Atletico Defeat Liverpool To Clinch Audi Cup
Audi Cup Final Report: Atletico Madrid v Liverpool 02 August 2017
Audi Cup Final
Report: Atletico Madrid 0 (5)- (4) 0 Liverpool
Date: 02 August 2017
Venue: Allianz Arena
Atletico Madrid were crowned winners of the 2017 Audi Cup, after they defeated Liverpool 5-4 on penalties on Wednesday evening.
Jurgen Klopp opted to rest Mohammed Salah, Phil Coutinho, Alberto Moreno and Dejan Lovren.
The Reds looked threatening in the opening 15 minutes of the first half with Ben Woodburn squandering two good chances in the box.
After a quiet start in the encounter, Atletico took the lead after 33 minutes as Keidi Bare slotted home close range after Correa's initial effort was saved.
It was an evenly contested affair for most of the half, but Klopp's charges struggled to carve out chances for the rest of the stanza.
The second half got off to a quiet start, which prompted Diego Simeone to introduce Antoine Griezmann, Felipe Luis and Gabi on the hour mark.
Liverpool carved out a chance after 76 minutes as Divock Origi gained possession in the box, but fired into the side-netting.
The Reds were then awarded a penalty in the 83rd minute when Origi was brought down by Gabi. Roberto Firmino stepped up and converted the spot-kick.
1-1 was the score remained at the end of regulation time, forcing the clash into a penalty shoot-out, where Atletico triumphed 5-4 to win the cup.
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