UEFA Champions League:

Real Madrid came from two down to beat Liverpool 5-2 at Anfield in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie.

Iran PressEurope: When Darwin Núñez impudently flicked Liverpool into an early lead, few could have predicted what was to come; when Mohamed Salah then pounced on Thibaut Courtois' mis-control to make it 2-0 before a quarter of an hour had been played, the final scoreline seemed implausible.

As was evident when these two teams met in last season's final, though, Madrid are not easily beaten. Vinícius Júnior struck twice the first a fine finish past Alisson, the second a block on the Liverpool keeper's clearance – to restore parity before half-time.

Éder Militão headed in Luka Modrić's free-kick early in the second half to complete the turnaround, and there was still time for Karim Benzema to come to the fore. Though the Madrid No9 was fortunate when his shot deflected in off Joe Gomez to make it 4-2, he was the model of cool when applying the finish to a swift counterattack for the visitors' fifth.


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