Los Blancos are struggling in the group stage of the Champions League and they are bottoming their group with only one point after two games. Santiago Bernabéu stadium lived another nightmare evening against Brugge, who were able to lead the game 0-2 at the half time. At least, Los Blancos reacted to earn a point (2-2). Now the double clash against Galatasaray will be key to go through the group stage.
At the time of the draw, Real Madrid fans were very happy because the group stage should be again quite easy. However, after the terrible defeat in Paris (3-0) and the draw against Brugge, Los Blancos are in danger. Luckily, both Brugge and Galatasaray will struggle to earn points in this phase, so a victory in Istambul in the next match should be key to revert the situation.
Los Blancos have arrived to this situation due to the poor first half against Brugge. Zidane insisted in Lucas Vázquez in the wing -another poor performance for the Galician player-, whereas Luka Modric started the game, being also very far from his level and allowing the second goal. Soon enough, Brugge took advantage in the scoreboard thanks to a lucky goal scored by Dennis.
Real Madrid were suffering in the counter attacks and the pace of the game was so slow. This time, the ball didn’t move quickly from side to side, so Brugge was feeling comfortable, also because Mignolet denied Varane and Benzema a goal with two great saves. Courtois couldn’t do the same, and Dennis scored his brace after a huge mistake by Modric. The stadium started to whistle both Courtois and Lucas Vázquez.
In the half time, Zidane surprised replacing Courtois for Areola, who showed a better level. Also Marcelo came in for Nacho, who is showing he has not the level to be in this squad. Sergio Ramos showed the patch to another comeback at Bernabéu with a header in the 55th minute. However, Los Blancos couldn’t score the equalizer soon enough and even Brugge had some chances to open the gap in the scoreboard.
In the 85th minute, Casemiro header touched the net and Los Blancos were able to draw the game after Vormeer was sent off. There were still 10 minutes to achieve the miracle, but Brugge got a deserved point at Bernabéu. This was the first European game at Bernabéu since the nightmare against Ajax, but the ghosts are still around the Northern part of the Spanish capital. Now the Champions League is in risk.