Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool: Benzema goal seals Real victory against a weakened Liverpool side

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema continue his fine form in the Champions League with the winning goal against Liverpool last night, reports BBC Sport.

Liverpool started the game strongly, and looked to take advantage of Real’s defensive lapses early on, but nothing came of their bright opening. Instead if was the hosts who started to assert their pressure, and soon their dominance told.

Real Madrid took the lead inside of half an hour, with Karim Benzema scoring with a half-volley into the roof of the net at the far post from a Marcelo cross.

After scoring, the Spaniards continued their pursuit of a decisive second goal, but were guilty of missing a host of opportunities. Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t at his best, and will have felt he should have got on the score sheet in the first-half, but Liverpool ‘keeper Simon Mignolet enjoyed a sold game.

In the second-half, Liverpool wouldn’t throw in the towel. The Reds were industrious without ever threatening to score, but did well to keep Real’s attackers at bay. They did still concede 27 shots in the 90 minutes, however.

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