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Sports News of Thursday, 12 March 2020

Source: goal.com

Partey's midfield consistency sees Atletico Madrid edge past Liverpool

Partey has been Atleti's stand out performer in midfield this season Partey has been Atleti's stand out performer in midfield this season

Thomas Partey was brilliant in an action-packed 120 minutes as Atletico Madrid claimed a 3-2 extra-time victory over Liverpool in the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16, winning 4-2 on aggregate.

Los Rojiblancos were 1-0 victors from the first leg in Madrid and had the difficult task of completing the job at Anfield.

Georginio Wijnaldum's 43rd-minute goal meant the game went to extra time, and although Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool the lead on aggregate in extra-time, Marcos Llorente's brace and Alvaro Morata's strike ensured the Reds Champions League title defence was brought to an early end.

Partey has been Atleti's stand out performer in midfield this season and he didn't disappoint again making 69 touches, 30 accurate passes (68.2%) and winning two of three dribbles.

It was on the defensive front Partey really stood out, winning 11 of 16 total duels and making four clearances, four interceptions and five tackles.

With a quarter-final birth sealed, the 26-year old Ghanaian, who has been linked with a transfer to some of Europe's big guns, will turn his attention to La Liga this weekend in an away trip to Athletic Bilbao.

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