Atletico Madrid and Manchester United tied in a mediocre match of England team. The team of “Cholo” Simeone managed to cancel United in all the first half. However, the second half was more equalizer and Ralf Rangnick´s team reached a goal in the last minutes of the game.
The game was very excited and very controlled game by Atletico. The local team started with a soon goal of Joao Felix. In minute 7 of the match, Renan Lodi sent a nice ball to Joao Felix and he scored an amazing goal with his head. Atletico kept pressing United players. The pressure of the Spain club in the field of away team caused mistakes in some players like De Gea, Maguire or Varane. In addition, this pressure not allowed to play to some players like Cristiano Ronaldo (dissapeared whole game) and Bruno Fernandes.
On the other hand, the players of Atleti did an awesome game. The left side Renan Lodi was the best in defence appart. Then, Geoffrey Kondogbia was immense stealing balls from United players and counterattack plays to try to close the match. But finally, Portuguese promise Joao Felix was the MVP of the match. He led his team during all the 76 minutes he had been on the pitch. He created lot of chances for his team and gave us and exhibition of a player of his stature.
About the England club of Manchester, they did an awful performance during most part of the game. In the only occasion of all the match (around minute 79) United scored a weird goal in a counterattack poorly defended by Spanish club. Good news for United was the game of the goal scorer Anthony Elanga. The youth academy player changed the qualifying round with his goal, giving Manchester United hope. 19-years-old player did more in 15 minutes than some stars like Jadon Sancho or Marcus Rashford. Luck was also on his side during 90 minutes. Simeone´s team had two crossbars.
All is open for the return in Old Trafford. Atletico Madrid will play a game that should have closed yesterday. Positive side for Madrid´s club is that away goal from “red devils” don´t count double like in the last seasons of Champions League. United will have the opportunity to play a match in front of the fans and in their stadium. So let´s see what happens March 15th.