Champions League: Vinicius double puts Real Madrid on top against Liverpool

  • Vinicius Junior scored a brace, with Marcos Asensio on target as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 during their first leg quarter-final against Liverpool at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium
  • Mohammed Salah pulled one back for the English visitors shortly after first half before the Brazilian netted his second of the game 

Vinicius Junior scored twice as Real Madrid made Liverpool pay for more defensive errors on Tuesday, a 3-1 victory putting them in sight of the Champions League semi-finals.

Vinicius and Marco Asensio both profited in the first half after darting behind Liverpool’s makeshift back-line before a simple move from a throw-in gave Vinicius a simple finish in the second half.

Mohamed Salah’s strike shortly after the interval briefly made it a contest at Valdebebas, with an away goal certainly a significant consolation for Liverpool to take into the second leg at Anfield next week.

Toni Kroos attacked the defense and gave rise to the first 2 goals, the first by Brazilian Vinicius Junior at 27 ′ and the second by Marco Asensio, in the 36th minute taking advantage of a poor clearance by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Speaking after the match, a dejected Jurgen Klopp said:

“We didn’t play well enough, that’s my first concern,”

“We didn’t deserve to win tonight, but the good news is that there is another match.

“We are going to fight, 3-1 is not good, but we have a chance.”

Madrid were without Sergio Ramos, who throughout was bellowing at his team from the stands, while Raphael Varane testing positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday morning meant both sides were fielding patched-up back fours.

Before then, they go up against Barcelona on Saturday and this result, their fifth consecutive victory, should be another huge boost to morale going into what will be a crucial fixture in La Liga’s title race.