UEFA Champions League Real Madrid held by Leipzig but seal quarter-final slot

Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw by Leipzig in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie and capitalised on a 0-1 first leg scoreline to book their place in the quarter-finals.

Vini Jr. gave Madrid the lead in the 65th minute, but the German side equalized three minutes later. Madrid withstood the pressure until the end and will be in the draw on March 15 in Nyon.

A jam-packed Santiago Bernabeu experienced another spectacular European night on the club’s 122nd birthday. The game got off to a pulsating and hard-fought start. The first chance fell to Ancelotti’s men when Tchouameni ‘s cross was flicked over by Vini Jr. with his shoulder in the 12th minute.

Leipzig responded immediately with a couple of lightning-quick counter-attacks, but Openda was unable to find the target on either occasion. The Whites patiently built up play, but the Germans left no gaps in defense and tried to punish the hosts with their speedy transitions.

Marco Rose’s side came close to opening the scoring on two occasions before the break. First with a curling effort from Simons that Lunin pushed away, and then with a powerful strike from Openda that narrowly missed the left-hand post.

The game picked up in the second half and Madrid began to penetrate the opposition’s box more often. In the 63rd minute, Carvajal played a neat through ball to Rodrygo, whose shot was blocked by Gulacsi. But with the next move, Real Madrid made no mistake. Kroos broke up play as Leipzig were on the attack and the German fed Bellingham who drove the length of the pitch before slipping in Vini. Jr. and the Brazilian scored with an emphatic first-time finish.

The visitors made it 1-1 in the 68th minute when their corner kick was only half cleared and Raum swung the ball back into the box for Willi Orban to glance a diving header into the bottom corner of the net .

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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