Luka Modric and Toni Kroos ran Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg towards Liverpool on the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano prefer it was 2018 once more. Goals from Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio noticed Real Madrid come away with a 3-1 win following an assured efficiency.
Real Madrid began on the entrance foot regardless of lacking first selection heart again pair, Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos. The first objective got here following a peach of a move from German midfield maestro, Kroos who noticed Vinicius Junior’s run between two Liverpool defenders and he performed an inch-perfect lengthy ball which Vinicius chested down and completed with aplomb to open the scoring. The dwelling aspect quickly doubled their lead after some dreadful defending from Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold. A protracted ball by Kroos was met by Alexander-Arnold with a diving header, nevertheless, his header set Marco Asensio away one on one with Alisson within the Liverpool objective, and the Real Madrid winger lifted the ball over the keeper earlier than bundling the ball over the road to make it 2-0 in a dreadful first half for Liverpool during which they didn’t register a single shot.
The second half started with Liverpool enjoying with extra vitality, and the late first half introduction of Thiago Alcantara for Naby Keita appeared to assist Liverpool maintain onto the ball higher. They finally pulled a objective again by Mohamed Salah after some good working from Georginio Wijnaldum and good footwork from Diogo Jota launched the Egyptian ahead to attain from contained in the field for a priceless away objective. The guests continued to push ahead as they created a lot of openings, however Real Madrid’s defence stood robust earlier than a 3rd objective successfully ended the match. Luka Modric acquired the ball on the sting of the Liverpool field earlier than jinking into the field and rolling the ball to Vinicius Junior who simply rolled a first-time shot past Alisson to make it 3-1 to Real Madrid.
Real Madrid would go into subsequent week’s second leg at Anfield the higher positioned aspect to qualify as they managed the tempo of the sport and picked up a snug 3-1 win. Liverpool’s away objective could complicate issues for the Spanish giants, because the English aspect are very formidable on their very own turf.