Karim Benzema seals inevitable Real Madrid win against limp Liverpool

“On the good side of history,” said the banner stretching across the south end of the Santiago Bernabéu, yet this place built on epic tales did not need one here. Instead, Real Madrid reasserted their status with a calm authority, refusing to allow a rebellion, let alone a comeback. That is their thing, after all. That Liverpool are out of the Champions League is no surprise after a 5-2 defeat at Anfield three weeks ago; what might be a surprise is that they never really looked like avoiding that fate, or inflicting any real suffering upon this stadium.A game that needed lots of goals got just one, and it was Madrid’s. It was scored by Karim Benzema and although it ended this tie, the truth is it had already felt over. When Liverpool needed to go up through the gears they were unable to do so. They required three goals but had not managed a shot on target in the second half and so it ended. Continue reading…

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