WATCH: Alisson copies Thibaut Courtois with horrendous error to gift Real Madrid an equaliser against Liverpool in breathless Champions League clash
- Alisson howler gifts Real second
- Follows on from earlier Courtois error
- Four goals in first half at Anfield
WHAT HAPPENED? After Liverpool raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to a strike from Darwin Nunez and a major error from Thibaut Courtois which gifted Mohamed Salah a record-breaking goal, Madrid quickly pulled themselves back into the game through Vinicius Junior. They then drew level before the break thanks to yet another howler from a goalkeeper, with Alisson putting it on a plate for the Brazilian to grab his brace.
WHAT A FIRST HALF THIS HAS BEEN 🤯— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 21, 2023
It's Alisson who has now made the mistake for Vinícius Júnior to pounce! #UCL pic.twitter.com/4H1tnBKy2z
Vini Jr. with an incredible no-look finish. 😉 pic.twitter.com/DGFLbZ0uiu— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) February 21, 2023
THE BIGGER PICTURE: An emotionally charged night between last season's Champions League finalists began inside a rampant Anfield, with Liverpool fans taking aim at UEFA with boos and chants ahead of kick-off. The atmosphere was quickly followed up by a thrilling first half of action that saw Nunez open the scoring and Salah double Liverpool's lead thanks to a Courtois error, before Vinicius fired Real back level.
WHAT NEXT? With another half to play at Anfield and a second leg still to come at the Santiago Bernabeu, plenty more fireworks can be expected from two of Europe's biggest sides.