A textbook performance against Atletico Madrid away in Europe sent Diego Simeone’s men into the quarter-finals of the Champions League as Renan Lodi’s goal sent Manchester United down.
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A textbook performance from Diego Simeone’s men away in Europe sends the visitors into the quarterfinals as the Renan Lodi’s goal was the deciding factor in a 1-0 win. For United, their last chance of winning the silverware was gone.
That was the end of the first half as Atletico took the lead just before half-time. The Spaniards then took their seats after the break as United tried to equalize but they could not find a way back into the game.
There are almost too many big points from the game to track. Here are five missed moments in the Champions League clash.
Oblak returns to his best
Jan Oblak has had an inconsistent start to the game, like his first leg at Wanda Metropolitana and his season for Atletico Madrid. The goalkeeper looks like a shadow of his former self and looks a far cry from the player who has been widely regarded as one of the best in his position over the past few years.
The Slovenian hesitated in the early stages and went one goal away when challenging Anthony Elanga for the ball. The Man United youngster somehow managed to get ahead of the keeper when Oblak fell to the ground. Atletico conceded a free kick but appeared to have won the ball and a situation where the keeper was heavily defended.
Oblak recovered well from a string of key saves in the first half as Atletico absorbed United’s pressure before taking the lead with a counter-attack thanks to Renan Lodi’s strike.
Fred channel inside Berbatov
Fred was at his best in the first half and was absolutely everywhere for United, winning the ball and dribbling forward. He created a bit of special skill on the touchline to fool the Atletico defender.
It’s the Dimitar Berbatov esk and it delivers a Gary Neville-like gasp from BT Sport commentator Robbie Savage. Fred is usually United’s frustrated man when they lose but still get credit, he was one of the players who appeared for Rangnick’s men.
De Paul the villain
Atletico Madrid tried their best to jam Man United and Rodrigo de Paul was the main mastermind. The Argentinian was shown a yellow card in the first half after a string of fouls, but it was the fact that he was accompanied by Harry Maguire that raised some eyebrows.
The England defender was fouled from a United corner and as he was walking back onto the pitch, De Paul had some jabs at him to try to avoid a reaction from him. Maguire knew exactly what he was playing and ignored the Atletico Madrid man.
It wouldn’t stop De Paul, who ultimately opted for his booking, but it was well done by the midfielder as Atletico let United down in the long run.
Ronaldo took out his binoculars
Cristiano Ronaldo was furious with the referee for 90 minutes and the Portuguese star made a series of fouls aimed in his direction. Atletico have fitness for the 37-year-old and that seems to have turned out to be poor for him.
It all came to a head when Lodi scored the opener when it was widely reported that Anthony Elanga had been fouled in the assist. Reference or VAR didn’t see anything wrong with it but Ronaldo thought otherwise.
He yelled at the presenter as Diego Simeone’s men reeled in celebration. And Ronaldo was venting his frustration as the game was about to resume as he made a binocular gesture to suggest he missed the foul.
Ronaldo collides with Maguire’s head
It was the night that the Manchester United players were literally standing in each other’s way. United are trying to find the equalizer as they are awarded a free kick in a promising position on the left wing.
Bruno Fernandes put an invite ball in the back column that his teammates can attack. The midfielder took aim at Ronaldo and Maguire, United’s two biggest air threats but unfortunately Ronaldo swooped in behind Maguire’s head as they both tried to make the ball.
Fernandes kicks in and both players end up on the field. A sore spot for Ronaldo.
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