In a thrilling first-leg match in the Champions League last 16 round, Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 5-2. The game was an absolute spectacle, with both sides scoring some glorious goals as well as some remarkable defensive blunders.
Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard opened the scoring in the 20th minute, before Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah equalized in the 36th minute. Madrid then took control, with Karim Benzema scoring two goals and Marco Asensio adding one in the first half.
In the second half, Liverpool looked to mount a comeback, with Sadio Mane scoring in the 48th minute. However, Madrid’s defensive organization was too strong and they held on to their lead. In the 86th minute, Vinicius Junior added a fifth goal for Real Madrid.
Liverpool will now look to mount a comeback in the second leg of the tie, but it will be no easy feat against a very organized Real Madrid side.
In other Champions League news, Liverpool were given a huge injury boost ahead of their clash with Real Madrid, with star defender Virgil van Dijk returning to the squad. However, this was not enough to stop Real Madrid from exposing Liverpool’s right-side defenders and humiliating them in a 5-2 win.
Overall, it was an entertaining match that provided plenty of talking points. With the second leg of the tie still to come, Liverpool will be hoping to mount a comeback against Real Madrid.