Atletico Madrid, Los Colchoneros, are in mattress-homage red and white stripes. That forces United into third-choice 90s-throwback blue and black. We’ll be off in a couple of minutes, once Uefa have bastardised Zadok the Priest, and captains Jan Oblak and Bruno Fernandes Harry Maguire have exchanged pennants. We’ll be off before you know it!
Manchester United try to steady the ship with some sterile possession in midfield. A good idea, all told. The home fans respond with plenty of pantomime whistling, the volume of which going up to 11 every time Ronaldo takes a touch. On the touchline, Diego Simeone is kicking every ball.
That was an astonishing leap by Felix, who hovered in mid-air for what seemed like hours. And what a header! And the thing is, while you can perhaps question Maguire’s positioning, the cross by Lodi was so good, it would surely have taken most defenders out of the equation. Just a wonderful goal all round.
What a goal this is! Lindelof heads the corner clear, but the ball flies to Lodi out on the left. From deep, Lodi whips a glorious curler onto the head of Felix, who has the run on Maguire. Maguire bullets a flying header onto the left-hand post and in. Only seven minutes played, and yet that had been coming.
Manchester United show in attack for the first time this evening, Ronaldo, Pogba and Rashford taking turns to probe down the right. There’s no way through a packed Atleti defence.
Elanga doing it again, he is a star to wach✅✅
— Machakos Niccur (@KeTom28481402) February 23, 2022