LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – European Champions Real Madrid battered Liverpool at Anfield with Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema leading the way in a convincing 5-2 win in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
Liverpool actually took control of the game early on, scoring twice within the first 15 minutes thanks to Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah.
But Madrid battled their way back into the contest, with Vinicius the key man.
The Brazil forward scored twice before the break to level the game at 2-2 after 45 minutes.
The visitors then exploded in the second half, as Eder Militao and Benzema scored in quick succession.
Benzema added a fifth to perhaps put the tie to bed ahead of the return leg at Santiago Bernabeu.