‘The best moment of the season … people on the outside can keep talking’: Real Madrid winger Vinicius Junior looked forward to silencing doubters by scoring twice in Champions League victory over Liverpool
Vinicius Junior was delighted to finally perform on the biggest stage with a brace against Liverpool, silencing the doubters who claimed he didn’t have the bottle to succeed at Real Madrid.
The 20-year-old Brazilian scored twice when the Spanish giants punished a sloppy Liverpool and won 3-1 at home in the Champions League first leg in Tuesday’s quarter-final.
Vinicius put the home side ahead in the 27th minute at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium after a long diagonal pass by Toni Kroos from his own half to control that messed up the Liverpool defense.
Vinicius Junior scored twice for Real Madrid when it beat Liverpool 3-1 on Tuesday evening
Marco Asensio further put the hosts at ease by scoring in the 35th after a Kroos pass again wreaked havoc on the visiting backline, but Liverpool looked calmer after the break and a scrappy Mohamed Salah attack drew them early in the game. second half in the fight again.
But they didn’t build on their momentum and Vinicius, who has a reputation for thrilling play but a lack of composure in front of goal, struck again in the 63rd minute and shot past Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson after a clever pairing game between Karim Benzema and Luka Modric. .
Asensio missed a clear opportunity to take Madrid’s fourth goal, while Liverpool threatened late.
Vinicius controlled a brilliant pass from Toni Kroos before throwing the ball past Alisson for the first goal
Still, the visitors couldn’t find a second away goal to take back to Anfield next Wednesday and the game ended with the same score as in the 2018 Champions League final.
Afterwards, Vinicius said, “The people on the outside can keep talking, but I kept working, which gave me the strength to take on an important event and get the goals we needed.
‘It’s a lot of fun to win at the best time of the season.
‘I work a lot, I’ve always dreamed of playing for Madrid and I think because of the wish I’ve had all season, at the club and with my family, I always want the best for our fans.
Vinicius’ brace put Zinedine Zidane’s squad at the wheel to advance to the semi-finals