Liverpool supporters left fuming with Atletico's theatrics in first-leg defeat

LFC Globe
18th February 2020
Diego Simeone

Liverpool supporters were left unhappy with 's play-acting during Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat at Wanda Metropolitano.

The Reds succumbed to defeat in the first leg of their round-of-16 meeting against the La Liga side, with Saul Niguez bundling from close-range after just four minutes to give Atletico the .

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Atletico managed to execute their gameplan to perfection as they sat back and looked to keep Liverpool at bay. However, it wasn't just their defensive shape that frustrated the Reds.

Atletico vs Liverpool

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Diego Simeone's side were certainly looking to get under the Reds' skin as they went down at the slightest of touches to break up play. It would be no exaggeration to suggest the home side were diving in search of getting the rub of the green in tight situations.

With Atletico surrounding the referee in to get Sadio Mane sent off in the first-half, Liverpool supporters were quick to notice Atletico showing bad sportsmanship throughout the rest of the game.

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