Real rattle Liverpool; Man City pip Dortmund

Real rattle Liverpool;  Man City pip Dortmund
Vinicius opened the scoring after controlling a brilliant Toni Kroos pass before slotting the ball past Alisson in goal.
New Delhi, Apr 7 (Reuters) | Publish Date: 4/7/2021 1:19:31 PM IST

Real Madrid’s 20-year-old forward Vinicius Jr delivered on the big stage and scored twice as his side punished a lackluster Liverpool to win 3-1 at home in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg.

The Brazilian fired the 13-times European champions into the lead in the 27th minute at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium after controlling a long diagonal pass from Toni Kroos from his own half which took the Liverpool defence by surprise.

Marco Asensio put the hosts further in command by scoring in the 35th after a Kroos pass again caused havoc among the visiting backline but Liverpool looked more settled after the interval and a scrappy Mohamed Salah strike pulled them back into contention early in the second half. But they failed to build on their momentum and Vinicius, who has a reputation for thrilling play but a lack of composure in front of goal, struck again in the 63rd minute, blasting past Liverpool keeper Alisson after clever combination play between Karim Benzema and Luka Modric.

Asensio missed a clear chance to grab Madrid’s fourth goal, while Liverpool threatened late on.

Yet the visitors were unable to find a second away goal to take back with them to Anfield next Wednesday and the game ended with the same scoreline as in the 2018 Champions League final.

Another 20-year-old Phil Foden shined as Manchester City grabbed a last-minute winner as they beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday after Marco Reus netted a late equaliser for the Germans at The Etihad. Early on in the match, Foden squared to Riyad Mahrez, who kept the ball in play at the far post before pulling it back for Kevin De Bruyne to clip into the net in the 19th minute.

Marco Reus scored the equaliser for the visitors in the 84th minute but Foden chipped in with a 90th minute goal to hand his team a thrilling win and lead going into the second leg.

Pep Guardiola’s side would have had hoped for a more convincing victory but after a night when they did not really hit their usual heights, they will take a 27th win in 28 games in all competitions and a slim advantage into the second leg.


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