Fallen Angels – Real Madrid Champions League woes continue
Real Madrid were held to a 2-2 draw in their Champions League match against Club Brugge at the Santiago Bernabéu.
The away side needed VAR to affirm their first goal after Dennis Bonaventure beat Courtois inside the box in the 9th minute despite struggling to sort out his foot work at first.
Real Madrid had more possession but Club Brugge showed more precision and determination both in defence and attack.
Simon Mignolet displayed great reflex to keep out Varane’s close range header, some minutes later. Toni Kroos’ effort went some metres wide.
Sergio Ramos and Lucas Vasquez penalty appeal was rebuffed by the referee as Real Madrid struggle to penetrate Club Brugge’s defence.
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Dennis Bonaventure [Club Brugge] was the star of the first half, he harassed Real Madrid’s defensive duo of Ramos and Raphael Varane.
His pace and strength was a problem for the Spanish giants, he did everything right except for maybe his inability to sort out his foot work quickly [which eventually turned out to be a blessing in disguise].
Modric lost the ball just outside the 18-yard box and for the second time in the first half Dennis Bonaventure was on hand to do damage.
He held-off a chasing pack of Real Madrid players to scuffle the ball into the net.
Percy Tau forced Courtois into a good save and was lively all through but it was Dennis Bonaventure who stole the limelight for the first period.
Club Brugge’s attackers might have been surprised by how easy they were able to beat Real Madrid’s defence, if only they were a bit more clinical they could have ended the first half leading by 3 or 4 goals.
Real Madrid made two changes at the start of the second-half and their approach was much more purposeful.
They [Real Madrid] were rewarded 10 minutes into the second period as VAR awarded Sergio Ramos close range header which was initially ruled out for offside.
They caged the Belgian side all through and the barrage of attacks became more frequent when Rudd Vormer was sent off in the 85th minute.
Casermiro scored from the resulting free kick to make it 2-2.
Sergio Ramos came close to winning it for Real Madrid late-on but Club Brugge’s defence did well to clear the danger as they held on to grab their second point of the Uefa Champions League campaign.
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