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Real Madrid cruised into the Champions League quarter-finals as Karim Benzema’s second-half goal secured a comfortable 1-0 win over Liverpool in their last-16 second leg that wrapped up a 6-2 aggregate victory on Wednesday.

Bidding to win back-to-back Champions League titles and a record extending 15th European crown, a disciplined Real seemed content to sit back against a tame Liverpool who carried little threat for most of the game.

Real spurned several opportunities to open the scoring as they looked to exploit Vinicius Jr’s speed on the counter-attack but could not break the deadlock until late in the second half.

They ensured victory on the night in the 79th minute when Vinicius flicked a loose ball inside the area to Benzema who tapped it into the empty net.

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Real Madrid CF 1 - 0 Liverpool FC

Jurgen Klopp vows Liverpool will keep fighting despite ‘strange’ season

23:17 , Jonathan Gorrie

Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool are enduring a “strange” season.

The German saw his side put in a tame performance away at Real Madrid, failing to lay much of a glove on the European champions as they were knocked out of the Champions League.

Despite picking a four-man frontline, the Reds struggled to impose themselves inside Santiago Bernabeu and Karim Benzema’s goal sealed a 6-2 aggregate win.

Where last season Liverpool were the model of consistency, this time around has proven anything but.

Read his comments in full here!

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Meek Liverpool limp out of the Champions League with a whimper

22:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

Karim Benzema scored the only goal of the game as Real Madrid made light work of Liverpool to progress into the Champions League quarter-finals.

While there remained the very slight chance the visitors could mount the kind of stunning comeback for which they’ve become European royalty until Benzema’s strike 12 minutes from time, it was thanks only to Alisson Becker rather than Klopp’s frontline.

The Brazilian pulled off stunning saves to deny both Eduardo Camavinga and Vinicius Jr in the first-half to keep the distant notion of a turnaround a remote possibility.

Read Jonathan Gorrie’s full match report here!


FT: Real Madrid 6-2 Liverpool (6-2 agg)

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And that’s that!

Liverpool are OUT of the Champions League.

Real Madrid changes

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GOAL! Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool | Karim Benzema ‘78

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And that’s it, game over!

Karim Benzema sends Real Madrid into the final eight with a tap in from close range.

Liverpool change

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68 mins: Benzema fires over from close range. Should really have scored.

Far too many passes from Liverpool

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65 mins: Everything is so slow, allowing Madrid to revert into shape.

So meek from Liverpool

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60 mins: They do not look like they do not believe they can win.

Liverpool changes

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Awful, awful ball from Salah

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55 mins: Liverpool have a 2v1 on the transition but Salah’s ball to Nunez is shocking and Madrid clear.

Where is the urgency?

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54 mins: A slower first-half was expected given conceding one goal would have ended things for Liverpool but there has been so little attacking threat from Liverpool even in the second.

Back underway!

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46 mins: No changes at the break.

A closer look at Alisson’s save

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HT: Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool (5-2 agg)

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HT: Not much in the way of threat from Liverpool...

Into added time

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45 mins: 2 minutes added on and little genuine threat from Liverpool.

Liverpool have to show more

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40 mins: Heading out of the Champions League with a whimper at this rate.


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37 mins: Alexander-Arnold drills in a low corner to Salah at the near post, though Real are alert and clear it.

Liverpool starting to grow into this.


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34 mins: Nunez cuts in from the left and curls a lovely shot at goal, though Courtois meets it with his fingertips.


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32 mins: There are, at least, attackers.

Still, Nunez’s header at Courtois is very weak and the ‘keeper catches with ease.

Liverpool’s lack of a midfield obvious

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31 mins: That’s not saying anything new of course but it’s pretty much Fabinho and Milner against Kroos, Camavinga and Modric. That certainly seems bold.


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26 mins: Gakpo glances a header wide after good from Nunez and Alexander-Arnold.

Very little from Liverpool

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21 mins: All of Kroos, Camavinga and Modric have had shots from range, with Liverpool dropping far too deep.


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20 mins: The Frenchman strikes from range and rattles the bar!


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19 mins: Alexander-Arnold plays a wonderful ball over to Salah who in turn finds Jota, though he can’t keep his shot down.


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14 mins: A STUNNING save from Alisson to deny Vinicius Jr from close range after a flick-on at the back post.

