Real Madrid did not let Liverpool dream of a comeback
He real Madrid He completed the duel procedure against the Champions League like someone who goes to an exam knowing the answers to all the questions. The 2-5 loss in the first leg weighed heavily on the match at the Bernabéu in which Real Madrid once again was much better than a Liverpool who had no margin to dream of a comeback. He left the Bernabéu with a new defeat in a tie that he lost at Anfield.
He Liverpool, As it could not be otherwise with the 2-5 in the first leg, he came out with everything on the pitch at the Bernabéú and Real Madrid, as expected, with the only novelty of Camavinga by Tchouaméni in the defensive pivot, With the cards on the table, it was the turn to play and the two teams showed that speculating was not going with them. Liverpool because they couldn’t and Real Madrid because they didn’t want scares. The English team came out to press the white ball out to steal the ball as close as possible to Courtois’s goal and Real Madrid soon realized the British defensive gaps with that system. Thus, with cons, Real Madrid took control of the duel, although not entirely because Liverpool got oil from local defensive errors and the speed of their points.
The party entered a phase of continuous attacks on the two areas, with the Real Madrid genergizing much more danger. Ancelotti’s men had the goal very close, but Allison he made an incredible save for Vinicius and then touched the ball enough to deflect a Camavinga shot off the crossbar. The feeling at the Bernabéu is that it was closer to 1-0 than 0-1, but in the last quarter of the first half, everything changed.
He Liverpool he increased and improved his pressure when the ball came out of a Real Madrid that made many mistakes in that game. They went from the white chances to the British ones and if Allison avoided Ancelotti’s goal, Courtois He did the same with two shots from Darwin and Gapko that met in the Belgian goal. In the end, neither one nor the other team managed to score and the half-time was scored goalless.
He Liverpool He had 45 minutes to try the comeback and the Real Madrid, the same time to definitively close, if it wasn’t already, the pass to the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Despite the British urgency, it was the Spanish team that came out better after the break, moving the ball very well and with scoring chances that always fell by the wayside. Real Madrid generated a lot of football, but they lacked the efficiency they showed in the Anfield game.
Liverpool, for their part, tried again and again, but their dangerous arrivals in Courtois’s area were sporadic and thus, it was very difficult to achieve a comeback. Well, more difficult than it was at the beginning of the match with that 2-5 in the first leg. Klopp refreshed his attack and midfield, but it didn’t work for him either because his team still didn’t hit the key. Neither did Real Madrid, who missed scoring chances time and time again.
Until minute 79 came when Benzema scored 1-0. A play of errors, of bad controls, but that ended in a goal. Camavinga gave the pass to Benzema who controlled poorly, but it reached Vinicius whose shot attempt was bad, but from the ground he gave the pass to Benzema to make the score 1-0 in a game that ended with a row from the Bernabéu for a penalty that the referee, after going to see him in the VAR, did not point out. Nor did Real Madrid need it, which was far superior to Liverpool and now, the whites expect a rival for the quarterfinals in this Friday’s draw.
Courtois; Carvajal (Lucas Vázquez, m.86), Militao, Rüdiger, Nacho; Camavinga, Kroos (Tchouaméni, m.84), Modric (Ceballos, m.82); Fede Valverde, Vinícius (Marco Asensio, m.84) and Benzema (Rodrygo, m.82).
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Van Dijk, Robertson (Tsimikas, m.91); Fabinho, Milner (Oxlade-Chamberlain, m.73); Diogo Jota (Elliott, m.57), Gakpo (Carvalho, m.91), Darwin Núñez (Firmino, m.57) and Salah.
Goal: 1-0, m.79: Benzema.
Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany). He admonished Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp (72).
Incidents: second leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League, played at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium in front of 63,127 spectators.
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