Real Madrid 2-2 Brugge: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Los Blancos Fight Back to Salvage Draw

?Real Madrid narrowly avoided an embarrassing home defeat thanks to goals from Sergio Ramos and Casemiro against Club Brugge, coming back from a two-goal deficit to get their first point on the board in the Champions League group stages.

The hosts thought they’d survived an early scare when Club Brugge striker ?Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis saw an early goal ruled out for offside, but the Video Assistant Referee overruled the decision to put the Belgian side into a shock lead.

Simon Mignolet was at his best to keep out Real Madrid throughout the first-half, but his opposite number and fellow Belgian Thibaut Courtois couldn’t do anything to stop Club Brugge doubling their advantage before the half-time whistle.

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Courtois was ultimately hooked by Zidane at half-time, and that gave Real Madrid they needed to pull one back through Sergio Ramos. The captain’s header was initially ruled out for offside, but the Video Assistant Referee overruled the decision – a controversial decision even on second viewing.

Even with the wind in their sails during the second-half, Real Madrid were persistently wasteful and looked destined to suffer their second straight defeat in the Champions League this season.

Club Brugge captain Ruud Vormer was shown two yellow cards in quick succession to hand Real Madrid the numerical advantage in the closing stages of the match, and immediately they moved onto level terms through Casemiro.

Los Blancos pushed for a winner and almost conceded a third in the process, but in the end both sides were forced to share the points in a thrilling Champions League night at the Santiago Bernabéu.


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Key Talking Point

It’s one thing coming into the match with the self-confidence that you’re going to win, but Real Madrid appeared to completely overlook how Club Brugge were set up to counter-attack them on Tuesday evening.

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It wasn’t just a criminally high line which caused Real Madrid problems throughout, but Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal and Nacho ventured forward all too often, leaving acres of space for Club Brugge’s pacey forwards to wreak havoc in the final third.

Los Blancos were toothless in their attack which will surely be a cause for concern for fans, but how Real Madrid’s current squad approached the match defensively is a sure-fire way to ensure that they’ll end the 2019/20 season without silverware once again. 

Here’s a rundown of how the performance was ?received on Twitter.


Player Ratings

Courtois (3); Carvajal (5), Varane (6), Ramos (4), Nacho (6); Modric (5), Casemiro (5), Kroos (6); Vazquez (5), Benzema (6), Hazard (5).

Substitutes: Areola (6), Marcelo (6), Vinícius Jr (6).


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Let’s not try to fool anyone here, there isn’t a single Real Madrid player who is deserving of any special recognition for their performance on Tuesday, even though they were able to fight back to avoid an embarrassing defeat.

Goalscorers Sergio Ramos and Casemiro were woeful at the Santiago Bernabéu, but only Karim Benzema can walk away from their match with Club Brugge with any sort of pride.

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He wasn’t spectacular and in all honesty, didn’t do all that much in the final third, but on an evening which was littered with mistakes for Real Madrid, Benzema’s ability to at least not put a foot wrong was enough for him to stand out as their best player.


Club Brugge

Player Ratings

Mignolet (8); Mata (7), Mechele (7), Deli (7), Ricca (6); Vormer (7), Rits (6), Vanaken (7); Diatta (8), Bonaventure (8), Tau (7).

Substitutes: Openda (6), Schrijvers (6), Cools (6).


Looking Ahead

It’s first against second in La Liga this weekend as Real Madrid return to domestic action at home to high-flying Granada before the international break.

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Sadio Mane Insists Mohamed Salah Feud Is in the Past as He Reveals Reason for Burnley Outburst

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has ?commented on his relationship with teammate Mohamed Salah, claiming they are ‘really, really good friends’ despite the much-discussed incident in the 3-0 win over Burnley in August.

Mane was pictured venting his frustration on the bench after being substituted, apparently unhappy that Salah failed to square him for a simple finish earlier in the game.

While the incident became a talking point in the media in the days and weeks that followed, Salah made light of any feud between the two Premier League Golden Boot holders, by ?posting a joke video on Twitter.

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Mane was asked about his relationship with ?Salah ahead of ?Liverpool’s Champions League group stage tie with Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday. The Senegalese star attempted to draw a line under the rift rumours while revealing why he was visibly ‘frustrated during the game.

