Real extend perfect start with Madrid derby win

A clinical Real Madrid extended their perfect start to the La Liga season when they beat city rivals Atletico 2-1 at the Metropolitano on Sunday.

Despite being second best for large periods of the first half, Carlo Ancelotti’s side were ruthless in front of goal as strikes from Rodrygo and Federico Valverde put them in a commanding position.

Mario Hermoso pulled a goal back for the hosts late on but they were unable to find an equaliser, with the defender sent off in injury time.

Mario Hermoso scored the reply for Atletico Madrid
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Mario Hermoso pulled one back for Atletico…

Referee Munuera Montero, left, talk to players during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid
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…before being sent off late on

Diego Simeone’s side started brightly and went close through defender Felipe and Yannick Carrasco but found themselves behind when Rodrygo emphatically finished the visitors’ first attempt on target on 18 minutes.

They doubled their lead with their next effort on goal when Valverde fired in from close range after Vinicius’s shot had rebounded off the post.

Atletico set up a grandstand finish through substitute Hermoso’s header seven minutes from time, before being sent off for a second bookable offence in injury time and Real held on to take the points.

Victory means Real return to the top of the LaLiga table on 18 points from six games, two ahead of Barcelona in second. Atleti are seventh, eight points behind their neighbours.

Juventus, Inter beaten | Mourinho sent off in Roma defeat

Monza's Christian Gytkjaer celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the Serie A soccer match between Monza and Juventus
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Christian Gytkjaer celebrates after scoring Monza’s winner against Juventus

Monza earned a surprising but deserved 1-0 home win over Juventus – their first Serie A victory of the season – as the visitors struggled after being reduced to 10 men.

Angel Di Maria’s return from injury was cut short after being sent off five minutes before the break after placing his elbow in Armando Izzo’s chest.

Juventus had half-chances in the first half but newly-promoted Monza smelled blood in the second half and pressured the opposition defence to make mistakes, while Massimiliano Allegri’s side tried to look for possibilities of a counter-attack.

Substitute Christian Gytkjaer became the hero when he slid in the winner from Patrick Ciurria’s cross in the 74th minute.

Roma coach Jose Mourinho will miss the match against his former club Inter after being sent off in a 1-0 defeat to Atalanta.

Mourinho was shown a red card in the 57th minute after going onto the field to remonstrate with referee Daniele Chiffi, who had awarded a free-kick to Atalanta rather than what Mourinho thought should have been a penalty for his side.

Mourinho became even more infuriated and had to be held back by a member of his staff.

Teenage defender Giorgio Scalvini scored the only goal of the match at the Stadio Olimpico, firing into the bottom right corner in the 35th minute.

Roma's head coach Jose Mourinho argues with the referee after received a red card during a Serie A soccer match between Roma and Atalanta
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Roma’s head coach Jose Mourinho argues with the referee and was sent off in their defeat to Atalanta

Udinese continued their strong start to the season as they recorded their fifth straight win, beating Inter Milan 3-1.

Nicolo Barella curled in a fantastic free-kick in the fifth minute to get Inter off to the perfect start but Udinese leveled when Roberto Pereyra’s free-kick went in off Milan Skriniar.

Udinese hit the post before Jaka Bijol headed in a corner with three minutes remaining and Tolgay Arslan made sure of the points in stoppage time with a diving header.

A brilliant header by Napoli striker Giovanni Simeone helped his side to seal a 2-1 win at AC Milan and return to the top of the Serie A table.

Simeone headed home in the 78th minute almost from the edge of the six-yard box following a superb Mario Rui cross.

Winger Matteo Politano had scored a penalty in the 55th minute following a foul by Sergino Dest on Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

Olivier Giroud fired in an equaliser in the 69th minute from Theo Hernandez’s cross.

Messi on target as PSG edge Lyon

Paris Saint-Germain opened a two-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 after Lionel Messi’s early goal earned the French champions a 1-0 win at Lyon.

Messi scored his fourth league goal of the season in the fifth minute to put Christophe Galtier’s side on 22 points from eight games.

Lyon, who have now lost their last three matches, are sixth on 13 points.

Union Berlin return to top of Bundesliga

Jordan Pefok and Sheraldo Becker scored again on Sunday to fire Union Berlin back to the top of the Bundesliga with a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg.

