Vinícius Júnior scored a goal in each half as True Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 in the 1st leg of the Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Marco Asensio also scored for Madrid, which took total good thing about Liverpool's defensive blunders found in the first fifty percent to have a commanding lead prior to the second leg found in England.
Mohamed Salah netted the lone goal for Liverpool early in the second half ahead of Vinícius Júnior sealed the victory for the hosts.
The game was a rematch of the 2018 Champions League final won by Madrid, which since that time was eliminated in the tournament’s round of 16 2 yrs in a row. Liverpool received the title following loss to Madrid but was as well eliminated in the round of 16 last season.
Manchester City defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the home in the other quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Liverpool, which lately endured a run of poor results in the Premier League, looked lost in the beginning of the match in the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium found in Madrid, unable to get a shot on goal in the first half.
Vinícius Júnior opened the scoring on a breakaway in the 27th after a perfectly timed long pass outrageous by Toni Kroos. The Brazilian onward made a nice operate between Liverpool defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold and Nathaniel Phillips therefore chested the ball down before firing a minimal right-footed shot from inside area past goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
Another long go by Kroos - and a defensive blunder by Liverpool - led to Asensio’s second goal in the 36th. Alexander-Arnold attempted to clear the ball from Kroos but headed it across the area right to Asensio, who flipped the ball over the charging Becker and finished the move on the other side to push it into the open net.
Liverpool complained of a good foul by Lucas Vázquez on Sadio Mané just occasions before Madrid’s second goal.
The English side improved following the break and was able to pull one back early in the second half with Salah locating the net from close range after a go by Diogo Jota was partially blocked by Luka Modric in the 51st. The goal had to be verified by video review as a result of a likely offside by Salah.
With the target, Salah became the 5th Liverpool player to score in four consecutive European appearances.
Asensio, who scored in each of Madrid’s previous four games in every competitions, squandered the chance to increase Madrid’s business lead on a breakaway in the 64th. But one minute later, Vinícius Júnior didn’t miss his opportunity after a pass by Modric, finding the net with a go from near to the penalty spot.
Liverpool had kept four consecutive clean sheets abroad going into the overall game found in Madrid. It hasn't had five in a row in away games this century.
Madrid got the win despite the fact that its defensive problems compounded right before the overall game as Raphael Varane tested positive for the coronavirus. Captain Sergio Ramos had recently been ruled out because of an injury.
Coach Zinedine Zidane used reserves Éder Militão and Nacho Fernández found in central defense, and had to go away from a good 3-5-2 formation that he previously recommended to use in earlier games.