The Champions League is back! The first night of the quarter-finals has concluded, lets see the state of the first legs of the first two matches as Manchester City faced Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid hosted Liverpool
Manchester City 2-1 Borussia Dortmund (First Leg)
In a game full of VAR and referee controversy, Manchester City left it late to defeat German side Borussia Dortmund in Manchester. The first half of the game was a slow affair with City dominating and Dortmund looking to hit on the counter. The deadlock was broken in the 19th minute when a lovely team move was finished by Belgian play-maker Kevin De Bruyne to give City the lead. Manchester City were then awarded a penalty after Emre Can was adjudged to have fouled Rodri with his heel when trying to flick a ball away, a decision that VAR overturned very easily. Dortmund should have had an equaliser when Jude Bellingham won the ball from Ederson and slotted into an empty net, only for the referee to disallow the goal after what looked like a fair tackle and brandish a yellow card to the English youngster. It wasn’t till late in the second half when Dortmund finally did score the equaliser when Marco Reus found the net with a quality finish to give the Germans a crucial away goal. Phil Foden then won it for Manchester City giving them their one goal advantage and a lead to take to Signal Iduna Park for the second leg.
Man of the Match – Kevin De Bruyne (9/10)
Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool (First Leg)
It was a night to forget for the Premier League Champions, Liverpool, as they were picked apart by a rampant Real Madrid side that looked back to their best. The Spanish side were brilliant and showed real class all through the game. The first goal came when Toni Kroos picked the ball up deep inside his own half and played a magnificent 50-yard ball over the Liverpool defence to allow Vinicius-Junior to chest the ball down and finish superbly past Alisson to give Madrid the lead. The second wasn’t long behind as only nine minutes later an awful, misjudged header back from Trent Alexander-Arnold gave Marco Asensio the chance to lift the ball over Alisson and tap home into an empty net to give the home side a 2-0 advantage going into the second half. For the first ten or so minutes of the second half Liverpool looked back to themselves, passing it quicker and much sharper. They were rewarded for their improvement when a run from Diogo Jota allowed the ball to fall for Mohamed Salah and the on form Egyptian rifled home an away goal for the Reds. It was short lived however, when 15 minutes after, a ball into the box from Luka Modric to Vinicius Junior and a snap shot from the Brazilian found its way past a squirming Alisson who should have done better at his near post. It was 3-1 to Real Madrid, a real shock to the system for Liverpool who have it all to do in the second leg.
Man of the Match – Vinicius Junior (9/10)