Vinicius does not have a goal; until you have it. He becomes confused; until ordered. Contrary to the logic that persecutes those who doubt, the Brazilian seems to straighten up, to stand up, the higher he climbs, the closer he gets to the summit and the fall that opens up at his feet becomes more dizzying. Against Liverpool, in a Champions League quarter-final marked by fear of absences, after two years of disappointment for Real Madrid, Vinicius packed his best night, a function in which he was half tightrope walker, as always; half a killer, as almost never.
Liverpool's dislocation under Madrid's control was anticipated by his coach shortly before the game began in front of a television camera: “It's strange. It's a training ground, but we have to create an atmosphere in the locker room and bring it to the field, "said Klopp. And yes: they spread a few shouts during the warm-up round, while on the other side of the field the Madrid players completed their routines with more secrecy.
Real MadridCourtois, Nacho, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy, Lucas Vázquez, Casemiro, Modric , Kroos, Benzema, Vinicius Junior (Rodrygo, min. 84) and Marco Asensio (Federico Valverde, min. 69) LiverpoolAlisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, A. Robertson, Nathaniel Phillips, Ozan Kabak (Roberto Firmino, min. 80), Naby Keita (Thiago, min. 41), Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Mane, Diogo Jota (Shaqiri, min. 80) and Salah Goles1-0 min. 26: Vinicius Junior. 2-0 min. 35: Marco Asensio. 2-1 min. 50: Salah. 3-1 min. 64: Vinicius Junior. Referee Dr. Felix Brych Yellow cards Mane (min. 38), Lucas Vázquez (min. 48), Thiago (min. 55) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (min. 82)
The Alfredo di Stéfano is a training ground and not a training ground . It has also been the scenario on which Zidane promoted the team to its second League, that of the coronavirus, after a streak of 10 games won after leaving confinement. It is a field for training and also a breeding ground for talent that is reached by ascending a ramp dotted by huge replicas of the club's 13 European Cups. In the lower part, that of Paris, in 1956, won at the Stade de Reims. 1957, 1958, 1959 … Until crowning the climb that rests on the legend "Kiev 2018", the one they beat Liverpool.
A few drops of the atmosphere of a big night were sprinkled by the Liverpool players in their commotion of instructions from the first minutes. And they were completed by the shouts from the stands of injured Madrid players, usually silent until the last 20 minutes, last night excited from the first ball. That was the greatest reminder of the absences, of the vertigo that in the previous one anticipated the lack of Ramos and Varane.
Down, Nacho and Militão did not tremble neither their feet in the exits of pressure, nor their throats. Nacho ordered, Casemiro ordered, and Ramos helped from his seat: "Watch out, Mili, get out!" And also: “Air, air!”
The air was Vinicius, who allowed Madrid to alternate moments of tightening the nuts between shouting and shouting, of exits adjusted through passageways, with rides in which the whole team took air. After two or three attempts to pass precision to the limit of loss, Courtois, or Militão, or Casemiro, deployed plan b. What in American football would be a hail Mary , a bomb, against Liverpool was a "come on, Vini." The ball flew behind the back of Trent Alexander-Arnold and behind the ball Vinicius flew.
The plan relieved the whole network. A throw-in near the corner flag was able to move all of Madrid fifty meters forward, into a space created by the threat to the Brazilian's career.
It was not the only thing with which he tortured Klopp's team, which was not I saw the atmosphere of the European Cup that Vinicius did smell. The Brazilian also threatened inside the area, even from the head, with a good shot that narrowly escaped. Until Toni Kroos detected a runway for the attacker and launched a homing projectile at him. "Toni is incredible, a club legend, with a class … Nobody can play like him," Vinicius later summarized, who controlled the race between two defenders with his chest, managed to face Alisson and crossed it without hesitation . With an unusual certainty, but in which he seemed drenched. “The outsiders to speak. I always keep working. The teammates give me the confidence I need to score the goals we need, ”he said.
Asensio was also right shortly after, fourth game in a row scoring, a streak that he had not hooked for four years, an Asensio from another time. As Vinicius seemed like a Vinicius from another world when, already in the second half, he scored again, this time standing inside the area, between defenders, at the first touch. Four shots: two on goal, two goals. A relief that crowned shortly before being replaced by Rodrygo, when after a run-in with Alexander-Arnold, he returned the push without being daunted, which set Ramos on fire: “Very good, Vini, very good! You eat it, bug! ”. He had devoured Liverpool, yes.
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