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It's all over and Real Madrid will take a 1-0 lead with them back to Spain. Mendy's delightful strike was the difference against Atalanta who were down to ten for the majority of the match. Real have a narrow advantage heading into what should be an enthralling second leg.
Casemiro has a close-range strike which is blocked and the ensuing scramble in front of the Atalanta goal is eventually hacked clear. THREE minutes of added time at the end of this game which all of a sudden has sprung into life!
- GoalFerland MendyReal Madrid
GOAL!! Finally Real Madrid get their goal and it is Mendy with a sensational strike!
The corner comes out to the left-back who shifts the ball to his right foot and superbly bends it past Gollinig into the bottom corner! Zidane loved that! Finally the breakthrough!
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Modric's cross to the far post is headed behind by captain Toloi, who has led by example tonight.
SUBS! But before it can be taken Malinovsky and Palomino come on for Maehle and the sub Ilicic. Another Hudson-Odoi moment... sort of.
NO PENALTY! Casemiro goes down in the box under a push from Pasalic. The referee rightly tells him to get up but he does not show him a second yellow. The Brazilian is lucky there.
SHOT! Kroos thumps a speculative shot from distance which flies well wide.
Modric directs a cross into the box but it evades everyone.
SUBS! Bring on the youngsters. Arribas and Duro come on for Asensio and Isco.
A Vazquez handball presents Atalanta with a chance to get a ball into the box. The overcooked cross from Ilicic is cleared away at the far post.
- Yellow cardRobin GosensAtalanta
YELLOW! For Gosens for clattering into Lucas Vazquez. There could be a fair few rash challenges from the men in black and blue in these final 20 minutes or so. A free-kick from Asensio is comfortably caught by Gollini.
Atalanta have a free-kick after Kroos brings down Pasalic. There's perhaps a few signs of frustration on display from the Real players who look bereft of ideas going forward.
Modric attempts another shot with the outside of his right boot on the half-volley outside the box which goes over the bar. Atalanta have reduced Real to half-chances.
With just half an hour left Gian Piero Gasperini will be pleased with how his side have played so far, but the final whistle will feel a long way away for the Atalanta players who are having to put in the hard yards to make up for having one less player.
Still lots of Real pressure but Atalanta have defended excellently. Real are struggling to get behind their compact defence. Having a proven, recognised striker would probably help in this situation.
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Kroos has a strike from range which deflects off Romero and flies over the bar. SUB! Vinicius comes off for Mariano Diaz: the only player on Real's bench tonight to have started a Champions League game before.
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SUB! Muriel is off for Ilicic. The Slovenian was the hero in the 2020 last-16 tie when he scored five of Atalanta's eight goals against Valencia.
- Yellow cardFerland MendyReal Madrid
Real have ramped up the pressure as Atalanta appear to have tired a bit which is unsurprising given their man disadvantage for the majority of this last-16 first leg tie. Nevertheles, it is still goalless as things stand. YELLOW! For Mendy after he clatters in De Roon.
Modric's lethal cross into the box floated towards the far post is heroically headed over the bar by Toloi. That was crucial.
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CHANCE! Modric gets a shot away from just inside the Atalanta box in a tight space with the outside of his right boot. It takes a slight deflection and the ball spins agonisingly past the post!
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We go into the break goalless. A controversial red for Freuler and a brilliant reflex save from Gollini in first-half injury-time were the main flashpoints from a thoroughly entertaining first half.
Toloi fouls Vinicius and Real have a free-kick in a dangerous position. He has caused both Toloi and Maehle all kinds of problems. THREE minutes of added time af the end of this half. SO CLOSE!! A delightful cross from Kroos is met by Casemiro but his point-blank header hits Gollini and goes out! That was the best chance of the half by a mile.
Muriel and Vazquez are both on the floor after colliding in the Real penalty box. It looked to be a clean challenge from the Real player but both are in some discomfort. Both get up and now appear to be fine to continue.
CHANCE! Muriel picks the ball up on the edge of the area and quickly gets a shot away, but he drags it just wide! That was unlucky. He did well to find the space to get an effort away there under heavy pressure.
OVER! Isco slips through Vinicius and he gets a shot away, but Atalanta block it and it's another Real corner. Kroos plays it short to Asensio but his cross is cleared.
SHOTS! Isco twists and turns in the Atalanta box with his back to goal, he engineers a shot off his left boot which deflects off Toloi for a corner. The set-piece comes out to Modric, but he hammers his strike high and wide.
Atalanta now down to ten and injury-stricken Real Madrid missing their star striker Benzema... would both sides settle for a draw this evening? Probably. But this is still being played at a high tempo and has been end-to-end despite the lack of actual shots on goal - zero so far.
