Mohamed Salah broke two Champions League records and tied the third with his goal against Real Madrid
The match between the Reds and the Los Blancos was a true European night thriller. Even though Liverpool suffered a massive blow against Real Madrid last night, Mohamed Salah has now equaled a record with Didier Drogba.
After contributing to both of Liverpool’s goals (scoring one) in a 5-2 loss at home to Real Madrid in the first leg of their round-of-16 match on Tuesday, Mohamed Salah broke two Champions League records and tied a third.
Mohamed Salah ties with Didier Drogba
Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah both scored goals in the first 14 minutes to give Liverpool a two-goal lead at Anfield. The Reds were seeking retribution against Real Madrid after losing the final to the Spanish powerhouses the previous season.
In the fourth minute, Salah sent a wonderfully weighted pass to Nunez, who audaciously flicked the ball beyond Thibaut Courtois from inside the box. As a result, Liverpool’s Egyptian king recorded his team’s 13th assist in the Champions League, becoming the only player in the club’s history to accomplish that feat.
After Courtois, the Real Madrid goalkeeper mishandled a back pass with his knee in the 14th minute, Salah was given a wonderful opportunity to make the net ripple with a side-footed shot.
Salah registered himself in the history books
Along with former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba of the Ivory Coast, Salah has now scored 44 goals in the Champions League, which is a record for an African player. While for Liverpool Salah has scored 42 goals in the Champions League, and with his most recent goal, he has surpassed Steven Gerrard as the club’s all-time top scorer in this competition.
At this point in the current season, the attacker leads all other players with 8 Champions League goals. Thus, with this Salah took his goal telly of the current campaign to 19 in 34 games across all competition.
In a chaotic Champions League match, Liverpool gave up five goals despite Salah’s outstanding individual performance.
“We couldn’t continue the momentum. We played completely into their hands. At 3-2 it was the opposite. They became more confident and scored great goals. One was deflected. That’s how it is. It’s a strange one.”
In order to cut the seven-point deficit to the top four, Liverpool will now switch their focus back to the Premier League when they travel to Selhurst Park to play Crystal Palace on Saturday.