Champions League :

Vinícius Júnior scored in either half as Real Madrid built up a 3-1 lead in their quarter-final first leg at home to Liverpool.

Iran Press/Europe: Madrid was the more vibrant from the off and Vinícius Júnior served to warn of their intent with an early header wide. The forward made no mistake with his next chance, firing past Alisson Becker after latching on to a raking Toni Kroos pass.

Another Kroos crossfield ball helped set up the second, Trent Alexander-Arnold's header back falling short of his goalkeeper, allowing Marco Asensio the opportunity to clip the ball past Alisson Becker and tap into an empty net.

Jürgen Klopp's side improved after the interval with Mohamed Salah drilling in off the bar to reduce arrears but their defense could not hold back Vinícius Júnior, who swept home his second to give the Merengues a two-goal cushion ahead of the return.


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