Atalanta 0-1 Real Madrid
🎙| Mendy: “I didn’t even know how to celebrate because it was my first ever European goal.” 🇫🇷
“There is a great communion in the team, I feel very good in Madrid and I get along wonderfully with everyone. They were all happy for my goal.”🇫🇷🤍
Real Madrid struggled to break down 10-man Atalanta before Ferland Mendy scored an 86th-minute winner for a 1-0 win in the first leg of the round of 16.
Madrid entered the game as the big favourites despite a host of injuries, and Atalanta's chances diminished further when midfielder Remo Freuler was sent off in the 17th minute after being adjudged to have denied a goalscoring opportunity.
But Madrid, who were missing Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard and captain Sergio Ramos, still found it difficult to test Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini until the end of the first half, when he pulled off a great reaction save to keep out Casemiro's header from a Toni Kroos' free-kick.
Just as it looked as if Atalanta would hold on for a draw, Mendy received the ball outside the area after a corner and curled a shot into the right side of the net from 20 yards.
Mendy:“There is a great communion in the team, I feel very good in Madrid and I get along wonderfully with everyone. They were all happy for my goal.”🇫🇷🤍