Benzema shoots Real to win the group, Gladbach cheers anyway
- Title : Benzema shoots Real to win the group, Gladbach cheers anyway
Real Madrid got off to a bad start in this CL season, ending the preliminary round after a deserved 2-0 win against Borussia Mönchengladbach, which is also in the round of 16, but as group winners. Karim Benzema and Co. missed a runaway victory against Borussia.
Madrid defies the crisis - Benzema dupes Ginter
Despite their crisis, Los Blancos showed the face that allowed them to win some important games against good opponents this season. Madrid put the Gladbachers under pressure with high pressing and fast switching - and converted the superiority into countable things: In a counterattack, Vazquez flanked softly to the fiver, where Benzema stole away in Ginter's back and headed in (9th).
Gladbach's answer about Thuram came exactly to Courtois (10th) - Borussia was also dangerous, especially through counter attacks. After a steep pass from Neuhaus, Plea penetrated the penalty area, but pushed the ball just past the far corner - Gladbach's best chance (25th).
Modric to the post
In the middle of the phase in which the guests were getting a grip on the attacking game of the record winner, a copy of the first goal almost fell: Rodrygo crossed sharply from the right, and Ginter lost sight of Benzema for the second time - 2-0 for Real ( 32.). Shortly before the break, the Blancos really wanted to know: Modric hit the post (39th) and into the goal from an offside position (43rd), Borussia was even well served with the break.
For the second section, Rose made two changes, including Zakaria for midfield headquarters. After the Swiss won the ball, Neuhaus took the next shot from Gladbach, but it was too harmless from the second row (52nd). Benzema had previously prevailed against Ginter again, but failed because of summer - Real had better chances (49th).
Aluminum probably prevents a runaway victory
Just when the guests rebelled again with more force, Real managed to relieve the pressure permanently and regain control of the game with good pass security. What the Zidane protégés simply had more emphasis on: Kroos forced Sommer to take a flight (63rd), Rodrygo just missed the far corner (69th). Sommer also parried strongly against Ramos - Benzema slammed the margin to the crossbar (73rd).
Gladbach owed the fact that it did not turn out any clearer, which only came closer to the side netting with Pleas's shot (65th), and a third aluminum hit - Vazquez shook Elvedi off and balanced the leather on the post (78th). In the final phase, too blunted guests lost their courage. After Benzema's last header (90th) it was over, Real Madrid deservedly won 2-0.
Los Blancos still won their group, but despite the defeat, Borussia also progressed in second place - because Inter and Donetsk only played 0-0 in the parallel game.