Real pull a corner back to Modric, who rolls it to Mendy about 25 yards from goal. The French full-back takes a touch to tee himself up for a shot and then wraps his right foot around the ball and curls a sumptuous effort beyond the goalkeeper and into the corner. Real needed something special to break through the hosts’ valiant defence, and Mendy has produced it.
82 min: Casemiro goes down in the box after feeling the hands of a defender on his back. The ref runs over to the Spaniard, who immediately holds up his hands, fearing a booking for simulation – which would lead to a red card, since he already got a yellow in the first half. The ref decides a stern lecture is punishment enough this time. To be considered as a final warning, no doubt.
73 min: Now Vazues gives Atalanta a freekick in a useful position. It’s curled into the box from the left wing and Mendy has to put it out for a throw on the far side. Atalanta aim to make the most of a rare venture into the Real half.
71 min: A moment of rashness by Gosens, who jumps into a late tackle on Vazquez. That earns him a yellow card and gives Real a freekick in a useful position: about 27 yards out, a little to the right of the D. Asensio curls it over the wall but it’s easily claimed by the keeper.
68 min: Real seem to be running low on ideas, and Atalanta’s confidence is growing. A 0-0 would probably be a decent result for them with 10 men, as they’ll fancy their chances of scoring an away goal or two in the second leg even if Real have some of their injured players.