Real Madrid managed to beat Liverpool 3-1 at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday (7/4/2021) early morning Western Indonesian Time. The three winning goals for El Real were born from Bracae Vinicius Junior (27th and 65th minutes) and Marco Sensio’s goals (36 ‘). The Reds could only reply through Mohamed Salah (51 ‘).
Vinicius Junior is clearly considered by many to be the hero of Madrid in this match because of his two goals. However, there is another figure whose role is no less crucial to be the key to El Real overthrowing Liverpool.
This figure is Toni Kroos. This German midfielder looks charming flowing the ball in the Madrid building.
Kroos’ measured passes are a scourge for Liverpool’s defense. Madrid’s two early goals could not be separated from the 31-year-old midfielder’s foresight to release a long ball.
In the first goal, Kroos, who picked up the ball in the Madrid defense, released a long ball between Trent Alexander-Arnold and Nathaniel Philips. Vinicius then stabbed into this gap to outwit Alisson.
Second goal Madrid also comes with a nearly similar scheme. Kroos let go of the long bait seeing Ferland Mendy’s movement.
Bait Kroos less well anticipated by Alexander-Arnold until backpass-too weak. Marco Asensio took the opportunity to score a goal.
Quoted from Opta, Kroos made a total of 75 passes in this match with an accurate pass accuracy percentage of 90.7 percent. Four of them are key bait.
Kroos not only played a role in attacking but also when Madrid defended. He made one tackle and two interceptions.