Club World Cup: Roberto Firmino extra time winner as Liverpool sees off Flamengo
Firmino’s 100th second goal secured a 1-0 success for Jurgen Klopp’s guys at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha Saturday to win a contest that had seen them beaten in preceding finals three days, including by Flamengo in 1981.
Star Firmino, that had seen an second half effort rattle the post, completed after a nice move involving Sadio Mane along with Jordan Henderson.
Flamengo may have equalized in almost the activity of the game, but replacement Lincoln blazed over from close variety.
However, overall, European champion Liverpool deserved after being awarded a 90th minute penalty in regular time its victory, which may have been secured earlier.
Because he was about to take mane looked to have been actuated by Flamengo defender Rafinha but on VAR inspection Qatari referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim overturned his decision.
Any sense of injustice felt by Liverpool was dispelled by Firmino’s clinical assault, receiving the pass of Mane before turning and twisting to beat Flamengo goalkeeper Diego Alves.
Firmino had also scored the winner at Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Monterrey , the Mexican aspect by beating Al Hilal on penalties when it finished 2-2 in time taking third at the contest.
Liverpool, which stays 10 points evident at the English Premier League, won its third party largest silverware of some 2019, having secured the Champions League and European Super Cup crowns.
After Wednesday’s semifinal as a result of illness sat out, Dutchman Virgil van Dijk had been welcomed by klopp and his side threatened to conquer the side with a start that was quick.
Firmino, Naby Keita and Trent Alexander-Arnold all came for Liverpool in the first six minutes prior to Flamengo left several threatening strikes and regained its poise.
Bruno Henrique, troubling Alexander-Arnold along with his blistering pace, watched an attempt deflected wide and the first half finished fitting Liverpool.
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But following the rest Firmino must have opened the scoring after moving clear and latching on to a different excellent Henderson pass, his attempt hitting on the inside of the post.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson left a nice stop from Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa until Alves tipped off a web -jump Henderson strike.
Then came the penalty controversy, referee Al Jassim leaving fans and also rescinding a yellow card for Rafinha.
Nine minutes an affair that was amusing finally settled to complete Liverpool’s global trophy haul to Sao Paulo in the 2005 Club World Cup final after two losses from lieu of the older Intercontinental Cup and another.
“We kept going until the end and got the goal in extra time,” said skipper Hendersonsaid
“We have found a way for quite a while now, some late targets. We only wish to continue to keep our feet on the floor and continue.”