Vinicius tortures Liverpool in Real Madrid’s victory over the Reds in the Q final match
Posted On April 6, 2021
Liverpool has a mountain to climb if it wants to reach the Champions League semi-finals after losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in the first leg of the quarter-final in Spain.
Brazilian winger Vinicius Junior scored twice for Real Madrid in a match played at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium due to the work done at the Bernabéu.
Marco Asensio was also in the goalkeeper’s dazzling goal, as Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool hope with a goal outside the ground.
But the Reds have to be much better in the second leg if they are to advance.
Naby Keita, the Liverpool midfielder, started for the second time in the Champions League this season. It was one of three changes made by Juergen Klopp.
Keita replaced Thiago Alcantara, and Jorginho Vinaldum replaced James Milner. Diogo Jota’s extra pace was also favored by Roberto Firmino in attack.
Real Madrid’s defensive problems led to a partnership between Eder Militao and Nacho at the center of the defense.
Karim Benzema tested Alison with an early shot but the Brazilian was up to the task. Ferland Mindy was narrowly crossed with a header by Vinicius Junior at a quick start from the home side.
But Real advanced well in the 27th minute. Tony Crosse’s 50-yard pass was directed by Nat Phillips and Trent Alexander-Arnold and found Vinicius the bird, who dominated beautifully on his chest before overtaking Allison.
Then the spirited Vinicius watched an attempt to veer off target after a quick reaction to Real. Marco Incisio hit the resulting corner over the bar.
Trent disturbs his lines
Real deserved to double their lead 10 minutes before the end of the first half thanks to more lax in Liverpool’s defense.
Another simple ball just over the summit was directed at Asensio in the area by Alexander Arnold. The Spain star raised the ball over a rushing Allison before he hit the empty net.
Klopp was clearly angered by Liverpool’s tepid performance and switched from Keita to Thiago four minutes before halftime.
The Reds coach gained his pinnacle through his half-time conversation as Liverpool scored a away goal in the 51st minute.
A good pass eventually found Diogo Jota, who drove into the area before seeing his shot deflected into Salah’s path. There was still work to be done but Al-Masry managed to collect the ball into the net through the bar.
The visitors were clearly relegated, with Gota hitting a header far from an impressive cross from Alexander-Arnold moments later.
But Kroos reminded Klopp’s men that Real were still a threat when he hit the ball over the bar.
This threat was extremely “real” when the homeowners regained their advantage by two goals. That man was Vinicius again 25 minutes before the match.
Modric was given a lot of space in the Liverpool area and found the Brazilian, who made his first effort Alisson could not stop him.
Klopp introduced Sherdan Shaqiri and Firmino to Uzan Kabak and Goto calm nine minutes before the end of the match.
However, Liverpool failed to muster another serious effort on goal and will have to step up their match in the second leg at Anfield on April 14th to advance.