Anthony Elanga’s late goal earned Manchester United a point at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. The Red Devils drew against the home team despite conceding a very early goal. However, the second leg of the Round of 16 will take place at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, on March 16. The fate of the quarter-final for both teams will decide here. This match will determine who advances to the semifinals.
The home team Atletico Madrid welcomed the English side, Manchester United, at Wanda Metropolitano. As the home team, Atletico got a massive crowd in the stadium. In addition, many Manchester United fans attended the game from England.
However, the home team manager Diego Simeone set up the team formation 3-5-2 against the Red Devils. He benched Luis Suarez and Athoine Griezmann last night. Instead of them, Simeone started Joao Felix and Angel Correa as the center forward. On the other side, Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick played his team in a 4-2-3-1 formation. It was a bit surprising that Rangnick played a center-back in the right-back position.
Anyway, the home team tried to control the field from the beginning of the game. They were too good in the midfield. The midfielders were pushing the strikers to find the net. As a result, Atletico Madrid took the lead within ten minutes. The Portuguese youngster Joao Felix netted the ball in the 7th minute. It was a brilliant cross from Renan Lodi which was converted into a goal by Joao Felix. In the first half, the visitors couldn’t make enough chances. As a result, the first half ended in 1-0.
The Rangnick boys looked more organized in the second half. Bruno Fernandez and Paul Pogba provided some amazing crosses into the box. Unfortunately, they couldn’t find the equalizer. In the 75th minute, Ralf Rangnick substituted Rashford with Anthony Elanga. After that, he added more pace on the right side. Within five minutes, Elanga scored a stunning goal with the help of Bruno Fernandez. With that goal, Manchester United equalized in the 80th minute. However, both teams couldn’t score more in the remaining minutes. So, they shared the points at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.