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Liverpool 0-0 Real Madrid

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Key events Show 9.55pm BST 21:55 FULL TIME: Liverpool 0-0 Real Madrid (agg 1-3) 8.49pm BST 20:49 HALF TIME: Liverpool 0-0 Real Madrid (agg: 1-3) 6.52pm BST 18:52 The teams 3.47pm BST 15:47 Preamble Live feed Show

10.00pm BST 22:00

This quarter final was won by Real last week in Madrid ... and lost by Liverpool at Anfield tonight when they failed to convert a couple of big first-half chances that might have changed everything. Mohamed Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum were the culprits, but the pair have plenty of Champions League credit in the bank, having scored huge goals in the final and semi-final respectively en route to 2019 glory. It wasn’t to be today, though, Zinedine Zidane’s side holding on before gradually grinding the hosts down. The Spanish champions celebrate modestly, while Liverpool congratulate them with rueful smiles.

9.55pm BST 21:55



FULL TIME: Liverpool 0-0 Real Madrid (agg 1-3)

Liverpool were the better team tonight, but Real Madrid defended staunchly ... and were the best team over the two legs. The Spanish giants deservedly progress to the semis, where they’ll face Chelsea.



9.53pm BST 21:53

90 min +4: Oxlade-Chamberlain burns the turf down the left with a stunning run, but there’s nobody in the box to convert the cross. He has another go a bit later, but Nacho wins a header and that’ll be that.

9.51pm BST 21:51

90 min +2: Liverpool’s last chance to worry Real is denied by Courtois, who smothers Salah’s attempt to chip him from the corner of the six-yard box. Salah had been put through cleverly by Thiago, who otherwise has done very little.

9.50pm BST 21:50

90 min +1: Jota crosses from the left, but once again there’s nobody there. On the touchline, Klopp appears incredibly irritated at his team’s inability to mix it up with the final ball.

9.49pm BST 21:49

90 min: Four extra minutes for a miracle. “This has been an honourable performance by the Reds,” writes Peter Oh. “Plenty of desire and skill on show. It’s hard to break down an experienced and resolutely defensive side like Real Madrid.”

9.47pm BST 21:47

88 min: More pretty but ineffectual Liverpool probing. They’ve got no presence in the box. Real are sitting back, and look totally comfortable.

9.45pm BST 21:45

86 min: Liverpool continue to huff and puff. Jota shovels a cross in from the left that momentarily confuses Courtois, but there’s nobody in red hassling him, and eventually Mendy clears. Meanwhile here’s pre-match optimist Matt Dony, with an email headed Oh Well: “Ah, in all honesty, I had no expectations for tonight. I can accept Liverpool going out, as long as they play like this for the rest of the season. They may not have taken chances, but they’ve pressed and harried and created chances in a way that’s been conspicuously lacking this year. Take confidence from the performance, if not the (expected) result.”

9.43pm BST 21:43

84 min: Real let Liverpool pass it around, only showing interest in getting involved when the ball nears their final third. At which point: no way through.

9.42pm BST 21:42

82 min: Real replace Asensio with Isco, while Liverpool make their final gambit, replacing Mane and Firmino - both of whom having disappointed - with Oxlade-Chamberlain and Shaqiri.

9.41pm BST 21:41

81 min: Liverpool half clear the corner. Militao whips a cross in from the right. It beats Phillips and lands on the head of Benzema, six yards out. He must score ... but heads down, the ball bouncing harmlessly over the bar. I suspect the flag would have gone up for offside, but it doesn’t matter now.

Updated at 9.47pm BST

9.39pm BST 21:39

80 min: Liverpool win a corner down the left. It’s swung into the mixer. Phillips wins a header, but it’s weak and wide. Real go up the other end, Ascensio bringing down a high ball with a soft touch and releasing Rodrygo down the left. Rodrygo wins a corner.

