HT: ATALANTA 0-0 REAL MADRID
Going into the game Atalanta would have fancied their chances against a depleted, injury-ravaged Real Madrid side.
But within 20 minutes, Atalanta midfielder Freuler handed the visitors a massive boost.
The midfielder brought down Mendy on the edge of the penalty area, denying a goal-scoring opportunity – giving the referee no choice but to send him off.
Gasperini sacrificed Zapata as a result, bringing on Pasalic to fill the whole in the midfield, leaving Muriel up front on his own.
The best chance of the half came through Kroos.
With the midfielder delivering a dangerous free-kick into Atalanta’s six yard box, forcing the keeper into a smart, reactionary save.
Hopefully both teams come out fighting in the second half and we see the goals pundits predicted!