Report: Atletico Madrid 1 Guy Utd 1

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Manchester United fought back to earn a 1-1 draw away from home inside the first leg of the Champions League final 16 tie in opposition to Atletico Madrid.

Anthony Elanga struck a essential equaliser 10 mins from time at the Wanda Metropolitano, after Joao Felix had nodded the house side in advance early inside the first half.

It way the tie is all rectangular for the return leg at Old Trafford in three weeks’ time.


In a feverish environment the home aspect commenced brightly, drawing Victor Lindelof into making an outstanding sliding block to forestall Jose Maria Gimenez shooting on goal after a pull-back from Angel Correa in the establishing tiers.

The Spaniards had been celebrating inside the seventh minute when Renan Lodi recycled the ball after United had cleared a nook, with Joao Felix nodding the shipping in off the put up – leaving David De Gea no risk of saving it.

With round 1 / 4 of an hour long gone, Bruno Fernandes teed up a strike after a pass regarding smart work from Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo, however Bruno’s attempt became blocked via a defender.

After Atletico’s early flourish, the Reds commenced to dominate the ball but were finding a step forward hard to come by way of against the rigid corporation of Diego Simeone’s crew.

Ronaldo looked as though he was approximately to be set free after nicking the ball at the halfway line, however changed into stopped in his tracks after the referee gave a bad, in spite of there seeming little wrong with the mission. The Portuguese forward had every other hazard rapidly after, hitting one from range, however dragged the shot huge.

Against the run of play, Marcos Llorente almost doubled Atletico’s lead rapidly before 1/2-time whilst a move bounced off Lindelof and into Llorente’s direction, but happily his on the spot header at the again post flew backpedal the bar and faraway from hazard.


Atletico again got here out the blocks speedy, first Llorente attempting one from variety earlier than Lindelof had to head a risky ball into the container at the back of for a nook, with the Reds managing the set-play.

Once again, following the early storm, United began to manipulate the bulk of the play, but the hosts continued to frustrate maintaining chances at a top class as Fernandes noticed an attempt blocked and Rashford fired over the bar.

Meanwhile, whilst Fred performed a ball forward Atletico keeper Jan Oblak turned into nearly caught out. The Slovenia stopper determined himself lower back-peddling, however controlled to keep preserve of the ball without sporting it over the goal line. Into the very last 15 mins, the Reds had an possibility while Correa fouled Fred just outside the place; Ronaldo stepped as much as strike the free-kick however missed the goal.

Second-half of substitute Elanga then supplied the correct of entirety after Fernandes threaded a lovable bypass to find him as United broke forward. Bearing down on aim, Elanga coolly dispatched a shot beyond the keeper and into the lowest corner.

Antoine Griezmann notion he had restored the Spanish aspect’s benefit when he allow fly with a curling attempt inside the field, however it crashed off the woodwork. Substitute Jesse Lingard turned into also denied with the aid of a shop in stoppage time, meaning it is going to be honours even when the two facets lock horns in the 2d leg.

Atletico: Oblak (c); Vrsaljko, Gimenez, Savic, Mandava; Llorente, Herrera, Kondogbia, Renan Lodi (Lemar seventy six); Correa, Joao Felix (Griezmann 76).

Subs no longer used: Lecomte, Gomez Vela, De Paul, Suarez, Felipe, Hermoso, Serrano.

Booked: Herrera, Mandava, Llorente, Gimenez.

United: De Gea; Lindelof (Wan-Bissaka sixty six), Varane, Maguire (c), Shaw (Telles sixty seven); Fred, Pogba (Matic 66), Fernandes; Rashford (Elanga 75), Ronaldo, Sancho (Lingard 82).

Subs not used: Heaton, Henderson, Bailly, Jones, Dalot, Mata, Hannibal.

Booked: Shaw, Lindelof, Rashford, Fred, Telles.