Liverpool suffered a setback at Anfield, while Manchester City beat Olympiacos 1-0.
Jਗrgen Klopp’s side could have qualified for a win from Group D, but they put in a poor performance that was punished by the influential Italians.
In the second half, two goals in four minutes by Josip Ilick and Robin Gosens gave Atlanta a memorable victory that ended Liverpool’s 100 per cent record in this year’s tournament.
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Liverpool beat Atlanta 5-0 in Italy in early November to give them three wins in their first three group matches.
But for the first time since Virgil Van Dijk lost to Everton in October due to a serious knee injury, the Reds looked weak in the back in a sudden Anfield defeat.
Atlanta took advantage of the lack of coordination on Liverpool’s back when Gosain went behind Matip and launched a powerful strike that was pushed by Allison Baker. Pappu Gomez was about to exploit Matip’s brutal start when he pulled the center-back out and fired into the square from the edge of the field.
Simik’s poor mental endorsement gave Ilik a chance, but he was only able to shoot widely.
Despite the presence of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, no one was more confident in the attack – after losing a match due to his positive coronavirus test – and Sadio Maine on both sides of Divok Orini.
Shaking his arms and pointing at his players, Klopp was frustrated as Liverpool spent half an hour without a shot.
Finally, before half-time, Salah had a goal-scoring look, but he couldn’t keep his effort from a sharp angle.
Liverpool were no better after the break and they fell behind in the 60th minute.
Gomez went on to say that Liverpool had failed to deal with it and that the goalless Ilik had stolen to get Alison too close for his first goal of the season.
Klopp saw enough and made four changes immediately after the goal when he took the advice to others and sent Diego Jotta, Roberto Fermino, Fabinho and Andrew Ro Robertson.
The switches weren’t enough to bring the sluggish Liverpool to life and Atlanta hit again in the 64th minute.
Liverpool ran very slowly in their reaction when Gosson created a clinical finish from 10 yards out when Gomez’s right delivery was converted by Hans Hatbour.
Olympiacos 0-1 City
Manchester City have secured their place in the last 16 Champions League. Pep Guardiola made five changes to the squad that beat Tottenham 2-0 on Saturday, leaving City with their worst league start since the first few months of club support for Abu Dhabi. .
Goal scoring has been City’s biggest challenge in the Premier League and Gabriel Jesus, Joe Cancello, Ilke Gundogan and Bernardo Silva were all guilty of scoring City’s big chances on goal.
Foden showed his more experienced teammates how it should have been when he was preparing for his fourth goal of the season at home, Rahim Sterling’s beautiful Becky 9 minutes before half-time.
After the break, the prospects for the city kept coming, but one goal was enough as Olympiacos failed to get a single shot on target, complicating their chances of reaching the knockout stage.
The Greek champions chase second-placed Porto, who are three points ahead on Wednesday’s trip to Marseille.
Bavaria 3-1 RB Salzburg
Kingsley Common claimed the assists with a goal, while holder Bayern Min Munich recorded a 3-1 home win in the last 16 of the Champions League in Salzburg on Wednesday.
Robert Lewandowski put Bayern ahead ahead of half-time and Koman’s massive strike doubled the lead in the 52nd minute.
The hosts saw Mark Roca leave but Common set up Leroy Sen for Bayern’s third goal, with Margim Berisha comforting Salzburg.
Bayern have won their last 15 matches in the Champions League and are guaranteed a top spot in Group A with two games to go.
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