Feb 14 2013
Real Madrid Can Still Eliminate Manchester United
United left the Bernabéu with what may prove to be a vital away goal, having drawn 1-1 after Danny Welbeck’s first-half opener was cancelled out by Cristiano Ronaldo’s header before the interval.
The home side got out of the blocks fastest but were kept out an astonishing save from David De Gea off Fabio Coentrao in United’s goal. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side then nabbed a classic sucker-punch, with Danny Welbeck headering home off a corner.
All eyes were on Cristiano Ronaldo, and he showed his athletic prowess with an astonishing leap to level the scores with a world class header ten minutes later, moments after switching to the right flank.
United threatened too, using pace and a direct route to threaten Madrid’s rearguard. Indeed, Robin van Persie enjoyed three excellent chances late in the match – denied by the crossbar, a goalline clearance and a clutch last-minute save.
The match the ‘world was waiting for’ lived up to the hype and the return leg at Old Trafford on March 6 will be compelling viewing.