Karim Benzema buries Liverpool’s dreams. Real Madrid made it to the quarter-finals of the 2022-2023 Champions League in their 300th match.
Real Madrid and Liverpool clashed in the second leg of the last 16 round of the 2022-2023 Champions League.
This duel took place at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Wednesday (15/3/2023) local time or early Thursday WIB.
As a result, Real Madrid overthrew Liverpool with a score of 1-0 in Los Blancos’ 300th match in the Champions League.
The only Real Madrid winning goal was scored by Karim Benzema in the 79th minute.
Quoted by BolaSport.com from the official UEFA website, the game went tight.
Los Blancos created 54 percent of possession, compared to the Reds’ 46 percent.
In terms of opportunities, Madrid was dominant by creating 17 opportunities with 8 leading to goal.
Meanwhile, Liverpool made 9 chances and 5 of them were on target.
The course of the game 777
The first half rolled on, Real Madrid controlled the game more often than Liverpool.
However, the first opportunity actually came from the visitors in the 7th minute through Darwin Nunez.
Receiving feedback from Mo Salah, Nunez moved to welcome the ball in the penalty box.
Nunez’s right-footed shot was well blocked by Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Madrid replied through a attempted kick from Toni Kroos in the 11th minute.
Kroos’ strong left-footed shot from outside the penalty box was caught easily by Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
Two minutes later, Madrid again threatened through Vinicius Junior’s attempt.
Antonio Ruediger fed Vinicius a header in the penalty box.
The Brazilian winger is on the left side of Liverpool’s goal and kicks the ball with his right foot.
However, Alisson was able to swiftly save the dangerous opportunities created by Madrid.
Madrid almost scored in the 20th minute through Eduardo Camavinga’s left-foot shot.
Camavinga’s shot from outside the penalty box hit James Milner’s foot and was pushed over by Alisson and then hit the Liverpool crossbar.
Liverpool tried to dismantle the Madrid defense by creating opportunities in the 31st minute.
Fabinho sent a pass to Nunez and finished with a header from inside the penalty box.
However, Courtois still easily caught the ball.
Two minutes later, Nunez returned to attack Madrid’s goal by creating dangerous opportunities.
Nunez’s right foot shot from the right side of the penalty box shot into the left corner of the Madrid goal.
Courtois was able to brush off Nunez’s shot.
In the 35th minute, it was Cody Gakpo’s turn to create opportunities for Liverpool with a hard kick.
Gakpo’s right-footed shot was parried by Courtois and resulted in a corner.
Real Madrid and Liverpool played out a goalless draw in the first half.
Entering the second half, Real Madrid continued to attack and dominate Liverpool.
In the 53rd minute, Federico Valverde threatened from in front of goal when he was facing Alisson.
Valverde’s left-foot shot was still thwarted by Alisson, who played well.
Madrid finally broke the deadlock in the 79th minute through a goal scored by Karim Benzema.
Starting from Virgil van Dijk’s anticipatory error, the ball then moved wildly in the Liverpool penalty box.
Vinicius, who was in front of goal, managed to send an accurate pass to Benzema.
Benzema’s right-footed shot tricked Alisson and Madrid won 1-0 over Liverpool.
This goal made Benzema make Liverpool the club he has scored the most goals against.
In the Champions League, Benzema has scored seven goals in six meetings against Liverpool.
Until the match was over, a score of 1-0 was enough to make Real Madrid eliminate Liverpool from the 2022-2023 Champions League.
Real Madrid qualified for the quarter-finals thanks to a 6-2 aggregate advantage over Liverpool.
Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool (Karim Benzema 79′)
Real Madrid (4-3-3): 1-Thibaut Courtois; 2-Dani Carvajal (17-Lucas Vazquez 86′), 3-Eder Militao, 22-Antonio Ruediger, 6-Nacho Fernandez; 10-Luka Modric (19-Dani Ceballos 82′), 12-Eduardo Camavinga, 8-Toni Kroos (18-Aurelien Tchouameni 84′); 15-Federico Valverde, 9-Karim Benzema (20-Rodrygo 82′), 20-Vinicius Jr (11-Marco Asensio 84′)
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): 1-Alisson Becker; 26-Andrew Robertson (32-Kostas Tsimikas 90+1′), 4-Virgil van Dijk, 5-Ibrahima Konate, 66-Trent Alexander-Arnold; 7-James Milner (15-Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 73′), 3-Fabinho; 11-Mohamed Salah, 18-Cody Gakpo (28-Fabio Carvalho 90+2′), 20-Diogo Jota (19-Harvey Elliot 57′); 27-Darwin Nunez (9-Roberto Firmino 57′)
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Coach: Jurgen Klopp
Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany)