Cristiano Ronaldo canceled Danny Welbeck’s opener to earn a vital 1-1 draw at home at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, as Real Madrid hosted Manchester United in an exciting match for the first leg of the knock-out round, a match which was mostly controlled by the hosts, but which could have turned the other way as well had RvP managed to take the chances given to him. United were dominated throughout the first half, but managed to surprise Real as Welbeck found the net from Rooney’s corner-kick on the 20th minute. Real were caught off-guard, yet they did not lose hope, and Ronaldo banged in a header at the other end on the 30th minute, but with due respect for his former club, did not celebrate the goal, while Evra was the culprit for this equalizer as he failed to jump along with Ronaldo, whom he was marking in the box. Real had clearly upped the tempo by then and were looking for a winner but De Gea was very much inspired for this match, as he made some very fine saves (some were unorthodox ones) in both halves to keep United in, and deny Real the chance of running away with the win. However, RvP had the chance to seal the win at the other end, first hitting the bar with a fierce drive, then failing to connect properly with the ball, which Alonso managed to clear off the line as despite the mis-hit it was bouncing towards goal, then in the final minute of added time, he had a shot saved by Lopez as he sent in a low shot towards goal.
Credit goes to the Real Madrid fans as well, and this is why we usually love this sport, they are connoisseurs of the beautiful game, and when Giggs came on, he who is adored by United fans for his “legendary” status, the Madrid fans as well gave him a warm ovation, showing how much they appreciate the man as a player and his loyalty to the club and fans. The return leg will definitely be another story, as both teams have the equal chance to edge it, and let’s hope this time Ronaldo gets the reception he deserves, but in the end the accolades are for the United lads after the final whistle.