Real Madrid 1-0 (6-2) Liverpool: Winning both legs, Los Blancos marched into the quarter-finals of the Champions League

Karim Benzema’s only goal in the 78th minute helped Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 at home, with this result Los Blancos entered the quarterfinals with a total score of 6-2 after two matches.

Video of the final result: Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

Scored: Real Madrid: (Karim Benzema, 78′)

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Real Madrid and Liverpool create one of the best matches in the 1/8 Champions League round of the 2022/23 season. A surprise happened in the first leg when the away team Real Madrid defeated the host Liverpool with a score of 5-2. A scenario that few people can imagine at Anfield. Accordingly, The Kop took a 2-0 lead after only 11 minutes but let the opponent score 5 goals in the remaining time of the match. To lose with a difference of 3 goals in the first leg, Klopp’s team must definitely play offensively in the second leg at Bernbeu.

Liverpool did not have a favorable momentum before the trip to Spain, they just suddenly lost 0-1 shock at Bournemouth, the team is in the group holding the red light in the Premier League. In contrast, Real Madrid won 3-1 against Espanyol at the weekend. In the last 27 times Real won in the first leg of the Champions League qualifying round away from home, 26 times they were the next team. Surely this statistic will support the representative of La Liga to continue.

Real Madrid, despite taking a big advantage, still prepares very carefully for the second leg. Coach Carlo Ancelotti decided to rest Karim Benzema in the match against Espanyol, the French star returned to play in the center of attack in a 4-3-3 formation against Liverpool. Playing alongside the striker born in 1987 is the duo Vinicius Junior and Federico Valverde. This is a trio often used by the Italian teacher this season, they have a great understanding of each other.

In midfield, two experienced players, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, were used from the start, playing alongside young Eduardo Camavinga. Before that, in the match against Espanyol, Camavinga was used at left-back, but before Liverpool he was promoted to midfield, leaving the left-back position to Nacho. At right-back in Los Blancos’ squad is Dani Carvajal, while Eder Militao and Antonio Rudiger play in front of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. On the bench of the home team there are a few notable names, such as Rodrygo, Mendy, Asensio, Tchouameni or Hazard.

Real Madrid starting line-up
Liverpool’s starting line-up

On the other side of the line, with the force to win with a difference of at least 3 goals, coach Klopp launched a super attacking squad. Accordingly, up to 4 top attacking stars of the Red Brigade appeared on the field from the beginning. Specifically, in the 4-2-3-1 formation, Darwin Nunez plays in the top position. Supporting the Uruguayan star is the trio of Mo Salah, Cody Gakpo and Diogo Jota. Of the three players supporting Nunez, Dutch striker Gakpo is used in the attacking position.

In midfield, coach Jurgen Klopp confirmed Jordan Henderson and Stefan Bajcetic could not attend the match against Real Madrid due to different injuries. The German teacher decided to use James Milner from the start, the English player playing alongside Fabinho in midfield. In defense, the quartet of Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk and Robertson played in front of goalkeeper Alisson. Liverpool’s bench has Oxlade-Chamberlain, Matip, Roberto Firmino, Tsimikas, Jones and Elliott among notable names.

As expected, Liverpool took the initiative to attack from the beginning, while Real Madrid chose to play defensively and counter-attack. In the 7th minute, the first clear chance of the game appeared, and it belonged to Liverpool. Mo Salah delicately poked Nunez down to face keeper Courtois, but the Uruguayan’s kick failed to win over the home side’s keeper. Real Madrid then counterattacked with Valverde’s kick, but the midfielder’s shot from a distance did not go past the visitors’ defence.

In the 11th minute, Real Madrid had the first shot on target. Toni Kroos made a shot from a distance, but the ball hit goalkeeper Alisson’s position. 3 minutes later the home team had another extremely clear opportunity but could not take advantage. Vinicius Junior had a close encounter with Alisson, but his finish failed to beat the Brazilian goalkeeper.

The match was exciting from the start

In the 20th minute, Camavinga made a cannon shot from afar, making Liverpool’s defense only watch, but the ball hit the crossbar. Luck was on the side of the visitors in this situation. 2 minutes later it was Luka Modric’s turn to shoot from long distance, but the ball went slightly above Alisson’s goal. There were plenty of chances created from the start, but the opening goal was yet to come.

The two teams are still playing tit-for-tat. 33 minutes, Nunez made a technical cut right in front of Real Madrid’s penalty area, but Courtois continued to fly an extremely excellent save. The two goalkeepers played well from the start. After the first 35 minutes of the game, Real finished 8 times and Liverpool 6 times, both teams had 3 shots on target but the goal still did not appear.

In the 37th minute, Vinicius Junior made a mighty breakthrough before finishing in a tight corner, but Alisson hugged the ball. Liverpool then counterattacked with Gakpo’s kick, but Courtois blocked the corner for a corner. In the last minutes of the first half, the home team actively reduced the pace of the game, which made opportunities no longer appear as often. The first half ended with a 0-0 draw. There were a total of 17 shots taken by both teams, eight on target but the excellence of the two goalkeepers prevented the goal from coming.

The first half ended with the score 0-0

Like the first half, Liverpool continued to push forward in the first minutes of the second half. 53 minutes, Valverde had a clear chance to open the scoring, but both player’s shots hit the ball. Uruguayans could not beat Alisson. The excellence of the goalkeepers made the goal still not appear after more than 50 minutes of play.

Real Madrid are the team with more chances in the last minutes of the game. In the 63rd minute, from the cross from the edge to the center, Luka Modric headed high, but the ball went over the crossbar of Alisson’s goal. Liverpool made two changes. Nunez and Jota left the field to make way for Harvey Elliott and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool’s chance to come upstream is gone, but they are still trying to find a goal. Still no goals for Real Madrid. In the 69th minute, Vinicius Junior passed the ball smoothly for Karim Benzema to finish at close range, but in a favorable position, the French player sent the ball over the crossbar.

In the final minutes of the match, Liverpool were trying to find a goal. Robertson had just had a shot from a tight angle, but the Real Madrid defender promptly blocked it. Immediately after this situation, the home team opened the scoring. In the 78th minute, Camavinga dropped the ball to let Benzema down. The ball touch of No. 9 touched Van Dijk to Vinicius Junior’s position, although he fell after a collision with a Liverpool defender, but the Brazilian player also made a putt to make Benzema easy. put the ball into the empty net.

Karim Benzema opened the scoring for the home team

Real Madrid, after opening the scoring, actively slowed down, making Liverpool unable to find more scoring opportunities. The match ended with a score of 1-0 in favor of the home team. With this result, Real Madrid won tickets to play in the quarterfinals, they beat Liverpool with a total score of 6-2 after two matches. This is the 8th match in a row that Real Madrid is unbeaten against the English team, including 7 wins and 1 draw.


Real Madrid: 1 T. Courtois, 6 Nacho, 2 Dani Carvajal (Vázquez, 86′), 22 A. Rudiger, 3 Eder Militao, 10 L. Modric (Ceballos, 82′), 8 T. Kroos ( Tchouaméni, 84′), 15 F. Valverde, 12 E. Camavinga, 9 K. Benzema (Rodrygo, 82′), 20 Vinicius Junior (Asensio, 84′)

Liverpool: 1 Alisson, 4 V. van Dijk, 26 A. Robertson, 66 T. Alexander-Arnold, 5 I. Konate, 7 J. Milner (Chamberlain, 73′), 3 Fabinho, 11 Mohamed Salah, 20 Diogo Jota (Elliott, 57′), 18 C. Gakpo, 27 D. Nunez (Firmino, 57′)