Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr. scored twice as they punished a sloppy Liverpool side to win 3-1 at home in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg match.
The 20-year-old Brazilian fired the 13-times European champions into the lead in the 27th minute; capitalizing on good close control to open the scores at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium.
This was after controlling a long diagonal pass from Toni Kroos from his own half; which flummoxed the Liverpool defence. Marco Asensio put the hosts further at ease by scoring in the 35th minute; again after another Kroos pass caused havoc among the visiting backline.
But Liverpool looked more settled after the interval.
A scrappy Mohamed Salah strike pulled them back into contention early in the second half.
But they failed to build on their momentum.
Vinicius struck again in the 63rd minute to repeat the scoreline of the 2018 Champions League final match.
The result thus puts Zinedine Zidane’s side in pole position for next week’s second leg at Anfield.
Meanwhile, Manchester City star, Phil Foden grabbed a last-minute winner as they beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in their 2020/2021 UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg match on Tuesday.
Foden’s goal was a saving grace after Marco Reus had netted a late equaliser for the German visitors.
Manchester City took a 19th minute lead with a classic counter-attacking move finished off by Kevin De Bruyne. This was after Borussia Dortmund’s former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can had given the ball away on the halfway line.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side then had a penalty kick awarded but correctly overturned by Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
This had come after a challenge by Can on Rodri.