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Vinícius Júnior double for Real Madrid punishes careless Liverpool in first leg

There is no anger left from 2018, Jürgen Klopp insisted, but there must be from this match. Some things have changed since Real Madrid and Liverpool last met, in the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev, yet the result remained the same. Two goals from Vinícius Júnior and one from Marco Asensio inflicted another 3-1 defeat and if there is still a chance to turn this tie around at Anfield, this season has proven that it is not the same without the fans. And on this evidence, there is little to grab hold of.

That night, the Spanish side won a record third Champions League in a row; since then, they have twice fallen during the knockout stages, while Liverpool have been English and European champions, but defender Nacho Fernandez had warned that there is something about Madrid in this competition, and so it proved. It was not just the score, it was the sense Zinedine Zidane’s team were always beyond their reach, even when Mohamed Salah scored the goal that momentarily gave Liverpool hope, and during the final minutes when they sought something to hold on to.

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