Real Madrid’s victory against Liverpool who will have to tiptoe through the first half but improved their performance after the restart. Sober, fluid in his game, with Toni Kroos as a pitcher and Vinicius in a trance, Zinedine Zidane’s men have beaten the former tournament champion two years ago. However, both the visitors leave everything open for the return.
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Threw a pinch visiting coach Jürgen Klopp in the preview of the clash by pointing out that it was a completely different match from all those his team had played to date, since he did it in a “training ground”. And it seems that this is how their players took it in the first forty-five minutes, like the typical game on Fridays before the League match. However, in front was a team that did know what was being played.
Real Madrid and Liverpool add 19 European champion titles Between both. And no, it’s not like that typical phrase like when We posted a photo on Instagram with Cristiano Ronaldo and we say that between the two of us we have five Ballons d’Or.
The maximum continental competition is dotted with remembered duels between both teams. The Anfield team prevailed in the 1981 final and the Whites did the same in the 2018 final. In fact, the Kiev clash has been frequently remembered by footballers. red in search of a motivation -if possible- for today’s crash.
If something marked the previous game it was the defensive casualties. With a Liverpool that has not been able to count on Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip to form their defense for months, Real Madrid has seen that in a matter of just a few days their starting central partner was not available either. First it was captain Sergio Ramos who was injured in the national team break and just a few hours ago it was Raphaël Varane who fell from the squad due to a positive for coronavirus. Without a doubt, quite a blow to what was ahead. However, it was the English who most noticed the absences.
Real Madrid shine in the first half
Focus of criticism for several weeks, Real Madrid has known how to step forward when they needed it most. The only Spanish representative in the maximum continental competition, and still alive in a League in which a good part of their aspirations will be played out next weekend, the whites came out today with the clear intention of dominating the ball and controlling the crash. In the meantime, Liverpool waited crouching, not being too energetic in that high pressure so common in Jürgen Klopp’s teams.
As the minutes passed, the clash was equalizing, although the Real Madrid game invited optimism. Those of Zinedine Zidane were sober, concentrated, confident. Toni Kroos disguised himself as Tom Brady to launch an absolutely sensational pass from his own field. A touch with the chest was enough for Vinicius to get rid of Philipps and go hand in hand in front of his compatriot Allison, whom he coldly executed. It was the 27th minute and Real Madrid struck first.
Vinicius had it back in his boots in the 31st but this time it was almost gone. Just a couple of minutes before a penalty was claimed on Karim Benzema that was not designated. Liverpool were groggy and just chased the ball like Floyd Mayweather’s rivals did when Michigan’s was dancing in the ring. However, the distance on the scoreboard was still meager.
And went precisely there where Marco Asensio appeared. Toni Kroos was once again exercising quarterback to launch a deep pass that the Liverpool defense could not clear in conditions. The ball fell at the feet of the Mallorcan who stung the ball to overcome Allison and riveted it on the line. 2-0. Real Madrid overwhelmed and Liverpool seemed incapable. Marco Asensio had the third in the 42 stop did not finish culminating and the party went to rest with two goals of advantage for the premises, after a first half in which they were clearly superior.
Real Madrid and Liverpool are two teams accustomed to success and that, regardless of the situation in which they find themselves, have that competitive gene that makes them enhance their qualities when the appointment is at a level. That Liverpool are not experiencing their best moment in the Premier League is evident. Currently located outside the positions that give access to the next edition of the Champions League, the still champion of the English competition has dropped several points if we compare it with the last two seasons. However, you should never consider a wounded champion dead.
7 minutes that open the tie
And Liverpool woke up in the second half. At least in the beginning. The visitors took a step forward as Real Madrid fell back. The whites went far behind and gave the field to the reds. Owner of the ball in the opening bars, Mohamed Salah took advantage of a lost ball in the area after a rebound to beat Thibaut Courtois when barely seven minutes had passed. It was the first English shot on goal of the whole game and it became the first goal.
The visiting goal awakened Real Madrid. The whites recovered sensations and returned to own the ball. Karim Benzema sneaked between the lines in attack and the pressure was once again effective to make it difficult for the British ball to get out. The fatigue was beginning to show and the gaps in defense were increasing in both teams.
Marco Asensio wasted a counterattack when he tried to give the goal to Vinicius in the 65th minute. However, the third goal was not long in coming. Just a few seconds of that play. Karim Benzema received after a throw-in, lowered it with his chest to give it to Luka Modric. The Croatian connected the omnipresent Vinicius, who disguised as Ronaldo Nazario adjusted the ball to the post to make it 3-1.
The last minutes were marked by physical wear and tear and the fear of conceding a goal. If Real Madrid scored, the tie was practically sentenced. If it was Liverpool, the English would have many more aces in hand for the return clash. Nevertheless, Neither of them saw the door again and everything was sealed with 3-1.