Real Madrid to ensure a place in the last 16 after beating Liverpool 1-0 on Matchday fourth Champions League Group B at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday or Wednesday (11/05/2014) early morning hrs.
Results that make Madrid firmly on top with 12 points from four games, six points ahead of Basel in second. Meanwhile, Liverpool are third with three points.
In this match, Madrid backing Gareth Bale is reportedly recovering from injury. Bale was replaced by Isco position that Madrid started the match with a 4-4-2 formation.
Meanwhile, Liverpool did not play Mario Balotelli and Steven Gerrard. Coach Brendan Rodgers prefers Emre Can play in midfield and Fabio Borini as the spearhead.
Madrid tried to pressure Liverpool since the early minutes. Several times Carlo Ancelotti's squad have the opportunity to break into the visitors' goal keeper Simon Mignolet guarded.
Until the middle of the first half, Liverpool looked just rely on counterattacks. They also struggled to penetrate the defense of the home team who appear quite disciplined.
Keep pressing, Madrid efforts paid off in the minutes after Karim Benzema scored in the 27th minute. Goal was created after receiving a cross Marcelo.
Winning one goal, Madrid did not reduce the intensity of the attack. In the 40th minute, Cristiano Ronaldo almost made Madrid regained the lead when the ball hard kick from inside the penalty box is not denied by Mignolet.
After halftime, Ancelotti enter Bale to increase the power on the squad. Meanwhile, Liverpool were also doing the same thing by lowering Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard.
In the 57th minute, Liverpool get a golden opportunity to equalize. However, Adam Lallana kick the ball in the penalty box Madrid still thin on the left side of goalkeeper Casillas.
Madrid is also not without a threat in the second half of this. In the 71st minute, Madrid almost added advantage if the ball hard kick hit the crossbar Bale not Liverpool.
Although both tried to suppress, acquired a number of opportunities both teams can not be converted into goals. Score 1-0 to Madrid was finally endure until the referee blew the long whistle.
Throughout the game, according to the record of UEFA, Madrid had the ball as much as 54 percent and created six shots off accurately from 12 businesses. The Liverpool did not kick toward the goal.
Madrid: 1-Iker Casillas; 2-Raphael Varane, 4-Sergio Ramos, 12-Marcelo, 17-Alvaro Arbeloa (18-Nacho 83); 8-Toni Kroos, 10-James Rodriguez, 19-Luka Modric, 23-Isco (11-Gareth Bale 62); 7-Cristiano Ronaldo, 9-Karim Benzema (14-Javier Hernandez 87)
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
Liverpool: 22-Simon Mignolet; 4-Kolo Toure, 18-Alberto Moreno, 19-Javi Manquillo, 37-Martin Skrtel; 20-Adam Lallana, 21-Lucas (8-Steven Gerrard 69), 23-Emre Can (10-Philippe Coutinho 75), 24-Joe Allen, the 50-Lazar Markovic (31-Raheem Sterling 69); 29-Fabio Borini
Coach: Brendan Rodgers
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)