Champions League - Round of 16 - 1st Leg
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Atalanta 0-1 Real Madrid - Ferland Mendy scores winner in Champions League

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
Ferland Mendy
Ferland Mendy scored his first Champions League goal for Real Madrid

Ferland Mendy scored a stunning late winner as Real Madrid clinched a hard-working last-16 first-leg victory against 10-man Atalanta.

Real looked like being left frustrated by a well-organised home side until Mendy curled in with four minutes left.

Atalanta's Remo Freuler was sent off after just 17 minutes for denying Mendy a clear goalscoring opportunity.

The depleted hosts did not have a single shot on target and now must score in the return leg on 16 March.

Real were without a number of key first-team players through injury including captain Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard and Dani Carvajal and it showed for almost the entire contest.

With Atalanta sitting back after Freuler's early red card for a cynical trip on Mendy, Zinedine Zidane's side failed to create clear-cut chances.

Isco, playing as the furthest man forward, saw a turn and shot deflect wide, while Marco Asensio's header and free-kick were comfortable for Pierluigi Gollini to deal with.

But with time running out, full-back Mendy earned his side a priceless away goal with a sublime curling effort from 25 yards to put Real in charge of the tie.

Atalanta will feel disappointed by conceding so late having displayed a solid defensive showing but remain without a victory at home in the Champions League this term.

Zidane, meanwhile, will be eyeing a 13th knockout-tie triumph from 14 attempts after Real progressed from the group stages for a record 24th consecutive campaign.

'We must win' - what they said

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane: "They're physically strong, and they did a great defensive job. It's a good result for us and that's the most important thing. I don't think creativity is an issue as we scored, and didn't concede.

"We've got a lot of absentees but we're on the right track, we're strong defensively, didn't give up any chances and got our away goal."

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini: "It's disappointing to not have been able to play this game as we wanted to. Down to 10 men, it was a different game. We had to defend, and we did it well.

"We just have to win in Madrid. It's easy - we can't overthink, we just have one possibility. We must win."

Atalanta games guarantee goals - the stats

  • Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have won Champions League matches against 60 different teams - no side has won against more opponents in the competition.
  • Real Madrid have won all five of their Champions League games in Italy under Zinedine Zidane, keeping four clean sheets in the process.
  • Atalanta mustered just two shots in this match, both in the first half - their lowest in any game in the competition. This was also the first time they failed to have a shot on target in a Champions League match.
  • None of Atalanta's 16 Champions League games has ended goalless, while they remain the only team left in the last 16 yet to win a home game in the competition this term (D2 L2).
  • Remo Freuler's red card for Atalanta after 17 minutes was the fastest ever sending off for an Italian side in the Champions League.
  • Ferland Mendy's winner for Real Madrid was his first ever Champions League goal in his 20th appearance in the competition.

