Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League defence came to a stuttering end on Wednesday amid a series of gaffes from backup goalkeeper Adrian. The Spaniard replaced the injured Alisson Becker for the last-16 second-leg tie against Atletico Madrid, but he failed to keep out two long-range shots from substitute Marcos Llorente.
Atleti’s unlikely two-goal hero helped to secure an improbable 3-2 win at Anfield after extra time. Alvaro Morata’s goal late on not only continued the streak of players coming off the bench to make the difference for Diego Simeone’s side, but it also secured a 4-2 aggregate triumph.
Atletico will be joined in the draw for the last eight by a Neymar-inspired Paris Saint-Germain. The world’s most expensive player headed Les Parisiens in front against Borussia Dortmund en route to a 2-0 win at an Parc des Princes without fans.
A usually free-scoring Dortmund team mustered little in response largely because prolific striker Erling Haaland endured an uncharacteristic off night.
Liverpool 2-3 Atletico Madrid (Atletico win 4-2 on aggregate)
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