Real Madrid shook off an abysmal first half display to steal a 2-2 draw against a surprising Club Brugge side thanks to second half goals from Sergio Ramos and Casemiro.
Real Madrid failed to make their second Champions League group stage game count, with a stinker of a first half against Club Brugge.
Real conceded an early shocking goal after Brugge utilized their high line against them. Pacy Tau was able to beat Madrid’s offside trap before setting up Dennis whose miss-kicking of the ball dummied Courtois in goal for 1-0.
The goal was first ruled out for offside, but VAR came to the rescue of club Brugge.
Madrid’s push for an equalizer was met with Hard luck with Luka Modric hitting the side netting from close range. While Toni Kroos’ shot in the 23rd minute was deflected away despite being agonisingly close.
Madrid thought they had scored in the 27th minute with Varane’s header from a corner but Mignolet pulled off an incredible save to deny the French defender.
Pacy Tau got the chance of doubling Burgge’s lead in the 33rd minute, but Courtois came to Madrid’s rescue.
Los Blancos missed another golden chance to score from a counter attack in the 35th minute but Toni Kroos was yet unlucky again as his shot rolled off target.
Club Brugge doubled their lead to the dismay of the home fans in the 39th minute. Modric misplaced his pass to Dennis Bonaventure, and the Nigerian attacker raced through Madrid’s defence before lobbing the ball over Courtois for his second of the night.
First half half ended with Club Brugge living what would have sounded like an alternate-world before the start of the match.
Zinedine Zidane reacted to his side’s shocking first half display by subbing off GK, Thibaut Courtois for Areola and Nacho Fernandez for Marcelo before the start of the second half in bid for a comeback.
Sergio Ramos started Real’s comeback in the match when he headed the ball past Mignolet via a Benzema cross in the 55th minute. The goal was initially ruled out by the centre referee, but VAR reinstated the goal.
Madrid continued to pile pressure on the Belgian side, with the lion’s share of possession in a bid to salvage something from the game.
Brugge’s captain, Ruud Vormer received a red card (second yellow) in the 83rd minute for his challenge on second half substitute, Vinicius Jnr.
The resulting freekick was flicked in by Toni Kroos and Casemiro jumped highest to head in the equalizer for Real with five minutes of regulation time left.
With four minutes of extra time added, both sides kept pushing for a winner but none of the two sides could make productive use of thier late chances.