Red Devils, Manchester United were held to a 1-1 stalemate with Athletico Madrid on Wednesday evening action at the Estádio Wanda Metropolitano in Spain.
The home side, Atletico Madrid found themselves with the lead in the early minutes of the first half of the game courtesy Joao Felix’ great header. That was an astonishing leap by Felix, who hovered in mid-air for what seemed like hours.
United were looking a bit jittery during these early exchanges as the home side mounted a pressure to hit the cross bar at the
United showed up in attack for the first time with Ronaldo, Pogba and Rashford taking turned to probe down the right but there was n way through a packed Atleti defence.
Atletico were more than happy to end the first half with the lead and see what United can in the second round.
The Reds came into the second department to match the home side with a great effort and free flow football.
Fred made a mistake that allowed Felix to advanced towards their box and take a shot that’s deflected wide right for a corner.
Manchester United continued showing up their hunger for the equalizer as Cristiano Ronaldo missing the target with a free-kicks.
During the 67th minute United made triple change. Lindelof and Shaw, both on a booking, were replaced by Wan-Bissaka and Telles. Meanwhile Pogba makes way for Matic.
On the United bench, Pogba cuts a frustrated figure, talking to himself in a very irritated fashion.
Felix was the man of the action for the home side, demonstrated a magical performance.
At the 76th minute, Anthony Elanga came in for Rashford to rescue the visitors whiles Atletico also made their first swaps, replacing the goalscorer Felix and the man who assisted him, Lodi, with Lemar and Griezmann. The latter’s arrival in particular is met with plenty of excitement.
The substitute, Elaga strikes at the 80th minute to level the game. Fernandes drives down the middle of the park, then plays a defence-splitting pass down the right channel for Elanga. He’s clear! Oblak comes across too far, and Elanga calmly rolls across the keeper and into the bottom left.
United fourth hard to protect the equalizer and snatch s point from the first leg of the round 16 stage of the UCL.