When Manchester United flop Diego Forlan dumped Liverpool out of Europe with Atletico Madrid
Feb. 18, 2020
Liverpool face Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night hoping for more success at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Last season they lifted the Champions League trophy after beating Tottenham but this time they face Atletico themselves in the last-16.
Reds fans might have fond memories of the new stadium but they will still have nightmares about the last time they played the Spanish giants
Supporters would have been wary of Diego Forlan when being drawn against Atletico in the Europa League semi-final in 2010.
The striker netted both goals in a 2-1 win for Manchester United at Anfield eight years before.
Forlan’s two-and-a-half-year spell at Old Trafford was unsuccessful with just 10 Premier League goals in 63 games.
However, he is fondly remembered by fans for his brace on Merseyside.
The song ‘he came from Uruguay, he made the Scousers cry!’ was affectionately chanted for him.
Facing Liverpool for the first time since leaving Manchester United in 2004, Forlan would have been keen to inflict more misery on them.
And he did just that.
In the semi-final first leg in Madrid, Forlan scored the game’s only goal with a scuffed effort which made its way past Pepe Reina.
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The 30-year-old, at the time, got his header all wrong, but the ball fortuitously landed at his feet and allowed him a second bite at the cherry, which he refused to waste.
Despite taking a 1-0 lead to Anfield for the second leg, many people fancied a fired-up Liverpool, managed by Rafael Benitez, to overturn the tie.
And it looked like Liverpool would when Alberto Aquilani levelled the tie with a first-time shot a minute before half-time.
It was 1-0 after 90 minutes, which took the game to extra-time when Yossi Benayoun put the hosts in the driving seat in the 95th minute.
His left-footed half-volley was too powerful for a young David de Gea to palm away as Anfield erupted.
However, Liverpool’s chances of reaching a third European final in six years were all but over when Forlan expertly turned in an Antonio Reyes cross on 102 minutes.
It knocked the Premier League team sideways as they were unable to create any meaningful chances in the second period of extra-time.
Despite winning the game 2-1, the Reds were knocked out by the away goal rule.
Atletico Madrid met Fulham in the final as a Forlan brace gave the Spanish club their first major European trophy since 1962.
Fast forward 10 years and Liverpool and Atletico meet again, but this time it is for a place in the Champions League quarter-final, in a game which is LIVE on talkSPORT .
Liverpool will hope another Premier League flop does not come back to haunt them in Alvaro Morata.
The Spain striker struggled in his season-and-a-half with Chelsea , despite a fast start.
Morata, who cost the Blues £60million from Real Madrid in 2017, netted seven goals in his first seven games for the club, but went off the boil in west London before moving back to Spain last January.
He joined Atletico on an 18-month loan deal, which will be made permanent on July 1.
Since returning to Madrid, Morata has scored 13 LaLiga goals in 32 games while establishing himself as their main man following the departure of Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona .
In-form defensive pair Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez will look to keep Morata quiet at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium and hope he doesn’t come back to haunt them like Forlan.
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