Real Madrid take a two-goal advantage into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash after beating Liverpool 3-1 at the Alfredo Di Stefano this evening.
These clubs share 19 Champions League and European Cup trophies, but that statistic flatters Liverpool a bit.
More than two-thirds – 13 – belong to Madrid. Given a two goal first-leg lead, they have personnel who will not be fazed by circumstance.
Just as they were not fazed when Liverpool got an away goal here.
Having been utterly outplayed for 45 minutes, Liverpool started the second-half 2-0 down but looking a different team. Whatever Jurgen Klopp said had worked.
Goals in the first half from Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio put Los Blancos in command.
Mohamed Salah responded after the break for the Reds, notching a vital away goal.
Lucas Vazquez was booked for a foul on Diogo Jota and for the first time in the game the Spaniards were under pressure. And then Liverpool scored.
Georginio Wijnaldum fed a pass into Jota who shot was blocked but fell into the path of Mohamed Salah, whose sharp finish was his 27th goal of the season.
However, Vinicius fired home a second goal to leave Zinedine Zidane’s men in a position of strength heading to Anfield next week.
Real Madrid face another crunch game at the weekend as they face Barcelona in El Clasico on home soil.
Liverpool take on Aston Villa at home in their Premier League clash on Saturday.