Karim Benzema celebrating his goal against Liverpool (1-0)


No surprises: Madrid gets into the quarterfinals without suffering against a disappointing Liverpool

Published:15/03/2023 - 22:54h

Updated:15/03/2023 - 22:54h

Real Madrid advanced to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals after defeating Liverpool 1-0. The 'merengues' asserted the advantage of three goals obtained in the first leg and qualified without trouble

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As it was foreseen after the goleada white in Anfield Road, the Real Madrid classified to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League by third consecutive season. The 'merengues' surpassed to the Liverpool by the minimum (1-0) in a party that went of more toless , with a disappointing exert 'network' in the complement that it turned into an authentic formality the second half.

In spite of the vicinity of the Classical of LaLiga, Carlo Ancelotti did not save at all and went out with his eleven of gala. Eduardo Camavinga returned to the place of pivote and Nacho to the left side, with Fede Valverde accompanying to Vinicius Jr. And Karim Benzema. By his part, Jurgen Klopp bet by a very offensive diagram, with four forwards (Diogo Jota, Gakpo, Salah and Darwin Núñez) and two mediocentros of mark, Fabinho and James Milner. It did not remain him another to the 'reds', urgidos to mark early.

First splits couple, without goals neither surprises

To the first part only were missing him the goals, as the rhythm was high (no as much as in Anfield) and there were occasions in both arches, but was missing puntería. Thibaut Courtois saved a finish of Darwin in the minute 6, previous error of Antonio Rüdiger and Dani Carvajal in exit. The Madrid answered with a finish point-blank of 'Vini' that Alisson avoided with a paradón spectacular when it fulfilled the first chamber of hour of game.

The Belgian goalkeeper went back to answer in front of a good attempt of Núñez happened the half hour, and few minutes afterwards was Cody Gakpo the one who demanded to the '1'. The ones of Ancelotti suffered in this stretch of the crash, but finished the first part recovering the balloon and, the most important for his interests, with the arch in zero in front of a Liverpool that did a big effort to leave with advantage to the changing room.

Tranquility of the Madrid in the complement

After the rest, the Madrid serenó and played with the enormous advantage obtained in the gone. Vinicius Found more spaces, Benzema and Valverde also lucieron looser and to the 'reds' began to cost him more recover the balloon and lastimar the white bottom. Alexander-Arnold saved 'in extremis' a goal of Karim in the 55' and Klopp seemed to comprise that, to these heights, the traced back already was impossible.

Before arriving to the hour of party, the German technician replaced to Núñez and Diogo Jota by Firmino and Harvey Elliott, respectively, looking for balance an eleven that lucía party, tired and without ideas. The venues took refuge in the possession, leaving happen the minutes and trying reflect the already notorious difference on the field with some goal. However, the ones of Ancelotti went back to evidenciar problems in the definition.

Goal and injury? Of Benzema to resolve the party

Although the continuity of Benzema seems not being in doubt, the fault of goal of the '9' and of all the team already generates whispers in Santiago Bernabéu. The Wednesday, neither the '9' neither Vinicius were 'fine' and recently in the minute 78 broke the zero after a good wall between 'Vini' and Karim that left to the captain touched of face to the Classical. Rodrygo ingresó In his place. Also there were minutes for Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vázquez in the closing.

The Real Madrid follows alive in the Champions League, but gives the impression that to win a place in the final of Istanbul it will be necessary to improve a lot in the eleven stellar of 'Carletto'. In fourth also will be Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Benfica, Chelsea, Manchester City, Inter of Milan and Napoli. Three English and three Italians, in addition to the Bavarians. A lot of history and million by half to struggle by the 'fifteenth'.

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