The referee is giving Maehle a talking to after he protests a sliding challenge from Nacho. Atalanta boss Gasperini was similarly wound up by it.
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SUB! Zapata, who has been in the wars this opening half-hour and looks to have picked up a leg injury, has been sacrificed for Pasalic.
CHANCE! Nacho storms into the box, blitzing past two defenders with ease, but his cross-cum-shot is wayward! That was a good opportunity for the defender to at least fashion out a genuine goalscoring opportunity.
Here is that red card for Freuler... what do you think? Red card? Surely not...
- Yellow cardCasemiroReal Madrid
YELLOW! For Casemiro for pulling down Zapata, meaning he will now not be available for the second leg. That was a stupid, unnecessary challenge for the Brazilian to make.
Play has resumed and this is still a really open clash. Atalanta look like they will still play their attacking brand of football despite being down a man.
How will Atalanta respond to the controversial red? Well, a cross into the box from Gosens finds Zapata, but he cannot make clean contact with the ball and Real hoof his misguided shot clear. Zapata and Nacho are involved in an aerial collision and the referee Tobias Stieler stops play.
Isco's free-kick is straight into the wall.
- Red cardRemo FreulerAtalanta
RED CARD! Freuler is shown a straight red! Isco slipped through an onrushing Mendy who was bombing into the box after some wonderful one-touch football. Was the Swiss midfielder denying the left-back a clear goalscoring opportunity? Probably not as there were other defenders around. Nevertheless, Atalanta are down to ten and Real Madrid have a free-kick in a dangerous position.
Pessina so very nearly slips through Zapata but Nacho makes a vital interception. Atalanta get back up the pitch, after Gollini appeared to kick out at Vinicus when rushing out for a clearance, and the Colombian striker wins the hosts their first corner of the evening. Muriel's corner is headed clear by Varane.
Real Madrid are growing into the game. Their front three is fluid with Asensio and Vinicius swapping flanks regularly. The lack of a focal point up top could prove a problem, though. They're struggling to get into the Atalanta box.
Vinicius does a few neat step-overs on the left flank before he is fouled by Toloi on the edge of the area. Kroos curls a ball to the far post but it is headed clear by Gosens. Isco is playing as the leading striker this evening.
Muriel's cross into the box almost finds Gosens at the far post but it is just too high for the German! It's been all Atalanta so far.
Atalanta have started confidently perhaps with the knowledge that Real are vulnerable defensively these days. They are pressing Los Blancos high up the pitch at any given opportunity.
It's a frantic start to this one as both sides aim to set the tempo. Real counter through Vinicius but his low ball into the area is intercepted. Zidane is in charge of his 50th European game tonight.
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We are underway in Bergamo!
The teams are out onto the pitch as the Bergamo Stadium hosts a Champions League knockout game for the first time. Who will win this? With Real talisman Karim Benzema missing it's so hard to call! This should be a cracker...
Speaking ahead of the Atalanta game, Zinedine Zidane wants to keep good vibes going as Real Madrid enter the Champions League knockout tie on a four-game winning streak 👇
Some of the best strikers in the world have donned the white of Real Madrid down the years, but take the injured Karim Benzema out of the current strikeforce, and you struggle to see where the goals are coming from, and up against free-scoring, non-pressured Atalanta, Zinedine Zidane could be in for a shock in Bergamo, writes Pete Hall.
A big day for Toni.
It's quite the stat and it tells you just how much he is on the fringes under Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid. He has started just three games for Los Blancos this season, coming on from the bench 12 times.
Tonight's backdrop... Bergamo, Italy. It would undoubtedly be a cauldron in there this evening if we were playing in normal circumstances.
Atalanta are unchanged from the side that emphatically beat Napoli 4-2 on Sunday. The Serie A club will be looking to go at least one step further than last year when they were knocked out in the quarter-finals, losing 2-1 to PSG in a one-legged Covid-affected affair.
One big change for Real Madrid to the team that beat Valladolid 1-0 on Saturday. Isco comes into the team for Mariano. Who will start as the main striker? Either Vinicius or Isco as a false nine it would seem. Benzema has not recovered from an injury picked up last week and is not in the matchday squad this evening. Real Madrid have an injury crisis at the moment - nine players out including Eden Hazard, Dani Carvajal and Sergio Ramos.
Atalanta: Gollini, Toloi, Romero, Djimsiti, Maehle, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens, Pessina, Zapata, Muriel
Real Madrid: Courtois, Vazquez, Varane, Nacho, Mendy, Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Asensio, Vinicius, Isco
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Real Madrid were eliminated at this stage last season by Manchester City after two 2-1 losses, but enter this clash after winning four La Liga matches in a row.
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