Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Real Tie Man U 1-1 in Champions League Play

Cristiano Ronaldo was able to score against his former team but Manchester United will be the happier after a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in their Champions League last-16 first-leg tie at the Bernabeu. Real began the match by pressing Manchester’s defense and if not for a Fabio Coentrao effort onto the far post, Real would have taken the early lead.  History shows that a team under duress will take advantage of their limited opportunities and that’s exactly what Danny Welbeck was able to do for Manchester on its first corner kick of the match.  Although Ronaldo netted a first-half equalizer climbing over the defender for an uncontested free header from a Di Maria delivery and that is how it stayed to set up a fascinating second leg.

Jose Mourinho's side continued to dominate the ball after the break and Manchester’s keeper De Gea saved well with his feet from Coentrao on the hour mark.  Despite heavy pressure from Madrid, United remained a threat on the break as striker Van Persie had two consecutive chances to put United in front only to see his first shot hit the crossbar and the second cleared off the line by Xabi Alonso.
After a series of conservative substitutions from both managers in order to help ensure there teams did not concede the go ahead goal it sets up for an intriguing second leg at Old Trafford in three weeks' time.


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