Álvaro Morata retired limping off the pitch four minutes after slipping and missing an unbeatable chance to increase Atlético’s lead past game time. The rojiblanco forward was ready to finish without opposition within the area a center of Lodi and lost his balance, wasting a great opportunity for Atlético to achieve the second goal. Morata was not replaced by Diego Costa, but by Vitolo, although the Spanish-Brazilian striker soon left, replacing Correa. Diego Costa reappeared thus almost three months after being operated on for a cervical disc herniation and missing 18 matches with the mattress set.
Without Morata or Correa, Vitolo and Diego Costa gave air and stretched at Atlético against a Liverpool that did not shoot once at goal in the entire match, deactivated by Diego Pablo Simeone’s team, who successfully resisted against the European champion . Only four shots that did not find a door had the English, although one of his chances of clearer goal ended in a rejection of Felipe to a dangerous shot from Salah in the 35th minute.
Morata also wasted a good occasion ten minutes before the one the Egyptian had. However, Alisson Becker then closed very well the shot from the left of the Madrid striker, who had no luck in the first clash of the first straight knockout round, nor the much-feared Liverpool offensive trident formed by Salah, Firmino and Mané, deactivated by a remarkable defensive performance of the rojiblancos.