The tie of the round of the UEFA Champions League did not disappoint, as Real Madrid and Manchester United played out a thoroughly entertaining 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu with Cristiano Ronaldo cancelling out Danny Welbeck's opener, with both goals coming in the first half. A tactical masterclass from Sir Alex Ferguson saw the veteran United boss walk away perhaps the more pleased of the two managers at what is effectively half-time in this engrossing tie between two legendary sides and managers in world football. Real were perhaps the better side, certainly creating the more chances, but a terrific display in goal from Spanish stopper David de Gea ensured that United left Madrid feeling that they had perhaps nicked round 1.
Real's team selection was largely along expected lines with Karim Benzema leading the line with Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel di Maria for company. Mesut Ozil was the wandering playmaker with Sami Khedira the destroyer and Xabi Alonso the visionary. Diego Lopez continued to deputize in goal for the injured Iker Casillas, while young French superstar Raphael Varane continued to be picked in defence ahead of Pepe, who had just returned to action after over a month on the sidelines. Sergio Ramos lined up alongside the Frenchman with Fabio Coentrao and former Liverpool man Alvaro Arbeloa completing the back four.