Match Report: Real Madrid vs Spurs
Hugo Lloris deservedly wins the man of the match after he safeguarded a point for Spurs at the Bernabeu. Madrid looked lively from the outset and Ronaldo almost punished the London travellers within 5 minutes after striking a header against the framework. Ronaldo then drew a shot across goal just going inches wide of the post. It was Tottenham’s time to threaten as Kane rose to meet a set-piece, drilling the ball into the ground with his head and demanding a commendable save from Navas. Varane turned the ball into his own net on the 27th-minute mark. Aurier was looking for Harry Kane on the near side of the box but found that his low-driven cross surpassed the Englishman and ricocheted off Varane’s foot into the top corner.
After forcing the mistake from Varane at the other end, Aurier witlessly brought down Toni Kroos in the area for a penalty that was beyond dispute. 9 times out of 10 Ronaldo is going to convert from the spot, and this was one of those times. With confidence, power, and accuracy, Ronaldo sent Lloris the wrong way and buried the ball in the back of the net to even the score.
Real Madrid could have easily gone two up in the 53rd minute if it wasn’t for the cat-like reflexes of Hugo Lloris, who denied Benzema’s header from point-blank range with his outstretched right boot. Nine minutes later Hugo Lloris made yet another outstanding save to parry the powerful half-volley of Ronaldo behind to safety. Shortly after Ronaldo single-handedly cut through the Spurs defence like a knife through butter, only to be met again by the strong hands of the Tottenham skipper. At the other end, Navas pulled off a finger-tip save to parry Kane’s effort behind the post. Two minutes later, Fernando Llorente set Eriksen up with a flick-on. The Dane was clear on goal but drove the ball into the side netting during this turbulent finish to the 1-1 stalemate.
Real Madrid vs Spurs Attendance
Santiago Bernabeu: 76,589
Starting Line-ups: Real Madrid v Spurs
Real Madrid: Navas, Hakimi, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco, Benzema, Ronaldo
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sissoko, Winks, Eriksen, Llorente, Kane