Champions League

Atletico Madrid 1-1 Man Utd: 3 talking points as Elanga snatched late equaliser for Red Devils

Arjun Singh Devgan
Anthony Elanga celebrates his equaliser against Atletico Madrid for Manchester United
Anthony Elanga celebrates his equaliser against Atletico Madrid for Manchester United / Angel Martinez/GettyImages
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Atletico Madrid were stung by a late Anthony Elanga goal as Manchester United earned a 1-1 draw in the Spanish capital on Wednesday night, in the opening leg of the Champions League last 16.

For large parts of the game it looked like Atletico would ease to a comfortable win, only for United to fight back to share the spoils and here, we take a look at the talking points from the game.

1. Felix finally came to the party

Atletico Madrid v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League
Atletico Madrid v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League / Anadolu Agency/GettyImages

Much was expected from Joao Felix following his club record move in 2019 and while he has showed glimpses of his talent, it was against United where he was unstoppable on the night, by causing mayhem floating between the lines.

The youngster opened the scoring for the hosts in the seventh minute, which was his fifth goal of the season and his performances earned him a much-deserved standing ovation upon his second half substitution.

2. Ronaldo struggled to make an impact

Cristiano Ronaldo
Atletico Madrid v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Atletico are one of Cristiano Ronaldo's favourite opponents as he has scored a staggering 25 goals against them but alas it was a night to forget for the striker as he struggled to make an impact.

The 37-year-old cut an isolated figure on the pitch, so much so that he was pictured expressing frustration at his fellow team-mates for their failure to get him involved in the game.

3. Both teams have a chance of progressing

Atletico Madrid v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League
Atletico Madrid v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League / Anadolu Agency/GettyImages

United and Atletico have not had the best of seasons so far, and the game on the night displayed a number of their shortcomings, which means that the tie could go any way in the second leg.

The Red Devils continued their poor record of playing away knockout games in Spain, while Atletico remained winless in their last seven home matches in the competition.

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