Player of the match

IlicicJosip Ilicic

with an average of 7.83

Atalanta

  1. Squad number72Player nameIlicic
    Average rating

    7.83

  2. Squad number6Player namePalomino
    Average rating

    7.70

  3. Squad number91Player nameZapata
    Average rating

    7.63

  4. Squad number3Player nameMaehle
    Average rating

    7.61

  5. Squad number15Player namede Roon
    Average rating

    7.59

  6. Squad number32Player namePessina
    Average rating

    7.58

  7. Squad number8Player nameGosens
    Average rating

    7.57

  8. Squad number18Player nameMalinovskiy
    Average rating

    7.53

  9. Squad number17Player nameRomero
    Average rating

    7.46

  10. Squad number19Player nameDjimsiti
    Average rating

    7.45

  11. Squad number88Player namePasalic
    Average rating

    7.38

  12. Squad number9Player nameMuriel
    Average rating

    7.36

  13. Squad number2Player nameRafael Tolói
    Average rating

    7.25

  14. Squad number95Player nameGollini
    Average rating

    6.76

  15. Squad number11Player nameFreuler
    Average rating

    6.25

Real Madrid

  1. Squad number23Player nameMendy
    Average rating

    5.38

  2. Squad number10Player nameModric
    Average rating

    5.21

  3. Squad number22Player nameIsco
    Average rating

    4.90

  4. Squad number8Player nameKroos
    Average rating

    4.87

  5. Squad number5Player nameVarane
    Average rating

    4.78

  6. Squad number20Player nameVinícius Júnior
    Average rating

    4.77

  7. Squad number1Player nameCourtois
    Average rating

    4.63

  8. Squad number14Player nameCasemiro
    Average rating

    4.58

  9. Squad number11Player nameAsensio
    Average rating

    4.56

  10. Squad number17Player nameLucas Vázquez
    Average rating

    4.55

  11. Squad number6Player nameNacho
    Average rating

    4.45

  12. Squad number34Player nameDuro
    Average rating

    4.29

  13. Squad number24Player nameMariano
    Average rating

    4.20

  14. Squad number30Player nameArribas
    Average rating

    4.17

Line-ups

Atalanta

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 95Gollini
  • 2Toloi
  • 17Romero
  • 19Djimsiti
  • 3MaehleSubstituted forPalominoat 86'minutes
  • 15de Roon
  • 11FreulerBooked at 17mins
  • 8GosensBooked at 71mins
  • 32Pessina
  • 91ZapataSubstituted forPasalicat 30'minutes
  • 9MurielSubstituted forIlicicat 56'minutesSubstituted forMalinovskiyat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Sutalo
  • 6Palomino
  • 7Lammers
  • 13Caldara
  • 18Malinovskiy
  • 31Rossi
  • 40Ruggeri
  • 57Sportiello
  • 59Al Miranchuk
  • 72Ilicic
  • 88Pasalic

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Courtois
  • 17Vázquez
  • 5Varane
  • 6Nacho
  • 23MendyBooked at 55mins
  • 10Modric
  • 14CasemiroBooked at 23mins
  • 8Kroos
  • 11AsensioSubstituted forArribasat 76'minutes
  • 22IscoSubstituted forDuroat 76'minutes
  • 20Vinícius JúniorSubstituted forMarianoat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Lunin
  • 24Mariano
  • 26Altube
  • 30Arribas
  • 31Blanco
  • 32Chust
  • 34Duro
  • 35Gutiérrez
Referee:
Tobias Stieler

Match Stats

Home TeamAtalantaAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home2
Away19
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Atalanta 0, Real Madrid 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Atalanta 0, Real Madrid 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Sergio Arribas (Real Madrid).

  4. Post update

    Robin Gosens (Atalanta) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Hugo Duro (Real Madrid).

  6. Post update

    Rafael Tolói (Atalanta) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Casemiro tries a through ball, but Lucas Vázquez is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Casemiro (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mariano (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid).

  11. Post update

    Matteo Pessina (Atalanta) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Casemiro (Real Madrid) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Ferland Mendy.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Atalanta 0, Real Madrid 1. Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luka Modric following a corner.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Atalanta. Ruslan Malinovskiy replaces Josip Ilicic.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Atalanta. José Luis Palomino replaces Joakim Maehle.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Rafael Tolói.

  17. Post update

    Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Mario Pasalic (Atalanta).

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Hugo Duro (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Casemiro.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mariano.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich65101851316
2Atl Madrid623178-19
3RB Salzburg61141017-74
4Lokomotiv Moscow6033510-53

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid6312119210
2B Mgladbach622216978
3Shakhtar Donetsk6222512-78
4Inter Milan613279-26

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City65101311216
2FC Porto6411103713
3Olympiakos6105210-83
4Marseille6105213-113

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool6411103713
2Atalanta6321108211
3Ajax62137707
4FC Midtjylland6024413-92

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea64201421214
2Sevilla641198113
3FK Krasnodar6123611-55
4Rennes6015311-81

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund6411125713
2Lazio6240117410
3Club Bruges6222810-28
4Zenit St Petersburg6015413-91

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus65011441015
2Barcelona65011651115
3Dynamo Kyiv6114413-94
4Ferencvárosi TC6015517-121

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG6402136712
2RB Leipzig64021112-112
3Man Utd6303151059
4Istanbul Basaksehir6105718-113
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