8 March 2022 21:00
|52'||The teams head in at the break with the game goalless. Inter still trail 2-0 on aggregate|
|51'||Alexander-Arnold bends a wicked free kick over the ball and thankfully just wide|
|50'||Vidal follows his compatriot into the book for a foul on Jones|
|49'||Sanchez is booked after showing Thiago Alcantara his studs|
|45'||There'll be five minutes of stoppage time due to the long break in play|
|41'||Calhanoglu whips in a dangerous ball, it bounces up in front of Alisson and the keeper beats it away|
|40'||Diogo Jota slides in late and collects a yellow card. Inter have a free kick outside the box|
|39'||Perisic plays it up for Sanchez, who is marginally offside|
|34'||Inter play out of defence first with Bastoni and then Brozovic, who hits it forward for Lautaro. Van Dijk is there to cover|
|30'||Alexander-Arnold sends in a perfect delivery for Matip, whose header rattles the bar!|
|25'||The match is halted for a few minutes due to a problem with a spectator|
|22'||Sanchez plays a clever dummy for Lautaro, who darts into the box but Alexander-Arnold comes across to cover|
|18'||Sanchez plays a through ball for Perisic but Alexander-Arnold slides in and cuts it off|
|16'||Van Dijk gets a header in from Alexander-Arnold's corner. Easy save for Handanovic|
|14'||Sanchez finds Vidal just in front of Alisson but he was in an offside position|
|11'||Another move by Perisic on the left after good build-up by the Nerazzurri. Alisson makes the number 14's cross his|
|7'||Perisic presses down the left hand side and gets a cross in. After an interception, Vidal heads it to Dumfries who volleys. Easy take for Alisson|
|4'||A good start for the Nerazzurri, as they try to trouble the Reds' defence straight away. Cross from Dumfries, but Matip gets there ahead of Lautaro|
|1'||We're off! The Nerazzurri have kick-off. FORZA INTER!|
|1'||The teams enter the pitch, with the Champions League anthem ringing out. The two captains Handanovic and Van Dijk shake hands. The kick-off and pitch ends are decided. Everything is ready for kick-off.|
|1'||It's the second leg of the UEFA Champions League 2021/22 Round of 16 for Simone Inzaghi's Inter. They're at Anfield facing Liverpool. The Nerazzurri need to put in a great performance to come back from the 2-0 deficit in the first leg.|
|49'||Darmian booked for dangerous play even though he got the ball|
|47'||Amazing block from Vidal, who slides in to stop Luis Diaz from getting an easy goal|
|45'||Five minutes of added time|
|40'||Bastoni receives a yellow card for a foul on Salah|
|39'||For Liverpool, Diaz comes on for Jota|
|38'||Substitution for Inter: Vecino on for Calhanoglu|
|32'||Salah comes close to drawing it level after he hits the bar with a first-time strike on his right foot. The woodwork again comes to Handanovic's rescue|
|29'||Darmian enters to take the place of Dumfries|
|29'||Correa also comes on for Lautaro|
|29'||Triple change for Inzaghi: hurting Brozovic makes way for Gagliardini|
|25'||Booking for Mane after a stray arm on Bastoni|
|20'||Double substitution for Liverpool: Henderson and Keita on, Jones and Thiago Alcantara off|
|19'||Inter are down to ten men in their best period of the game|
|19'||Unbelievable second yellow card for Alexis Sanchez, who gets there ahead of his opponent but is punished by the referee|
|17'||GOAL! GOAL! GOALLLLLLLLLL! Lautarooooo! Il "Toro" scores a fantastic goal from outside the area: 1-0 to the Nerazzurri!!!|
|16'||D'Ambrosio controls and shoots after a great ball from Calhanoglu, but it goes well wide of the target|
|15'||Huge opportunity for Lautaro who gets a good shot in after Sanchez dummies. Lucky deflection saves Alisson|
|12'||Great play by the Nerazzurri. Vidal passes to Perisic, who gets it into the centre for Calhanoglu. He shoots first time with his left but the ball is blocked|
|6'||Handanovic saves from Diogo Jota, leaving the goal open for Salah, but he can only hit the post|
|3'||Dangerous header from Sanchez, but he's caught offside|
|2'||Inter press through Dumfries who gets past Robertson. The Reds' fullback trips him and gets a yellow card|
|1'||Here we go for the second half! FORZA INTER!|
|1'||The second half gets underway. There's one change for Inter: D'Ambrosio on for Stefan de Vrij, as Skriniar slots in to central defence|
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|10||shots off target||3|
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LIVERPOOL - Inter turned in a resolute performance at Anfield, but ultimately, it was always going to be a tall order to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg at San Siro three weeks ago. Lautaro Martinez conjured up a stunning goal with 61 minutes on the clock that flew into the top corner from the edge of the box, but it was not enough for the Nerazzurri to reach the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition. Alexis Sanchez saw red for a second bookable offence soon after Inter opened the scoring, which left the visitors in a difficult position to push for a second goal and it gave the Reds a much-needed boost just as it looked like there might be scope for a remarkable second-leg turnaround.
To give an idea of the magnitude of the task at hand, Liverpool were yet to lose a game in 2022, were unbeaten at home in a year and last suffered defeat at Anfield in the Champions League in November 2020. Klopp’s side are in the quarter-final draw, but Inzaghi’s players can take heart from a strong display that the vocal Nerazzurri faithful in the away end clearly appreciated. Playing at Anfield for 30 minutes with ten men was an insurmountable task for Inter, but it didn’t stop the team from ending the Champions League campaign with an impressive win.
It was a matter of attacking sensibly, while knowing that overcommitting against Liverpool would be a potentially dangerous strategy. Inter had a plan of action to try to remind the Reds that their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League was not a foregone conclusion, which the team did admirably. Good positioning on the pitch, a serious approach and full tanks ready to burn were key elements of that strategy.
The visitors, who were kitted out in their slick black strip, started on the front foot, just as they had done at San Siro, but without the crucial magic touch in front of goal. Klopp’s side looked to adopt a more controlled approach to protect their advantage, which didn’t exactly go to plan in the first 15 minutes as Simone Inzaghi’s charges played with enterprise.
Ivan Perisic was a constant thorn in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s side, but with Edin Dzeko on the bench, there was not as much height to aim for in the middle. Liverpool finally got going on 16 minutes when they began to look dangerous from set plays. The game was balanced in midfield, with Inter holding their position well despite the attacking threat being reduced temporarily. The referee then had to bring the game to a halt as it took five minutes to deal with a pitch invader.
When the action resumed, the hosts went close when Joel Matip’s header in the 31st minute stuck the bar before Milan Skriniar did brilliantly to get in the way of a seemingly goal-bound Virgil van Dijk header. The half came to a close when Trent Alexander-Arnold unleashed a dangerous free kick from all of 25 yards out that flew just wide of Samir Handanovic’s post.
After bringing on Danilo D’Ambrosio to replace Stefan de Vrij, who had suffered a calf strain, Inter made a strong start to the second half and passed the ball around confidently, culminating in chances to open the scoring while leaving the door open at the other end. On 52 minutes, Liverpool struck the woodwork for the second time when Salah took aim after Handanovic rushed out of his goal to brilliantly thwart Diogo Jota.
With 60 minutes on the clock, Alexis Sanchez dummied Perisic’s low cross brilliantly, leaving Lautaro in space in the box to shoot, but his low shot was deflected wide for a corner. Two minutes later, however, the game took a double twist.
