Vinicius Junior masterclass allows Madrid to dream of a semi after beating Liverpool 3-1

Real Madrid has beaten Liverpool 3-1 in the Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.

 A brace from Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio’s goal give Zidane’s side a conformable advantage going into the second leg. Salah scored Liverpool’s only goal.

Madrid were 11 unbeaten since February and would have been confident going into the game having a good record against Liverpool. 

Madrid and Liverpool had only met seven times in the competition, with Madrid edging the head to head.

Liverpool were looking to salvage a season that had promised so much but delivered so little. The loss leaves Liverpool needing a miracle in the second leg.

First half

Modric felt he won a penalty after receiving a ball from Vinicius Junior on the edge of the box. Gini Wijanldum caught the Croatian, but it wasn’t enough to warrant a penalty from the referee Felix Brych.

However, the Spanish side did take the lead when Toni Kross found the young Brazilian Vinicius from deep. He found space with a neat touch on his chest to get away from Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips, with a lovely finish past Alisson Becker to make it 1-0.

Madrid were purring, and it was Vinicius again that would fire past Alisson’s far post. The Liverpool keeper had it covered.

The much-maligned Trent Alexander Arnold headed the ball into Marco Asensio’s path from a Toni Kroos pass. Asensio capitalised on the error by the full-back. Asensio dinked it over Alisson to make it 2-0 to the Spanish side.

Second Half

Liverpool started the second half more brightly than the first and dominated the early moments. Klopp’s men halved the deficit when Diego Jota’s flick to Mohammed Salah found the Egyptian in acres of space to make it 2-1. He scored subject to a VAR review, which was given.

Madrid would go 3-1 when Benzema was found from a throw-in. The Frenchman found Modric, who found Vinicius on the edge of the box.

The winger scored with some slack keeping from Alisson, which allowed the ball to go past him.

After this, the game fizzled out, with Liverpool offering very little to dent the Madrid rear guard for a second time. Salah’s goal was their only shot on target in 90 minutes.

Madrid goes into the second leg full of confidence. while Liverpool are back to square one after a brilliant performance against Arsenal last weekend

Klopp’s men have a habit of the unthinkable, but it will be hard to imagine Madrid not scoring in the second leg.

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