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Sports Vinícius Junior leads Madrid past Liverpool in 1st leg

03:11  07 april  2021
03:11  07 april  2021 Source:   msn.com

Real Madrid's usual Champions League magic transforms Vinicius into an unlikely matchwinner against Liverpool

  Real Madrid's usual Champions League magic transforms Vinicius into an unlikely matchwinner against Liverpool The young Brazilian has frustrated fans with his wasteful finishing over the past three years but he came of age in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the RedsThere’s a special connection between Real Madrid and the Champions League and with a sprinkling of that stardust, Vinicius Junior magically transformed into a matchwinner on Tuesday night.

Vinícius Junior celebrates scoring Real Madrid ’s first goal against Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final first leg . Photograph: Quality Sport Images/Getty Images. That night the Spanish side won a record third Champions League in a row; since then, they have twice fallen during the first knockout stages while Liverpool have been English and European champions, but defender Nacho Fernandez had warned that there is something about Madrid in this competition and so it proved.

Vinicius was signed by Real Madrid from Brazilian giants Flamengo aged just 16. His time in Spain has often been overshadowed by some lacklustre finishing. But the 20-year-old thrived in the spotlight against Liverpool on Tuesday night. And Zinedine Zidane praised his Brazilian forward for stepping up to the plate. Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane praised Vinicius Junior for rising to the big occasion. The Brazilian's two goals helped his side to a 3-1 win over Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final first leg .

MADRID — Vinícius Júnior finally came up with the type of performance Real Madrid fans have been expecting from him.

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The Brazilian forward netted his first double for the club on Tuesday, leading it to a 3-1 over Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals.

The youngster tormented the Liverpool defence all night and was precise with his finishes, moving the Spanish powerhouse closer to the semifinals after a two-year absence.

“People outside of the club criticize me, but I keep working hard,” the 20-year-old Vinícius Júnior said. “That gives me the strength to arrive at an important moment like this and score the goals that the team needed.”

Barcelona 'stabbed in the back' in deal that took Vinicius to Real Madrid, claims Blaugrana's scout in South America

  Barcelona 'stabbed in the back' in deal that took Vinicius to Real Madrid, claims Blaugrana's scout in South America The Camp Nou giants believed they had a deal in place to sign the promising Brazilian forward, only to see him end up at Santiago BernabeuThe promising Brazilian starlet had been on the recruitment radar in Catalunya for several years prior to the Blancos putting a big-money agreement in place during the summer of 2017.

Vinicius produced his finest performance in a Real Madrid shirt with a pair of goals to lead Los Blancos to a 3-1 victory against Liverpool in the first leg of the 2020/21 Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday night at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. The Brazilian's two goals sandwiched a strike from Marco Asensio in what The tempo and shape of the start favoured Madrid and after a few early jabs, they landed a haymaker with Toni Kroos hoofing up a pass upfield that Vinicius did extremely well to control with his chest and split two Liverpool defenders before finishing past Alisson for a 1-0 lead .

Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano - Madrid . 2020/21, Quarter-finals, 1 st leg . Vinícius Júnior 27, 65.

Marco Asensio also scored for Madrid, which took full advantage of Liverpool's defensive blunders in the first half to take a commanding lead ahead of next week's second leg in England.

Mohamed Salah netted the lone goal for Liverpool early in the second half before Vinícius Júnior sealed the victory for the hosts.

“If you want to go to the semifinals, you have to earn the right to do so," Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp said. "We didn’t do that tonight, especially in the first half, so the only good thing really that I can say about the game apart from the fact we scored the goal, is that it’s only the first leg.”

The game was a rematch of the 2018 Champions League final won by the same score by Madrid, which since then was eliminated in the tournament’s round of 16 two years in a row. Liverpool won the title following the loss to Madrid but was also eliminated in the round of 16 last season.

Once maligned, Dembélé and Vinícius shine before 'clásico'

  Once maligned, Dembélé and Vinícius shine before 'clásico' BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona will rest its hopes in the “clásico” on a young player who until recently was unreliable in the clutch. So will Real Madrid. The teams meet on Saturday in Madrid for a match that will have a big impact on the Spanish league title race. Barcelona is only one point adrift of struggling leader Atlético Madrid, which visits Real Betis on Sunday. Madrid is right in the mix in third place, two points behind Barcelona. Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembélé appeared to be hopelessly prone to injury before this season, while Madrid winger Vinícius Júnior had developed the maddening habit of failing to finish off his scoring chances.