After winning the ball back in midfield, Sanchez was able to play a pass into Lautaro’s path that sat up on the edge of the box for El Toro to unleash a scintillating, crisp strike that rocketed into the top corner, leaving Alisson helpless and Anfield stunned while 3,000 Nerazzurri fans jumped for joy. Inter believed and tried to up the tempo further, but the result was a second booking for Sanchez after a sliding challenge in which he got the ball but also his opponent, and followed in the footsteps of Marco Materazzi, who got sent off at the same stadium back in 2008.
With just under 30 minutes to go and a goal behind on aggregate, Inter faced an uphill battle at Anfield, while Marcelo Brozovic had to be withdrawn with an injury. Liverpool struck the frame of the goal for a third time when Salah’s half volley came back off the post, which got fans wondering if it might really be our night. Joaquin Correa came on up front, while Roberto Gagliardini, Matteo Darmian and Matias Vecino provided fresh legs, but it was always going to be a struggle to break into opposition territory a man down.
Arturo Vidal’s tireless performance was epitomised by a stunning last-gasp tackle in the second minute of stoppage time when Luis Diaz seemed destined to score, ensuring that Inter kept an impressive clean sheet at Anfield and left with a victory on the night. The Nerazzurri may not have made it through, but certainly gave everything and impressed the continent with two strong performances against one of the top sides in Europe.
Liverpool 0-1 Inter (HT: 0-0, 2-1 on aggregate)
Scorer: Lautaro Martinez 62.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): 1 Alisson; 66 Alexander-Arnold, 32 Matip, 4 Van Dijk, 26 Robertson; 17 Jones (8 Keita, 65), 3 Fabinho, 6 Thiago Alcantara (14 Henderson, 65); 11 Salah, 20 Diogo Jota (23 Diaz, 84), 10 Mane.
Subs not used: 13 Adrian, 62 Kelleher, 7 Milner, 12 Gomez, 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain, 18 Minamino, 21 Tsimikas, 27 Origi, 67 Elliott.
Coach: Jurgen Klopp.
INTER (3-5-2): 1 Handanovic; 37 Skriniar, 6 De Vrij (33 D'Ambrosio, 46), 95 Bastoni; 2 Dumfries (36 Darmian, 75), 22 Vidal, 77 Brozovic (5 Gagliardini, 75), 20 Calhanoglu (8 Vecino, 84), 14 Perisic; 10 Lautaro (19 Correa, 75), 7 Sanchez.
Subs not used: 21 Cordaz, 97 Radu, 9 Dzeko, 13 Ranocchia, 18 Gosens, 32 Dimarco, 88 Caicedo.
Coach: Simone Inzaghi.
Booked: Jota, Vidal, Robertson, Mane, Bastoni, Gagliardini.
Sent off: Sanchez 63 for two bookable offences
Added time: 7+5 minutes.
Referee: Antonio Matheu Lahoz (ESP).
Assistants: Roberto del Palomar, Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP).
Fourth official: Ricardo de Burgos (ESP).
VAR: Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP).
Assistant VAR: Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez (ESP).
|Alisson 1||1 Handanovic|
|Alexander-Arnold 66||37 Skriniar|
|Matip 32||6 de Vrij|
|Van Dijk 4||95 Bastoni|
|Robertson 26||2 Dumfries|
|Jones 17||22 Vidal|
|Fabinho 3||77 Brozovic|
|Thiago Alcantara 6||20 Calhanoglu|
|Salah 11||14 Perisic|
|Diogo Jota 20||10 Martínez|
|Mané 10||7 Sanchez|
|Adrian 13||97 Radu|
|Kelleher 62||21 Cordaz|
|Milner 7||5 Gagliardini|
|Keita 8||8 Vecino|
|Gomez 12||9 Dzeko|
|Henderson 14||13 Ranocchia|
|Oxlade-Chamberlain 15||18 Gosens|
|Minamino 18||19 Correa|
|Tsimikas 21||32 Dimarco|
|Diaz 23||33 D'Ambrosio|
|Origi 27||36 Darmian|
|Elliott 67||88 Caicedo|