Becker set up Pefok to open the scoring in the 55th minute, then the Suriname forward raced clear to seal the win later on, giving Union a two-point lead over Borussia Dortmund after seven games.

CL round-up: Lewandowski frustrated on return to Bayern

Goals from Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sane helped Bayern Munich secure a 2-0 win over Barcelona in the Champions League to ruin Robert Lewandowski’s return to his old side.

Lewandowski departed the Bundesliga champions this summer and endured a difficult night back at Allianz Arena after failing to make the most of several chances in the Group C clash.

Barcelona's Robert Lewandowski sits on the pitch
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Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski sits on the pitch

Following a goalless first half, Julian Nagelsmann’s men turned it on early in the second period with Hernandez heading home Joshua Kimmich’s corner before fine play by Jamal Musiala set up Sane to fire home in the 54th minute to keep Bayern at the summit after two matches.

Sane in fine fettle

Bayern Munich’s Leroy Sane has been directly involved in nine goals (five goals, four assists) in his six Champions League home games since the start of last season, only Robert Lewandowski has more goal involvements at home in this time (15).

Edin Dzeko inspired Inter Milan to a 2-0 victory at Viktoria Plzen earlier in the day in the group.

With Romelu Lukaku still sidelined with a thigh issue, Dzeko stepped up for the Serie A side with a fine curled opener after 20 minutes and assisted Denzel Dumfries to wrap up the points in the 70th minute.

Bottom-of-the-table Plzen had already been reduced to 10 men by this point after Pavel Bucha received his marching orders on the hour mark.

Joel Matip was the unlikely hero to get Liverpool‘s European campaign back on track as his 89th-minute header secured a laboured 2-1 win over Ajax in Group A.

Liverpool's Joel Matip heads home the winner against Ajax
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Liverpool’s Joel Matip heads home the winner against Ajax

After Jurgen Klopp declared their 4-1 loss in Napoli a “horror show”, a response was required at Anfield and Mohamed Salah’s opener helped settle any tension but the Dutch outfit equalised before half-time.

Mohammed Kudus smashed home in fine fashion and it was Ajax who looked the more likely to grab a second only for Matip to head home a late corner to give Liverpool a vital three points.

In Group D, Tottenham conceded two goals in injury time to slip to a 2-0 defeat at Sporting Lisbon.

Harry Kane shows his frustration during the 2-0 loss to Sporting Lisbon
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Harry Kane shows his frustration during the 2-0 loss to Sporting Lisbon

Spurs were contemplating an evening of frustration as it looked like they would be held to a 0-0 draw in Portugal before things went very wrong in the final minutes.

Paulinho nodded home from a corner and then with virtually the last kick, Arthur Gomes sauntered into the box to put Sporting top of the group with two wins as Tottenham academy product Marcus Edwards impressed against his old club.

Frankfurt joined Spurs on three points after they claimed a 1-0 win in Marseille.

Jesper Lindstrom provided the breakthrough two minutes before the break and despite Matteo Guendouzi and Cengiz Under being introduced, the hosts suffered a second straight defeat in the competition.

Frankfurt's Jesper Lindstrom (center) celebrates after his deciding goal next to Marseille goalkeeper Pau Lopez
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Frankfurt’s Jesper Lindstrom (center) celebrates after his deciding goal next to Marseille goalkeeper Pau Lopez

Atletico Madrid were on the receiving end of a late show at Bayer Leverkusen in Group B.

The La Liga side had struck twice in stoppage time to beat Porto last week but saw Robert Andrich and Moussa Diaby net in the final six minutes of the encounter in Germany to secure a 2-0 win.

Club Brugge are top of the group after a stunning 4-0 victory away to Porto. Ferran Jutgla put the visitors in front with quarter of an hour played and Kamal Sowah, Andreas Skov Olsen and Antonio Nusa were on target in the second half to earn the Belgians an excellent win.

Napoli‘s game at Rangers was postponed until Wednesday because of limited police resources in Scotland following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

CL round-up: Lewandowski hat-trick in Barca rout

Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as Barcelona opened their Champions League campaign with a comfortable 5-1 win over Viktoria Plzen at the Nou Camp.

Franck Kessie headed the La Liga side in front after 13 minutes, before Plzen thought they had been awarded a penalty for a foul by Andreas Christensen on winger John Mosquera but the decision was overturned following a VAR review.

