Ferland Mendy
Ferland Mendy scored his first Champions League goal for Real Madrid

Ferland Mendy scored a stunning late winner as Real Madrid clinched a hardworking last-16 first-leg victory against 10-man Atalanta.

Real looked like being left frustrated by a well-organised home side until Mendy curled in with four minutes left.

Atalanta’s Remo Freuler was sent off after just 17 minutes for denying Mendy a clear goalscoring opportunity.

The depleted hosts did not have a single shot on target and now must score in the return leg on 16 March.

Real were without a number of key first-team players through injury including captain Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard and Dani Carvajal and it showed for almost the entire contest.

With Atalanta sitting back after Freuler’s early red card for a cynical trip on Mendy, Zinedine Zidane’s side failed to create clear-cut chances.

Isco, playing as the furthest man forward, saw a turn and shot deflect wide, while Marco Asensio’s header and free-kick were comfortable for Pierluigi Gollini to deal with.

But with time running out, full-back Mendy earned his side a priceless away goal with a sublime curling effort from 25 yards to put Real in charge of the tie.

Atalanta will feel disappointed by conceding so late having displayed a solid defensive showing but remain without a victory at home in the Champions League this term.

Zidane, meanwhile, will be eyeing a 13th knockout-tie triumph from 14 attempts after Real progressed from the group stages for a record 24th consecutive campaign.

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Atalanta

Starting XI

  1. Squad number95Player nameGollini

    Average rating

    6.78

  2. Squad number2Player nameRafael Tolói

    Average rating

    7.26

  3. Squad number17Player nameRomero

    Average rating

    7.46

  4. Squad number19Player nameDjimsiti

    Average rating

    7.45

  5. Squad number3Player nameMaehle

    Average rating

    7.61

  6. Squad number15Player namede Roon

    Average rating

    7.58

  7. Squad number11Player nameFreuler

    Average rating

    6.25

  8. Squad number8Player nameGosens

    Average rating

    7.57

  9. Squad number32Player namePessina

    Average rating

    7.58

  10. Squad number91Player nameZapata

    Average rating

    7.63

  11. Squad number9Player nameMuriel

    Average rating

    7.35

Substitutes

  1. Squad number6Player namePalomino

    Average rating

    7.68

  2. Squad number18Player nameMalinovskiy

    Average rating

    7.50

  3. Squad number72Player nameIlicic

    Average rating

    7.83

  4. Squad number88Player namePasalic

    Average rating

    7.38

Real Madrid

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameCourtois

    Average rating

    4.62

  2. Squad number17Player nameLucas Vázquez

    Average rating

    4.55

  3. Squad number5Player nameVarane

    Average rating

    4.78

  4. Squad number6Player nameNacho

    Average rating

    4.45

  5. Squad number23Player nameMendy

    Average rating

    5.34

  6. Squad number10Player nameModric

    Average rating

    5.20

  7. Squad number14Player nameCasemiro

    Average rating

    4.56

  8. Squad number8Player nameKroos

    Average rating

    4.84

  9. Squad number11Player nameAsensio

    Average rating

    4.56

  10. Squad number22Player nameIsco

    Average rating

    4.90

  11. Squad number20Player nameVinícius Júnior

    Average rating

    4.76

Substitutes

  1. Squad number24Player nameMariano

    Average rating

    4.20

  2. Squad number30Player nameArribas

    Average rating

    4.16

  3. Squad number34Player nameDuro

    Average rating

    4.27

Line-ups

Atalanta

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 95Gollini
  • 2Toloi
  • 17Romero
  • 19Djimsiti
  • 3MaehleSubstituted forPalominoat 85′minutes
  • 15de Roon
  • 11FreulerBooked at 17mins
  • 8GosensBooked at 71mins
  • 32Pessina
  • 91ZapataSubstituted forPasalicat 30′minutes
  • 9MurielSubstituted forIlicicat 56′minutesSubstituted forMalinovskiyat 86′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Sutalo
  • 6Palomino
  • 7Lammers
  • 13Caldara
  • 18Malinovskiy
  • 31Rossi
  • 40Ruggeri
  • 57Sportiello
  • 59Al Miranchuk
  • 72Ilicic
  • 88Pasalic

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Courtois
  • 17Vázquez
  • 5Varane
  • 6Nacho
  • 23MendyBooked at 55mins
  • 10Modric
  • 14CasemiroBooked at 23mins
  • 8Kroos
  • 11AsensioSubstituted forArribasat 76′minutes
  • 22IscoSubstituted forDuroat 76′minutes
  • 20Vinícius JúniorSubstituted forMarianoat 57′minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Lunin
  • 24Mariano
  • 26Altube
  • 30Arribas
  • 31Blanco
  • 32Chust
  • 34Duro
  • 35Gutiérrez

Referee:
Tobias Stieler

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Atalanta 0, Real Madrid 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Atalanta 0, Real Madrid 1.

  3. Foul by Sergio Arribas (Real Madrid).

  4. Robin Gosens (Atalanta) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Foul by Hugo Duro (Real Madrid).

  6. Rafael Tolói (Atalanta) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Offside, Real Madrid. Mariano tries a through ball, but Lucas Vázquez is caught offside.

  8. Attempt blocked. Casemiro (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  9. Attempt blocked. Mariano (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez with a cross.

  10. Foul by Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid).

  11. Matteo Pessina (Atalanta) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Attempt missed. Casemiro (Real Madrid) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Ferland Mendy.

  13. Goal! Atalanta 0, Real Madrid 1. Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luka Modric following a corner.

  14. Substitution, Atalanta. Ruslan Malinovskiy replaces Josip Ilicic.

  15. Substitution, Atalanta. José Luis Palomino replaces Joakim Maehle.

  16. Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Rafael Tolói.

  17. Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Foul by Mario Pasalic (Atalanta).

  19. Attempt blocked. Hugo Duro (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Casemiro.

  20. Attempt missed. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mariano.