Spanish La Liga Santander champion, Real Madrid were up against Atalanta football club of Italy in the first leg of the UEFA champions league round of 16 ties at the Gewiss Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Los Blancos were very determined going into the game with full determination having been affected with growing list of injuries.
They were able to gather their momentum against the free scoring side, as the host were reduced to 10-men when Freuler was shown straight red card after denying Ferland Mendy of a potential goal in the 17th minutes.
Atalanta showed a classic performance with one man down as they were able to soak the pressures put up by the visitor to end the first half goalless draw.
Zinedine Zidane's led Real Madrid team were able to impress with several dazzling displays which found a breakthrough for them, as left-back Ferland Mendy was able to break the deadlock in the 86th minutes to give the visitor the lead with a brilliant strike as the game ended one nil at full time.
The 25 years old France international, Ferland Mendy was the hero of the night as he was able to put up spectacular skills to sealed the hard fought victory for the visitor with his late minute goal.
The former Lyonnaise star with his outstanding performance was given the Man of the Match award and as such qualified to be voted as the player of the week.
After the game, European football governing body popularly known as UEFA has reacted to the mind-blowing performance of the talented left-back, by praising him as he secured the award based on reward for his attacking display and a decisive goal.
Real Madrid who set a record of becoming the first team to reach 100 Champions League knockout games, will now be heading into the second leg of the ties at the Alfredo Di Steffano with an away win advantage over the Italian Serie A giant.
Content created and supplied by: Harfoofficial (via Opera News )