Champions League: Liverpool stuns Salzburg in seven-goal thriller


Liverpool: In a thrilling Champions League match, European champions Liverpool gave up a three-goal lead to Austria’s Salzburg before recovering to win 4-3 at the Group E match at Anfield on Wednesday.

Liverpool quickly took charge and led in the ninth minute with a goal from Sadio Mane. Left-back Andy Robertson made it 2-0 in the 25th minute. Salah then made it 3-0.

The Austrians pulled a goal back in impressive fashion, with South Korean Hwang Hee-chan scoring in 39th minute.

The Austrian champion, which hit six in its opening group game a fortnight ago, exploded out of the blocks in the second half to leave Liverpool’s Anfield fortress rocking.

Within 11 minutes of the restart, the deficit was down to one as Takumi Minamino unleashed a stunning volley into the far corner as the impossible began to look more than possible.

Klopp threw on a fourth forward in Divock Origi as he looked to retrieve the game and Salah secured the points for Liverpool in the 69th minute. Mohamed Salah, who scored twice, grabbed the 69th-minute winner for Liverpool after Salzburg, managed by American Jesse Marsch, had stunned Anfield with three goals either side of halftime to make it 3-3.

The win left Liverpool second in the group on three points, one behind leaders Napoli who were held to a 0-0 draw at Genk earlier on Wednesday. Salzburg also have three points after thrashing the Belgians 6-2 in their opening game.

The win takes Barca second in group F with four points after two games, the same as leaders Borussia Dortmund who won 2-0 at Slavia Prague. Inter have one point.

RB Leipzig lost 2-0 at home to Lyon, Zenit St Petersburg beat Benfica 3-1, Chelsea won 2-1 at Lille and Ajax won 3-0 at Valencia in other games.

Chelsea are third on three points behind second-placed Valencia who beat the Premier League side in the opening round of matches. Ajax Amsterdam top the standings with a maximum six points.

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