Liverpool dumped from Champions League, PSG sink Dortmund
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Liverpool dumped from Champions League, PSG sink Dortmund

Defending champions Liverpool have been knocked out of the Champions League, losing 4-2 on aggregate to Atletico Madrid in the last 16 after a 3-2 second-leg defeat at Anfield on Thursday (AEDT).

In a tale of two goalkeepers, the La Liga side's Jan Oblak showed why he is one of the world's best by single-handedly holding the hosts at bay in the second half as shots rained down on his goal with the tie level on aggregate at 1-1 after Georginio Wijnaldum's opener.

Jan Oblak starred for the visitors.

Jan Oblak starred for the visitors.Credit:AP

By contrast Adrian, the goalkeeper who did not have a club in the summer and who was standing in for the injured Alisson Becker, had a shocking nine minutes in extra time with his error leading to Marcos Llorente's goal after Roberto Firmino's first at Anfield since last April had put Liverpool ahead in the tie for the first time.

The Spaniard then seemed slow to react to Alonso's long-range effort, which left Jurgen Klopp's side needing two goals in the final 15 minutes.

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For once Anfield could not deliver one of its famous comebacks as Klopp lost his first two-legged tie as Liverpool manager at the 11th attempt, with Alvaro Morata adding a third in the 120th minute.

Marcos Llorente (right) celebrates scoring Atleti's second.

Marcos Llorente (right) celebrates scoring Atleti's second.Credit:AP

In Paris, Paris Saint-Germain beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 behind closed doors at the Parc des Princes to reach the Champions League quarter-finals 3-2 on aggregate.

French champions PSG were bidding to overturn a 2-1 first leg defeat but had to do so without any fans after the stadium was closed as part of measures to tackle the spread of the new coronavirus.

Juan Bernat takes a throw-in for PSG in an empty Parc des Princes.

Juan Bernat takes a throw-in for PSG in an empty Parc des Princes.Credit:AP

World-record signing Neymar was heavily involved in the early stages for PSG and he broke the deadlock after 28 minutes when he headed home Angel Di Maria's corner.

PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas twice denied Dortmund's English forward Jadon Sancho before the French side doubled their lead on the night in first-half stoppage time.

Juan Bernat steered home Pablo Sarabia's low cross from the right to give Thomas Tuchel's side a vital second against his former team.

Roman Burki made a good save to stop Di Maria adding a third with a free-kick and Emre Can was sent off in the final stages for the frustrated Bundesliga side.

PSG fans were allowed to gather outside the stadium despite the government ban on gatherings of more than 1000 people.

PSG fans were allowed to gather outside the stadium despite the government ban on gatherings of more than 1000 people.Credit:AP

More than 3000 ultra fans gathered near the Parc des Princes before kickoff after being granted authorisation by the police – demonstrations being considered an exemption to the ban of gatherings of more than 1000 as French authorities try to contain the coronavirus, which has infected 2281 people and killed 48.

PSG made it past the last 16 after painful exits at the same stage in the last two years. They let slip a 4-0 advantage in a 6-5 aggregate defeat by Barcelona in 2017 and lost to Manchester United on away goals after beating the English side 2-0 at Old Trafford 12 months ago.

DPA, with Reuters

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