Despite being with out beginning center-back pairing Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, Real Madrid seemed a category above the reigning Premier League champion and took the lead by way of first-half targets from Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio.
Mohamed Salah pulled one again for Liverpool, however with 25 minutes remaining, Real prolonged its lead with Vinicius grabbing his second of the night time.
It was the identical scoreline as when the 2 sides met within the Champions League last in 2018, and this time Liverpool faces a tricky problem to overturn the two-goal deficit within the second leg at Anfield on April 14.
“If you want to go to the semifinals of the Champions League, you have to earn the right to do so,” Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp advised BT Sport.
“We didn’t do that tonight, especially in the first half … we just didn’t play good enough football tonight.”
Despite coming into the sport off the again of a powerful win over Arsenal within the Premier League on the weekend, Liverpool was second finest from the outset.
The skilled midfield of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro took management of the movement of the sport, and it was a superb through-ball from Kroos that enabled Real Madrid to open the scoring.
Vinicius managed the ball masterfully on his chest earlier than firing previous Alisson within the Liverpool goal.
Liverpool’s night went from dangerous to worse moments later as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s misplaced header from one other Kroos move was pounced on by Asensio, who lifted the ball over Alisson earlier than tapping dwelling.
The Reds seemed higher after the break and diminished the deficit six minutes into the second half as Salah profited from neat work by Georginio Wijnaldum and Diego Jota to complete previous Thibaut Courtois.
However, as Liverpool tried to revive parity, sloppy passes and errant pictures disrupted its movement and Real Madrid was in a position to prolong its lead as Vinicius squeezed a first-time shot previous Alisson following slick buildup play by Karim Benzema and Modric.
‘Won the ball pretty’
In Tuesday’s different tie, a late goal from Phil Foden helped Manchester City to a 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund.
Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring as he drove the ball deep into the Dortmund half earlier than Foden and Riyad Mahrez mixed to tee up De Bruyne for the end.
In an eventful first half, City had a penalty resolution overturned after session with the video assistant referee whereas Dortmund had Jude Bellingham’s goal dominated out as he took the ball from Ederson.
Marco Reus leveled the sport late on from a well-worked transfer that handed Dortmund a priceless away goal, just for City to revive its lead when De Bruyne’s ball into the field allowed Ilkay Gundogan to arrange Foden for the winner.
However, Dortmund will really feel that it deserved a greater outcome after Bellingham’s disallowed effort.
“I definitely think I won the ball fairly,” the 17-year-old advised BT Sport of the first-half incident.
“It’s a bit frustrating in the time that they’ve got so many cameras and so many TVs watching the game that they don’t wait for me to put it in the net and then check it.
“It’s soccer, it is life and I’ve sort of acquired to get on with it actually.”
The second leg of the tie will happen in Dortmund subsequent week as City bids to achieve its first Champions League semifinal since 2016 and Dortmund its first since 2013.
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