Champions League Round of 16 - Real Madrid 1 - 1 ManUnited

Real Madrid v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League Round of 16

Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid

Champions League Round of 16 - Real Madrid 1 - 1 Manchester United

In the first half, Man United's Danny Welbeck netted a goal to open the scoring with a great header from Wayne Rooney's left-wing corner. Then not too surprisingly, former United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo equalised with an absolutely amazing header for the Spanish giants who will meet again in the second leg at Old Trafford on March 5th.

Manchester United v Real Madrid Tickets 5 Mar Old Trafford Manchester, United Kingdom

United left the Bernabéu with what may prove to be a vital away goal, having drawn 1-1 after Danny Welbeck's first-half opener was cancelled out by Cristiano Ronaldo's header before the interval.

Yet Mourinho is confident. Madrid's coach, reflecting on a cautious approach from the visiting team, said: "I won't criticise what they did – they got the result they wanted. We can score at Old Trafford. Many teams have done so at Old Trafford and no team with our attacking quality has played there."

"I am not surprised by the result or the match. It was what I expected. It is open, very open, for the second leg. I think it will go down to the final minute. For them it was very tactical, but not for us. They changed the way they play, I think, to have 11 men behind the ball and they did not put a foot in our half in the second half. They were just waiting for a set piece or a counter-attack," said Jose Mourinho.

"They defended well. The result leaves it open and if you ask me for a percentage, I will say, like I said before, it is 50-50. They don't have an advantage from their away goal, we can score more than one goal in the second leg."

"They had two big chances in the second half, but that is out of context as we were chasing the game and they were sitting back and waiting. They did it well. I think my players gave everything. It was difficult as we started strongly, we had a big chance when we hit the post, and then the first time they go into our half they score from nothing, and that is a difficult situation for the players."

"Now it is time to go to Old Trafford. One-all is not a bad result and we can score more than one goal there," continued Mourinho. "I like to play the first game at home because when you play the first game away you can have a tendency to be unhappy with certain scores. When you play the second game away you know how you need to approach the game without thinking too much. When we get to Old Trafford we know what we need to do. We need to score, and if we score we'll be ahead. It is very easy to understand. We could have scored more goals, we could have won, but they could have won as well. At the end of the day, this is the score."

Cristiano Ronaldo

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