Vinicius Junior statistics played in Real Madrid . Check this player last stats: game log, goals, assists, played minutes, completed passes and shots. In the club he scored 4 goals ( Champions League, La Liga). Vinicius Junior this seasons has also noted 3 assists, played 3492 minutes, with 18 times he played game in first line. Vinicius Junior shots an average of 0.11 goals per game in club competitions.

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Manchester City defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at home in the other quarterfinal on Tuesday.

Liverpool recently endured a run of poor results and sits only seventh in the Premier League, so it may have to win the Champions League to return to the European competition next season.

It looked lost at the start of the match at the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium in Madrid, unable to get a shot on goal in the first half.

Vinícius Júnior opened the scoring on a breakaway in the 27th after a superb long pass over the top by Toni Kroos. The Brazilian forward made a nice run between Liverpool defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold and Nathaniel Phillips then chested the ball down before firing a low right-footed shot from inside the area past goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

Vinícius Júnior, who had scored only one goal since October and four in total this season, arrived to Madrid amid high expectations as a teenager but had been criticized for his poor finishes and bad decisions in front of goal. He pointed to the team's shield both times after scoring.

Impressive Madrid beats Barcelona 2-1 to go top in Spain

  Impressive Madrid beats Barcelona 2-1 to go top in Spain MADRID — Keeping Lionel Messi in check again in what could turn out to be his last Spanish league clásico, Real Madrid continued the impressive run which has put it at the heart of the title race. Four days after beating Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals, Madrid defeated Barcelona 2-1 on Saturday to return to the top in Spain. “We have to enjoy what we've been doing. We got two very good results and it wasn'tFour days after beating Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals, Madrid defeated Barcelona 2-1 on Saturday to return to the top in Spain.

Vinicius Junior , 18, has just just been called up to the Brazil squad for the first time. Overlooked by Lopetegui; elevated by Solari. Vinicius didn't immediately command a starring role at Real, as coach Julen Lopetegui decided to continue his development in the less pressured environment of the club's B team, who Wednesday's cup match against Barca was Vinicius ' 14th start in the past 15 games, and his performance amply justified his new-found status. Even though Real lost, Vinicius was brilliant. He created countless moments of danger, regularly tormenting visiting right-back Nelson Semedo, and he

Liverpool can't even have shot against 'average' Madrid side. Man City can't win without cheating against struggling Dortmund. Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is set to miss both legs of the Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool Top Performers. Rating. Vinícius Júnior (FWL).

“I'm happy for him, he needed to score,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “He has been playing well and helping the team. When you score it gives you more energy, that's for sure.”

Another long pass by Kroos — and a defensive blunder by Liverpool — led to Asensio’s second goal in the 36th. Alexander-Arnold tried to clear the ball from Kroos but headed it across the area directly to Asensio, who flipped the ball over the charging Becker and finished the move on the other side to push it into the open net.

Liverpool complained of a foul by Lucas Vázquez on Sadio Mané just moments before Madrid’s second goal.

The English side improved after the break and was able to pull one back early in the second half with Salah finding the net from close range after a shot by Diogo Jota was partially blocked by Luka Modric in the 51st. The goal had to be confirmed by video review because of a possible offside by Salah.

With the goal, Salah became the fifth Liverpool player to score in four consecutive European appearances.

Asensio, who scored in each of Madrid’s last four games in all competitions, squandered the chance to increase Madrid’s lead on a breakaway in the 64th. But a minute later, Vinícius Júnior didn’t miss his opportunity after a pass by Modric amid more soft defending by the English team, finding the net with a shot from near the penalty spot.

Liverpool had kept four consecutive clean sheets away from home going into the game in Madrid. It has not had five in a row in away games this century.

Madrid got the win even though its defensive problems compounded just before the game as Raphael Varane tested positive for the coronavirus. Captain Sergio Ramos had already been ruled out because of an injury.

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The Spaniard has struggled to find his best form since returning from a serious knee injury last year, but he has now scored in three games in a rowIt's been well over two years since Marco Asensio was a protagonist at Real Madrid.

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