Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool Highlights
Real Madrid extended their Champions League dominance over Liverpool with a 1-0 victory in the second leg of their Round of 16 tie, securing a 6-2 aggregate triumph and sending the Reds crashing out of the competition for the third consecutive season.
Jürgen Klopp’s bold move of starting four attackers in a bid to pull off another miraculous UCL comeback for Liverpool resulted in an all-action start to their second leg against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, with both Thibaut Courtois and Alisson Becker making crucial saves to deny Darwin Núñez, Vinícius Júnior, and Eduardo Camavinga, while Luka Modrić’s ambitious attempt narrowly missed the target.
Despite Thibaut Courtois making key saves to deny Darwin Núñez and Cody Gakpo, Liverpool failed to provide the sustained aggression that Jürgen Klopp’s team selection had hinted at in the first half, with Real Madrid expertly establishing periods of control to take the sting out of the game, which carried into the second half as Alisson Becker came out to stop Federico Valverde after being played through by Karim Benzema, and Trent Alexander-Arnold blocked Benzema’s own shot.
As Liverpool’s energy levels slowly faded, Luka Modrić created a golden opportunity for Federico Valverde, whose header flicked off the roof of the net, while Karim Benzema also missed a chance after incisive play from Vinícius, ultimately resulting in hopes of a comeback slipping away for the Reds despite the scores being level on the night.
Despite a strong start by Liverpool, Real Madrid managed to control the game and seal a 1-0 victory in the second leg of their UCL Round of 16 tie, with Karim Benzema scoring the only goal to help Los Blancos progress to the quarter-finals while the Reds were knocked out for the third consecutive season.