Champions League | Real Madrid beats Liverpool 3-1 in 1st leg of quarterfinals

Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring their team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final match between Real Madrid and Liverpool FC at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on April 06, 2021 in Madrid, Spain.   | Photo Credit: Getty Images

Vinicius Junior scored a goal in each half as Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Marco Asensio also scored for Madrid, which took full advantage of Liverpool’s defensive blunders in the first half to take a commanding lead ahead of the second leg in England.

Mohamed Salah netted the lone goal for Liverpool early in the second half before Vinicius Junior sealed the victory for the hosts.

Manchester City defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at home in the other quarterfinal on Tuesday.

Liverpool looked lost at the start of the match at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium in Madrid, unable to get a shot on goal in the first half.

Perfect pass

Vinicius Junior opened the scoring on a breakaway in the 27th after a perfectly timed long pass over the top by Toni Kroos.

Another long pass by Kroos — and a defensive blunder by Liverpool — led to Asensio’s goal in the 36th.

Liverpool complained of a foul by Lucas Vazquez on Sadio Mane just moments before Madrid’s second goal.

Close range

The English side improved after the break and was able to pull one back early in the second half with Salah finding the net from close range after a shot by Diogo Jota was partially blocked by Luka Modric in the 51st.

Phil Foden capped a fine Champions League display for Manchester City with a 90th-minute goal to secure a 2-1 win over Dortmund.

Ilkay Gundogan brought down a cross at the far post and laid the ball off for Foden to sweep into the net, after Marco Reus had equalised for the visitors in the 84th minute.

Kevin De Bruyne, pulling the strings in midfield for City throughout the game, scored the opening goal in the 19th minute after a flowing move and also sent in the cross that led to the winner.

Jude Bellingham thought he had equalised for Dortmund in the 37th but the goal was harshly disallowed for a foul on City goalkeeper Ederson, even though there appeared to be little contact.


The results: Manchester City 2 (De Bruyne 19, Foden 90) bt Borussia Dortmund 1 (Reus 84); Real Madrid 3 (Vinicius Junior 27, 65, Asensio 36) bt Liverpool 1 (Salah 51).

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