Seven-time winners AC Milan, playing in their first Champions League match in seven years, were given a rude 3-2 awakening at Anfield.
Champions League final match has been moved from Istanbul in order to allow English fans to attend but Portugal is still only allowing essential travel into the country from the UK.
The rejection from the global superstar is a public relations disaster for the Kingdom which is trying to find its feet as it diversifies its economy.
Europe's top teams will battle it out for the continent's most prestigious football prize - the UEFA Champions League - which kicks off on Tuesday.
The new home of Atletico Madrid and the Olympic stadium in the capital of Azerbaijan will compete for the right to stage the showpiece match in the continent's top club competition.
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