Liverpool ends AC Milan’s Champions League hope… this may be Zlatan Ibrahimović’s last major match as he turns 40

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Liverpool football club have successfully ended AC Milan’s hope of playing in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 with a resounding 2-1 victory at San Siro.

AC Milan were expected to beat Liverpool that have been enjoying a stunning unbeaten run in the UEFA Champions League campaign so far this season.

When the game kicked off on Tuesday night, Milan were looking like a team that could beat Liverpool and grab themselves a ticket to the next round of the tournament.

The effort of the Italian Serie A giants received a huge boost when former Chelsea defender, Fikayo Tomori gave the home team the lead in the 29th minute.

Unfortunately for AC Milan, they were not able to hold on to the lead for too long before Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah scored the equalizer in the 36th minute.

The home team returned to the pitch in the second half with the hope that they could turn things around in their favor and get the ticket to the next round. Even though the club’s veteran striker, Zlatan Ibrahimović played the full 90 minutes, they were not able to do much.

On the other hand, Liverpool ended Milan’s hope of turning things around after the club’s Divock Origi scored the winner in the 55th minute of the game.

Hence, AC Milan were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League campaign in the group stage of the competition.

Milan’s journey in the tournament ended after the Italian side recorded four defeats, a draw, and a win in 6 UEFA Champions League group stage games.

The Serie A giants did not even qualify for Europa League as they finished at the bottom of the group, a point below third place Porto, and three points below second-placed Atletico Madrid.

After the 2-1 win over AC Milan, Liverpool coach, Jurgen Klopp who led the club to win all their games in the group stage said he feels very proud of his team’s run in the competition.

“Very proud, especially because of the sixth game to be honest”, he told BT Sport. “We needed fresh legs, we needed the desire to play this game, which was really difficult in a hectic schedule we have. What the boys did tonight I couldn’t be prouder. It was an incredible game.

“The performance was absolutely outstanding, playing this game having 21 shots, so many situations where we played outstandingly well and defended with passion and good organization. So many good things I saw tonight and I’m happy.”

Liverpool vs AC Milan Champions League game might be Zlatan Ibrahimović’s last Champions League game

Liverpool ends AC Milan’s Championship hope…  this may be Zlatan Ibrahimović’s last major match as he turns 40
Zlatan Ibrahimović of AC Milan.

Zlatan Ibrahimović played all the minutes in the Champions League group stage game between AC Milan and Liverpool but was not able to make any difference.

The Swedish striker is currently 40-year-old and has less than 8 months in his contract with AC Milan which means that he might never play in the Champions League game if Milan fail to extend his stay at the club.

In Milan’s woeful Champions League campaign this season, Zlatan Ibrahimović made four appearances but failed to score nor provide any assist.

But in Serie A, Ibrahimović has been as superb as he can be. He has scored 6 goals and provided 2 assists in 9 Serie A games. His effort has helped Milan to remain top of the Serie A table with 38 points in 16 games, a point above second-placed Inter Milan.