Liverpool's chances of winning back-to-back UEFA Champions League title have taken a massive blow, as Atlético limited the Reds to three shots, none of them on goal. Moreover, their 1-0 loss gave one of their rivals a chance to extend one of the best unbeaten streaks in Europe, while also giving way for that same player to enter Atlético's record books.
A lonely goal by Saúl Niguez was enough to see Los Colchoneros handing Liverpool their third loss of the season (second in UEFA Champions League games), and while at it, the Spanish midfielder cemented his place in Atlético's history.
The player managed to score his fifth goal for the red-and-white side in KO stages of the European competition, leaving him in second place of the team's all-time list. Only Antoine Griezmann has scored more during the late stages of the competition, with six.
Added to that, Niguez extended an unmatched unbeaten streak whenever he scores. What are we talking about? Have a look.
The second leg of this tie is set to take place on March 11, and even if the Reds are quite capable of turning things around, it will take more than a smile from them to beat this quite capable defensive unit put together by Simeone.