The Real Madrid footballers won the opening quarter-final of the Champions League over Liverpool 3: 1 and repeated the same ratio of victories from the mutual final duel in 2018. Manchester City also succeeded, whose victory 2-0 against Borussia Dortmund was saved in the 90th minute by Phil Foden.
Before the rerun of the three-year-old final, the “White Ballet” had to significantly change its defense, as the absent Captain Ramos was joined by another defender, Varane, who had a positive coronavirus test a few hours before the match. But it was not known at the game of the Spanish big club and it was Real who had more of the game in the first half.
In the 13th minute, Vinícius Junior found himself in the first hopeful after Mendy’s center, but he headed next to him. Less than half an hour of play had passed and the 20-year-old Brazilian striker was already successful. This time he took advantage of Kroos’ great long-distance pass and didn’t give goalkeeper Alisson a chance. At that moment, he also became the second youngest scorer of Real in the elimination phase of the Champions League.
Zinédine Zidane’s charges continued to improve and forced a Benzema penalty after falling in the penalty area, but Judge Brych did not listen to him. Nevertheless, the home team increased their lead until the half. After another kick by Kroose, the defender Alexander-Arnold was wrong, who only unhappily found the approaching Asensius with the header and he delivered the ball into the net for the second time. The 25-year-old Spaniard scored in the fourth game in a row, while Liverpool collected two goals in the first half of the Champions League elimination round for the first time since the 2005 final match with AC Milan.
“Reds” did not shoot even once at the goal in the opening part, but in the second half they tried for a contact goal and they succeeded in the 51st minute thanks to Salaha, whose goal was confirmed by a consultation with the video referee.
However, after an hour of play, Vinícius Junior again thwarted further efforts to equalize, and he promptly finished after Modrič’s pass. Only Kylian Mbappé was the younger author of two goals in the quarterfinals of the Champions League in 2017. Real won the fourth match in a row against Liverpool.
In the end, Manchester City also won the victory on the home field. He entered the match with Borussia Dortmund well and after a quarter of an hour of play, Mahriz found De Bruyne with a quick pass, who opened the score with an accurate ground shot. It was the 18th goal of the “Citizens” in this year’s Champions League, without them collecting until then.
In addition, they could have increased the account a moment later, when the judge ordered a penalty kick after a Cana foul, but he recalled it after watching the video. In the second part, the “Citizens” had another chance, but Foden or De Bruyne failed and could regret six minutes before the end. After a pass from Haalanda, he leaned on the Reus ball and ended the 788-minute long bulletproofness of the Josepa Guardiola team in the Champions League.
However, the home team still managed to pull the victory to their side in the final pressure. After Gündogan’s pass, Foden hit the retaliation. It was City’s 17th goal in the set time in the Champions League match for the last 10 years.
Manchester City – Borussia Dortmund 2:1 (1:0)
Goals: 19. De Bruyne, 90. Foden – 84. Reus. Referees: Referees: Hategan – Sovre, Gheorghe (all Rum.) – Di Bello (video, It.). ZK: Can, Bellingham (both Dortmund). No spectators.
City: Ederson – Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo – Rodri, Gündogan – Mahriz, De Bruyne, Foden – Silva (59. Jesus). Trainer: Guardiola.
Dortmund: Hitz – Morey (81st Meunier), Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro – Bellingham, Can, Dahoud (81st Delaney) – Knauff (63rd Reyna), Haaland, Reus. Coach: Terzic.
Real Madrid – Liverpool 3:1 (2:0)
Goals: 27th and 65th Vinícius Júnior, 36th Asensio – 51st Salah. Referees: Referees: Brych – Borsch, Lupp – Fritz (video, all German). ŽK: Lucas Vázquez – Mané, Thiago, Alexander-Arnold. No spectators.
Real: Courtois – Lucas Vázquez, Militao, Nacho, Mendy – Kroos, Casemiro, Modrič – Asensio (70. Valverde), Benzema, Vinícius Júnior (85. Rodrygo). Sled: Zidane.
Liverpool: Alisson – Alexander-Arnold, Kabak (82. Firminho), Phillips, Robertson – Keita (42. Thiago), Fabinho, Wijnaldum – Salah, Jota (81. Shaqiri), Mané. Trenér: Klopp.