Real Madrid rescued a point late on in the Champions League after going two goals down and staring at an undeserved defeat.
Real Madrid failed to transcend their brilliant performance against Barcelona into the Champions League as they were held to a draw by Borussia Monchengladbach in Dusseldorf on Tuesday evening. Zinedine Zidane’s side is last in its group having already lost 3-2 at home to Shakhtar Donetsk on the opening matchday of the competition.
Marcus Thuram scored for the hosts on either side of half-time to give them a 2-0 lead, despite Los Blancos being the better side and keeping total control of the game. Karim Benzema pulled a goal back three minutes from the 90-minute mark before Casemiro struck the equalizer in stoppage time to ensure a share in the spoils.
Here is a look at the three talking points from the fixture.
DORMANT DEFENDING COST REAL MADRID THE GOALS
Real Madrid’s defence was the best across Europe’s top five leagues in the 2019/20 campaign, but they have already conceded four goals in La Liga this season and five in the UEFA Champions League. One of the key reasons why they shipped two in Germany was due to the backline dozing off and being in sixes and sevens.
Sergio Ramos had a rare moment of confusion for the first goal wherein he was at two minds whether to go for a loose ball or retreat. For the second, Ferland Mendy was caught extremely low on the pitch and failed to adhere to the Whites’ offside trap. Two unlikely players made two schoolboy mistakes and led to the Merengues going two down.