Salzburg beat Genk to set up group decider with Liverpool

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Salzburg, Genk, Liverpool, Champions League

Salzburg, Genk, Liverpool, Champions League

Salzburg thumped Belgian side Genk 4-1 away on Wednesday to keep their hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stage alive and set up a final game decider against holders Liverpool.

Two goals in as many minutes just before halftime laid the platform as third-placed Salzburg moved on to seven points in Group E, three behind leaders Liverpool and needing to beat Juergen Klopp’s team in Austria on Dec. 10 to advance.

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Salzburg, who lost 4-3 to Liverpool earlier in the group stage, would need only a low-scoring single-goal victory to finish ahead of Liverpool.

Patson Daka reacted quickest to a rebound to open the scoring in the 43rd minute and a low Takumi Minamino shot from the right made it 2-0 before halftime.

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Hwang Hee-chan then added a third in the 69th minute as he tucked away a cross from teenage striker Erling Haaland who got Salzburg’s fourth in the 87th minute to take his tally to eight goals in this season’s Champions League.

Mbwana Samatta netted a consolation for Genk with five minutes remaining.

But with just a single point from five group games, the Belgians will finish last and be eliminated from the European club competition.

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