Real Madrid won the first leg of the quarter-finals with a comfortable 3-1 margin. The result was a repeat of the 2018 Champions league final as Madrid embrace their most challenging week of the season.
Liverpool’s dodgy defence came to haunt them once again as Trent Alexander Arnold looked all at sea against the Vinicius all night. The Brazillian winger grabbed a brace for himself as Asensio scored the other Real Madrid goal. Mohammed Salah scored an all important away goal for the Reds.
Vinicius Jr. proved to be the match winner for Real Madrid
Real Madrid dominated possession early in the game as Liverpool’s midfielders failed to make any impact on the pitch. The combination of Kroos and Modric played passes for fun and a Real Madrid goal looked a mere formality.
Vinicius Jr. opened the scoring for Real Madrid in the 27th minute as he was played on by a delightful through ball from Toni Kroos. The winger burst inisde and beat Kabak and Alexander- Arnold, finishing it with a sweetly struck strike past Alisson.
The lead was doubled in the 36th minute as an intended back pass from TAA found Asensio just outside the penalty box. The Spanish youngster still had a lot to do as he lobbed the ball past an onrushing Alisson and tapped it in into an empty net.
Jurgen Klopp made an immediate substiute as he brought off Naby Keita for Thiago just after the second goal. Liverpool came out a different side in the 2nd half and created a few chances just lacking the final ball. The moment came in the 51st minute when Diogo Jota played Salah on and the Egyptian found the net from close range.
However, Madrid restored their 2 goal cushion and Vinicius scored his second goal of the game. Luka Modric fed the ball into Vinicius’ path and he let fly a first time shot between the legs of the defender and Alisson failed to keep it out despite getting both hands on it.
Liverpool made a late charge for a 2nd away goal as Real Madrid tired towards the end of the match. It was not to be for the English side who have left it all to do in the second leg at home.
Liverpool need to score 2 goals to without conceding to progress to the semi finals of the Champions league. However, a single Real Madrid goal will mean they need to score 3 to send the tie into extra-time. The second leg will be played on the 15th of April starting from 12:30 A.M IST.