Liverpool advanced to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, although they lost 1-0 at home to Inter, while Jurgen Klopp’s side ended 2-1 on aggregate due to their lead in the first leg.
Lautaro Martinez hit the screamer to win it overnight. But the tie was based on a red card shown by Alexis Sanchez at a time when Inter were hoping to kick a second goal.
The Reds got a few better chances compared to any other team in the first half. Joel Matip directed a powerful header over the crossbar, shortly before Virgil van Dijk was banned from the same position as a flying block from Milan Skriniar.
However, it was Alisson who made the first purposeful rescue of the night as he managed to move the lowly Hakan Calhanoglu to safety, despite bouncing cunning just before it reached him.
The game was suspended during the first half as management and medical staff rushed to the emergency services at the stadiums.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s deflected shot threatened Samir Handanovic’s right foot shortly after the start but the Inter goalkeeper was able to straighten his feet quickly to avoid embarrassment.
Liverpool’s opening goal looked like it could only be a matter of time when Mohamed Salah unleashed a rebound from Handanovic, seeing the ball hit the post and shine.
Instead, Inter continued. Martinez was kept completely silent for an hour by Van Dijk, but when the Nerazzurri won the ball and, just once, the Liverpool machine did not arrive, Argentina simply hit the ball in the far right corner.
That should have been a ‘game’ and Inter’s chance for a full comeback. Just moments later when Sanchez was given his marching instructions when he recklessly picked up a second yellow card, he killed the newly formed momentum.
Salah went on to hit another post, and a spectacular last block from Arturo Vidal, who seemed to be everywhere all night, denied his successor Luis Diaz a late equalizer.