Tuesday April 6, 2021

A brace from Vinícius Júnior and the effort of Marco Asensio put the hosts in control of this quarter-final match

Vinícius Júnior scored in either half as Real Madrid took a 3-1 lead in their home quarter-final against Liverpool

Madrid were the most dynamic from the start and Vinícius Júnior warned of their intention with a wide header.The striker was not wrong with his next chance, shooting past Alisson Becker after hanging on to a raked pass of Toni Kroos

Another cross ball from Kroos helped set up the second, with Trent Alexander-Arnold’s header falling short of his goalkeeper, allowing Marco Asensio to cut the ball past Alisson Becker and tap into a empty net

Jürgen Klopp’s side improved after the interval with Mohamed Salah drilling off the bar to reduce backlogs, but their defense couldn’t hold back Vinícius Júnior, who swept his second goal to give at the Merengues a cushion of two goals before the return

“His actions have always created a danger His control and finishing on the first goal was perfect and so was his second goal” Ginés Meléndez, UEFA Technical Observer

What about Madrid and this competition? A few key players are missing, no problem They outscored Liverpool from start to finish and frankly they might have taken more than their 3-1 advantage at Anfield next week, such was the class chasm between the teams A brilliant and brilliant work by Zinédine Zidane and her boys

For Liverpool it’s a repeat of the scoreline from that 2018 final defeat in Kiev As then they will come home with regrets – their defense could have been better for all three goals A more energetic display in the second half -time brought an excellent team goal (from their only shot on target), but the third conceded leaves them plenty to do on Merseyside They’ve recovered from worse defeats, but can they do it without the Anfield factor?

Zinédine Zidane, Real Madrid coach: “It feels good and I’m very proud We played well but we had some difficulties at the start of the second half We knew we could attack on the flanks, their full-backs are really attackers and things went well for us in that sense, the quality of Toni was evident in the pass and Vinícius’ pace was there for everyone to see In the second half they had a shot and scored It’s hard to take but it’s football The ball fell in their way and that’s it These things happen I’m happy with the way my boys played “

Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid goalkeeper: “It was a good game for us, especially the first half We controlled them well and scored two goals The second half they started with intensity higher and got the goal, but we tried to stay calm and we got the third It’s a good position for us now, but we know Anfield is still a tough place to go “

Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson: “We didn’t start well There was room to play but we kept giving the ball cheap and we were punished for it We conceded two bad goals but then stabilized the ship a bit We started well in the second half, we recovered a goal, but then we opened the door at the back We did not deserve anything tonight but we have an away goal and we will see if it can be crucial but we will have to play better than tonight “

• This is the first time Vinícius Júnior has scored two goals in a game for Real Madrid

• It is now seven consecutive matches between Real Madrid and Liverpool in UEFA competition in which the team that scored the first goal continued to win

• Real Madrid have scored two or more goals in eight of their last nine UEFA Champions League home games

• Mohamed Salah has scored for the first time in four consecutive games in the competition

• Seventeen of Liverpool’s last 18 goals in all competitions have been scored in the second half

Real Madrid: Courteous; Lucas Vázquez, Éder Militão, Nacho, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modrić; Asensio (Valverde 70), Benzema, Vinícius Júnior (Rodrygo 85)

Liverpool: Alisson Becker; Alexander-Arnold, Ozan Kabak (Firmino 81), Phillips, Robertson; Keïta (Thiago Alcántara 42), Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Diogo Jota (Shaqiri 81), Mané

Madrid have the small business of a home game against Barcelona on Saturday with the two sides still in the mix for the Spanish title, while Liverpool host Aston Villa as they aim to move up to UEFA Champions spots League in the Premier League The return leg of this meeting follows Wednesday April 14

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Source: https://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/match/2029489–real-madrid-vs-liverpool/postmatch/report/