Liverpool left it late, with two substitutes combining to produce the match-winning goal in stoppage time to see off Mexican side Monterrey.
Liverpool 2-1 Monterrey
Club World Cup Semi-Final
Khalifa International Stadium (Doha, Qatar)
Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Keita 12′ (assist: Salah)
Funes Mori 13′
Firmino 90+1′ (assist: Alexander-Arnold)
Liverpool continue to find a way to win. Liverpool continue to win 2-1. Liverpool continue to win it late.
Liverpool dominated the early proceedings, controlling possession and passing the ball around well, and that resulted in the opening goal in the 12th minute.
But within two minutes, the Mexican side were level with their first real attack of the game when Rogelio Funes Mori tapped in with a poacher’s goal after Alisson had saved the initial shot off a set-piece.
The rest of the first half saw chances for either side, with probably the best of those for Monterrey.
Alisson made one good save to deny Dorlan Pabon, then made a superb save low down to cut out his cross that was destined to fall for the forward to tap in from close range.
Salah started to grow into the game, and Keita almost rounded the keeper for his second when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played him in.
Half time: Liverpool 1-1 Monterrey
- Makeshift defence with Henderson at centre-back
- Keita scores his third goal in last three appearances
- Stoppage time winner from sub Firmino
- Reds will play Flamengo in the final on Saturday
A half time tactical switch saw Shaqiri move to the right and Salah central in an attempt to give the attack more fluidity, but that didn’t work either and eventually Sadio Mane replaced the ineffective Shaqiri.
Liverpool had chances: Keita, Liverpool’s best attacking threat, danced through the opposition defence but hit his shot was too close to the keeper, while Origi missed a superb chance from a low Milner cross.
Gomez was booked for a foul on the break, then later his handball saw both Klopp and Monterrey’s manager booked as they exchanged verbals – and gestures – on the sidelines.
And it worked – just, with Firmino tapping home Alexander-Arnold’s cross just as we entered stoppage time.
Liverpool will now play Brazilian side Flamengo in Saturday’s final.
TIA Man of the Match: Alisson
Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI)
Liverpool: Alisson; Milner (Alexander-Arnold 74′), Gomez, Henderson, Robertson; Lallana, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri (Mane 68′), Salah, Origi (Firmino 85′)
Subs not used: Adrian, Lonergan, Firmino, Jones, Williams
Monterrey: Barovero; Medina, Montes (Layun 79′), Sanchez, Vangioni; Rodriguez, Ortiz; Pabon (Meza 82′), Pizarro (J Gonzalez 90′), Gallardo, Funes Mori
Subs not used: Cardenas, Resendez, Urretaviscaya, Zaldivar, Basanta, A Gonzalez, Gutierrez, Mejia
Next Match: Club World Cup final vs. Flamengo (Saturday, 21 December)