Ridiclous reactions from the Brazilian but Liverpool a mess defensively.


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11 mins: Kroos unleashes a fierce volley but Alisson is behind it.

Liverpool yet to really get going here.


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10 mins: Kroos pulls one back for Benzema, though the ball just evades him and Liverpool clear.


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07 mins: Liverpoo clear the corner and pounce on Rudiger’s mistake, with Salah playing in Nunez but the striker can’t beat Courtois.

Good defending from Konate

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06 mins: Vinicius finds himself in some space after patient build-up play from Modric and Nacho, though Konate clears lines.

Madrid, however, have won a corner.

Positive start from Liverpool

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05 mins: Klopp’s gone big with four forwards tonight and they are combining well in the opening stages.

Benzema almost in on the counter, however, which underlines the balancing act.


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01 mins: Away we go!

Klopp’s verdict on Real Madrid team news

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“Tchouameni isn’t playing. We expected that. The other boy is playing, he is a good one as well.”

He’s not wrong!

Ten minutes to go!

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Liverpool couldn’t it, could they?

A huge task awaits.

James Milner breaks Champions League record

19:31 , Jonathan Gorrie

James Milner will be the oldest Englishman (37d 70d) to start in a Champions League match since David Beckham in April 2013 (37y 335d).

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Head to head (h2h) history and results

19:22 , Jonathan Gorrie

Real Madrid wins: 6

Draws: 1

Liverpool wins: 3

Klopp backs Henry’s transfer plan after Howe’s criticism over ‘limits’ comment

19:14 , Jonathan Gorrie

Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool do act “responsibly” in the market after criticism of club owner John W. Henry’s calls for “limits” on transfer spending.

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe voiced his unhappiness at the prospect of more restrictions after Henry spoke in the week of his desire for “responsible” spending across the Premier League due to certain club’s “unsustainable” plans.

Howe, whose side are fighting Liverpool for a place in next season’s Champions League, said: “I wouldn’t want to see any more restrictions on spending. We have spent money - don’t get me wrong - but future restrictions would certainly deny our ability to improve as quickly as we want to.”

Read the full story here!

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Confirmed Liverpool lineup

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Courtois delivers dig at Liverpool in painful reality check for Klopp

18:45 , Jonathan Gorrie

Thibaut Courtois says “vulnerable” Liverpool are not the side they were a year ago as the Real Madrid goalkeeper stuck the boot in following last night’s Champions League hammering.

Two of the most successful clubs in the competition’s history met in the first leg of their last-16 tie at Anfield, in a repeat of last season’s final.

Liverpool briefly looked on course to avenge their 1-0 defeat in Paris after racing into a 2-0 lead - helped by a Courtois howler - but Vinicius Jr.’s superb strike on 21 minutes kickstarted a remarkable comeback as both the Brazilian and Karim Benzema scored twice in a 5-2 victory for the Spaniards.

“We knew we could hurt them and Vini’s first goal gave us breathing space,” Courtois said. “We had some counter-attacks and we know that we could cause them problems, that’s how we won the game today.

“Madrid are always going to fight until the end. [But] Liverpool are not the team of last year, to be honest. They are more vulnerable.”

Even with the away goals rule a thing of the past, Liverpool face the daunting task of having to win by three clear goals just to force extra time when they travel to the Bernabeu in three weeks’ time.

Jurgen Klopp’s side had looked to be returning to form just in time for the Champions League’s return, with encouraging victories over Everton and Newcastle heading into last night’s game, but after their bright start, wilted in alarming fashion.

“I think Carlo [Ancelotti] thinks the tie is over - and I think it as well in the moment,” Klopp said. “But in three weeks - that is how it is in these moments - the closer you get to the game, the bigger our chances become and the less likely that the tie is over.

“But tonight with a 5-2 when you see the game, they are pretty good in counter-attacking... we have to score there three goals and take some risks. That could be a bit tricky.

“If that’s possible or not right now I don’t know but that’s what we will try and from there we will see.”

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Mauricio Pochettino keen on Tottenham return but Real Madrid could scupper summer reunion

18:25 , Jonathan Gorrie

Mauricio Pochettino is open to returning to Tottenham in the event that Antonio Conte leaves.

Conte widely expected to part ways with the club by the end of the season, when he is out of contract, with currently little appetite on either side for an extension.