Lewandowski slotted in a second on 34 minutes, his sixth Barcelona goal since a summer move from Bayern Munich.

Jan Sykora had the travelling Czech support celebrating when he headed past Marc-Andre ter Stegen, with VAR ruling the goal onside.

Lewandowski, though, further extended Barca’s lead when he nodded in a cross from Ousmane Dembele during first-half stoppage time.

The Poland striker completed his treble in the 67th minute when he fired home a volley from the edge of the Plzen penalty area, taking his personal tally to 89 Champions League goals, with substitute Ferran Torres adding a fifth.

In the other Group C game, Bayern Munich won 2-0 at Inter Milan with an early strike from Leroy Sane and a second-half own goal from defender Danilo D’Ambrosio.

Leroy Sane had a hand in both goals as Bayern Munich began their campaign with a win
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Leroy Sane had a hand in both goals as Bayern Munich began their campaign with a win

Napoli laid down a marker in Group A with an impressive 4-1 home win over Liverpool.

Rangers‘ first game back in the Champions League group stage after a 12-year absence ended with a 4-0 defeat at Ajax – where the Scottish side were 3-0 down inside 33 minutes.

Tottenham opened their Group D campaign with a 2-0 home win over Marseille, who played most of the second half with 10 men.

Sporting Lisbon won 3-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt with second-half goals from Marcus Edwards, Trincao and Nuno Santos.

Marcus Edwards celebrated his first Champions League start with a goal as Sporting Lisbon thrashed Frankfurt
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Marcus Edwards celebrated his first Champions League start with a goal as Sporting Lisbon thrashed Frankfurt

In Group B, there was late drama at the Wanda Metropolitano as Antoine Griezmann came off the bench to score deep into stoppage time as Atletico Madrid beat Porto 2-1.

There was a lengthy delay during the second half as Porto midfielder Otavio was carried off on a stretcher after a collision.

Porto were then reduced to 10 men with nine minutes left after forward Mehdi Taremi collected a second yellow card.

Atletico thought they had won it when Mario Hermoso’s shot was deflected in at the start of some 11 minutes of added time, only for Mateus Uribe to equalise from the penalty spot following a handball.

There was, though, late drama as Griezmann – again brought off the bench just after the hour amid reports the club did not want to trigger a clause to buy him on a permanent basis from Barca – nodded in from a corner to spark wild celebrations from the home support.

Club Brugge beat Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 at the Jan Breydel Stadium with a goal from defender Abakar Sylla late in the first half after keeper Lukas Hradecky fell with the ball over the line from a corner.

Euro round-up: Raphinha scores as Barca beat Sevilla | Milan win derby

Raphinha scored his first Barcelona goal as the Catalans beat fellow LaLiga hotshots Sevilla 3-0 to move within two points of the top of the table.

The former Leeds winger opened the scoring for Barcelona in the first half and Robert Lewandowski doubled the advantage before the break, with that goal being the Polish striker’s fifth goal in four league games for his new club.

Barcelona put the result beyond any reasonable doubt five minutes after half-time with former Manchester City defender Eric Garcia making sure Xavi’s side continued their unbeaten start to the campaign with three wins and a draw in four matches.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid preserved their perfect start to the LaLiga season as they beat Betis 2-1 thanks to a second-half winner from Rodrygo at the Bernabeu on Saturday, keeping the defending Spanish and European champions at the top of the table.

Real struck first when David Alaba passed to Vinicius Jr with a magnificent long ball in the ninth minute, and the Brazilian raced forward and lobbed the ball over Betis ‘keeper Rui Silvas’ head.

Betis responded eight minutes later when Real Madrid academy alumni Sergio Canales smashed an equaliser in between Thibaut Courtois legs.

Real Madrid's Rodrygo celebrates as his side beat Real Betis
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Real Madrid’s Rodrygo celebrates as his side beat Real Betis

Carlo Ancelotti’s team fought back with a vengeance but missed several opportunities until they finally managed to break the deadlock in the 65th minute, when Rodrygo thumped home a close-range finish from a Federico Valverde cross. Real Madrid now top the table on 12 points, the only team to win all of their first four games.

Giroud and Leao help Milan win the derby

Two goals by AC Milan forward Rafael Leao helped the defending champions fight back from a goal down and earn a 3-2 win over local rivals Inter on Saturday in their fifth Serie A match of the season.

Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic scored his first Serie A goal of the season in the 21st minute after an assist by forward Joaquin Correa.

Milan, however, levelled seven minutes later through forward Leao, who slotted home past Inter ‘keeper Samir Handanovic after collecting a pass from Sandro Tonali.

Milan forward Olivier Giroud completed the comeback in the 54th minute with a weak but effective strike as it caught Handanovic unprepared, while Leao scored his second soon after by firing home in the 60th minute to extend the lead.

AC Milan's Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring against Inter in the derby
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AC Milan’s Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring against Inter in the derby

Inter did not go down without a fight and scored just seven minutes later through forward Edin Dzeko, whose strike bounced off the post and slipped in.

Milan top the table on 11 points after five games and travel to Sampdoria next Saturday while Inter, fifth with nine points, host Torino on the same day.

Bayern draw to surrender top spot

German champions Bayern Munich stumbled to their second 1-1 draw in a row on Saturday, coming away from Union Berlin with only the one point and dropping off the top of the Bundesliga table.

The Bavarians, who also drew 1-1 against Borussia Moenchengladbach last week and travel to Inter for their Champions League group opener next week, are third on 11 points, as many as Union.

The hosts, enjoying their best-ever Bundesliga start and looking for their first win over Bayern, were never intimidated by the champions and went in front through the league’s leading scorer Sheraldo Becker with a perfect volley at the far post. Their lead was short-lived, however, with Joshua Kimmich thundering a low drive into the far corner three minutes later.

Bayern Munich were held to a draw by Union Berlin
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Bayern Munich were held to a draw by Union Berlin

Bayern came agonisingly close to a second goal in the 37th minute when Jamal Musiala weaved his way into the box and flicked a sensational ball to send Leroy Sane through, only for his shot to be blocked by ‘keeper Riis Ronnow.

Union’s solid back line, the second best in the league behind Bayern, hardly missed a beat and held firm in the second half as the visitors looked for ways past it.

Union’s Ronnow ensured that with a sensational save of his own, tipping a looping Sadio Mane header over the bar in stoppage time to protect their point.

Mbappe scores twice as PSG down Nantes

Kylian Mbappe scored either side of half-time as PSG beat 10-man Nantes 3-0 to remain top of Ligue 1.

The France forward put the visiting champions in front midway through the first half, just six minutes before the home side saw former Manchester United full-back Fabio sent off for a dangerous challenge on Vitinha.

Mbappe doubled the lead nine minutes after half-time and Nuno Mendes added gloss on the scoreline. PSG are joint-top with Marseille but have a better goal difference.

Sanchez terminates Inter Milan contract | Marseille interested in forward

Former Manchester United and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has terminated his Inter Milan contract to become a free agent, with Marseille interested in signing him.

Sky in Italy understands the Serie A side have reached an agreement with Sanchez over severance pay on his deal which was originally due to expire next summer, and he will now be free to join a new club.

The 33-year-old joined Inter permanently on a free transfer from Manchester United in 2020, after a successful season-long loan spell the previous season.

He failed to nail down a starting place and was used predominantly as a substitute by Antonio Conte and Simone Inzaghi.

Alexis Sanchez celebrates his goal for Inter Milan
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Sanchez scored 20 goals in 109 appearances in all competitions for Inter

The Chilean won Inter the Italian Super Cup in January with a last-second extra-time goal to beat rivals Juventus 2-1, while also clinching lifting Serie A and the Coppa Italia.

However, Romelu Lukaku’s return to the club paved the way for Sanchez to be left out of Inzaghi’s squad.

Sanchez’s hefty salary proved to be a stumbling block for potential incomings like Paulo Dybala, who eventually joined Roma.

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Chelsea agree deal for Inter midfielder Casadei

Chelsea have agreed a deal with Inter Milan to sign Cesare Casadei, according to Sky in Italy.

The agreement is £12.6m (€15m) plus £4.2m (€5m) in add-ons.

The very last details between the two clubs are being filed.

The midfielder is expected to leave for England on Wednesday and then undergo a medical on Thursday.

Casadei is 19 years old and has not made a senior appearance for Inter.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from the 2-2 draw between Chelsea and Tottenham in the Premier League

New Chelsea owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital have spent their first summer in charge at Stamford Bridge conducting a swift overhaul in every department.