Updated at 9.39pm BST

9.38pm BST 21:38

79 min: Rodrygo nearly gets the better of Alexander-Arnold down the left, but the much-maligned full back defends the situation brilliantly, sticking to the striker’s shoulder and eventually easing him off the ball. Had he not won that battle, Rodrygo was clean through.

9.37pm BST 21:37

78 min: Real are in total control now. Liverpool appear to have burned themselves out. Can the hosts gather themselves for one last push?

9.35pm BST 21:35

76 min: A corner for Real. They don’t throw too many people up for it, and nothing occurs, but no matter, as the sands of time continue to run down.

9.34pm BST 21:34

74 min: Benzema strips Fabinho of the ball in the centre circle and makes for the Liverpool box. The hosts just about hold their defensive shape, but once again, there’s a reminder that Real, already two goals to the good with time on their side, could put this to bed in short order with one rapier thrust.

9.31pm BST 21:31

72 min: It’s Real’s turn to make a double change. Odriozola and Rodrygo come on for Kroos and Vinicius Junior.

9.30pm BST 21:30

71 min: Jota has a flash from a tight angle on the left. A deflection leads to a corner, which leads to a pause in the game as Nacho takes a whack upside the head. Real are more than happy to let the clock tick on.

9.29pm BST 21:29

69 min: Militao blocks again, this time from Firmino’s spin and shot from the left-hand corner of the six-yard box. Liverpool have had their chances. Plenty of them. But the old clinical Liverpool is no more.

9.28pm BST 21:28

68 min: A half-chance for Jota near the left-hand post. He can’t decide whether to head goalwards or backwards, and achieves neither. Then a full-fat opportunity for Salah, who finds the ball at his feet on the penalty spot after some in-box pinball. But he pauses, allowing Militao to get in the way, and can’t get a proper shot off. Real somehow block and clear.

9.26pm BST 21:26

66 min: Vinicius is spring clear down the middle by Valverde’s long ball! He’s one on one with Alisson, but the keeper makes himself big and smothers, then stops Benzema as well, before springing up and hacking clear. Liverpool are still in it ... just. Two goals are proving elusive enough; three would surely be too much.

Updated at 9.30pm BST

9.24pm BST 21:24

65 min: Mane strips Mendy of possession down the Liverpool right and digs out a cross that forces a corner. But the resulting set piece is a complete non-event. On the touchline, Jurgen Klopp is beginning to show signs of high irritation. His opposite number Zinedine Zidane is his usual inscrutable self.

9.23pm BST 21:23

64 min: Plenty of space for Vinicius down the left. He’s got Benzema and Asensio in the middle, but can only clank his pass straight into Fabinho. Liverpool breathe again after looking very light at the back for a few seconds there.

9.21pm BST 21:21

62 min: The pace of this game has seriously dropped. Real will be delighted.

9.20pm BST 21:20

60 min: Having failed to reduce the arrears, Liverpool decide that they may as well go for it. On come Thiago and Jota, their heads full of arrows and diagrams; off go Kabak and Milner. Fabinho will drop back into defence, and Liverpool will throw four up front.

9.18pm BST 21:18

59 min: Phillips is booked for blocking Casemiro. That might be more for repeated fouling, actually, the final straw after a series of impudent clips and shoves.

9.17pm BST 21:17

58 min: Liverpool are planning a double substitution, though they’re taking their sweet time over making it, Jota and Thiago taking in page after page of tactical bumf.

9.15pm BST 21:15

56 min: Firmino has a whack from distance. The ball nestles in the roof of the Kop.

9.15pm BST 21:15

55 min: Mane’s sweet backheel nearly releases Robertson into the box down the left. One of the Casemiros - there is more than one of him, right? - comes across to block Robertson’s run and win the goal kick.

9.13pm BST 21:13

54 min: Mendy and Benzema combine beautifully down the inside-left channel. Mendy reaches the byline, but under pressure from Fabinho, he can only pull back into a thicket of red shirts, and Alexander-Arnold clears.