He said (via the ?Liverpool Echo): “I think things can happen in football. I feel a little bit frustrated because it’s football you want to score more goals.

“You can see Man City eight, six, seven nil. You can see it, no? So, for me and for the team it is really important for us to score as many goals as we can.

“But it can happen because he didn’t see me and I was a bit frustrated. But we come out [of it] as really, really good friends.”

Mane also added that the players now even joke about the incident, adding ‘it is behind us’.

On Wednesday night, Mane’s Liverpool take on his former club Red Bull Salzburg, a challenge, he insists, that should not be taken lightly.

Mane continued: “The league is a good league. I played there for two and a half years and met great people there in a great club. As a human being I learned a lot.

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“They are a really, really good team and are doing well and they need respect because they are top of the group.

“We are expecting a very, very difficult game tomorrow. We will do everything possible to get a positive result.”

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Predicting Chelsea’s Starting XI for Champions League Clash with Lille

It has been a testing start for Frank Lampard at Chelsea.

The club legend has seen positives in the continued form of youngsters Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, but despite their young guns, the Blues currently lie in seventh place in the Premier League with just 11 points so far this season from their first seven games.

They do find themselves growing in confidence though having followed up a convincing 7-1 win over Grimsby Town in the Carabao Cup with a 2-0 victory at home to Brighton on Saturday.

Lampard will be desperate to get Chelsea’s Champions League campaign back on track after suffering a surprise 1-0 defeat to Valencia in their first gameweek. They face high flying French outfit Lille who currently sit fourth in Ligue 1.

Here is how Chelsea could line up for this one…


Goalkeepers & Defenders

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Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) – Kepa has so far only managed to keep one clean sheet so far this season and will have to improve that. However, only injury would cause him to be dropped for such an important fixture.

Cesar Azpilicueta (RB) – The entire defence has looked leaky so far this season having let 13 in after just seven games. As captain, Azpilicueta will have to find a way to help Chelsea tighten up at the back.

Fikayo Tomori (CB) – One of the more impressive performers in this squad this season, Tomori should be guaranteed a starting place and will be hoping to maintain his impressive recent form. 

Andreas Christensen (CB) – With Antonio Rudiger nursing an injury Christensen has started almost every game for Chelsea this season and is likely to keep his place for Lille. 

Marcos Alonso (LB) – With Emerson currently injured, Alonso is essentially guaranteed a starting place, much to the chagrin of some Blues fans.


Midfielders

Mason Mount

Matteo Kovacic (CM) – Kovacic has started the majority of games for Chelsea this season but recently came off the bench for Ross Barkley against Brighton. He is, however, likely to be restored to the starting lineup against Lille. 

Jorginho (CM) – Jorginho has changed from being a scapegoat last season to a key man under Frank Lampard’s leadership. The deep-lying playmaker is arguably the first name on the teamsheet. 

Mason Mount (CM) – Potentially Chelsea’s player of the season so far. Having done well at Derby under Lampard last season, Mount has kicked on further and already scored three goals this season. A guaranteed starter.


Forwards

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Pedro (RW) – Despite starting the season out of favour, the World Cup winner appears to have played his way back into Lampard’s plans and will likely start on Wednesday night. 

Tammy Abraham (ST) – Abraham had a stunning season for Aston Villa last season and has carried on this spectacular form for Chelsea. Keeping Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud out the starting lineup, he has scored seven goals already this season.

Willian (LW) – Entering his seventh season with the Blues, he has played every league game bar one and scored his first goal of the season against Brighton on Saturday. It would be surprising to see him start on the bench on Wednesday. 

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Predicting Barcelona’s Starting XI for the Champions League Clash With Inter

Barcelona welcome Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan to the Camp Nou on matchday two of the group stages of the Champions League.

Ernesto Valverde’s side drew 1-1 in their opening match against Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park, with Marc-André ter Stegen saving a Marco Reus penalty.

Nicolò Barella’s goal right at the death, ensured Inter earned a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw against Slavia Prague in their opening match of the competition at San Siro.


Both teams go into the match having secured wins domestically last weekend. Barcelona defeated Getafe 2-0 and claimed their first clean sheet of the season, as Inter beat Sampdoria 3-1 in Serie A.

