Atleti end Reds' UCL title defence

UEFA Champions League

Liverpool 2-3 Atletico Madrid (2-4 aggregate)

Atletico Madrid's ended Liverpool's defence of the UEFA Champions League with a 3-2 triumph at Anfield on Wednesday night.

The Reds made two changes, as captain Jordan Henderson and Andrew Robertson both returned to boost the side while goalkeeper Adrian continued in goal in the absence of the injured Alisson.

Saul Niguez's early goal for Diego Simeone's charges separated the two sides in the first-leg but Jurgen Klopp's men finally broke their duck in the tie courtesy of Georginio Wijnaldum just before the break, to make it 1-1 on aggregate.

Niguez thought he had found the winner with an away goal for the visitors in stoppage time but his header was chalked off for offside and the sides went to extra-time.

Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 2-0 lead early in extra-time but Atletico netted an away goal minutes later through Marcos Llorente to level the tie 2-2 on aggregate.

Llorente equalised for Atletico and gave the Spanish side a 3-2 aggregate lead for his brace in stoppage time of the first period of extra-time before Alvaro Morate sealed a quarter-finals spot for Atletico with stoppage time goal.

Paris Saint-Germain 2 -0 Borussia Dortmund (3-2 aggregate)

Paris Saint-Germain over-turned a first-leg deficit to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time in four years with a 2-0 win Borussia Dortmund 2-0 the second-leg behind closed doors at Parc Des Princes.

PSG boss Thomas Tuchel made three changes, dropping Kylian Mbappe to the bench as a result of the French forward's throat infection although he tested negative for Coronavirus.

After a 2-1 loss for the French side in the first-leg, Neymar broke the deadlock for the Parisians just before half-hour mark to make to level matters on aggregate before Juan Bernat gave the hosts a two-goal lead just before heading to the break.

Dortmund were reduced to ten men in the last minute after Emre Can picked up two quick yellow cards from the same incident as PSG held on to book a spot in the quarter-finals with a 3-2 aggregate win.

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