Real Madrid were successful in thwarting their quarterfinal opponents in the first leg of the Champions League, thanks to a cogent display.

Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in the first leg of their quarterfinal tie in the Champions League to take a much-deserved advantage at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium. An emphatic performance from the 13-time European champions keeps them just 90 minutes away from progressing into the semi-final for the first time since 2018.

Vinicius Junior opened the scoring for the Whites after chasing down a sublime long pass from Toni Kroos before Marco Asensio capitalized on a defensive error to double the side’s advantage. Mohamed Salah scored an extremely vital away goal for the Reds in the second half, but another goal from Vinicius restored Madrid’s two-goal cushion.

Zinedine Zidane will certainly be happy that his men started out a definitive week in an auspicious manner. Here is a look at the talking points from the match.

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VINICIUS DELIVERS WHEN REAL MADRID NEEDED MOST

Vinicius Junior has been widely criticized for his finishing in recent months, but the Brazilian put all that behind by scoring a brace against one of Europe’s best teams. The 20-year-old has now put the Whites in a solid position ahead of the visit to Anfield and delivered in one of Real Madrid’s most important matches of the ongoing campaign.

His efforts are likely to reward him another start against Barcelona over the coming weekend and Vinicius must continue his fine run of form to help Madrid continue their 12-match unbeaten streak and also to stave off competition from Eden Hazard. All eyes will be on him until the end of the season, especially after his latest performance.

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