9.11pm BST 21:11

52 min: Valverde steams down the right and hooks inside for Benzema, who tries to trap and shoot, but is only able to cushion the ball softly into the arms of Allison. Real are responding well to Liverpool’s early second-half thrust.

9.09pm BST 21:09

51 min: Modric nearly springs Benzema clear down the right, but Kabak gets across as fast as he can and intercepts, just in time.

9.08pm BST 21:08

49 min: Asensio and Valverde combine well down the right. A low cross is blasted clear by Phillips in the no-nonsense style.

9.07pm BST 21:07

48 min: Alexander-Arnold comes again, nearly finding Firmino at the near post again. Not quite. Liverpool have come flying out of the blocks again.

9.06pm BST 21:06

47 min: Nothing comes of the set piece, but what a pass that was from Alexander-Arnold, caressed with the outside of his boot, threaded through a thicket to find his man.

9.05pm BST 21:05

46 min: Alexander-Arnold scoops a stunning cross in from the right. Firmino brings it down and hammers a shot towards the near post. Courtois parries brilliantly. Corner.

Updated at 9.32pm BST

9.04pm BST 21:04

Real get the second half underway. No changes. Liverpool are kicking towards the Kop in the second half, which is just how they like it.

8.52pm BST 20:52

Half-time entertainment. Relive last night’s Champions League action in aural form ...

... and in good, old-fashioned, sarcastic words.

8.49pm BST 20:49

HALF TIME: Liverpool 0-0 Real Madrid (agg: 1-3)

Liverpool have had plenty of chances, but haven’t seriously bothered Courtois in the Real Madrid goal. The 13-time champions will be happy to have kept their hosts contained.

8.47pm BST 20:47

45 min +1: Mane looks to chest down on the penalty spot, with a view to spinning and shooting. But he slips at exactly the wrong time. Had he remained on his feet, he’d surely have scored, but his studs went.

8.45pm BST 20:45

45 min: There will be two added minutes. Can Liverpool score a goal that would change the half-time mood entirely?

8.45pm BST 20:45

44 min: Liverpool have had their chances. But it’s been their story of 2021: plenty of good build-up play, but an obvious lack of confidence in front of goal. Sport’s a funny thing.

8.43pm BST 20:43

42 min: Liverpool miss their second gilt-edged opportunity of the match. Alexander-Arnold fights his way down the inside-right channel, then suddenly cuts an unexpected pass back for Wijnaldum, who is in a pocket of space, ten yards out. Wijnaldum, who has more time than he realises, blazes over the bar. He holds his head in both hands, as well he might.

Updated at 9.04pm BST

8.42pm BST 20:42

41 min: Another chance for Salah, albeit a much harder one than his early opportunity. Wijnaldum and Mane work well down the left. The ball comes across and evades Mendy. Salah, the ball a little bit behind him, swivels and tries to scoop it home but can only hoick it over the bar.

8.41pm BST 20:41

40 min: Mane finds a little space down the left but his cross is cut out by Casemiro, who has misplaced a couple of passes, and nearly got himself sent off, but has otherwise been excellent.

8.38pm BST 20:38

38 min: Some shapeless bustle down the Liverpool right. Suddenly Alexander-Arnold decides to restore order, and whips a glorious cross towards the far post. It’s dipping towards Mane, but he’s reluctant to clatter into Courtois, which is what would have happened had he thrown himself at the ball. The cross flies out for a goal kick. A yard further out, and Mane was slotting that home.

8.37pm BST 20:37

36 min: Kabak does well to hold up Benzema, who was threatening go breeze off down the left. But Vinicius Junior nicks the ball back immediately and chips over Kabak, who is out of the game. Fortunately for Liverpool, Vinicius takes a heavy touch as he enters the box and runs out for a goal kick.

8.35pm BST 20:35

35 min: Liverpool ping it around nicely, 30 yards out, but can’t find a way into the final third. Eventually Milner gets fed up and crosses long from the left. Easy pickings for Courtois.

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