Real Madrid defeated Atalanta in the Champions League Round of 16 on Wednesday evening by 1-0 as Zinedine Zidane’s men got the crucial away goal.
A similar result was also seen in Hungary in the game between Borussia Monchengladbach and Manchester City as the English side won comfortably by 2-0.
Madrid’s win over the Italian side Atalanta was certainly a bit surprising, given that they started as the underdogs to some extent. Despite the absence of key playmakers like Eden Hazard, Marcelo, and Karim Benzema, Los Galacticos managed to win.
However, some may argue that lady luck has had a role in this win – Atalanta lost Remo Freuler in the 17th minute to a red card. After that, it was just a matter of Madrid wearing them down. All in all, they took 19 shots at the goal but converted only 1.
Just when it looked that the Italians could salvage a draw, Ferland Mendy scored a goal in the 86th minute.
Madrid will play the second leg on March 16, 2021, with an away goal advantage at home.
City in control
Courtesy of stunning goals by Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City look in full control of their European Cup fixture against Borussia Monchengladbach on the back of this 2-0 win.
The Citizens will play the German team in mid-March at the Etihad Stadium on the same day as Madrid’s game.
Manchester City have been absolutely brilliant in the Premier League this season. They lead the table with 59 points – 10 clear of the second-placed Manchester United. Moreover, they have lost just 1 home match in this entire season in all competitions.
Chelsea, Munich win too
The week also saw Chelsea win their away leg tie against Atletico Madrid by 1-0, thanks to Olivier Giroud. That may not be enough to keep them afloat, considering the overall form of Atletico Madrid.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich in their quintessential sense handed Lazio a 4-1 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The Italian side is practically out of the tournament at this stage as it is a Herculean ask of anyone to beat Bayern Munich at home with a massive margin.