In bittersweet Champions League football results, AC Milan are out of the European competition after their home loss to Liverpool. Milan lost 1-2 to the Reds at San Siro yesterday, on Tuesday night, in the last Group B qualifiers.
Fikayo Tomori gave Milan a huge first goal in the first half itself, but no miraculous second-place ascension took place.
That is because Mohamed Salah, whom Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp wouldn’t even confirm here (football prediction), scored a goal. The Egyptian international levelled Liverpool up to 1-1 before the half time even began.
Salah thus became the first Liverpool player to score 20 or more goals in five consecutive seasons since Ian Rush. Rush, we must remind you, did so for six campaigns in a row between 1981 and 1987.
Then, finally, in the second half, the Reds stole Milan’s hopes for even a single point through Divock Origi’s goal.
It was the Belgium international’s first goal in the Champions League. His last goal prior to this one was in Liverpool’s 2-0 win in the 2019 final against Tottenham Hotspur. It was the second goal of that match, and thus decided it in Liverpool’s favour.
As a result of this final Group B win, Jurgen Klopp’s side remained perfect in UEFA Champions League group play.
They have enjoyed six wins from six matches, beating all three of their group rivals twice, essentially, home and away.
It was actually the first time in Liverpool’s history that they had snatched a sixth consecutive victory in the competition.
Champions League Football Results – AC Milan Are Out
Meanwhile, however, AC Milan have finished at the very bottom of the Group B table after this 1-2 home defeat. Group B even saw Porto finishing third and heading to the Europa League.
“We wanted to give a joy to our fans but we didn’t manage it,” disappointed Milan coach Stefano Pioli said.
After the conclusion of his Italian side’s UCL campaign, Pioli said: “We have learnt a lot in these six matches.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp was in a festive mood last night, and rightly so.
“What the boys did tonight, I could not be more proud,” Klopp said. “The performance was outstanding. Having 21 shots, so many situations where we played outstandingly well and defended passionately and well organised.”
Though they had already secured a top spot in Liverpool before Tuesday’s kickoff, Liverpool made eight changes in their line-up.
Klopp handed Origi a rare start after his heroics against Wolves, and it paid off perfectly – with a goal!
“We chose that lineup because we wanted to win the game. We needed fresh legs,” Klopp explained. “We needed desire to play this game which is difficult in this hectic schedule to always be on fire for the next game.”