The ambitious US bosses have spent a league-topping £176.5m on new signings this summer, primarily on three first-team signings: Marc Cucurella (£63m), Raheem Sterling (£47.5m) and Kalidou Koulibaly (£34m).

Highly-promising young goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina has been signed and will remain on loan at Chicago Fire. Chelsea are also understood to be in negotiations with Barcelona over a deal for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while the quest to prise Wesley Fofana away from Leicester continues.

Everton reject Chelsea’s £40m-£45m bid for Gordon

Everton forward Anthony Gordon is wanted by Chelsea
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Everton forward Anthony Gordon is wanted by Chelsea

Chelsea also want to sign Everton forward Anthony Gordon but have seen their bid of around £40m-£45m rejected.

Conversations between the two clubs have been ongoing for a few days but the London club have now made their interest official. However, it is understood Everton remain uninterested in selling the player and a new contract remains on the table for Gordon.

An improved offer from Chelsea may well test Everton’s resolve, though, as Frank Lampard needs to add forward options to his squad before the transfer window ends and a potential deal would raise the finances to make that happen.

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Chelsea were linked with a move for Gordon last week but it was understood Everton had not received a formal bid at that stage.

Gordon has started both of Everton’s Premier League games so far this season, playing as a false No 9 in the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin as the striker recovers from a knee injury.

Gordon has made 51 Premier League appearances so far for Everton, scoring four goals.

It was his free-kick which led to Jarrad Branthwaite scoring an equaliser against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in December last year.

‘Everton cannot afford to let Gordon leave’

Anthony Gordon bundles a shot over the line but his effort is ruled out for offside
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Gordon’s effort is ruled out for offside against Aston Villa

Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher:

“It’s a lot of money [£40m] for a young player who is just coming onto the scene, but I don’t see how Everton could accept that. The position they find themselves in right now, lacking attacking players.

“He’s the one big hope for the club. The supporters aren’t deaf at Everton. They’ve lost their first two games and they know they’re in for a difficult season. They need attacking players to come in so there’s no way they can let him go.

“Especially with him being a local lad, he’s the one fans are hanging their hats on. I think it would have to be a lot higher than that if Everton are going to sanction that.”

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Where would Gordon fit in at Chelsea?

Tyrone Mings tangles with Anthony Gordon
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Gordon is lined up by Chelsea as a winger replacement

Sky Sports’ Karen Carney:

“There’s been rumours of Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech going so he’d be more of a like-for-like replacement for one of them. He’s young, he’s an English talent and that’s the sort of recruitment they have gone for.

“They want some young and some experienced players. In terms of getting in a recognised centre forward, he’s not the type of player or answer that’s been spoken about.”

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Liverpool through despite Inter loss | Salah: ‘Maybe we were overconfident’

Liverpool are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 2-1 aggregate win despite being beaten 1-0 on the night by 10-man Inter at Anfield.

Lautaro Martinez’s stunning strike just after the hour offered hope for the Italian champions but Alexis Sanchez was sent off moments later and Liverpool held on to progress.

The result ends an unbeaten run that extends back to last year for Jurgen Klopp’s side but they will not be too concerned by that – the hard work done in the San Siro proved decisive.

Player ratings

Liverpool: Alisson (6), Alexander-Arnold (7), Matip (7), Van Dijk (7), Robertson (7), Fabinho (7), Thiago (7), Jones (7), Mane (7), Jota (6), Salah (6).

Subs: Henderson (6), Keita (6), Diaz (6).

Internazionale: Handanovic (6), Skriniar (8), De Vrij (7), Bastoni (7), Dumfries (7), Vidal (8), Brozovic (8), Calhanoglu (7), Perisic (7), Martinez (7), Sanchez (4).

Subs: D’Ambrosio (6), Correa (6), Darmian (6), Gagliardini (6), Vecino (6).

Man of the match: Arturo Vidal

Simone Inzaghi’s Inter had been competitive in that first leg, conceding from Liverpool’s only two shots on target, and they produced another spirited performance here.

But it was Liverpool who came closest to scoring before Martinez’s goal with Joel Matip heading the ball against the crossbar and Mohamed Salah striking the foot of the post.

With that two-goal lead from the first leg, there was no need for Liverpool to force the game at Anfield and, with their offside trap keeping Inter at bay, it seemed comfortable enough.

