Real Madrid Squeeze Out a Win in a keenly contested UCL match with RB Leipzig
Real Madrid Squeeze Out a Win in a keenly contested UCL match with RB Leipzig: Characterized by frustration, and despite being held on for much of their Champions League clash with RB Leipzig, Real Madrid still managed to pull out a 2-0 victory on Wednesday night.
Los Blancos entered the match on the back of an impressive victory over Celtic last time out, however things weren’t quite as straightforward against the Germans.
Leipzig put in a brave and committed performance, but failed to convert their chances, with late strikes from Federico Valverde and Marco Asensio deciding the contest.
Leipzig managed three attempts in the opening 10 minutes compared to Real Madrid’s zero, with Emil Forsberg missing a good chance in the 21st minute after sending his first-time shot wide of the mark.
Although the Germans looked the better side for much of the half, the two teams entered the break level.
Luka Modric was seen arguing with officials as the players left the field, a sign that Real Madrid were left frustrated by their performance.
The trend continued after the break as Leipzig’s players continued to take on Real Madrid defenders one-on-one in hopes of a breakthrough, while Real Madrid struggled to carve out much of anything in attack as their full-backs were much more interested in defending than surging forward.
With all signs pointing towards a goalless draw, Real Madrid, as they seem to always do, found their breakthrough.
Valverde needed one touch to control the ball and a touch to set himself before curling a left-footed strike into the back of the net.
The goal seemed to deflate Leipzig, who had played so well up to that point, with Real Madrid wrapping up proceedings in injury time.
Marco Asensio, who hasn’t seen the field all that much this season, fired a Toni Kroos ball first time in off the post, with Real Madrid making it two wins from two in the Champions League.