Alejandro Moreno explains how Vinicius Junior was able to influence Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Liverpool (1:39)

Twenty-year-old Vinicius Junior scored a brace as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final in Madrid on Tuesday

The Brazil international’s 27th and 65th-minute goals sandwiched strikes from Marco Asensio and Mohamed Salah to give Zinedine Zidane’s men a big advantage ahead of the second leg next week

Madrid took the lead just before the half hour mark when a sprinting Vinicius pitted his chest and shot home from a sublime long Toni Kroos ball behind the Liverpool defense

The goal marked former Flamengo’s first in Champions League knockouts He also became the second youngest player to score a UCL knockout goal for Real Madrid at 20 and 268 days old, and the youngest since Raul in 1996

Madrid dominated subsequent rallies and doubled the lead thanks to a terrible mistake from Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who, during Vinicius’ run to a lobed ball to the left, had inexplicably played a ball on Asensio’s trajectory with only the keeper to beat

Asensio’s strike – a chip on Alisson before crashing home into an empty net – marked the fourth straight game in which the winger has scored in all competitions

Salah turned back a goal early in the second half when he came in from the middle of the box after a blocked shot from Diogo Jota fell to him behind the Madrid defense

Vinicius restored Real’s two-goal cushion in the 65th minute with a guided finish from a Luka Modric putt that went through a defender’s legs and Alisson’s hands before squirting

As Liverpool pushed on they couldn’t find another goal and will now have a steep slope to climb in the April 14 rematch at Anfield

“The draw is not over yet, Liverpool still have a great team and will do anything to win there so we have to get to the pitch like we did tonight”

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum criticized his side’s performance in the first half and lamented that they disconnected for the first two goals

“We played our own game (in the second half) and that’s why we scored Unfortunately they scored and that makes it more difficult We were hoping for a better result”

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Vinicius Jr hailed Toni Kroos as a ‘legend’ after providing the assist for Real Madrid’s opening goal in UCL’s 3-1 win over Liverpool on Tuesday

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