Madrid hand Liverpool a ‘Real’ beating in Champions League Quarterfinal
The word expectation has a direct correlation with the word resurgence, doesn’t it?
When a team is showing signs of resurgence, their faithful automatically have an increased level of expectation.
Little did I know, how short-lived this resurgence would be, as the Reds were decimated by Real Madrid 3-1 at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Los Blancos’ second home.
As a result, my expectations were more than shattered!
To make my misery soar further, no side in all European competitions has beaten Liverpool more often than Real Madrid, currently standing at four, level with Benfica.
A record which would make all Real Madrid fans ecstatic, considering how we were bullied with the same score line the last time these teams met in the 2018 Champions League final.
So, with disappointment galore, lets dive into this gloomy evening for the Reds:
Careless Liverpool concede two in the first 45
Twenty-seven minutes into the first half and Real Madrid went one up courtesy Vinicius Junior who hammered the ball past his Brazilian compatriot and Liverpool keeper Alisson as the Madrid forward was fed by a brilliant long ball from the ever-reliable Toni Kroos.
This was after the effort from the German magician had split the entire Reds defence as they showed carelessness in abundance.
Minutes later, Madrid went two the good with another Liverpool error, this time from defender Trent Alexander-Arnold as he back directed a header straight to Asensio who made no mistake in lobbing the ball over Alisson and then deftly putting it in.
As time was called on the first 45, the score read Real Madrid 2 – 0 Liverpool.
A momentous comeback was the need of the hour for the Merseyside Club.
Mohamed Salah’s solitary strike wasn’t enough to rescue the Reds
Well, a comeback certainly happened, as the Reds scored one thanks to Mohamed Salah in just seven minutes into the second half.
The Egyptian got a lucky break from a Diogo Jota effort as the ball trickled towards him after it took a deflection off Luka Modric and the Reds striker made no mistake in putting the ball in. The flag stayed down much to the dismay of Madrid who appealed for an offside as Liverpool celebrated the all-important away goal.
Unfortunately, the celebration for the Reds would be short-lived as Los Blancos netted a third just minutes later. This made it a brace for their Brazilian star, Vinicius Junior.
This was after he was fed by a brilliant cross from Modric as the Liverpool defence just stood and watched.
As the referee called time, Zinedine Zidane’s team had trumped Jurgen Klopp’s side with contrasting emotions engulfing the two outfits.
Liverpool will bounce back at Anfield
Make no mistake, Real Madrid, you will be up against a wounded Reds outfit in their own den, at their own fortress. The place we call Anfield.
And when the Reds are wounded, the word lethal is an understatement.
I am quietly confident that Liverpool will trump Madrid in the return fixture with a 2-0 score line as the away goal will see us progress to the next round.
Well, this isn’t a prediction, it’s a spoiler for all you Real Madrid fans!
‘Unity is strength – Let’s Go Reds – You’ll Never Walk Alone!’