09/08/2021 at 11:12 PM CEST
The female Real Madrid made history and in his first participation in the Champions League he achieved qualification for the group stage, after beating Manchester City 0-1 on Wednesday, a classic of continental women’s football, in the second leg of the last qualifying round.
Taieb; Morgan, Houghton, Greenwood, Stokes; Coombs, Losada (Stanway, m.69), Weir; Hemp, Shaw (White, m.46) and Raso (Beckie, m.69).
Mass; Kenti Robles, Ivana, Peter, Lucía Rodríguez; Zornoza (Olga, m.76), Teresa, Kaci, Athenea; Nahikari (Asllani, m.86) and Esther (Moller, m.92)
Riem Hussein (Germany). He showed a yellow card to Morgan and Hemp for Manchester City; and Olga for Real Madrid.
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A classification that awarded the outstanding work of those of David Aznar, that gave in the first half a sample of maturity inappropriate for a rookie in the highest continental competition that was crowned with a goal by Claudia Zornoza in the last minute of the first half.
Goal that enforced the agonizing draw (1-1) that the Madrid team achieved in the first leg, thanks to a goal in the extension time of the Mexican Kenti Robles, and that allowed Real Madrid to reach the return match alive.
An opportunity that was not missed by Real Madrid who, aware of the difficulties it created for the English team in the first leg at the moment the pressure line rose, Real Madrid did not hesitate to try to hinder the departure of the ball from Manchester from the beginning City.
A job in which forwards Nahikari García and Esther González played a fundamental role, who shone more in the pressure than in their offensive work.
But if it was difficult for the Madrid attackers to generate scoring chances, Manchester City had no fewer problems in attack, which except for the occasional set piece, failed to disturb the goal defended by Misa Rodríguez.
A circumstance that allowed Real Madrid to gain more and more confidence, which with the passing of the minutes gradually approached the rival area with more and more danger.
Change of attitude that was about to find a prize at 32 minutes in a play between Claudia Zornoza and Nahikari that ended in a goal, although it did not get on the scoreboard when the referee decreed that the white forward was in an illegal position.
A controversial decision, since Nahikari seemed to be at all times enabled by the local defenders, which served for those of David Aznar to take the step they needed to definitively take over the match.
As it was clear at 43 minutes in an irruption in the area of the Mexican Kenti Robles, the author of the goal for the tie of the Spanish team in the first leg, which the French goalkeeper of City, Karima, cleared for a corner with great difficulties Taieb.
A corner kick that gave rise to the goal (0-1) of Real Madrid, the work of Zornoza, who made it 0-1 in the 44th minute by sending a loose ball into the area with a powerful left-footed shot, after a first shot from Germany’s Babett Peter.
Scoreboard that seemed to make Manchester City react, which did not hesitate to enter the start of the second half of the forward Ellen White, one of the great stars of Manchester City and English women’s football.
A consummate scorer who, however, did not know how to take advantage of an error in the exit of the ball by goalkeeper Misa Rodríguez after 55 minutes, after trying to assist the Scotswoman Caroline Weir when the easiest thing seemed to look directly for the goal.
Scare to add the one that ten minutes later, in 65, caused the Australian Hayley Raso who crashed the ball off the crossbar after entering the area with a beautiful individual action.
If Real Madrid showed in the first half an improper maturity of a rookie in the highest continental competition, the nerves were about to play a trick at 79 minutes to those of David Aznar in a bad start by Misa Rodríguez that forced the German Peter to get under the sticks a header from Ellen White.
But not even so did the Madrid team loose, that if in the first leg they rescued a draw (1-1) with a goal in the extension time of the Mexican Kenti Robles, in the return clash they defended with trade and work, a lot of work , Zornoza’s goal, which allowed the Whites to certify their presence, two years after its creation, in the group stage of the Champions League.