Here is how the Catalan giants could line-up against the Nerazzurri…


Goalkeeper & Defenders

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Marc-André ter Stegen (GK) – The Germany international, who is known to the fans as ‘ter Stegen Airlines’ due to his fine aerial-prowess, will be between the sticks as usual. The 27-year-old saved fellow countryman Marco Reus’ penalty in the opening group stage match in Group F, and will have to the tough task of stopping Romelu Lukaku and co.

Nélson Semedo (RB) – A consistent performer in the team since joining from Benfica in 2012, the Portugal international will continue in his favoured full-back position. Sergi Roberto may have to settle for a place on the bench.

Gerard Piqué (CB) – The 32-year-old picks himself really. Piqué has been ever-present in the backline and he will continue to command the defence alongside Clément Lenglet, with whom he has struck a formidable partnership since the Frenchman’s arrival from Sevilla last season.

Clement Lenglet (CB) – The Frenchman is suspended in La Liga for next weekend following his sending off in the win over Getafe, giving Ernesto Valverde a selection headache domestically. However, he remains available for the crunch tie with Inter.

Junior Firpo (LB) – Firpo netted at the weekend against Getafe in La Liga and showed more signs of promise. Due to the injury of Jordi Alba, the Santo Domingo-born 23-year-old will provide attacking threat down the left as well as trying to stop the likes of former Barcelona star Alexis Sánchez.


Midfielders

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?Sergio Busquets (CM) – The Barça midfield maestro will play in his favoured holding role, providing added protection for Piqué and Lenglet, while restarting attacks from deep. Busquets, 31, will allow the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Arthur to push forward and join the attack.

Frenkie de Jong (CM) – Having had a successful campaign in the competition last season with Ajax reaching the semi-finals, the Netherlands international is expected to play alongside Arthur and supply the forwards in the final third. The 21-year-old will hope to help his side claim all three points at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Arthur (CM) – Scoring a thunderbolt in the 5-2 victory over Villarreal at the Camp Nou a couple of weeks back, Arthur is starting to become one of the key members of the Barça midfield. Having joined from Grêmio in 2018, he has a lot to offer and will be tasked of moving the ball fast and fluid, as well as joining the attack.


Forwards

Carles Perez

Carles Pérez (RW)  Having netted in the 5-2 victory against Real Betis on matchday two, the 21-year-old is full of confidence and has vastly become a first-team regular this season under Valverde. With both Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembélé a doubt for the clash (and Ansu Fati definitely injured), he should get another chance to showcase his talents.

Luis Suárez (ST) – The Uruguayan will play in his usual centre-forward position. Suárez will have the task of coming up with the goods and help his team to victory. Netting against Getafe at the weekend, he will hope be on the scoresheet once again on Wednesday.

Antoine Griezmann (LW)  – Soon to make his Champions League Camp Nou debut for Barça, the 28-year-old will come up against his former teammate and good friend Diego Godin. The two had been inseparable during their stay in the Spanish capital with Atletico Madrid and the fact that Griezmann named Godin as the godfather of his daughter, is another testimony to their friendship.

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Twitter Reacts as Real Madrid Trail 2-0 at Half-Time in Champions League Clash With Club Brugge

?Describing Real Madrid’s start to this season as a crisis might seem a bit extreme given the fact that they were only one game into the Champions League group stages heading into this match, as well as being top of La Liga.

But Zinedine Zidane knew another slip up in Europe against Club Brugge on Tuesday could pile even more pressure onto his future already.

Real Madrid enjoyed most of the ball during the early stages of the match, but the visitors scored with their first real move into the opposition half, with striker Emmanuel ‘Bonaventure’ Dennis bundling the ball over the line inside the opening 10 minutes, with what appeared to be an attempt to control the ball.

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It was hardly a vintage goal for the visitors, but it ensured that the crowd in the Spanish capital turned, something which might have played a part with missed chances for Real Madrid throughout the first-half.


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??Of course, the goal brought the inevitable calls for three-time Champions League-winning coach Zidane to get his P45…


Those calls for Zidane’s head only got worse before half-time too.

Real Madrid pushed on for an equaliser but ended up conceding again, with Brugge’s Dennis the beneficiary for the second time in the match after an awful mistake from Luka Modric.

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