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Ronaldo, Benzema silence Anfield in Madrid stroll

Published: Wednesday 22 October 2014, 23.00CET
Liverpool FC 0-3 Real Madrid CF
First-half goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema made it a comfortable night at Anfield for the Group B pacesetters.
by Simon Hart
from Anfield

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Match statistics

LiverpoolReal Madrid

Goals scored0
3
Possession (%)47
 
53
Total attempts13
 
13
on target2
 
7
off target4
 
4
blocked7
 
2
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners9
 
5
Offsides7
 
3
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed6
 
4
Fouls suffered3
 
5
Passes544
 
649
completed498
 
589

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 20/11/2017 15:49 CET
 
Published: Wednesday 22 October 2014, 23.00CET

Ronaldo, Benzema silence Anfield in Madrid stroll

Liverpool FC 0-3 Real Madrid CF
First-half goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema made it a comfortable night at Anfield for the Group B pacesetters.

Cristiano Ronaldo's 23rd-minute opener douses Anfield fire
Karim Benzema puts Madrid in unassailable lead with two more first-half goals
Madrid six points clear at Group B summit
Coutinho hits post for Liverpool who have defensive frailties exposed
Next games: Real Madrid v Liverpool (4 November)

Real Madrid CF continued the impressive defence of their UEFA Champions League title with a comprehensive victory over Liverpool FC at Anfield.

Liverpool had never lost a European home tie by more than two goals but Carlo Ancelotti's men tore up that statistic in fine style. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring and Karim Benzema added two more before the break to leave Madrid six points clear at the top of Group B, with Liverpool sitting third with three points from their three games.

Madrid's success ensures they will face FC Barcelona on Saturday high on confidence and it was Ronaldo who provided the platform with the goal of the night, his 20th already this season. He was the player – as a former Manchester United FC man – whose name was jeered the loudest before kick-off and whose early touches were met with boos yet he silenced the home fans after 23 minutes.

He swapped passes first with Pepe and then with Benzema before feeding James Rodríguez who lobbed a brilliant ball over the home defence which Ronaldo reached ahead of Martin Škrtel and dispatched on the half-volley. It was Ronaldo's 70th goal in the competition – one shy of Raúl González's record – and it took the wind out of Liverpool's sails.

Brendan Rodgers' team – really missing Daniel Sturridge – had started brightly with Raheem Sterling in particular getting into some dangerous forward positions. All they had to show, though, was a long-range Steven Gerrard effort that Iker Casillas got down to parry.

By half-time they were a beaten side and they will not enjoy reviewing their defending for the second and third goals. When Simon Mignolet punched the ball half-clear on the half-hour, Madrid were allowed to recycle the danger, Toni Kroos crossing to the far post where Benzema looped a header over the goalkeeper.

The Reds' defensive frailties were exposed again with the third when a Kroos corner reached the far post where Pepe scrambled the ball beyond Mignolet and Benzema applied the finishing touch.

Liverpool might have found a flicker of hope before the interval but Coutinho clipped the post. Ancelotti's AC Milan side famously surrendered a 3-0 lead against the Reds in the 2005 UEFA Champions League final but Liverpool, despite the half-time withdrawal of the disappointing Mario Balotelli for Adam Lallana, never hinted at a comeback.

That Madrid did not add further goals in the second period was down to Mignolet, who thwarted Ronaldo after he broke clear. The Merengues had some excellent performers, including Isco – deputising impressively for the injured Gareth Bale – and Kroos who earned sporting applause from the Anfield crowd when substituted. As for Liverpool, they have plenty to ponder ahead of next month's trip to Madrid.

Last updated: 29/05/15 5.49CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2015/matches/round=2000548/match=2014342/postmatch/report/index.html#madrid+silence+anfield

Lineups

liverpool

Liverpool

real madrid

Real Madrid

22
MignoletSimon Mignolet (GK)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
2
JohnsonGlen Johnson
2
VaraneRaphaël Varane
6
LovrenDejan Lovren
3
PepePepe
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Goal23
Substitution75
10
CoutinhoPhilippe Coutinho
Substitution68
8
KroosToni Kroos
Yellow Card35
Substitution81
14
HendersonJordan Henderson
Substitution67
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Goal30
Goal41
18
MorenoAlberto Moreno
10
James RodríguezJames Rodríguez
24
AllenJoe Allen
12
MarceloMarcelo
Substitution85
31
SterlingRaheem Sterling
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
37
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel
19
ModrićLuka Modrić
45
BalotelliMario Balotelli
Substitution46
23
IscoIsco

Substitutes

1
JonesBrad Jones (GK)
13
NavasKeylor Navas (GK)
4
TouréKolo Touré
6
KhediraSami Khedira
Substitution75
9
LambertRickie Lambert
14
HernándezJavier Hernández
19
Javi ManquilloJavi Manquillo
15
CarvajalDani Carvajal
20
LallanaAdam Lallana
Substitution46
18
NachoNacho
Substitution85
23
CanEmre Can
Substitution67
24
IllarramendiAsier Illarramendi
Substitution81
50
MarkovićLazar Marković
Substitution68
26
MedránÁlvaro Medrán

Coach

Brendan Rodgers (NIR) Carlo Ancelotti (ITA)

Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Renato Faverani (ITA), Andrea Stefani (ITA)

Fourth official

Mauro Tonolini (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Luca Banti (ITA), Antonio Damato (ITA)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution