– Atalanta vs Real Madrid ended 1-0 in favor of Los Blancos in a match played at the Gewiss Stadium
– The only goal of the match was scored by Ferland Mendy with four minutes left to play as Real have a vital away goal
– There is still all to play for in the second leg at the Alfred di Stefano Stadium in two weeks time
Real Madrid secured a 1-0 first win over Atalanta in the Champions League round of 16 game played at the Gewiss Stadium in Italy.
Ferland Mendy scored the winner in the 86th minute to give Los Blancos the long-awaited winning goal.
Zinedine Zidane’s side started the game brightly and created many chances on goal but failed to convert.
There was a controversial sending off of Remo Freuler after he was adjudged to have committed a professional foul on Mendy.
Madrid pulled the strings on Atalanta from then on as goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini was kept busy for the remaining 73 minutes of the game.
Isco made a lovely turn inside the box 18-yard but his shot was blocked by an Atalanta defender. Luka Modric could not keep his shot down as it went over the bar later on.
Vinicius received a brilliant through ball from Isco but the young Brazilian hesitated a second too long to hit his shot against a defender.
The best chance of the first half fell to Raphael Varane as his header was kept away by Gollini to remain goalless at half-time.
Chances were few and far between in the second half as the first chance of the period was from a tame Marcos Asensio’s free-kick.
The deadlock was finally broken from an unlikely source with four minutes left to play as Mendy curled in the ball into the back of the net with his right-foot.
And that was how it ended as Real Madrid take a one-goal advantage back to Spain for the second leg in two weeks’ time.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Man City have one step in the quarter-finals of this season’s Champions League after securing a crucial 2-0 away win over Borussia Monchenglabach in the first leg of their last 16 fixture.
City went into the Wednesday night, February 24, clash off a fine run of results as they are currently unbeaten in as many as 18 games across competitions.
Buoyed by their 1-0 win over Arsenal at the weekend in the Premier League, Manchester city put their best foot forward during their trip to Puskas Arena in Budapest.