with ease down the left flank before steering a through ball for the clever run of Griezmann and the Frenchman takes a neat first touch to break away from Van Dijk before finding the bottom-right corner.

Griezmann then turned from hero to villain after picking up a red card just 7 minutes after the restart, for a high foot on Firmino in an attempt to win the ball back.

With less than 15 minutes to go, Liverpool were awarded a penalty after Mario Hermoso pushed Diogo Jota in the 18-yard box, and Mo Salah stepped up and he converted the spot-kick to give the Kop a 3-2 lead.

Liverpool have now won their first three games in the group stage, and are just one step away from qualifying for the round of 16, while Atlético Madrid remain second on the log.

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