Champions' League last-16 results: Man Utd 1-2 Real Madrid
Real Madrid battled to a somewhat lucky 2-1 victory over 10-man Man Utd at the Old Trafford to progress to the Champions’ League quarter finals.
Manchester United took the lead with Ramos sending the ball past his own goalkeeper after Nani’s cross in the 48th minute. With Real Madrid staring at defeat there was a controversy as referee decided to send off Nani in the 57th minute. The Portuguese winger was deemed to have deliberately raised a boot on a high challenge against Arbeloa and was shown a straight red card.
The decision has had a dramatic impact on the game, as Real scored two goals in the space of four minutes shortly after Nani’s dismissal. Modric equalized for Real Madrid with a screamer in off the post from outside of the area in the 66th minute of the game, while Ronaldo poked the ball at the far post after Higuain’s dangerous cross in the 69th minute. Ronaldo marked goal against his former club with a fine muted celebration.
Real Madrid were carved open a number of times, but despite Man Utd’s ability to create chances, they either struggled to put them away or their attempts on goal were denied by brilliant Meringues’ goalkeeper Diego Lopez, who has deservedly earned the man of the match award.
Both Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson and the fans were disappointed with the quality of refereeing as the referee had missed a blatant foul by Ramos in the box in the dying stages of the game.
Jose Mourinho gave a credit to Sir Alex Ferguson, stating “the best team lost, independent of the red card”.
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