Tuesday night at Anfield, Real Madrid displayed class in a convincing 5-2 victory against Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 matchup. Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior each scored twice. Liverpool vs Real Madrid Football Match Highlights
Madrid won the replay of last year’s final, which was a thrilling contest. After falling behind 2-0, the 14-time winners scored five straight goals to virtually certainly advance to the quarterfinals.
After the game, Benzema said, “We dedicate this victory to our honorary club president Amancio Amaro [who passed away on Tuesday]. “This triumph belongs to him. We shown character and scored goals. This Champions League is what we desire. It was a great game.
Liverpool vs Real Madrid Football Match Highlights UEFA Champions League 21nd February 2023
That was an exquisite game. We got off to a bad start. After fifteen minutes, Real Madrid appeared. Always difficult is football. They got the game going better than we did, helped along by their supporters. We persevered till the finish because we felt we had to do more.”
Darwin Nunez’s spectacular flicked-on goal and Mohamed Salah’s close-range goal following Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’s ridiculous error gave Liverpool a two-goal advantage in a thrilling first half.
At the half-hour mark, the visitors made up ground thanks to Vinicius, who cut to his right in the box and curled a beautiful, low shot past Alisson to make it 2-1.
Alisson’s mishit pass out of the back rebounded off Vinicius, looped up over the Liverpool keeper, and slid into the net to tie the game before halftime. This was another horrific goalkeeper error.
Despite the sluggish start, early goals from Eder Militao and Benzema in the second half gave Madrid a startling 4-2 lead before the hour mark, quieting the Anfield crowd and leaving Jurgen Klopp bewildered on the sidelines.
The France forward picked up a pass from Vinicius, moved to his left past an approaching Alisson, and sent a shot into the upper left corner to cap off a deft Madrid counterattack. In this Champions League.
In this Champions League, “I’ve played very little,” Benzema claimed. “My team needs goals and assists from me. I did well in the game. Last season, I played in a lot of games, and at the World Cup, I hurt myself. Reaching your peak performance level is never easy, but I’m getting better all the time.”
Prior to the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on March 15, Real Madrid has all but eliminated Liverpool from the competition after the club allowed five goals in the Champions League for the first time ever.
In football, a lot of things may occur, Benzema stated. “We are moving in the right direction, but we need another fantastic performance in Madrid.