Real Madrid 1 Man Utd 1

Sir Alex Ferguson

Re­al Mad­rid 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1, San­ti­ago Bern­abeu, UEFA Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue Last Six­teen Fir­st Leg, Feb­ruary 13, 2013. Da­vid de Gea made sev­er­al su­perb saves as Man­chester Uni­ted earned them­selves a 1-1 draw ag­ainst Re­al Mad­rid at Es­ta­dio San­ti­ago Bern­abeu. Af­ter the res­ult in Mad­rid, The Reds were now slight fa­vour­ites to pro­gress thro­ugh to the next ro­und of the Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue.

The Es­ta­dio San­ti­ago Bern­abeu out­fit star­ted the mat­ch on the front foot and dom­in­ated the open­ing fif­teen min­utes of the en­counter. Ag­ainst the run of the play, Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­al Dan­ny Wel­beck gave Man­chester Uni­ted an early lead in the 20th min­ute of the Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue con­test when he ma­naged to con­vert an ac­cur­ate flag kick taken by Way­ne Roo­ney. A mere ten min­utes la­ter, how­ever, Re­al Mad­rid at­tack­er Cris­ti­ano Ron­aldo pro­duced the equal­ising goal for the ho­me te­am wi­th a pre­cisely pla­ced head­er. The Span­ish Cham­pi­ons re­tained their im­petus af­ter the ha­lf time re­fresh­ments but al­though Los Mer­engues en­joyed much of the pos­ses­sion of the ball, the Barclays Pre­mier Lea­gue club were able to keep them at bay for the rest of the ga­me. Man­chester Uni­ted boss Sir Al­ex Fer­guson com­men­ted af­ter the mid­week clash ag­ainst Jose Mourinho‘s Re­al Mad­rid in Mad­rid that he was well pleased wi­th his team´s at­ti­tude and per­form­ance. The Old Traf­ford man­ager par­tic­u­larly sing­led out Span­ish U23 in­ter­na­tion­al cus­todi­an Da­vid de Gea for his cre­at­ive ac­ro­bat­ics be­tween the goal­posts. Sir Al­ex Fer­guson: “Man­chester Uni­ted are good at de­vel­op­ing people. Da­vid de Gea is just like a kid ma­king his steps for­ward. He wobbles, he gets up, wobbles, gets up and now, all of a sud­den, he is walk­ing. He is matur­ing all the time and he has showed that. Da­vid de Gea has come to Mad­rid wi­th a lot of pres­sure on him, com­ing from At­letico Mad­rid, and he has pro­duced the goods.”  

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