The Champions League last 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Real Madrid is underway and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Both teams are vying for a place in the quarterfinals and the winner of this match will have a huge advantage.
Real Madrid have the home advantage and are looking to make the most of it. They have a makeshift midfield and striker Karim Benzema is off the boil. However, Liverpool have no reason to fear a ragged Real Madrid, as they have been playing well in recent weeks.
The match is currently in a deadlock, with both teams having scored one goal each. Liverpool opened the scoring with a goal from Mohamed Salah, while Real Madrid equalised through Vinicius Jr.
However, tensions were high in the city of Madrid before the match. Fireworks were set off in the middle of the night next to the Real Madrid team hotel, leading to speculation that the team might be affected by the distraction.
Meanwhile, ESPN and The Guardian are providing live updates of the match. Liverpool currently lead the tie 2-1, with goals from Salah and Nunez. Real Madrid could still turn it around, but they will have to do it without Benzema, who was substituted in the first half.
The Athletic is providing a detailed analysis of the match, while Goal.com is providing a comprehensive look at the match.
The result of this match could have major implications for the Champions League and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.