Madrid, even with­out Cris­tiano’s glitz, man­aged to trou­ble Manch­ester Blue only for Joe Hart to stand in the way

The Economic Times - - Sports: The Great Games -

vidi ng t he mid f ield a rchi­tect ure wit h hi s t u r ns a nd r apid pa s s e s through the eye of a nee­dle. His 15 - yard despatch with the right out­step for Marcelo, on the over­lap, seven min­utes into the sec­ond half was his sig­na­ture. The game changer wore blue, not white, and in the pres­ence of Kevin de Bruyne we saw again the catast rophic fol ly of Jose Mour­inho’s de­ci­sion that he was dis­pens­able at Chelsea. T h e a n x i e t y h e p r o v o k e d wa s trans­par­ent on Pepe’s im­petu­ous chal lenge which took him out f ly­ing and earned him a card. There was just about enough equi­lib­rium in the Span­ish de­fen­sive to deter the Bel­gian, though. Casemiro strug­gled for rhythm and though Ser­gio Ramos has had a sea­son to for­get, it took his stature and pres­ence to anchor things.

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