Real Madrid Defeats Manchester United After Controversial Red Card Sends Nani Off
Cristiano Ronaldo led Real Madrid over former club Manchester United in a 2-1 victory on Tuesday. The win puts Real Madrid over Manchester United with a 3-2 aggregate, thereby clinching their spot in the Champions League Quarterfinals.
The first goal of the game was awarded to Manchester United after Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos slipped in an own goal past keeper Diego Lopez. United’s good fortune ran out though when Nani received a red card for a studs-up tackle that landed on the chest of Madrid’s Alvaro Arbeloa in the 57th minute.
For the remainder of the match, Madrid had the better of their opposition that was down to having ten men on the pitch. Luka Modric scored the equalizer less than ten minutes after Nani was sent off. Ronaldo’s game winner came just three minutes later when he tapped the ball into the back of the net.
Although Madrid staged quite a comeback, their win was found to be undeserved by both sides at the end of 90 minutes. While United players Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand got into the referees's faces, Alex Furguson aired his grievances from the benches. Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, advantaged by the ref’s loose card awarding, was similarly despondent.
"Independent of the decision, the best team lost,” Mourinho said according to the BBC. “We didn't deserve to win but football is like this.” He returned to the locker rooms without celebrating his win.—Chelsea Regan