Real Madrid 1 Manchester United 1: match report

Real Madrid 1 Man United 1: Ronaldo on target against old club after Welbeck opener but De Gea is the hero for Ferguson's side

PUBLISHED:

21:36 GMT, 13 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:43 GMT, 13 February 2013

Manchester United hold the advantage over Real Madrid in their two-legged Champions League showdown following a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night.

Danny Welbeck handed the Barclays Premier League side the lead after heading home a Wayne Rooney corner with 20 minutes of the last-16 tie gone.

But Real Madrid were level only nine minutes later when Cristiano Ronaldo leapt above former United team-mate Patrice Evra to score a well-executed header.

Hang time: Cristiano Ronaldo scored against his former club with a well-executed header past David De Gea

Hang time: Cristiano Ronaldo scored against his former club with a well-executed header past David De Gea

Hang time: Cristiano Ronaldo scored against his former club with a well-executed header past David De Gea

Sir Alex Ferguson selected an attacking side, with Robin van Persie spearheading a front three of Rooney and Welbeck.

But after an even first half, the
away side found themselves on the back foot following the interval with
United goalkeeper David de Gea making a number of strong saves to keep
the tie level.

Hero: Manchester United stopper David de Gea turned in a fantastic display to keep the tie level

Hero: Manchester United stopper David de Gea turned in a fantastic display to keep the tie level

That said United had chances to win
the match. Van Persie hit the frame of the Real Madrid goal after 71
minutes before fluffing his lines with a mishit just moments later.

Ferguson will however, be the happier of the two managers ahead of the return leg at Old Trafford on March 5.

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Head boy: Danny Welbeck scored the opening goal of the game from a Wayne Rooney corner

Head boy: Danny Welbeck scored the opening goal of the game from a Wayne Rooney corner

Danny Welbeck

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Making his point: Sir Alex Ferguson selected an attacking line-up to face the Spanish giants

Making his point: Sir Alex Ferguson selected an attacking line-up to face the Spanish giants

Tough to watch: Jose Mourinho cut an animated figure on the touchline during the last-16 clash

Tough to watch: Jose Mourinho cut an animated figure on the touchline during the last-16 clash

Battle: Robin van Persie holds off the challenge from Alvaro Arbeloa as Fabio Coentrao slides in on Wayne Rooney (below)

Battle: Robin van Persie holds off the challenge from Alvaro Arbeloa as Fabio Coentrao slides in on Wayne Rooney (below)

Battle: Robin van Persie holds off the challenge from Alvaro Arbeloa as Fabio Coentrao slides in on Wayne Rooney (below)

It had to be him: Ronaldo is mobbed by his Real Madrid team-mates after scoring for the hosts

It had to be him: Ronaldo is mobbed by his Real Madrid team-mates after scoring for the hosts

Rolling back the years: Real Madrid 3 Leeds 2; March 6, 2001

Danny Welbeck is the first Englishman to score for a Premier League side at the Bernabeu since Alan Smith in 2001.

Smith (below), playing for Leeds at the time, scored the opening goal of the game but the English team eventually lost the tie 3-2 following a brace from Raul and a solo strike by Luis Figo.

On target: Alan Smith