Spain-ALSHARQIYA February 25: Real Madrid made an important step towards qualifying for the quarter-finals of the European Champions League soccer tournament, after its precious 1-0 victory over Italian host Atalanta on Wednesday in the first leg of the round of sixteen of the competition.
Atalanta was forced to play with ten players after his Swiss player, Remo Frelier, was sent off in the 18th minute, to benefit the Real from the numerical shortage in the ranks of his opponent, after his French player Ferland Mendy scored the only goal of the match in the 86th minute, with a wonderful shot from outside the penalty area.
The Real, who played today’s match while missing a number of its essential elements, such as French striker Karim Benzema, veteran defender Sergio Ramos and Belgian winger Eden Hazard, has become enough to draw a goalless draw in the rematch, which will be held at his stadium on March 16th, to continue his career in the record-breaking tournament. In the number of wins it has scored 13 titles.
On the other hand, it became necessary for Atalanta to beat his Spanish counterpart by two goals in the second leg, if he wanted to avoid an early exit from the continental competition.