Karim Benzema seals inevitable Real Madrid win against limp Liverpool | Champions League

“On the good side of history,” said the banner stretching across the south end of the Santiago Bernabéu, yet this place built on epic tales did not need one here. Instead, Real Madrid reasserted their status with a calm authority, refusing to allow a rebellion, let alone a comeback. That is their thing, after all. That Liverpool are out of the Champions League is no surprise after a 5-2 defeat at Anfield three weeks ago; what might be a surprise is that they never really looked like avoiding that fate, or inflicting any real suffering upon this stadium.

A game that needed lots of goals…

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