We were finally able to experience the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals and they did not disappoint, because in total we were able to enjoy _ goals in the two games played today. Real Madrid received Liverpool and it seems that the “reds” decided to play at half throttle and they took 3 goals, while Manchester City continues its streak without conceding a goal against Haaland who could do little.
The Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium will continue to be the home of Real Madrid in this edition of the Champions League And although everything was turning dark for the “merengue” group with Varane’s positive for COVID-19, it was uncomplicated thanks to the Madrid attack. Benzema was not the protagonist as usual, but Vinicius (and we are not really kidding) came out with the hero flag.
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In a first time when Liverpool’s defense, more improvised than ever, it seemed that they did not travel to Madrid and Vini Jr. along with Asensio were in charge of scoring the first Real Madrid goals. In the second half, Liverpool tried to rebuild the road with a goal from Salah, but Vinicius returned to be present on the scoreboard.
Pep Guaridola in Champions had been a machine in defense and wanted to assert that condition, despite having an area predator in front of them in Haaland. The game, as expected, was controlled at all times by City and with goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Foden, they managed to take the advantage in the first leg.
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The goals of the quarterfinals of the Champions League
Real Madrid vs Liverpool: Both with considerable losses in defense, it seemed that it was going to be a goal party and in fact it was. Vinicius Jr. scored the first goal after an exquisite pass from Toni Kroos and better control by the Brazilian., with which he left the defenders behind and took advantage of Alisson’s departure to just cross the ball for 1-0.
The second goal of the match came through Marco Asensio and after a brutal error by Trent Alexander Arnold that left him the ball as a way to move it to Alisson and be alone in front of goal. In the second half, Liverpool discounted with Salah, who after a shot by Diogo Jota that could not reach the goal, but the rebound if the Egyptian for the punch and send the ball to the nets.
Real Madrid and its midfield that has conquered football did not go unnoticed in this game, after a play by Marco Asensio that could not connect to Vini, the ball went to a corner kick and there they gave the ball to Modric near the right wing and put a pass so that Vinicius will shoot from first intention and beat his compatriot Alisson.
Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund: Like most of the games played by City, they dominated possession of the ball and after an error by Emre Can, Kevin de Bruyne took the ball in midfield and drove to give Phil Foden on the half moon who sent a stroke that crossed the area for Mahrez and he returned the ball to the Belgian who started the play and also finished it in the small area.
Borussia Dortmund came out in the second half with sharp claws and had their prize, a triangulation beat the City defense and Haaland gave the assistance to Marco Reus to leave him alone in front of Ederson and cross the ball for 1-1 and the important away goal.
Foden ended the dream of Dortmund’s draw and scored the final goal to rescue the result, which saved Pep Guardiola’s potatoes from the fire with a terrible performance in the second half.
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