Real Bruges the decisive parade of Areola who kept Real in the match

 Real Bruges the decisive parade of Areola who kept Real in the match

Alphonse Areola entered at halftime of the Champions League match between Real Madrid and Bruges (2-2). While the Spaniards were led 2-0, the French goalkeeper made a fine parade to avoid a third goal, which would no doubt have sounded the death knell for Real.

Real Madrid have avoided the worst at home against Bruges. For their second match in the Champions League, the people of Madrid had to settle for a draw (2-2) at home. But they could have finished with a second defeat, after that against PSG (3-0), without Alphonse Areola.

The former PSG goalkeeper did not hold the kick-off, however. The Belgian Thibaut Courtois started the meeting before going out at the break, victim of severe stomach aches. Real were then led 2-0, on a double from young Nigerian striker Emmanuel Dennis (21). Courtois had also not shone on the opening of the score of Dennis, finding himself on the ground even before the strike of the Nigerian (9th). He must have been taken to the hospital by his father.

Areola quickly had the opportunity to shine. In the 54th minute, a ball loss by midfielder Sergio Ramosau offered a counter against Bruges. Launched at full speed, Dennis mystified Raphaël Varane in front of the surface before placing a cross strike. But Alphonse Areola is perfectly out to plug the spaces and counter the knee strike, depriving the Belgians of a 3-0. A parade that put its defenders in confidence and perhaps launched the rise of the people of Madrid. In the process, Sergio Ramos reduced the gap (55th) then Casemiro (85th) brought Real back up to it.

The Madrilenians are in last place in group A, tied on points with Galatasaray (1) and one step behind Bruges (2). PSG, which won in Galatasaray (1-0), leads with six points. The Champions League is to live with RMC Sport! Discover our subscription offers to RMC Sport channels.

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