Roberto Firmino strikes late as Liverpool secure three points against PSG
Roberto Firmino scored a last-gasp winner as Liverpool have sealed a hard-fought 3-2 home victory against Paris Saint Germain as they kick off their Champions League campaign.
Egyptian international winger Mohamed Salah has started for the Reds, and featured for 85 minutes before his night came to an end as he was replaced by Xherdan Shaqiri.
Liverpool were the dominant sides over the majority of the first-half, as their high pressure caused multiple problems to Paris Saint Germain, who failed to deal with Liverpool’s speed and press.
After five minutes of Paris’ control, Liverpool started to take control of things and had their first threat through Van Dijk, whose half-volley inside the box was saved by Alfonso Areola.
Three minutes later, Areola was forced to make another great save to deny James Milner’s effort near the edge of the penalty area, a corner resulted that was taken by Salah directly into the net, but the French goalkeeper again cleared the danger.
In the 10th minute, Salah linked very well with Sadio Mane, who tried a low strike, but once again Areola cleared it away.
Paris finally managed to free themselves from their own half, as Alisson Becker was tested for the first time in the 16th minute through Neymar with a left-footed shot, but it was saved by the Brazilian, before the former Roma keeper saved the rebound from Edinson Cavani.
Liverpool’s performance in the first-half was finally paid off after Daniel Sturridge headed Andy Robertson’s cross home to give Liverpool a well-deserved lead after 30 minutes.
Six minutes later, Liverpool were awarded a penalty after Georginio Wijnaldum was tackled by Juan Bernat, James Milner stepped up and his low strike found the back of the net despite Areola’s efforts.
However, Paris managed to pull one back near the 40th minute as Thomas Meunier had converted Angel Di Maria’s cross into the bottom corner with a brilliant finish.
13 minutes into the second half, Salah thought he had doubled the lead for his side when he followed Sturridge ball into the net, but the goal was ruled out for a foul against the Englishman.
Four minutes later, Sturridge had the opportunity to restore the two-goal lead for the Reds, but his header from Alexander-Arnold’s cross went straight into Areola’s hand.
Seven minutes before the final whistle, Paris Saint Germain managed to bring things level through Kylian Mbappe, who finished the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
Liverpool have left it very late to secure the whole three points as substitute Roberto Firmino restored Liverpool’s lead with a low strike, sealing the victory for the Reds.
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