Real Madrid 1 – 1 Man Utd

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Updated: February 13, 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo’s header keeps Real Madrid in the tie as a place for the

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quarter finals is open wide for the second leg.

The last time Real Madrid and Manchester United meet in the Champions League was nearly 10 years ago when the Spanish side beat the red devils by a single goal. You could say that this tie is a good opportunity for United to have revenge.

Less than five minutes played in the first half the home side were already causing threats at goal. Fabio Coentrao had a low shot from inside the penalty area hitting the inside post after a bit of contact from David De Gea’s fingers helped the ball stay out of goal.

Tonight’s meeting was United’s 6th visit to the Bernabeu and in the last 5 visits the reds have not been able to secure a victory.

After the 20 minute mark the hunt for their first win at Madrid was looking good as a corner delivery by Wayne Rooney was headed into the bottom right corner of the net by Danny Welbeck.

10 minutes after the opening goal, Madrid got their equaliser. A delivery from the left wing by Angel Di Maria was headed stormily in by Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Patrice Evra and De Gea standing.

As Ronaldo promised before the match the Portuguese striker did not celebrate his equaliser in front of his old club.

The match went into halftime with both sides level on goals. Sir Alex Ferguson looked happy with the score so far but judging from Jose Mourinho the Madrid manager didn’t look too happy with his team’s performance.

Quarter of an hour into the second half, a fantastic delivery from the right by Sami Khedira picked out Coentrao to place the ball past De Gea but another breath taking save from the Spaniard goalkeeper kept his side level.

With 19 minutes to go until the full time whistle, it was a shaky 24 seconds for the home side.

A strike at goal by United’s leading top goalscorer, Robin van Persie, was denied by Real’s goal stopper, Diego Lopez, but a free header back into the box by Michael Carrick gave van Persie the best chance of the game but the Dutchman miss kicked the delivery letting Xabi Alonso clear the ball off the line.

With hardly anytime left until the conclusion of the match, United had won a corner but did not get given any more time as the referee blew the full time whistle leaving Manchester United leading the tie on away goals.

The reds will be absolutely delighted with the result as they got themselves an away goal thanks to young Danny Welbeck but this game is far from over as it is expected to have more goals at Old Trafford in the second leg.

Manchester United will be leaving Spain with a bit more happier faces than the whites as the team are leading the tie by away goals.

Ever since Manchester United’s signing of De Gea back in July 2011, there has been doubts from critics and fans of the Spaniard’s performance throughout his career so far at United. Sir Alex Ferguson has supported his goalkeeper against his critics but after tonight’s performance the critics will surely be thinking twice.

Sir Alex Ferguson will also be happy with his defence against the mighty Madrid. Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones could say half of the job has been done as all three defenders handled Madrid’s fierce forwards very well.

The second leg meeting takes place at Old Trafford on Tuesday the 5th of March.

 

Real Madrid (Ronaldo 30′) 1 – 1 Manchester United (Welbeck 20′)

 

Match facts

Real Madrid

41 Diego Lopez; 02 Varane, 04 Ramos, 05 Coentrao, 17 Arbeloa; 06 Khedira, 07 Ronaldo, 10 Ozil, 14 Alonso (Pepe – 83′ ), 22 Di Maria (Modric – 75′ ); 09 Benzema (Higuain – 60′ ).

Substitutes – 13 Adan, 03 Pepe, 11 Carvalho, 08 Kaka, 15 Essien, 19 Modric, 20 Higuain.

Yellow cards – 0

Red cards – 0

 

Manchester United

01 De Gea; 02 Rafael (Booked), 03 Evra, 04 Jones, 05 Ferdinand, 06 Evans; 16 Carrick, 26 Kagawa (Giggs – 64′ ); 10 Rooney (Anderson – 84′ ), 19 Welbeck (Valencia – 73′ Booked ), 20 Van Persie (Booked)/

Substitutes – 13 Lindegaard, 12 Smalling, 07 Valencia, 08 Anderson, 11 Giggs, 23 Cleverley, 14 Hernandez.

Yellow cards – 3 (van Persie, Rafael & Valencia)

Red cards – 0

 

Referee – Felix Brych (Ger)

Attendance – 85,454

 

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