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Jurgen Klopp made four changes to the team that beat West Ham but only two to the side that won the first leg in the San Siro. Joel Matip came in to partner Ibrahima Konate, while Curtis Jones got the nod alongside Fabinho and Thiago in midfield.

Inter had a comfortable preparation with a 5-0 win over bottom club Salernitana at the weekend but it was back to something like their strongest line-up with just one change from the first leg as Alexis Sanchez came in up front in place of Edin Dzeko.

Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez celebrates after scoring (AP)
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Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez celebrates after scoring at Anfield

That changed when Martinez beat Alisson from distance and suddenly there were nerves among the home crowd. Sanchez’s second yellow card soon switched the momentum.

The former Manchester United and Arsenal forward had been fortunate to only receive a yellow card for drawing blood from Thiago with his studs in the first half.

The foul on Fabinho that saw him sent from the field was not quite so bad – he caught the Brazilian on the follow-through after winning the ball – but the Liverpool boss was clear that it was the only decision the referee could make.

“If you can’t get the ball without endangering an opponent then it’s a foul,” said Klopp. “And he caught him badly. He was lucky not to get red for the foul on Thiago in the first half.”

There were no further scares for Liverpool in the final quarter of the game as they began to dominate a tiring Inter team with Salah somehow hitting the post for a second time.

Luis Diaz was also denied in stoppage time, but it was frustrating rather than decisive.

“These days can happen,” said Klopp afterwards. “We just need to be better next time.”

Thankfully for Liverpool, there will be a next time. Their Champions League adventure continues.

Liverpool's Sadio Mane is challenged by Inter's Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez (AP)
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Liverpool endured an awkward night against Inter at Anfield

Sanchez’s red proves costly

Liverpool were fortunate that Sanchez decided to dive in just when the away fans were believing that a remarkable comeback was possible. The hope for Inter ended there.

The Chilean had been a slightly surprising inclusion ahead of Edin Dzeko but the logic looked sound for much of the first half with his movement testing the Liverpool backline.

But the foul on Thiago was a wretched one with a yellow card the least he deserved for the offence and that really should have had Sanchez – and his coach – on red alert.

Instead, he caught Fabinho and what followed was inevitable, much to the delight of the home fans. Matches hinge on moments and this one swung the tie back towards Liverpool.

Liverpool’s surprise defeat

Liverpool suffered their first home defeat in 29 matches across all competitions since losing to Fulham over a year ago in March 2021

Were Liverpool overconfident?

“Maybe at the back of our mind we felt overconfident at the moment,” Salah told BT Sport when asked about the reasons for the reversal after such a good run of results.

“We lose a game. Maybe that will give us a little bit of a push,” said Salah.

If that is the case then, in a slightly curious way, perhaps this was the perfect scenario for Klopp because it serves as a useful reminder to his team without halting their progress.

“If there is a game we can lose then this was the one,” added Klopp. “Clearly, I’m not over the moon, but we are through and deserve to be.”

When is the Champions League draw?

The Champions League quarter-final draw will take place on Friday, March 18 at 11am UK time, with the balls being drawn out at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. The semi-finals will be drawn at the same time, meaning clubs and fans can plot out their potential route to the Paris final.

You will be able to follow the draw across Sky Sports’ digital platforms.

What’s next for Liverpool?

Liverpool return to Premier League action on Saturday when they travel to Brighton; kick-off 12.30pm. Jurgen Klopp’s side can close the gap on leaders Manchester City to three points before the champions face Crystal Palace on Monday Night Football, live on Sky Sports.

Klopp: Sanchez lucky to be on pitch by time of red card

Jurgen Klopp said Alexis Sanchez was lucky to be on the pitch when he received his second-half red card as Liverpool saw off Inter to progress in the Champions League.

Sanchez was shown a second yellow card by referee Mateu Lahoz for catching Fabinho with his follow-through moments after Lautaro Martinez had fired Inter back into the last-16 tie with a thunderbolt effort to reduce the Serie A side’s deficit to 2-1 on aggregate at Anfield.

The Chilean was incensed by the decision and refused to leave the field for several moments and Inter coach Massimiliano Farris was sent off during the ensuing aggravation, but Klopp said Sanchez was lucky to be on the pitch at all by the time of his dismissal – having earlier only seen yellow for a knee-high challenge on Thiago Alcantara.

