On the third, the Royal Society achieved a historic milestone. Having been thrashed on the previous two occasions in which he faced one of the most powerful clubs on the planet, he knew how to capitalize on his best moments in the game. He beat a gray Manchester United at Old Trafford, in mourning for the death of Elizabeth II and also for the subsequent deserved and unappealable defeat. Brais Mendez, from a penalty, executed De Gea, in an action in which David Silva was once again involved, a regular scourge in the Theater of Dreams when he wore the blue City shirt. He returned to his rival’s stadium and again went out on the shoulders, after provoking the maximum penalty with a shot that he hit in the arm of Lisandro.
De Gea, Harry Maguire, Nilsson-Lindelöf, Diogo Dalot (Lisandro Martinez, min. 45), Tyrell Malacia (Charlie McNeill, min. 83), Antony (Jadon Sancho, min. 70), Eriksen (Bruno Fernandes, min. 45 ), Fred, Anthony Elanga (Alejandro Garnacho, min. 70), Casemiro and Cristiano
Remiro, Gorosabel (Alex Sola, min. 83), Elustondo, Aihen Munoz, Jon Pacheco, Take Kubo (Barrenetxea, min. 77), Merino, Brais (Benat Turrientes, min. 83), Martin Zubimendi, David Silva (Mohamed Ali -Cho, min. 64) and Sadiq (Sörloth, min. 45)
goals 0-1 min. 58: Brais.
Yellow cards Lisandro Martinez (min. 56), David Silva (min. 59), Aihen Munoz (min. 69), Fred (min. 82), Benat Turrientes (min. 88) and De Gea (min. 93)
La Real held up very well in the first half. Although it was difficult for him to spread out and he made some mistakes in getting the ball out, he controlled his own area and prevented United from having any chances in front of Remiro’s goal. The English team was not sharp despite the fact that Elanga started briskly on the left wing, although Malacia was not constant when he had to accompany her. On the right, Antony’s danger was diluted because Merino had plenty of lungs to support Aihen every time the Brazilian outlined his left foot inward to seek to get the San Sebastian defense into trouble.
Just one goal disallowed against Cristiano for offside, made the 2,000 Real fans who traveled to Manchester swoon. That and a couple of indecisions from Alex Remiro in the opening minutes, as if he had an imposing respect for Old Trafford. Then he settled down and was himself again. The realistic troubles did not go further. United had the ball more than expected and Real suffered less than feared. Until the break, the local game was at half-staff, like the flags of the stadium for the death of the queen, because the home team, which had just chained four victories, could not find the way to the fifth.
Ten Hag wanted to reactivate his team’s play with the appearance of Bruno Fernandes and Lisandro from the start of the second half, and for a few minutes it seemed that the Dutch coach’s invention was working. The effervescence of the changes lasted less than a minute, until Imanol knew how to stop Bruno on the wing. He gave him time, yes, to put in a prodigious center that Cristiano, far from his best moment, wasted in an ideal position.
Philo in Lindelöf’s band
In addition, the Real found a vein in which to put the pickaxe and extract gold, the band by which Lindelöf defended. Suddenly, the way people from San Sebastian viewed the game changed. Kubo found a highway and panicked the Red Devils’ rear. A first cross from the Japanese was finished off by Sorloth with a header, although the striker did not expect Lisandro’s mistake. In the second, the ball that Kubo put in did not become a goal assist because Lisandro went ahead putting the tip of his boot.
La Real had taken the initiative and kept it until in the 56th minute, David Silva once again became Old Trafford’s nightmare. An action from the right ended at the feet of the Canarian midfielder, who looked for the gap and tried a hard and deliberate shot that hit Lisandro in the arm, who dived to cover the gap. The referee did not hesitate, signaling a penalty. It was thrown by Brais Mendez, to the left of De Gea, who did not reach the ball. La Real, after their best minutes, took the lead against the joy of the Blue and White corner of Old Trafford.
But the best thing for Real was that United were stunned and found no answers to neutralize the away advantage. Imanol didn’t even have to put up a wall. An orderly defense was enough for him, which did not take any leave. He tried to squeeze the English team for the last half hour, but he didn’t know how. Bruno Fernandes dissolved in his own sweat; Casemiro, who made his debut as a starter, barely shone; Cristiano is a shadow, and meanwhile, Real begins to shine in Europe. David Silva was once again a scourge at the home of his eternal rival, City fans celebrate like those who arrived from San Sebastian.
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