Liverpool came flying out of the blocks and stunned Manchester City, scoring three times in the first half to take a big lead in their Champions League tie. They also prevented City from scoring an away goal in the game. The driving force was again Mohammed Salah, who scored a goal and had an assist in the 3rd goal by Sadio Mane. Salah was helped by some shoddy defending from City, as on all three goals there was an opportunity for a City player to better defend or clear the ball and they were unable to do so. Pep Guardiola’s team faces a monumental task in the second leg, but at least they will be at home for it, and Salah left the game injured, so it’s possible he will miss the return leg of this tie.
In a week full of meaningful derbies, with the Merseyside Derby, the Manchester Derby, and the Madrid Derby all occuring this weekend, the first of the big derbies kicked off on Wednesday, the Milan Derby. It was, not great. Overall, Inter Milan were the better side, but neither team covered themselves in glory. Mauro Icardi had a couple of glorious chances to win the match at the end but managed to somehow miss both of them. Though both Milan teams have been better this year than past campaigns, they are still far off from when they competed for Serie A and Champions League titles.
Liverpool fans set the atmosphere for the big Champions League game before the teams arrived at the stadium, gathering around Anfield and creating a fever pitch atmosphere. There was chanting, flares and smoke bombs, and then things really went over the edge, as the Manchester City bus was pelted with cans and bottles. Thankfully no Man City players were hurt, but the bus was damaged and unable to make the trip back to Manchester. Liverpool fans are known for their incredible in stadium atmosphere, but unfortunately here things went too far.
The New York Red Bulls went down to Chivas de Guadalajara 1-0 in the first leg of the Concacaf Champions League semi-final match. Chivas scored off a counterattack in the first half, and the Red Bulls chances throughout the game were few and far between. They also have to deal with suspensions in the second leg, as Aurelian Collin was sent off in this game, and Alex Muyl will also miss out due to yellow card accumulation. The Red Bulls will be disappointed with the result and lack of an away goal, but a 1-0 loss on the road isn’t the worst result in the world.
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