Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Midtjiland in their final Champions League Group D game after the VAR denied Takumi Minamino a late victory.
Liverpool have been confirmed as group winners and Jurgen Klopp has made eight changes, naming the youngest XI in the Reds’ competition (24 years and 26 days), with 19-year-old Leighton Clarkson starting the Champions League.
He was one of the senior players when he scored Liverpool’s fastest Champions League goal – Mohamed Salah was slotted at home by goalkeeper Jasper Hansen 55 seconds later.
But Midtjilland – who finished bottom of Group D – pushed for an equalizer, especially after the break, and achieved success when VARA penalized them. Keimhin Kalehar was fined for sending Anders Dreyer on a loose footing, and after a lengthy review, Alexander Slows, 62, ran a spot-kick home.
The club threw their big guns and as the game progressed Liverpool thought Minamino swept home in the 89th minute to make it the winner, but in the build-up the VAR was there again to knock him out for a handball in front of Sadio Mane.
How VAR dominates in Denmark
Liverpool started their last Champions League group game of the season with a bang when Salah scored within a minute. It was a poor Midtziland pass that he took advantage of, with a pull from Captain Eric Svyatchenko not stopping him from driving over midfield. Hansen came out to meet him, but Sallah had time at the goalkeeper’s feet as the ball bounced slowly on the line.
The advice almost made those two after collecting a lovely, chipped pass from Minamino, but his strike was saved by Hansen at a nearby post, with the offside flag also hoisted. The goalkeeper immediately turned down Liverpool when he immediately repulsed Diego Jotta’s flicked effort.
Central Jutland: Hansen (), Cajuste (), Cooles (), Paul Linho (), Dryer (), Evander (), Caba (), Mabil (), Onyeka (), Scholz ()) , Sviatchenko (7).
Sub Used: Isaacson (), Anderson (), Sisto (5), Madsen (N / A), Pfeiffer (N / A),
Liverpool: Calehar ()), Alexander-Arnold (), R. Williams (F), Fabinoho (), Skimikas (), Clarkson (), Keta (), Minamino (), Jota (), Orig ( 6), advice (7).
Sub Used: Cometio (5), Robertson (6), Henderson (6), Firmino (5), Mane (N / A).
Man of the Match: Fabinoho.
Only after the half-hour mark did the two sides come closer. Delock stole the ball of advice for Origin, but the striker fired his diagonal shot from a distant post showing a touch of toughness early in the fourth quarter of his season. Liverpool had never accepted a Danish team in the Champions League before on Wednesday and thanked Fabinoho for keeping the record intact in the first half. Sorry Kaba gasped for Dion Cools’ right-wing cross goal on the back post, but a temporary defender was there to hack the ball out of line.
Midtjilland didn’t feel like an evening when they hit the crossbar early in the second half. The wrong header from half-time substitute Billy Cometio allowed Evander to strike, but he could only rock the woodwork. Kaba then tried his luck with an overhead kick, but he went wide of the post. The striker immediately moved closer, but Paulinho’s lofted cross also missed his header.
- Liverpool made eight changes – Camihin Kalehar, Fabinoho and Mohamed Salah retained their places, while Nebi Keita, Takumi Minamino and Divok Oriji came up against them.
- Trent Alexander-Arnold also returned and captained Liverpool for the first time. The 19-year-old Leighton Clarks also made his Champions League debut in midfield.
But the VAR controversy was about to erupt as Midgeland were awarded a penalty in the 61st minute. The dryer was initially played with a long pass and was sent by the legs of a swinging caller pulling himself to make a sailing. The Line of Oman flag was initially hoisted for a side attack, but VARA reviewed the incident and found that Dryer was in fact in the build-up.
The next question is whether Camilleher inflated the midfielder and after the referee consulted a pitchside monitor he awarded a penalty and a case was filed against the Liverpool goalkeeper. Sloze confidently sent off Kezler’s past spot-kick for his second Champions League goal of the season.
Despite introducing the Raft of the Liverpool Stars, it was Midtziland who looked more likely to score ahead. In fact, he had the ball behind the net in the 77th minute, but Schulz’s second evening was disqualified for side fouling after another VAR interference.
There was also no technology as Minamino was denied a late winner. Mane pulled down Jordan Henderson’s cross, which was leaning forward towards the house, but the lineman raised his flag. VARA entered and eventually did not allow a handball goal against Mane, hitting his own hand before the build-up of the defender in view of his header, as the whole class of the game was over.
Man of the Match – Fabinoho
Yes, Fabinoho played only 45 minutes but it was his absence in the second half that showed how important he is to the young Liverpool defense.
Brazil was to create the decisive blocks (1), barriers and approvals (5) in the first half of the international. This was a symptom when he removed the line from the cabana header. Credit should also go to Rhas Williams at the back of the center, who again looked confident in that position.
Fibinoho was replaced in the second half by newcomer Billy Cometio, and despite some initial touches from the 18-year-old, he felt more nervous as the game continued and Midtjiland’s attack could not last. Indeed, they made five-seven half-centuries in the opening 45 minutes and Fabinoho’s withdrawal was definitely a big part of it.
With Virgil Van Dijk and J. Gomez coming out of the season very early, Fabinoho’s significant absence after the first half performance and break shows his huge importance.
Opta Stats – Midtjiland Test Liverpool
- Liverpool have scored 13 points from their six Champions League games this season (W4D1L1); Only in 2008-09 (14) did they earn more in the group stage of the competition.
- FC Midtjilland attempted 20 shots against Liverpool; It was the most in a single Champions League match and the most against Liverpool in a group stage game since November 2014 against River Madrid (27).
- At 18 years and 25 days old, Billy Cometio became Liverpool’s youngest Champions League player tonight, behind Mickey Roque (18D150D).
Liverpool will find out who their last-16 opponents are when the draw is made on 14 December. Before that, they will travel to Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday, live on Sky Sports; Kick-f at 4.30pm.
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