By Alan Duffy
Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid – Champions League Group B – 22nd October 2014
Liverpool were given a footballing lesson on Wednesday night, with European champions Real Madrid simply too good for the hosts.
Madrid were 3-0 up by the break, courtesy of a superb opener from Cristiano Ronaldo and a brace from Karim Benzema as the Reds struggled to cope with Los Merengues’ pace and movement.
Brendan Rodgers hauled off the ineffectual Mario Balotelli at half-time (who had rather misguidedly swapped shirts with Pepe at the break) but the introduction of Adam Lallana did little to change the game.
With Madrid totally in control, manager Carlo Ancelotti took Ronaldo off on 75 minutes, with the superstar getting a fine reception from the Anfield faithful, as did the outstanding Toni Kroos who was also subbed soon after.
With three points from three games, the Reds are struggling in Group B, however with Ludogorets Razgrad and Basel their competition for a last 16 berth (along with Madrid, of course), they should still get through.
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