Champions League highlights: Real Madrid beats Liverpool 3-1

UEFA Champions League updates: Catch all the news, score and commentary from the quarterfinal match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium.

Updated : Apr 07, 2021 03:43 IST

Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior celebrates after completing his double against Liverpool in the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.
Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior celebrates after completing his double against Liverpool in the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior celebrates after completing his double against Liverpool in the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

This is Sportstar's match blog of the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League quarterfinal fixture between Real Madrid and Liverpool on Tuesday.

Tomorrow, Bayern Munich will take on Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea FC will square off against FC Porto in two more 2020-21 UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first-leg encounters. Until then, it is good night from us!


Both Real Madrid and Manchester City have won at home tonight. The former defeated Liverpool 3-1 at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium, while the latter eked out a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium.




90+4' Liverpool has dominated possession in the second half but Real Madrid has been solid at the back despite missing two of its main centre-backs -- Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.

90' Four minutes of stoppage time to be added on at the end of the second half! Trent alexander-Arnold delivers a cross into the box from the right. But the Real Madrid defence clears the ball away with ease yet again.

88' CLOSE! Georginio Wijnaldum recovers possession for Liverpool and sets himself up to take a shot. He slightly loses balance as the ball misses the target after a deflection.

85' REAL MADRID SUBSTITUTION! Zinedine Zidane finally gives the star of the night -- Vinicius Junior -- a much needed rest. Rodrygo replaces Vinicius on the field for the last few minutes.

82' DOUBLE CHANGE FOR LIVERPOOL! Manager Jurgen Klopp decides to bring on Xherdan Shaqiri and Roberto Firmino for Diogo Jota and Ozan Kabak, respectively, in the middle.

79' SHOT! Thiago Alcantara gets the ball in midfield. He rushes past a couple of Real Madrid players and takes a shot from long. The ball goes way over the crossbar.

76' Liverpool's Mo Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum execute a couple of quick passes and head towards goal. Just when they looked to enter the box, Eder Militao puts in a brilliant tackle to avert the danger for his side.

73' OFFSIDE! Karim Benzema should have timed his run a little better here. Liverpool regains possession from Real Madrid and begins yet another desperate move forward.

70' SUBSTITUTION! Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane makes his first change of the night. Marco Asensio makes way for Federico Valverde on the field.

68' CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL! Sadio Mane makes a wonderful solo run forward. He evades a challenge from an opposition player and continues his run. However, he's eventually dispossessed close to the box.

65' GOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!! VINICIUS JUNIOR SCORES AGAIN!!! REAL MADRID 3 - 1 LIVERPOOL!!!!! Karim Benzema received a throw from Lucas Vazquez on the right. He immediately sent the ball towards Luka Modric, who in turn set up Vinicius. The youngster took a shot on target and found the back of the net after some poor goalkeeping from Alisson.

61' SHOT! Toni Kroos receives the ball at the edge of the box and lets it fly way over the post with his shot. Goal- kick for Liverpool.

57' YELLOW CARD! Thiago Alcantara goes into the referee's book for a mistimed sliding tackle on the goalscorer Marco Asensio. Asensio is writhing in pain. His teammate Luka Modric helps him up on his feet.

55' CORNER FOR REAL MADRID! Toni Kroos will send in a cross from the right. He puts too much power on the ball as it goes outside the box. Liverpool regains possession. The ball was deflected off the challenge of a Madrid defender. Salah got tot the rebound and smashed the ball past Thibaut Courtois.

51' GOOOOOAAAAAALLLL!!!!!! MO SALAH SCORES!!! REAL MADRID 2 - 1 LIVERPOOL!!!! Diogo Jota was at the centre of this attack. He received the ball in a good position, took it forward and tried to take a shot from inside the box.

49' YELLOW CARD! Lucas Vazquez is booked for a late challenge on the substitute Thiago Alcantara. Andy Robertson is on set-piece duty for Liverpool. However, Real Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois comes off his line to collect the ball.

47' FOUL! Eder Militao pulls down Sadio Mane from behind. The Real Madrid defender gets away without a booking. Fabinho takes a quick free-kick for Liverpool but Madrid regains possession in a while.


Both the home teams have dominated the first halves of their respective 2020-21 UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg games. Forty-five minutes to go. Stay tuned!

Real Madrid leads 2-0 against Liverpool at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium tonight, while Manchester City holds a 1-0 advantage over Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium.


45' One minute of stoppage time to be added on at the end of the first half! Alexander-Arnold takes a free-kick and Nathaniel Phillips rises high inside the box trying to get to the ball. However, the referee blows his whistle as there's an infringement.

42' SUBSTITUTION! First-half change from Jurgen Klopp here. He decides to bring on Thiago Alcantara to replace Naby Keita in the middle. Thiago is definitely a panic substitute.

