Real Madrid will take a slender 1-0 benefit into the second leg of their Champions League final 16 tie following victory over 10-man Atalanta in Bergamo on Wednesday night.
The complexion of the sport was dramatically altered simply 17 minutes in when Remo Freuler was despatched off for bringing down Ferland Mendy on the edge of the Atalanta field, as the Real man burst in direction of objective.
Atalanta performed 28 minutes of the primary half with 10 males…
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Despite taking part in over 70 minutes with ten males, the Italian facet turned in a resolute defensive efficiency and largely restricted the Spanish champions to half-chances. However, La Dea’s resistance was lastly damaged 4 minutes from time, with Mendy once more the protagonist as he curled a superb effort from the edge of the field into the nook of the web.
Let’s get into some participant ratings…
Gollini began in objective for Atalana | Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images
Pierluigi Gollini (GK) – 6/10 – Made an enormous response save on the stroke of half-time to disclaim Varane.
Rafael Toloi (CB) – 8/10 – Made an necessary block to ship a goal-bound Isco effort broad within the first half. Still charged ahead adventurously on events regardless of Atalanta’s one-man deficit.
Cristian Romero (CB) – 7/10 – Question marks over the whole Atalanta again three for Freuler’s sending off, with Mendy and Isco each afforded acres of area to play by way of them with ease. Otherwise an unreal defensive shift from the hosts.
Berat Djimsiti (CB) – 7/10 – Threw himself in entrance of something as Atalanta put in an enormous defensive efficiency to maintain the tie alive.
Den Roon began in the course of the park for Atalanta | Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images
Joakim Maehle (RWB) – 7/10 – Turned in a resolute defensive efficiency as Real endured a irritating night.
Marten de Roon (CM) – 6/10 – An enormous defensive shift, however struggled to get on the ball following the sending off.
Remo Freuler (CM) – 3/10 – Sent off after 17 minutes when, as the final man, he introduced down Mendy on the edge of the field – barely harsh on Freuler.
Matteo Pessina (AM) – 5/10 – Dropped right into a deeper central midfield position following Freuler’s sending off. Tireless and dogged however struggled to create something.
Robin Gosens (LWB) – 7/10 – Restricted in his means to get ahead however put in an enormous defensive shift as Real struggled to interrupt Atalanta down.
Zapata was changed after half an hour | Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images
Luis Muriel (FW) – 5/10 – Dragged Atalanta’s most promising first-half opening broad from the edge of the field. Largely pressured to guide the road on his personal, changed after 55 minutes.
Duvan Zapata (FW) – 5/10 – Forced off with damage after half an hour having not had a sniff of objective.
Mario Pasalic – 6/10
Josip Ilicic – 5/10
Jose Luis Palomino – 5/10
Ruslan Malinovskyi – 5/10
Nacho was within the thick of the motion | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images
Thibaut Courtois (GK) – 6/10 – Largely a spectator as Atalanta hardly ever threatened the Real objective.
Lucas Vazquez (RB) – 6/10 – Got ahead at any given alternative. Rarely examined defensively, such was Real’s dominance in possession.
Raphael Varane (CB) – 6/10 – Saw a headed alternative nicely saved on the stroke of half-time. Largely untroubled defensively.
Nacho (CB) – 7/10 – Had an adventurous cost by way of the Atalanta again line within the first half and noticed his effort flash throughout the face of objective, and made an necessary interception to stop Muriel being performed clear by way of on objective.
Ferland Mendy (LB) – 8/10 – Fouled on the edge of the field as he tried to burst by way of, leading to Atalanta being decreased to 10 males. Bent residence a superb strike from the edge of the world to lastly open the scoring.
Kroos began within the Real midfield | Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images
Casemiro (CM) – 6/10 – Passed and handed all night as Real dominated possession. Perhaps lucky to not be proven a second yellow for a dive within the second half.
Luka Modric (CM) – 7/10 – Saw one effort fly over within the first half, and one other trickle simply broad within the second.
Toni Kroos (CM) – 6/10 – Almost unlocked the Atalanta again line with a harmful free-kick supply on the stroke of half-time. Effortlessly sprayed the ball about all night, however struggled to unpick the Atalanta defence.
Isco (AM) – 6/10 – Saw a first-half effort deflect broad, earlier than slipping Vinicius Junior by way of with a pleasant nut-megged go.
Vinicius Junior began up high for Real | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images
Marco Asensio (FW) – 6/10 – Produced a teasing cross begging to be turned residence within the latter phases of the primary half. Otherwise largely pissed off by the Atalanta again line.
Vinicius Junior (FW) – 6/10 – Instrumental in Freuler’s sending off, discovering Mendy with a probing through-ball. Replaced simply earlier than the hour mark.
Mariano – 6/10
Sergio Arribas – 6/10
Hugo Duro – 6/10