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Real Madrid 2020-21 UEFA Champions League, Quarterfinals football match
Alejandro Moreno praises Real Madrid for being up to the Liverpool task after a stressful week.
Real Madrid knocked out Liverpool to reach the Champions League semifinals following a 0-0 draw at Anfield on Wednesday which gave them a 3-1 aggregate victory.
Before match, Liverpool issued an apology after Madrid’s bus suffered a broken window when an object was thrown at it en route to Anfield.
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Liverpool were hoping to replicate their comeback from two seasons ago when overturned a 3-0 first-leg defeat against Barcelona to reach the Champions League final, though on this occasion they did not have the Anfield crowd to urge them on.
Determined to get that early goal, Liverpool came out of the blocks quickly and Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum were guilty of missing good chances in the first half, while Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois pulled off some impressive saves.
A season-ending injury to Lucas Vazquez had meant Zidane decided to start midfielder Federico Valverde at right-back, who Liverpool had looked to target.
Madrid patiently waited patiently for their opportunities and Karim Benzema hit the post with a deflected shot midway through the first half.
Roberto Firmino could have done better with a close-range header from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross at the start of the second half as Liverpool continued to miss opportunities to open the scoring.
Jurgen Klopp bemoaned Liverpool’s performance in the first leg, a 3-1 loss in Madrid, which is where he said he feels the tie was decided.
“You always need the key moments,” the German said after the match.
“We didn’t lose the tie tonight, we lost in Madrid.
“It was uncomfortable for Madrid.
We were good, aggressive, had chances.
If and when is not interesting.
We didn’t score and then the experience of Real Madrid played the tie down.
That is ourselves this year with the finishing.
“We know how often Mo Salah finishes these things with closed eyes.
Tonight it was absolutely OK, but we are out.
“We love this competition and for other reasons it is very important we are back in it.
We can now concentrate on the Premier League and we will.
We have to work our socks off against Leeds.”
Zidane was happy that once again his team were able to execute the game plan perfectly.
“We suffered and we knew we would have to suffer tonight but we wanted to go through, we managed the game well, we had some complicated moments but we can be really proud of what we did tonight again,” he said.
“We suffered above all at the start.
“They played well for the first 15 minutes.
But it’s normal, it’s a Champions League quarter-final, with the score in our favour, we knew we’d suffer, but we go through and we’re happy.
“We’re all together, with everything that’s happening, the absentees and injuries we’ve had, the team is always there and it wants more and that’s good.
We haven’t won anything but we’re alive in two competitions and that’s what we’ll try to keep doing.”
The visitors, who have won the competition a record 13 times, restricted Liverpool to few chances in the second half as the expertly saw out the rest of the match.
They will face Chelsea in the semifinals.
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Man City beat Borussia Dortmund 4-2 on aggregate, while Real Madrid defend their first-leg lead to oust Liverpool.
Alejandro Moreno praises Real Madrid for being up to the Liverpool task after a stressful week.
Nedum Onuoha praises Man City for their complete performance across both legs vs.
Real Madrid knocked out Liverpool to reach the Champions League semifinals following a 0-0 draw at Anfield on Wednesday.
If Zinedine Zidane guides this particular Real Madrid side to Champions League glory after ousting Liverpool, he should get full recognition.
Manchester City came from one goal down to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on Wednesday night and earn passage to the Champions League semifinals.
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Real Madrid held serve at Anfield on Wednesday in the Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Liverpool, earning a 0-0 draw to advance 3-1 on
Real Madrid held serve at Anfield on Wednesday in the Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Liverpool, earning a 0-0 draw to advance 3-1 on aggregate.
Los Blancos will now face Chelsea in the semifinals.
It was a match where Real focused on defense but came close to scoring, while Liverpool looked like a threat for much of the match, failing to produce accurate shots.
But how did everybody perform? Here area our player ratings from the match:
Alisson — Goalkeeper
After a relatively quiet first hour Alisson did marvelously to get out quick enough to block both Vinicius Junior’s attempted chip and Karim Benzema’s follow-up.
There was little else for the Brazilian to do on a frustrating night.
Trent Alexander-Arnold — Defender
If last week showed his defensive limitations this game proved how effective he can be on the front foot, creating a fine chance for Georginio Wijnaldum with his direct running before a brilliant pass teed up Roberto Firmino.
His off-ball work also improved, a smart recovery early on setting off a move that ended with James Milner drawing a save from Thibaut Courtois, but late on he was guilty of just throwing too many crosses into the box.
Nathaniel Phillips — Defender
After a grueling first leg Phillips was impressive indeed at the back, winning whatever crosses came his way and passing the ball tidily.
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Ozan Kabak — Defender
There is certainly something about the Schalke loanee that makes you believe he could develop into a fine defender, his sweeping up of balls into the channels in particular was excellent.
An early exit was reflective of tactical considerations as much as his own performance.
Andrew Robertson — Defender
He struggled to really contribute in an attacking sense even as he held firm against Marco Asensio, although a flurry of chances created between the 68th and 80th minute looked to briefly be testing Madrid.
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Fabinho — Midfielder
He did just what would be expected of him, winning more tackles than any Liverpool player and hitting double figures for ball recoveries all while keeping the build-up play ticking over with 100 percent pass completion in the final third.
Fabinho built a solid platform for those ahead of him.
