Real Madrid held by Club Brugge by 2-2

Real Madrid are yet to win a game in 2019/20 UEFA Champions League after coming back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Club Brugge on Tuesday.

Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis scored twice to give the visitors a shock lead before Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was withdrawn at the break.

Sergio Ramos got one back after a look from VAR, and Brugge midfielder Ruud Vormer was sent off for two yellow cards before Casemiro headed in an 85th-minute equaliser.

The stalemate at the Santiago Bernabeu leaves Los Blancos on just a single point after two matches, following the 3-0 defeat away to Paris Saint-Germain last time out.

Brugge struck first as Bonaventure scored from close range after a fast breakaway in the ninth minute, finding the net with a fortuitous shot that sent Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois the wrong way.

Bonaventure tried to control the ball with his right foot but it ended up ricocheting off his left leg before trickling past a fallen Courtois across the line.

 Madrid pressed forward but Brugge kept threatening on counterattacks and Bonaventure added to the lead after a great run that started with a mistake by Luka Modric in the midfield.
The 21-year-old forward stumbled at the end of the run but still found a way to send a shot over Courtois. He then imitated the traditional celebration of Ronaldo, jumping and opening his arms as he fell back to the ground.
One of Madrid’s best chances was a close-range header by defender Raphael Varane that forced Brugge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to make a terrific reflex save when the score was 1-0. Mignolet also made some good saves in the second half but couldn’t stop the headers by Ramos who was back in the squad after a suspension and Casemiro.

Madrid kept attacking throughout the second half, finishing with 27 total attempts. Zidane made a surprising goalkeeping change at halftime, replacing Courtois who had been jeered by part of the Bernabşu crowd with Alphonse Areola. The coach didn’t give a clear reason for why he replaced Courtois, only saying the goalkeeper wasn’t well and couldn’t continue.

In his first action early in the second half, Areola made a great save to keep Bonaventure from adding his third goal after another fast counterattack.

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