Manchester United was unceremoniously dumped out of the Champions League after Atletico Madrid produced one of the narrow football scores of the midweek action. Renan Lodi scored the only goal of the game when he headed home from a corner. Anthony Elanga appeared to be fouled in the build-up of the goal but the home side lacked any spark throughout the game.
Man Utd: De Gea (7), Dalot (5), Varane (6), Maguire (5), Telles (6), McTominay (6), Fred (7), Fernandes (6), Elanga (7), Ronaldo (6), Sancho (6).
Subs: Rashford (5), Matic (6), Pogba (6), Cavani (n/a), Mata (n/a).
Atletico Madrid: Oblak (7), Gimenez (8), Savic (7), Reinildo (7), Llorente (8), De Paul (7), Herrera (7), Koke (7), Renan Lodi (8), Joao Felix (7), Griezmann (7).
Subs: Kondogbia (6), Felipe (n/a), Correa (n/a).
Man of the match: Renan Lodi.
Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick: “I think we played a good first half,” said Rangnick. “All those things we planned to do we did. The only thing we did not do was convert that energy into scoring the first goal ourselves. One thing we cannot do against Atletico is concede the first goal. I did not think we should have been 1-0 down. For me, that was a foul on Elanga. That was the only really dangerous moment, apart from the offside goal that they scored.”
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone: “It was very stable. They caused us some issues down the sides, they started to cause us problems, then we changed things. Griezmann worked hard down the right and that enabled us to be better positioned. But it was not just this. We managed to hit them on the counter and that confirmed that the solutions were going to be there. I think the team really knew what they needed to do today. In the second half, we controlled the game and that made us more comfortable. We knew the opponent likes to play on the counter-attack so we decided to deny them the spaces.”
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