James Milner — Midfielder
One of the chief instigators of a far more aggressive press than the previous fixture, Milner was never more than a few feet away from the action and certainly left his mark on Casemiro early on.
An hour of hard running did not bring a goal with it but it set Liverpool on course for a far better performance.
Georginio Wijnaldum — Midfielder
Like Milner, Wijnaldum pressed with industry but the longer Liverpool hit their head against Madrid’s brick wall the more it felt that one of the two should have been left out in favor of the more creative Thiago.
In particular one would have expected this from the Dutchman, who so often comes up big on European nights but today was nowhere to be seen.
Mohamed Salah — Forward
Salah consistently got into positions to cause difficulties and the tie might have been extremely different if he had taken the game’s best chance in the second minute.
Later in the game those wasted opportunities seemed to weigh on him as he took too long to get efforts away.
A lively start from Liverpool and Mo Salah
Roberto Firmino — Forward
For much of the first half he was getting into the right positions without the ball coming his way.
Two early efforts in the second spoke to a player who has struggled to consistently convert on the biggest occasions.
No Liverpool attacker was more inaccurate with his passing in the final third.
Sadio Mane — Forward
A man on a mission from the outset, this was not the Mane who has struggled through so much of 2021.
He found Madrid’s weak spot in Federico Valverde and attacked it relentlessly, twice creating good shooting chances for Salah, though he faded notably in the second half.
Diogo Jota — Forward (sub, Kabak, 60′)
Not necessarily through his own fault, Jota’s introduction seemed to be a case of squeezing too many forwards into too tight an area.
He kept finding space but it was rarely in the sort of position to get a good shot away.
Thiago — Midfielder (sub, Milner, 60′)
He did not necessarily offer much to suggest he should have started from the outset.
That killer pass did not appear as Liverpool struggled to charm their way through the Madrid defence.
Xherdan Shaqiri — Midfielder (sub, Mane, 82′)
He drifted around neatly enough but offered little impetus late on. Rating: 5
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain — Midfielder (sub, Firmino, 82′)
Adding Oxlade-Chamberlain to the team did little to add the width and drives to the byline Liverpool needed late on. Rating: 5
Jurgen Klopp — Manager
His side started with the intensity and aggression that they needed, much of which stems from the manager, but ultimately his two changes on the hour only served to make Liverpool’s attack stodgier.
Thibaut Courtois — Goalkeeper
Liverpool’s accuracy was way off as he faced just four shots on goal out of 15 taken.
He did make some good saves through, including one on James Milner.
Also had to deal with 37 crosses but handled himself well. Rating: 8
Ferland Mendy — Defense
Showed off that speed to recover the ball 10 times, also had six clearances.
Did fairly well on his duels and was able to get forward.
Solid display. Rating: 6.5
Nacho — Defense
For perhaps being their fourth center back, boy has he really shown up.
Had a team-high 11 clearances, was good in the air and did very well to position himself. Rating: 8
Eder Militao — Defense
He did not deal with as much as Nacho, but when needed, he was there.
The former Porto defender was exceptional in the air when defending crosses and made some well timed clearances.
Also, no Real player won a higher percentage of their duels than his 80 percent. Rating: 8
Federico Valverde — Defense
Played out of position at right back and did just fine.
Got forward and created a team-high two chances as well.
In defense, his touch was exceptional to quickly deal with Liverpool’s pressure.
One of the most underrated players in the world. Rating: 8
Toni Kroos — Midfield
Sat quite deep, didn’t get the chance to create much, but his passing was fairly precise.
Had a shot as well.
Not flashy, but he did what he needed to do.
Luka Modric — Midfield
Similar to Kroos in that we didn’t see much of anything in attack from him.
His passing was a bit erratic at times, but he didn’t make any big mistakes that caused any damage.
Not his type of game, but all that mattered was going through. Rating: 6
Casemiro — Midfield
Lucky to not have seen a red card on an early challenge against Milner, I think.
Maybe I’m being harsh, but that was dirty and deliberate.
As for his play on the pitch, his tackling was far from precise, but he did come up with some big ones.
Also won over 70 percent of his duels.
The team’s biggest threat in attack, just like in the first leg.
He had the most shots with two, and they were decent looks.
Sometimes his was too fast for his own good.
Subbed off in the second half. Rating: 7
Marco Asensio — Forward
Fairly quiet, but that was with Liverpool dominating the chances.
Had a shot, created a chance but was hardly noticeable for the majority of this game.
Karim Benzema — Forward
Like most Real attackers, he didn’t have a lot of looks.
His passing though, especially between defenders to get the ball was, was fantastic.
He completed 87 percent of his passes and held up the ball very well to get his team forward. Rating: 7
Alvaro Odriozola– Defender (sub, Kroos, 72′)
Helped keep the clean sheet off the bench with some attentive defending.
Was stuck on his attacker in the box like glue, preventing dangerous low balls into the box. Rating: 7
Rodrygo — Forward (sub, Vinicius Junior, 72′)
Came on and recovered the ball a few times but hardly got comfortable.
Isco — Midfield (sub, Asensio), 82′
Late addition who didn’t get involved much.
Zinedine Zidane — Manager
Not pretty, but it was more than enough.
Real defended well, getting in front of shots and making things tough on this Liverpool side.
Encouraging considering across 180 minutes, they only conceded one while missing their first choice center back pairing.
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