Real Madrid logically beat Liverpool on Tuesday night in the Champions League quarter-final first leg (3-1). While we were waiting for Karim Benzema, it was especially the young Brazilian Vinicius Jr who ignited the game.
Barça’s misadventures in the spring of 2019 will remind Madrid if necessary that nothing will be folded before the final whistle of the return match at Anfield. But all the same … At half-time in their Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool, Real is on track to climb into the last four.
This Tuesday evening at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium, this “training ground” according to Jürgen Klopp, the band of Zinedine Zidane quite clearly dominated the debates, and logically imposed itself against the disappointing Reds (3-1). But still alive, therefore, thanks to this precious goal outside.
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The Vinicius festival, the Alexander-Arnold nightmare
For a long time, on his home soil, Real seemed able to inflict a small correction on the English club. Better organized at the kickoff, more incisive, the Spanish team lit a few wicks. Until the spark. While we waited for Karim Benzema, irresistible lately, it came from Vinicius Jr. Sometimes capable of the worst, the Brazilian showed the best on a deep pass from Toni Kroos to open the scoring with a superb sequence of control of the chest, cross shot (1-0, 27th).
A blow to the head of the Reds, then a second, in stride. Inside since the start of the season, and moreover “forgotten” from Gareth Southgate’s last list, Trent Alexander-Arnold was guilty a few minutes later of a nasty receding header intercepted by Marco Asensio. Small ball stung over Alisson, 2-0 (36th). Add to that a new huge opportunity merengue (43rd), and you will understand that at the break, we did not give much of the skin of Liverpool.
An interesting quarter of an hour for Liverpool, and that’s it
Undoubtedly shaken by Jürgen Klopp, who also replaced poor Naby Keita in the 42nd, the English champion had the merit of reacting at the start of the second half. And even to reduce the gap when Mohamed Salah inherited the ball in the box on a blocked shot from Diogo Jota (2-1, 51st). For the first time in the meeting, the absence of the Ramos-Varane hinge – or the presence of the Militao-Nacho hinge – was felt. But the red improvement only lasted a quarter of an hour. Real put their foot on the ball, and fire the pair Phillips-Kabak. And Vinicius did his own …
In the 65th, the Brazilian took advantage of a nice pass from Modric to try his luck in first intention at the penalty spot and achieve the double (3-1), his very first with the A team of Real since his arrival at summer 2018. Often messy, or frustrating, regularly clumsy, the former nugget of Flamengo has always seen observers question his true level and his football IQ. This time he got everyone to agree.