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Vinicius Double Hands Madrid First-Leg Advantage Against Liverpool

A brace from Brazilian winger Vinicius saw Real Madrid defeat Liverpool 3-1 in the first-leg quarter-finals on Tuesday night at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.

The Brazilian’s two goals sandwiched a strike from Marco Asensio in what was a largely commanding performance from the Spanish giants.

A strong spell early in the second half yielded a precious away goal for Liverpool from Mohamed Salah and gives the Premier League side plenty of hope going into next week’s return leg at Anfield.

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Madrid bossed the early exchange and were rewarded when Toni Kroos sent 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.

Kroos would be the mastermind of the second Madrid goal, with another long ball played by the German midfielder that Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold errantly headed into the path of Asensio, who took a touch to chip over Alisson before tapping into an empty net.

Salah cut the Madrid lead down to 2-1 by taking a pass from Diogo Jota and beating goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to snatch a precious away goal.

But Madrid restored their two-goal lead thanks to Vinicius who slotted home Luka Modric’s pass to make it 3-1.

And at the Etihad, Manchester City pipped Borussia Dortmund 2-1 thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden.

Dortmund’s goal was scored by their skipper Marco Reus off a brilliant assist from Erling Haaland.

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