Liverpool suffered a painful 3-0 defeat yesterday evening at the hands of European champions Real Madrid.
Real Madrid continued their perfect start to this season's Champions League with a one-sided victory at Liverpool on Wednesday evening.
Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and a Karim Benzema double gave the current holders a 3-0 lead at half-time, which they maintained throughout the second period.
Here are the top five statistics from this encounter (Liverpool fans, shield your eyes!):
1) Mario Balotelli's last 11 Champions League appearances have seen him score three goals and record 0 assists. However, the Italian only took 23 touches against Real Madrid and four of them came from Liverpool’s multiple kick-offs. Ouch.
2) Liverpool's midfield five of Steven Gerrard, Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling & Philippe Coutinho won just 33% of their tackles in the first half, while the back four of Glen Johnson, Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel and Alberto Moreno won 0% of their tackles in the second period.
|Team||Pos||Touches||Total Pass||Accurate Pass||Apps||Mins|
4) Yesterday evening was the first time in their history that Liverpool have lost a European home game by a three-goal margin.
5) Iker Casillas has now won more games than any other player in Champions League history (Xavi Hernandez, 84). The Madrid shot-stopper made three saves yesterday as he held on to record a clean sheet.