💫 Real Madrid put three past Liverpool; Phil Foden rescues Man City

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Alex Mott

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Here are we then.

The Champions League quarter-finals are here and Tuesday’s pair of games look like absolute humdingers.

Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool

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Scorers: Vinicius 27′ 65′, Asensio 36′; Salah 51′

Real Madrid put one foot in the Champions League semi-final as they beat Liverpool 3-1 on Tuesday.

It was the home side who were having the monopoly on possession in the opening exchanges, but with their rapid front line, Liverpool always looked dangerous in attack.

Jürgen Klopp’s men were nervy though and were lucky not to concede early on as Luka Modric had a penalty appeal waved away and Vinicius Jnr saw his header skim the far post.

And it was the Brazilian who opened the scoring on 27 minutes, finishing brilliantly after a stunning pass from Toni Kroos.

It got worse for Liverpool though, as Marco Asensio soon made it 2-0, pouncing on a poor header from Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Into the second half and Klopp had clearly set something at the break as Salah equalised almost immediately despite the best efforts of Thibuat Courtois.

Totally against the run of play however, Real Madrid restored their two-goal advantage as Vinicius finished first time after some brilliant work by Modric.

Real Madrid 3
Liverpool 1
Full time

Manchester City 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

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Scorers: De Bruyne 19′, Foden 90′; Reus 84′

A late Phil Foden goal spared Manchester City’s blushes as they beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1.

Pep Guardiola’s men dominated the ball in the opening exchanges but it was actually Dortmund who had the best effort early on as Jude Bellingham forced a good save from Ederson.

But it was the home side who took the lead on 19 minutes as De Bruyne swept home a sumptuous team move.

Dortmund really should have levelled things up though, only for the referee to inexplicably rule out Jude Bellingham’s equaliser.

Into the second half and Erling Haaland had his first real chance early on only to be denied by the legs of Ederson.

City kept hold of their slender advantage as Marwin Hitz made a couple exceptional saves in the closing stages but they would pay for that profligacy with six minutes remaining.

Some clever play by Haaland saw Reus in on goal, and the Germany international was there to finish cooly.

You should never doubt City though, as they got their winner with 90 minutes on the clock as Foden found the back of the net.

Manchester City 2
Borussia Dortmund 1
Full time

Wednesday’s matches

  1. Bayern Munich vs Paris Saint-Germain
  2. Porto vs Chelsea