Everton forward Richarlison couldn’t resist mocking Merseyside rivals, Liverpool, last night as they trailed Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. The Reds were expected to carry on where they left off following the 3-0 drubbing of Arsenal last weekend but the experience of Los Blancos made life difficult for the Premier League champions, who endured a nightmare opening 45 minutes.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were 2-0 down before the break, courtesy of goals from Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio.
The Brazilian enjoyed a field day up against Trent Alexander-Arnold, whose performance helped justify Gareth Southgate’s decision to leave him out of the England set-up during the international break.
Mohamed Salah pulled back a crucial away goal just after the interval before Vinicius helped himself to his second of the evening to put Real Madrid in the driving seat.
The 20-year-old has flattered to deceive since arriving from Flamengo in 2018 but this was, without doubt, his best-ever performance under Zinedine Zidane.
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“The last game I made that challenge on Thiago and got sent off. My goodness,” Richarlison said.
“Then I went on Instagram to apologise and such. He only saw it. I said ‘I’m going to delete this message too since he doesn’t want to reply’.
“Then I went there and deleted it. He didn’t answer, no.”
Richarlison then made it clear he would have the last laugh, adding: “Then there was the derby now, at their home, he didn’t look at my face, I didn’t look at him, either. The game goes on. He ignored the pigeon.”