Vinicius stars, as Real Madrid defeat Liverpool

Real Madrid will take a two-goal advantage to their second-leg tie against Liverpool after defeating Jurgen Klopp’s men 3-1 at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. Alisson was busiest of the goalkeepers in the game, as Real Madrid registered 7 shots on target, and restricted Liverpool to just one at the other end.

The hosts looked more comfortable in the opening 25 minutes of the game, as Benzema drew an early stop from Alisson, and Modric’s penalty claims were waived off by the referee. Vinicius gave Real Madrid the lead in the 27th minute by slotting home a half-volley after Toni Kroos picked him out with a precise ball over the top of Liverpool’s defence.

The hosts doubled their lead in the 36th minute through Marco Asensio, who slotted home from close range after Trent-Alexander Arnold’s risky header back towards Alisson was intercepted by the Spain international.

Liverpool’s defence almost gifted Real Madrid their third goal in the closing minutes of the half, as Asensio intercepted Kabak’s back-pass to Alisson, but saw his low shot cleared by the Liverpool goalkeeper.

Liverpool started the second-half with an increased tempo, and pulled one goal back through Mohamed Salah in the 51st minute, as the Egyptian slotted home his effort past Courtois from six yards out. Diogo Jota missed the opportunity to equalise for Liverpool, as the Portuguese headed just wide of the far post from a Trent-Alexander Arnold’s cross.

Despite Liverpool’s best efforts, it was Real Madrid who scored the next goal of the game through Vinicius in the 65th minute, as Alisson failed to keep out the Brazilian’s first time shot from a Modric pass. The hosts continued to attack and almost scored their fourth of the night through Benzema, whose low shot towards the bottom-corner was well saved by Alisson.

Liverpool dominated possession for the remainder of the game as Real Madrid looked content to sit back and defend deep. Jurgen Klopp’s attacking substitutions were nullified by Zidane’s defensive changes, and Real Madrid held on to win the game and take a crucial two-goal advantage into the second-leg of their Champions League quarterfinals.

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