Real Madrid shocked Liverpool with a 3-1 defeat over the Merseyside club Tuesday night in the Champions League quarterfinal first leg. Luka Modrić played a solid 90 minutes and assisted on the third Madrid goal but it was the Toni Kroos show on the day as he put together a dazzling performance which led to the opening goal. ManagingMadrid.com gave Modrić an 8.5/10 on the night: “What a player Modrić is. Like Kroos tonight, once again showed why he’s one of the top midfielders in the world. Put in more of a defensive shift than others did which was a nice bonus especially as Liverpool pushed for a second goal. Assisted Vini’s second goal and finished with one key pass and three tackles.”
If Modrić and Real Madrid finish off Liverpool next week and Kovačić’s Chelsea get past Porto – as they should – the two Croatian teammates will meet in the Champions League semifinals. We are close, folks! We’re close to having another chance at making it NINE STRAIGHT YEARS a Croatian lifts the CL trophy. Still some work to do but we’re definitely a lot closer now than we were before the Liverpool match kicked off.