Inter 0-2 Liverpool
Champions League Last-16, First Leg; San Siro
February 16, 2022
Firmino 75′ (assist: Robertson)
Salah 83′ (assist: Van Dijk)
The Reds’ first big chance fell for Sadio Mane in the 14th minute, with Sadio Mane having a completely free header from an Andy Robertson free-kick; he headed over but should really have hit the target.
Inter immediately went down the other end and Calhanoglu rifled a shot against the bar from close range on the angle. A let off.
Mane attempted his second overhead kick of the game, this time hitting the side netting, with the No.10 heavily involved early on.
Both teams had chances, but neither side had broken the deadlock by half time. The ref ensured that by blowing for the break just as Salah was unleashed behind the Inter defence.
Half time: Inter 0-0 Liverpool
- Elliott makes Champions League debut
- Four subs by the hour as Klopp sought more control
- Two goals in eight minutes late on
- Second leg at Anfield on March 8
Inter started the second half the better side and should’ve been ahead early on when they opened Liverpool up on the counter but Perisic’s cross just evaded Martinez inside the six-yard box.
Diaz made an immediate impact and he almost found the opener when receiving a ball from Alexander-Arnold in a lovely move, but his shot was blocked.
The breakthrough arrived with 15 minutes remaining when Firmino glanced a perfect header off Robertson’s corner into the far corner.
Inter seemed to run out of legs and Liverpool’s subs had made the difference.
The lead was doubled with seven minutes to play when Salah fired home inside the box from Van Dijk’s knockdown off a free-kick.
It wasn’t an easy night, but it was never going to be against the best team in Italy. But Klopp’s subs worked to perfection, with Diaz hugely influential and, of course, Firmino scoring the opener.
TIA Man of the Match: Virgil van Dijk
Referee: Szymon Marciniak
Subs not used: Kelleher, Matip, Gomez, Tsimikas, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Origi, Minamino
Inter: Handanovic; Dumfries, De Vrij, Bastoni, Skriniar, Perisic; Brozovic, Vidal, Calhanoglu; Dzeko, Lautaro
Subs: Cordaz, Radu, Gagliardini, Alexis Sanchez, Ranocchia, Dimarco, D’Ambrosio, Darmian, Sangalli, Carboni, Caicedo