38' YELLOW CARD! Liverpool winger Sadio Mane is the first player to be booked by the referee tonight. He wasn't happy with the official's decision and some extra arguments got Mane a card.

36' GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!!! REAL MADRID 2 - 0 LIVERPOOL!!! MARCO ASENSIO SCORES!!!!! Another Toni Kroos long ball. But this time Trent Alexander-Arnold got to it and tried to head it towards his goalkeeper. He gets it horribly wrong as Marco Asensio receives the ball, dribbles past Alisson and slots the ball home.

34' FREE-KICK FOR LIVERPOOL! Marco Asensio commits a silly foul but he gets away without a card. Mo Salah takes the resulting set-piece but he sends the ball way over the crossbar.

30' CORNER FOR LIVERPOOL! Andy Robertson will take this set-piece for the Reds. It's a swinging cross into the box. However, the ball misses all his teammates and goes out of play.

27' GOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!!!! REAL MADRID 1 - 0 LIVERPOOL!!! VINICIUS JUNIOR SCORES!!!!! A brilliant long pass from Toni Kroos, who was exactly on the mid-line. Vinicius Junior gets to the ball and comes up with a delightful first touch to control it cleanly. He takes another touch and hits the ball on target on the volley. Alisson had no chance as the ball found the back of the net.

25' In the other quarterfinal today, MANCHESTER CITY 1 - 0 BORUSSIA DORTMUND! Kevin de Bruyne gives Pep Guardiola's team the lead on the night. You can follow that game live here -----> Man City vs Dortmund score

23' Liverpool looks happy to play from the back tonight. There have been no proper counter-attacks from Jurgen Klopp's side tonight. Real Madrid clearly dominating the passing and attacking stats here.

20' Vinicius Junior makes another move forward. He rushes past a few opposition players and decides to send a lofted ball forward. But none of his Real Madrid teammates could receive it as Liverpool wins a throw-in.

16' CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL! There's a good cross into the box from the right. Sadio Mane almost gets to the ball. But Eder Militao comes to Real Madrid's rescue with a timely clearance.

13' CROSS! Ferland Mendy was all over Trent Alexander-Arnold there. The Real Madrid full-back got past his marker with ease and delivered a cross towards the middle. But Vinicius Junior's final header missed the target by a whisker.

11' CORNER FOR MADRID! Toni Kroos takes this one from the other end. Ozan Kabak gets to the ball first and averts the danger for Liverpool.

8' OFFSIDE! Karim Benzema was a little too eager to get to a pass from Luka Modric. The linesman immediately raises his flag as Liverpool wins a free-kick against Real Madrid.

5' Poor stuff from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita on the right flank. Marco Asensio wins Real Madrid a set-piece. CORNER FOR MADRID! Casemiro will take this one. He sends a decent cross into the box. However, the Liverpool defence clears the ball away with ease.

2' SHOT! Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema steals the ball in midfield, moves past a host of Liverpool defenders and takes a weak shot on target with his left foot. Goalkeeper Alisson makes a straightforward collection.


12:25 AM IST - The players and other officials are coming into the field from the dressing rooms.

12:00 AM IST - We're exactly 30 minutes away from kickoff.

Marcelo, who captained Real Madrid in its previous game, is on the bench today as Karim Benzema holds the captain's armband now. Meanwhile, Georginio Wijnaldum has taken over the reins from James Milner, who was Liverpool's skipper in its last match.

In case you missed it, Manchester City FC is also hosting Borussia Dortmund in another 2020-21 UEFA Champions League quarterfinal outing tonight. Follow that game live here -----> Man City vs Dortmund score

11:20 PM IST - The team lineups are out!

REAL MADRID: Courtois, Eder Militao, Nacho, Ferland Mendy, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Benzema (C), Asensio, Vinicius Junior.

Head coach - Zinedine Zidane.

LIVERPOOL: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Nat Phillips, Kabak, Robertson, Wijnaldum (C), Fabinho, Naby Keita, Mo Salah, Mane, Jota.

Head coach - Jurgen Klopp.

10:40 PM IST - Injury News: Real Madrid will be without the likes of Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Eden Hazard and Dani Carvajal today. On the other hand, Liverpool will miss the services of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson.

Goals from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema helped Real Madrid notch up a 2-0 win over Eibar in its latest La Liga clash at home.

RMCF XI vs SD Eibar: Thibaut Courtois (G), Nacho Fernandez, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy, Marcelo (C), Lucas Vazquez, Casemiro, Luka Modric, Marco Asensio, Isco, Karim Benzema.

Super-sub Diogo Jota scored a brace and guided Liverpool to a 3-0 victory over Arsenal in its most recent encouter in the Premier League.

LFC XI vs AFC this weekend: Alisson (G), Trent Alexander-Arnold, Nathaniel Phillips, Ozan Kabak, Andy Robertson, Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho, James Milner (C), Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah.


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