EM – Report: Salah scores 100th league goal but Reds held in Brentford


James Carroll

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Mohamed Salah scored a record-breaking goal but Liverpool were kept 3-3 in a throbbing clash at Brentford Community Stadium against Brentford on Saturday night.

Ethan Pinnock gave The Bees the lead in the 27th minute when he knocked in the back post after a free kick by the hosts, but Diogo Jota leveled off shortly after with a close-range header from a cross from Jordan Henderson.

Salah’s 100th Premier League goal for the Reds gave them the lead in the early stages of the second half, making them the fastest player in the club’s history to achieve this feat.

Vitaly Janelt then headed forward to match Brentford in the penalty area after the ball ricocheted off the crossbar before Curtis Jones shot Liverpool forward with a stunning shot from distance.

However, Yoane Wissa would make sure that the booty was shared by taking in the closing stages of the Competition up close.

Liverpool made 10 changes to their midweek Carabao Cup win against Norwich City, with only Jones remaining in the starting XI. Elsewhere, Joel Matip returned after resting while Roberto Firmino was back on the bench after his injury.

On their first trip to Brentford since 1983, Liverpool began knowing they would after the home defeat of Chelsea against Manchester City on Saturday could build a clear lead at the top of the young Premier League table.

The Reds also tried to assert themselves quickly and were only a fraction away from taking the lead in the seventh minute when Jones stubbornly pulled the ball back in midfield, causing Jota to slip a pass for Salah to drive clean Avoid crossing the line.

But Brentford demonstrated why they have made such a promising start to life in the premier league in response . Ivan Toney threw a header well over the edge before Frank Onyeka caused more concern when he shot a shot over the bar from close range.

The Bees got even closer in the 11th minute, but Matip was there, to clear a shot by Bryan Mbeumo on the line after the first shot defeated Alisson Becker.

However, the home side would open the scoring at 27 on the clock. A standard routine resulted in Sergi Canos flipping over the gate by Toney so that Pinnock could knock in on the back post from a few meters away.

Salah found Henderson on the right in the room and the captain threw a flank into the center of the box, where Jota skilfully headed the ball into the corner to level the score.

The Portuguese striker was denied a second shortly after when Raya headed off his seemingly goal-tied attempt after Jones’ low drive had been deflected against the foot of the post.

The lively character of the encounter did not let up with the break – and Liverpool threatened four minutes after the restart when Raya had to claw a rebounding ball at the foot of the post after Henderson’s header from Jotas His knee had been deflected and deflected into the goal.

Still, the Reds were in the lead shortly afterwards – and it was a landmark goal for Salah, who ei A VAR check delayed the festivities, but it was supposed to be Salah’s 100.

It signaled the start of the teams’ trading goals at a time when the game was running swayed electrifyingly in one direction and the other.

First Brentford equalized when Pontus Jansson crashed an attempt at the corner before Janelt headed the rebound over the line.

Then Jürgen Klopp’s team took the lead back in a spectacular way when Jones hit the near post from 25 yards, the ball touching Ajer before it hit the net.

But Brentford would be replaced by substitute Wissa, who caught a loose ball over Alisson from a distance of six meters after a scramble in the penalty area All-time earned when Thomas Frank’s men took some of the points.


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