A moment of madness from goalkeeper Adrian and an incredible double from Atletico Madrid defensive midfielder Marcos Llorente has knocked defending champions Liverpool out of the Champions League at the Round of 16.
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino scored in extra-time to hand the Reds a 2-1 lead on aggregate before keeper Adrian made a horrific gaffe to give the Spanish team an opportunity.
Adrian received the ball in his box and went for a pass through the middle of the field but picked out an Atletico midfielder.
The ball was passed to Llorente and the Spanish midfielder collected himself and curled the ball from outside the box around Adrian.
Fans couldn’t help but claim Liverpool goalkeepers were cursed after former goalkeeper Karius’ blunders in the 2018 Champions League final.
Liverpool are cursed... Their keepers don’t seem to understand how much is on the line— moayad (@UltimateCFC12) March 11, 2020
Oblak won the tie for Atlético.— SH (@Sennesation) March 11, 2020
Adrian lost the tie for Liverpool.
Adrian just had a huge brain fart— David Ethan Mathews (@david16ethans) March 11, 2020
Liverpool getting knocked out of the champions league and then the prem getting cancelled/postponed before they can lift the title. Imagine.— Reev (@TheReevHD) March 11, 2020
Liverpool about to exit the Champions League? 🤩🤬😱😱😱 pic.twitter.com/RbAhHQ2fcH— Nigeria Against Poverty (@9jaagstP) March 11, 2020
But the drama didn’t end there.
With Liverpool seeking a goal after falling behind on the away goals, a swift Atletico counter-attack ended their hopes of a comeback.
Spanish forward Morata picked the ball up on halfway and charged forward before squaring it to Llorente.
With no support, Llorente composed himself and hit a wonderful curling shot around Adrian to seal the tie and help Atletico progress to the Champions League quarter-final.
Morata then buried Liverpool with a brilliant one-on-one finish late into extra-time to send the travelling Spanish fans into a frenzy.
The tie finished 4-2 on aggregate. Atletico became the first team to knockout Liverpool since Real Madrid the Champions League 2018 final.
PSG advance past Borussia Dortmund
Paris Saint-Germain beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 behind closed doors at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals 3-2 on aggregate.
In the other last 16 clash reigning champions Liverpool were beating Atletico Madrid 2-1 in extra-time, but if the score remained that way the Spanish would club will advance on the away-goals rule with the tie 2-2 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.
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.