He said: “I don’t understand why we have to discuss the red card. If you can win the ball only, if you endanger an opponent when you do it, then you don’t win the ball. If Fabinho goes in with the same intention, with the leg out, then both players get injured.

“I think he was lucky he hadn’t got a red card in the first half, going in so high on Thiago onto his knee. Passion is good, absolutely good, but if it leads to these kind of things then it doesn’t help.”

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Alexis Sanchez was sent off for a second bookable offence two minutes after Lautaro Martinez had given Inter Milan hope at Liverpool

The defeat ended Liverpool’s run of 12 consecutive wins and although Klopp admitted he was unhappy to see the streak come to an end, he was in philosophical mood as he mused on where the Reds can afford to be beaten.

In spite of the result, the German felt the scoreline could easily have been different had his side taken a proportion of their clear-cut chances, with Joel Matip denied by the woodwork and Mo Salah also hitting both posts.

“The art of football is to lose the right games – I still hate it, but if there was any game to lose, it was tonight because the main target is to go through and we’ve done that,” he said.

“It’s not that I’m over the moon, I’m happy we went through because when we saw the draw, we thought it was a tough one, and we deserved it over the two legs.

Liverpool's Joel Matip sees his header hit the bar
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Joel Matip’s header was the first of three times Liverpool struck the woodwork against Inter Milan

“We had some difficulties, one of those is the quality of the opponent, they are a really good team. But we still had our chances, and didn’t score. I didn’t like our counter-press, when we lost the ball we had to chase the situation and that was not exactly how I wanted it.

“But in the end, you have to respect the quality of the opponent. And had we used our chances we still could have won the game.”

Salah: Maybe we were overconfident

Jurgen Klopp remonstrates with the official during Liverpool's 1-0 defeat to Inter Milan
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Jurgen Klopp remonstrates with the official during Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to Inter Milan

Mo Salah suggested Liverpool may have been complacent going into the second leg of the last-16 tie, having secured a 2-0 lead in the first leg at the San Siro, and said his side would learn from their first defeat since December to bounce back in the title race.

He told BT Sport: “We lost a game that has maybe given us a bit more of a push. Maybe in the back of our mind, we were overconfident, it’s a good game to take that in, learn from and carry on.

“It’s always important to win, but sometimes like tonight, we hit the post three times, missed a lot of chances, but it can happen. But it’s not in the league, and we have qualified.

“We struggled from the beginning, but the most important thing is that we qualified. I hit the post twice, but it’s one of those things. Maybe in the next game, I can score three goals.

“I don’t mind so much with the team qualifying, and that’s the most important thing.”

Inzaghi more upset about home defeat than Sanchez red

Alexis Sanchez was shown a red card only two minutes after Lautaro Martinez had fired Inter Milan back into the last-16 tie
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Alexis Sanchez was shown a red card only two minutes after Lautaro Martinez had fired Inter Milan back into the last-16 tie

Inter Milan boss Simone Inzaghi repeatedly ignored questions about the legitimacy of Sanchez’s red card and instead focused on what he felt was an unjust first-leg defeat at the San Siro which led to his side’s elimination from this season’s Champions League.

He said: “We were very bitter about what happened at the San Siro; over the two games we were the equals of a really strong team in Liverpool.

“We knocked them back when we scored our goal, but then Sanchez got sent off and we saw what happened.

“We’ve got to this stage for the first time in about 11 years, we played against possibly the best team in Europe and were their equals. We put in two very good performances, and sometimes it just takes a single episode to take the course of a game.

“This evening we played well, in the second half we began to get the upper hand, scored a goal and then Sanchez was sent off. I’m more bitter about what happened in the San Siro than tonight.

“We feel upset about having a player sent off just when we were getting the upper hand in the game.”

When is the Champions League quarter-final draw?

The UEFA Champions League trophy on display in the ground during a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League final, at the Estadio do Dragao, Portugal. Picture date: Friday May 28, 2021.
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The draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Champions League take place on March 18

The Champions League quarter-final draw will take place on Friday, March 18 at 11am UK time, with the balls being drawn out at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

The semi-finals will be drawn at the same time, meaning clubs and fans can plot out their potential route to the Paris final.

Liverpool 0-1 Inter Milan (agg 2-1) commentary

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  • L Martínez (61st minute)
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