In a thrilling match at the Santiago Bernabéu, Real Madrid secured their fourth consecutive win in the Champions League, sealing their place in the Round of 16. The team, led by coach Ancelotti, put on a stellar performance that left fans on the edge of their seats.
The game kicked off at a breakneck pace, and within the first five minutes, Braga had a golden opportunity to take the lead. Cristian Borja was brought down in the box by Lucas Vázquez, resulting in a penalty kick. Djaló stepped up to take the spot-kick, but Real Madrid’s goalkeeper, Lunin, made a brilliant save by guessing the right direction.
Real Madrid quickly regrouped, and six minutes later, they thought they had opened the scoring when Brahim found the back of the net. However, the goal was disallowed due to a foul by Vini Jr. on Niakaté during the build-up. The team continued to press forward and created another promising chance when Vini Jr. delivered an exquisite ball with the outside of his right foot, narrowly missing the target.
The breakthrough finally came after 27 minutes when Rodrygo made a blistering run down the wing and set up Brahim, who coolly slotted the ball into the net with his left foot from inside the box. Real Madrid had a chance to double their lead just before halftime, but Matheus pulled off a fantastic save to deny Rodrygo’s powerful shot.
The second half saw Real Madrid maintaining their dominance, with Kroos delivering a threatening corner that was met by Nacho’s strong header, only to be saved by Matheus. The game’s intensity continued to rise, and Brahim had two excellent opportunities, with Matheus coming out on top on both occasions.
Real Madrid’s second goal was a result of a lightning-fast counter-attack. Lucas Vázquez provided the assist for Vini Jr., who calmly finished with precision in the 58th minute, extending their lead to 2-0. The team’s third goal was another masterpiece, with Vini Jr. this time setting up Rodrygo, who showcased his skill with a sublime chip over the goalkeeper just three minutes later.
The match saw Real Madrid’s attacking force in full flow, with Rodrygo and Valverde having further chances to add to the tally. However, both players narrowly missed the target. Real Madrid continued to exert pressure while maintaining a solid defense, securing their fifth consecutive clean sheet at the Bernabéu.
With the victory over Braga, Real Madrid now only needs a single point against Napoli in their next match to secure the top spot in the group. The fans are thrilled with the team’s impressive form and eagerly await the next chapter in their Champions League campaign.
Nico Paz, an academy graduate, had a moment to remember as he made his debut in the 77th minute, adding to the excitement of the night. Real Madrid’s performance has undoubtedly left their supporters in high spirits as they march on in the Champions League, aiming for more glory in the tournament.