Both trainers had considered a special trick in their standings. While Atletico Coach Diego Simeone had his team against the ball in a 5-3-2, United Coach Ralf Rangnick Lindelöf brought as a right-back from the beginning.
The much better start to the game caught Rojiblancos, which were aggressive and toxic in the two-fighting from the beginning and the Red Devils did not come into play. A good start of the households was a dream start after seven minutes, Joao Felix headed a precise flank of Renan Lodi from eight meters to the inner post and from there into the gate.
United knew what to come to them, but found little means against the disciplined Colchoneros. Especially left outside Renan Lodi did not get the Red Devils under control, neither Varane nor lindelöf could follow the Brazilian. This was almost the second goal of the evening shortly before pause debris, the Kroat Vrsaljko headed his cross in the face of Lindelöf and from there jumped the ball to the latte. Meanwhile, in the first pass, Meanwhile, only from the distance in front of the Tor of Oblak presented, Bruno Fernandes (15th) and Cristiano Ronaldo (37.) shot their attempts from 20 meters but past the gate.
Many ball losses – Elanga comes and hits
After restart, Atletico continued to leave the RED DEVILS the ball, from the meantime almost 70 percent ball possession, the rangnique eleven could hardly create anything. This was besides the missing movement, especially in many simple ball losses, which made all actors in great regularity in the offensive area. Thus, the continued gripping householders had little effort to defend the idealess attack game.
But even forward came atletico but also so united only a moment needed to beat back – this moment should come: In the 80th minute, Bruno Fernandes had a little place in the center and then stuck by the freshly substituted Elanga. The Youngster lock right in the penalty area directly, brought the ball past Oblak and under the left corner.
Griezmann misses the Lucky Punch
There were a lot of risk, both teams in the final phase then did not want to go anymore, but Atletico almost pulled the game almost again on their own side. The substitute Griezmann was released right in the penalty area, but made only the lath (86th) for a few meters.
So it remained at 1: 1, which will continue to be open to the second leg on 15 March (21 clock) in Old Trafford. Atletico meets in the league now on Celta Vigo (Saturday, 21 clock). The Red Devils also receive the FC Watford on Saturday (16 o’clock).