Real Madrid and Liverpool clashed in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals in a highly expected match-up. The two European giants headed to this game with plenty of expectation, as they have high hopes of fighting for the trophy this year.
For any of them, being knocked out at this stage would be a huge blow. 'Los Blancos' are always a serious contender for the UCL trophy due to their history, and because fans and the board of directors expect nothing less than that result every season. On the other hand, Liverpool struggled in the Premier League so far and were left out of the title race. That's why the European prize remains the only big challenge left for them.
However, the hosts have taken the lead ahead of the second clash to be played at England, putting 'The Reds' under pressure ahead of that season-defining game. Madrid's victory in the first leg left plenty of funny memes and reactions from soccer fans on social media.
Memes and reactions after Madrid's advantage in the first match
Real Madrid couldn't play with their two top central backs, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane. Still, Zinedine Zidane's team took the lead early in the game, as Vinicius Junior scored after a beautiful pass from Toni Kroos. Minutes later, 'Los Blancos' hit again following a mistake at Liverpool's defense. Trent Alexander-Arnold's deflection was received by Marco Asensio close to Alisson, and the Spaniard finished with style.
In the second half, the visitors pulled one back via Mohamed Salah, reviving their hopes until Vinicius Jr came up again to increase the advantage for 'El Merengue'. As the match was played, millions of fans took to the Internet to share their thoughts. Check out the best memes and hilarious reactions to the game.
The first match of the quarter-final tie between Real Madrid and Liverpool was exciting, and we are already looking forward to watch the second leg at Anfield. 'Los Blancos' will head to England with a two-goal advantage, and 'The Reds' need to turn around that difference to advance.