Reds sink Leipzig in first-leg UCL tie

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Liverpool claimed a 2-0 victory over RB Leipzig in their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first-leg clash on Tuesday evening.

Reds coach Jurgen Klopp made only one alteration to the side that lost 3-1 to Leicester City over the weekend, with the injured James Milner being replaced by Thiago. Meanwhile, RB Leipzig made three changes as Dayot Upamecano, Marcel Sabitzer and Tyler Adams came into the starting line-up.

Leipzig nearly went ahead as early as the fifth minute as Angelino’s cross was met by a diving header from Dani Olmo which came back off the post.

Sabitzer then tested Alisson at his near post before Sadio Mane headed onto the roof of the net, as both sides upped the tempo.

The Reds were almost caught out as Danio Olmo peeled away from Jordan Henderson only to miss the target from Angelino’s cross into the area.

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Alisson produced a fine save to deny Christopher Nkunku right at the start of the second half as it looked as if the home side would take the game by the scruff of the neck.

With 53 minutes player, Liverpool claimed an away goal after a woeful loose pass from Sabitzer and Mohamed Salah raced through on goal and slotted the ball past Peter Gulacsi.

Just moments later, it was 2-0. Curtis Jones’ long clearance caught out Nordi Mukiele, who slipped in his attempt to clear, allowing Mane to go clean through and he made no mistake with the one-on-one opportunity.

In the 80th minute, Angelino was played in down the left inside channel by Adams. He went for a first-time volley, but he shanked his effort badly wide of the target, as Liverpool will now take back two away goals to Anfield in the return fixture.