Liverpool Beat Flamengo To Win Club World Cup
Roberto Firmino’s goal was enough to win Liverpool their first Club World Cup at the expense of Brazilian side, Flamengo, on Saturday.
The Reds had to wait till the extra time to score the goal which won them the tournament in Qatar.
Firmino kept his cool magnificently to cap a brilliant breakaway and fire in the winner on 99 minutes, sparking wild celebrations from Liverpool’s players.
Liverpool had lost in the 1981 final of this competition to Flamengo and finished runners-up in 1985 and 2005 but, after spurning excellent chances at the start of each half in normal time, and then seeing a late penalty decision overturned by VAR, eventually saw off their South American opposition to make history.
Liverpool began the second half rapidly, as they had the first, and moments after the re-start Firmino had another glorious chance to break the deadlock. He flicked the ball over his marker in the penalty area but his shot into the ground came back out off the inside of the post with goalkeeper Diego Alves stranded.
Salah was then just off target, turning Alexander-Arnold’s low cross past the near post before Alisson was alert on 53 minutes to pull off a smart save to keep out Gabriel Barbosa’s firm strike.
Once again Flamengo were able to stem the tide before there were major concerns for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain when he landed awkwardly on 72 minutes with what looked like an ankle injury and was replaced by Adam Lallana.
Liverpool finally made the breakthrough in extra-time, though. Henderson released a superb pass forward for Mane, who spun his marker and squared for the on-rushing, unmarked Firmino who dummied both the goalkeeper and defender Rodrigo before firing home.