Liverpool’s hopes of progressing in the Champions League were dashed for the third season in a row by Real Madrid, as they were unable to overturn their first-leg defeat at Anfield. Despite lining up with four forwards at the Bernabeu, the Reds were unable to mount a comeback and were beaten 1-0, with Karim Benzema scoring the decisive goal.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson kept the scoreline respectable with some outstanding saves, but the team’s failure to score meant they suffered their biggest ever aggregate defeat in the Champions League.
The defeat also puts their chances of qualifying for the tournament next season in jeopardy, as they currently sit six points behind the top four in the Premier League.
Real Madrid were the deserved winners on the night, having dominated the game with 17 shots on goal compared to Liverpool’s lackluster 9 attempts. The defeat leaves Liverpool without any silverware this season, and they now face an uphill battle to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Despite the odds being stacked against them, Liverpool had hoped to draw on their history of famous European comebacks, but ultimately fell short against a strong Real Madrid side.
While Liverpool’s Champions League dreams have come to an end, Real Madrid can celebrate reaching their 19th quarter-final in the competition. However, there was some concern for Real Madrid as Benzema injured himself while scoring and may miss their upcoming El Clasico match against Barcelona.