A debacle at Wembley for Real Madrid

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A debacle at Wembley for Real Madrid

Post by kongpheara » Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:34 am

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Reigning European champions Real Madrid suffered a humbling 3-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham in UEFA Champions League Group H action on Wednesday night at Wembley Stadium in London.Dele Alli scored a goal in each half, while Christian Eriksen put the icing on the Tottenham cake with a third to hand Real a rare European defeat. It also marks a second straight loss for Los Blancos and the first major slump of the Zinedine Zidane era.The lone bright spot for Real came 10 minutes from time when Cristiano Ronaldo scored a consolation goal for the visitors.Simply put; this was a miserable night for Real. Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure all night long, Karim Benzema barely touched the ball, Isco was a non-factor, Marcelo turned in a second straight sloppy performance and Sergio Ramos was anything but assured.There were no surprises in Zidane's starting XI. Achraf remained the first-choice at right-back in place of the injured Dani Carvajal, while Nacho slotted in at centre-back for the injured Raphael Varane.Los Blancos were slow out of the blocks and did little to trouble Spurs stopper Hugo Lloris. Meanwhile, the hosts could smell some hesitancy in the Real back line, and that led to the opener before the half-hour mark. A ball played down the right to Kieran Tripper was one-timed across by the Spurs right-back and Alli beat Nacho to the ball and pushed the shot past Kiko Casilla to make it 1-0 to Tottenham. Replays showed that Tripper was in an offside position when he received the ball, but there was no call from the linesman and the goal stood.It took the Tottenham goal for Real to wake up and they carved out their best chance of the match up to that point when Ronaldo received a ball in space in the area and fired at goal but right at the hands of Lloris. That was the start of a breathtaking back and forth between the two sides to close the half. Casilla was called on to stop Harry Kane from up close, which was then followed by chances from Ronaldo and Benzema.Zidane took a more aggressive tack for the second-half, as Marcelo and Achraf SBOBET played noticeably higher up the pitch to give Real more wing play. But that allowed Tottenham to operate with more room in the middle of the pitch, and the supporters in Wembley began believing that an upset was in the cards SBOBET when Alli scored his second of the night.Alli collected a ball, left Casemiro flailing in his wake and fired a shot that ricocheted off Sergio Ramos and past Casilla into goal for a 2-0 lead.Nothing was going right for Real. Their frustration on the night was summed up by a loose ball that fell to Ramos right in front of goal, but he shot right into the back of Ronaldo's leg instead of the back of the net.The amazing then turned into the unbelievable minutes later, as Tottenham sliced open Real for a third time. Alli sprung Kane with a pass, who then crossed back to Christian Eriksen and the Danish player finished off the counter-attack with a ruthless finish for a stunning 3-0 lead.Rare are the times when an opponent can SBOBET easily bat the ball around against Real, but Tottenham enjoyed that luxury in the latter stages, and Wembley lapped up every bit of it, chanting "Ole!" each time a pass was connected.Zidane finally turned to his bench as the final quarter-hour neared, ushering off Isco and Benzema for Marco Asensio and Borja Mayoral, respectively. Minutes after Alli had a great look at a third, Ronaldo finally put Real on the scoreboard by pouncing on a loose ball in the area rocketing home a goal to cut the Spurs lead to 3-1.For the first time all night Real were playing with belief, but it was too little, too late, and Spurs smartly closed out the contest to pocket three points and leave Real sitting in second in the group.

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