Pochettino enjoyed a successful spell at Spurs from 2014 until his sacking in November 2019, and has previously said he wants to return one day.

The Argentine, who splits his time between properties in north London and Barcelona, is currently out of work after being sacked by Paris Saint-Germain in July last year, but is also admired by Real Madrid.

Read the full story here!

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Confirmed Real Madrid lineup

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Benzema starts!

When is the Champions League draw? Date, time, teams qualified for quarter-finals and how to watch on TV

18:06 , Jonathan Gorrie

The draw for the Champions League quarter-finals takes place at the end of this week.

Chelsea produced their best performance under Graham Potter to knock out Borussia Dortmund and reach the last eight, but Tottenham could not join them after a dismal and drab draw with AC Milan. Manchester City thrashed RB Leipzig to book their spot in the Champions League draw, while Liverpool are facing mission impossible against Real Madrid.

The draw is completely open with no seedings as teams from the same nation and Champions League group can face each other in the last eight.

Click here to see all the details!

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Latest odds

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Betfair - Real Madrid vs Liverpool

Real Madrid - 13/10

Draw - 29/10

Liverpool - 9/5

Betfair - To Qualify

Real Madrid - 1/40

Liverpool - 11/1

Betfair - To Reach The Final

Man City - 8/11

Bayern Munich - 1/1

Real Madrid - 12/5

Napoli - 5/2

Chelsea - 9/2

Inter Milan - 7/1

Benfica - 8/1

AC Milan - 9/1

Liverpool - 50/1

Rio Ferdinand slams Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness over treatment of Roy Keane and Gary Neville

17:54 , Jonathan Gorrie

Rio Ferdinand believes Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness should be “ashamed of themselves” for their treatment of Roy Keane and Gary Neville following Liverpool’s 7-0 win over Manchester United.

The Red Devils hero was speaking after Liverpool crashed back to earth with a defeat at Bournemouth on the weekend, a result which he has claimed underlines their “small club mentality”.

After United’s shock thumping at Anfield, Keane and Neville were subject to numerous taunts from their fellow pundits in the Sky Sports studio in scenes that irked Ferdinand.

He told his FIVE YouTube channel: “The way Souness and Carragher were celebrating... The way they were trying to antagonise the guys [Keane and Neville] - and then their team goes and does that on the weekend.

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Ancelotti reveals Real Madrid tactics to see off Liverpool

17:41 , Jonathan Gorrie

Carlo Ancelotti has vowed Real Madrid will “attack more than defend” at the Bernabeu tonight, as he bids to avoid being on the wrong end of another Liverpool miracle.

Real are 5-2 up going into the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie after a commanding display at Anfield three weeks ago.

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool have only a “one per cent chance” of a miraculous recovery, but Ancelotti does not need reminding of the perils of thinking the job is already done.

Read the full story here!


Prediction: Real Madrid to win 3-1

17:32 , Jonathan Gorrie

It would not be surprising to see Liverpool make a fist of it, with Klopp’s team boasting goals at their best. However, that leaves the door open at the back and Madrid can be absolutely lethal.

Real Madrid to win 3-1.


Liverpool team news: Klopp expected to make changes

17:31 , Jonathan Gorrie

For Liverpool, Joe Gomez, Thiago Alcantara, Luis Diaz and Calvin Ramsay are all injured, while Jordan Henderson and Stefan Bajcetic are also now out. Naby Keita is a doubt.

Given the loss at Bournemouth, Klopp may look to ring the changes.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Peter Byrne/PA) (PA Wire)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Peter Byrne/PA) (PA Wire)

Real Madrid team news: Benzema included in squad

17:31 , Jonathan Gorrie

Madrid named Karim Benzema and Ferland Mendy in their matchday squad to face Liverpool after injury issues put both men at risk of missing out.

Carlo Ancelotti is still without David Alaba, however.

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Where to watch Liverpool vs Real Madrid

17:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

TV channel: The game will be broadcast on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with kick-off at 8pm GMT.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch on a live stream across mobile devices, laptops, games consoles, tablets and more on either the BT Sport website or app.

Live blog: Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog.

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17:21 , Jonathan Gorrie

Good evening and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Liverpool’s clash with Real Madrid tonight.

Jurgen Klopp’s side face an almighty task at the Santiago Bernabeu, from which kick-off is at 8pm GMT.

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