Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final. Vinicius Junior scored two goals and Marco Asensi scored one. Mohamed Salah scored for Liverpool.
Luka Modrić played the full 90 minutes and assisted Real’s third goal in the 65th minute. You can see Vinicius’ help here.
Real Madrid defeated Liverpool in the first half. They have the upper hand in the midfield and they will not allow Liverpool to suffer any blows or any danger. Their game plan was well done and they forced Vinicius to use a long ball on the left to block his speed next to the very slow Phillips. Both goals fall on that side.
First, in the 27th minute, Kroos hired Vinicius to get a good long pass, who caught the ball and pushed it past Alisson, who had no chance. After only 9 minutes, Real increased to 2:0 in a similar way. Kroos made a long ball towards Vinicius. This time Arnold was more cautious and managed to cut in, but in fact, he did worse when he led the ball towards Asensio, he himself exploded in front of Alisson and scored.
Interestingly, this is the first time Liverpool have not shot in the first half of the Champions League game since November 2014. Their opponent at the time was also Royal, winning 1-0.
Liverpool reduced through Salah in the 51st minute. The pass to the side opened the defense and allowed Wijnaldum to score. The ball bounced back to Salah, who reduced Real’s advantage from 100%. At first, the Egyptian seemed to be in the backcourt and VAR was reviewing the situation, but Vazquez fell asleep on the other side, leaving the Liverpool forward in his allowed position.
In the second half, Jurgen Klopp’s teams were more equal, but Real also had a chance. Vinicius took advantage of an advantage in the 65th minute and scored the second goal of the game. Benzema joined Modric, who rushed into the Liverpool penalty area and provided Vinicius with an opportunity. The Brazilian shot from the first shot, Alisson was covered and did not see a good ball, but in this case he could definitely react better because the shot was very close to him. He touched the ball, but did not defend. For Vinicius, this is the first time he has scored two goals in a game in a Royal jersey. He has played for them 106 times.
By the end of the game, Real slowed down and withdrew from the game. Liverpool did not take advantage of this advantage and did not create any major opportunities.
Real Madrid will of course be happy with the victory. They have taken a big step towards the Champions League semi-finals, but everything is not over yet, and Liverpool also has a realistic chance of passing. For this, at Anfield, they still have to be better than they are on the Alfredo di Stefano stadium today.