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Real Madrid 2-2 Club Bruges: Former champions escape with draw

Emmanuel Dennis
Emmanuel Dennis almost fell before chipping in Club Bruges' second goal

Real Madrid battled back from 2-0 down to draw with Club Bruges on another disappointing Champions League night for the 13-time champions.

Zinedine Zidane's side were poor again at the Bernabeu and were almost undone by two bizarre goals from 21-year-old Emmanuel Dennis.

The Nigerian's first came as he miscontrolled Percy Tau's cross past a wrongfooted Thibaut Courtois and into the net - initially disallowed for offside but awarded after a long video assistant referee delay.

For the second, Dennis stumbled into the box and chipped Courtois - who was replaced by Alphonse Areola at half-time - despite almost losing his footing.

Captain Sergio Ramos responded for Real in the second half with a header from Karim Benzema's cross, which was ruled out for offside but overturned by the VAR.

After Bruges captain Ruud Vormer was sent off for two bookings, Toni Kroos crossed for Casemiro to head in the equaliser from the resulting free-kick.

Real - beaten 3-0 by Paris St-Germain in their opening game - remain bottom of Group A.

Zidane loses Champions League spark

Zidane's first spell as Real Madrid boss was the stuff of legend. They won three consecutive Champions League titles in his two and a half years in charge and he left on the ultimate high.

But less than 12 months later he was back, replacing Santiago Solari after their sensational 4-1 Bernabeu defeat by Ajax in the last 16.

The comeback against Bruges ensured it was not a third consecutive Champions League defeat and a third European home loss in a row.

They have conceded two or more goals by half-time in their past three home Champions League games. They had done that twice in their previous 124.

La Liga leaders Real created plenty of chances but fluffed their lines.

Bruges, who are top of the Belgian league, looked in control after Dennis' goals - especially his first, when he tried to control a cross but somehow kicked the ball off his other leg and into the net.

It could have been game over if a 54th-minute chance for a hat-trick was not well saved by Areola, before Real battled back through Ramos and Casemiro.

Captain Ramos was playing as a centre forward at the end as they looked for a winner, but Bruges' stoppage-time substitute Siebe Schrijvers wasted a glorious chance when he screwed wide with his only touch.

Despite the hosts' comeback, Bruges celebrated a famous point at the final whistle while Real looked dejected.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane: "The two goals that they scored were a joke - that's all I can say on that.

"What happened in the first half can happen to you. We looked to take the three points from start to finish and that was impossible in the first half. We won the second half 2-0 and we end up taking a point.

"I'm not worried. We know we have to make and finish chances because in the first 10 minutes. If we had been a little more clinical, we could have had the opening goal.

"We need to do that at home - go to kill the game from minute one and push our rivals.

"I don't want to speak ill of a rival, but if we pressed like we did in the second half, they would have had no chance."

Match stats - Real match 2006 Kiev comeback

  • Real Madrid have gone at least two goals behind in a Champions League match without losing the game for the first time since December 2006 against Dynamo Kiev (2-2).
  • Club Bruges are unbeaten in six Champions League matches (W1 D5), having lost eight in a row before this run.
  • Bruges' opening goal was their earliest in a Champions League game at eight minutes nine seconds.
  • Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos has scored in 10 different seasons in the Champions League, becoming the second defender to do so after Gerard Pique.
  • Aged 21 years and 320 days, Emmanuel Dennis became the third youngest player to score at least twice in a single game against Real Madrid in the Champions League, after Alexandre Pato in 2009-10 (20y 49d) and Dele Alli in 2017-18 (21y 204d).
  • Dennis became the third Nigerian to score against Real Madrid in the Champions League, after James Obiorah for Lokomotiv Moscow in 2002-03 and Ayila Yussuf for Dynamo Kiev in 2004-05.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 13CourtoisSubstituted forAreolaat 45'minutes
  • 2Carvajal
  • 5Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 6NachoSubstituted forMarceloat 45'minutes
  • 10Modric
  • 14Casemiro
  • 8Kroos
  • 17VázquezSubstituted forVinícius Júniorat 67'minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 7E HazardBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Areola
  • 3Militão
  • 12Marcelo
  • 15Valverde
  • 18Jovic
  • 22Isco
  • 25Vinícius Júnior

Club Bruges

  • 88MignoletBooked at 69mins
  • 77Mata Pedro Lourenco
  • 44Mechele
  • 17Deli
  • 26Rits
  • 11Diatta
  • 25VormerBooked at 84mins
  • 20Vanaken
  • 2Sobol
  • 42DennisSubstituted forOpendaat 71'minutesBooked at 77minsSubstituted forCoolsat 87'minutes
  • 35TauSubstituted forSchrijversat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Kossounou
  • 9Vossen
  • 10Diagne
  • 16Schrijvers
  • 21Cools
  • 22Horvath
  • 80Openda
Referee:
Georgi Kabakov
Attendance:
65,112

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamClub Bruges
Possession
Home74%
Away26%
Shots
Home27
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home14
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 2, Club Brugge 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 2, Club Brugge 2.

Attempt missed. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Simon Deli.

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

Dion Cools (Club Brugge) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Siebe Schrijvers (Club Brugge) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eduard Sobol following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Club Brugge. Siebe Schrijvers replaces Percy Tau.

Booking

Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Eden Hazard (Real Madrid).

Eduard Sobol (Club Brugge) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Vinícius Júnior.

Offside, Club Brugge. Percy Tau tries a through ball, but Hans Vanaken is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Mats Rits.

Attempt blocked. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal.

Substitution

Substitution, Club Brugge. Dion Cools replaces Lois Openda.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 2, Club Brugge 2. Casemiro (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Toni Kroos following a set piece situation.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Ruud Vormer (Club Brugge) for a bad foul.

Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ruud Vormer (Club Brugge).

Offside, Real Madrid. Toni Kroos tries a through ball, but Eden Hazard is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Brandon Mechele (Club Brugge) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ruud Vormer with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Club Brugge. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

Booking

Ruud Vormer (Club Brugge) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ruud Vormer (Club Brugge).

Booking

Lois Openda (Club Brugge) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lois Openda (Club Brugge).

Hand ball by Percy Tau (Club Brugge).

Substitution

Substitution, Club Brugge. Lois Openda replaces Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis.

Attempt missed. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Casemiro.

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge).

Booking

Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Vinícius Júnior replaces Lucas Vázquez.

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Luka Modric.

Attempt missed. Simon Deli (Club Brugge) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ruud Vormer with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

goal

As It Stood

A

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G

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