The course of the match
Just two minutes, Real Madrid has shown their potential. Karim Benzema ran the cut and fired a left-footed shot, which was still too easy for Alisson Becker to secure.
Liverpool are trying to get out of the pressure, but Madrid have returned to building another good situation. In the 12th minute, the hosts asked for a penalty after Luka Modric’s fall under the pressure of Georginio Wijnaldum. The referee did not consider it a violation.
Opportunities for Madrid a minute later. Ferland Mendy stabbed down the left and sent in a cross which Vinicius Junior headed. The Brazilian attacker’s header only rolled slightly to the right of the goal.
Liverpool pushed back through Trent Alexander-Arnold from the right. His crosses in the 16th and 17th minutes were cleared by the Madrid defense.
Benzema receives the through ball in the 25th minute and tries to shoot. Ozan Kabak, who was adept at sticking to him, successfully blocked the ball to keep Liverpool’s goal.
GOAL! Madrid took the lead in the 27th minute taking advantage of Liverpool’s negligence. Kroos played a long ball behind the Liverpool defense and was accepted by Vinicius. Calmly he controlled the ball with his chest, then beat Alisson with a horizontal kick.
Vinicius had another chance in the 32nd minute after receiving a pass from Benzema. This time, Nathaniel Phillips deflected his shot out of the field. Marco Asensio’s attempt soon went wide.
GOAL! Another mistake from Liverpool led to a Madrid goal. Kroos returned to play a long pass which Alexander-Arnold tried to handle this time.
But the Liverpool right-back’s header was closer to Asensio than to a teammate or goalkeeper. Asensio cleverly ripped the ball past Alisson, then cheated it into the net.
Madrid almost won 3-0 in the 43rd minute. Asensio cut Kabak’s feedback to Alisson, but the Madrid midfielder’s shot was blocked by the Liverpool goalkeeper. The first half is over.
The composition of players:
Real Madrid: Thibaut Courtois; Lucas Vazquez, Eder Militao, Nacho Fernandez, Ferland Mendy; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior
Liverpool: Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ozan Kabak, Nathaniel Phillips, Andrew Robertson; Naby Keita (Thiago Alcantara 42 ‘), Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota