The referee disallowed a goal against Leipzig for offside that outraged the players

Brahim scores a genius goal to send Real Madrid out of Germany alive

El delantero español del Real Madrid Brahim Díaz celebra el gol inicial con sus compañeros durante el partido de fútbol de ida de octavos de final de la UEFA Champions League entre el RB Leipzig y el Real Madrid CF en Leipzig, Alemania, el 13 de febrero de 2024 – PHOTO/Odd ANDERSEN/AFP
photo_camera El delantero español del Real Madrid Brahim Díaz celebra el gol inicial con sus compañeros durante el partido de fútbol de ida de octavos de final de la UEFA Champions League entre el RB Leipzig y el Real Madrid CF en Leipzig, Alemania, el 13 de febrero de 2024 – PHOTO/Odd ANDERSEN/AFP

Real Madrid and adversity. An odd couple that dances to the Champions League tune at the worst moments with an astonishing rhythm. Casualties arrive and reinforcements arrive. Bellingham is injured and Brahim comes in. Courtois breaks down and Lunin comes in. Not to mention the ability of Tchouaméni, Camavinga or Carvajal to transform themselves to defend anywhere.   

  1. Real Madrid's great moment 

Real Madrid's great moment 

This is Ancelotti's Real Madrid in times of war. A team that nobody gave a penny for in October and that is now one of the most reliable in Europe. They may not have the quality to reach the final at Wembley, but there is no rival that can dominate them in La Liga or in Europe. 

Carvajal returned to the full-back position where he performs best. Mendy is irreplaceable on the left wing, so the only thing left to do was to find a partner for Nacho, who returned from injury, although his level is not the same as last year. Ancelotti chose Tchouaméni and told him it was urgent to convince the Frenchman that he had to play in the centre of defence. He did so at a very high level and was even able to make amends for his teammate's mistakes.   

The whistle for Kroos in Germany can only go wrong. If there was any chance of playing for his country again at the European Championship, it has gone up in smoke after the treatment he received from the Leipzig fans. Real Madrid doesn't care and even benefits from the fact that their players have the legs just to play in white.   

The loss of Bellingham gave way to Brahim. Although Güler has already proven his ability, the Spanish-Moroccan has long since earned his place in the starting line-up. His wonder goal came in the 48th minute after he took every kick he received on his way into the box, culminating in a wonderful shot into the top corner.   

Los jugadores del Real Madrid celebran durante el partido de fútbol de ida de octavos de final de la Liga de Campeones de la UEFA entre el RB Leipzig y el Real Madrid CF en Leipzig, Alemania, el 13 de febrero de 2024 – PHOTO/Ronny HARTMANN/AFP
Real Madrid players celebrate during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between RB Leipzig and Real Madrid CF in Leipzig, Germany on 13 February 2024 – PHOTO/Ronny HARTMANN/AFP

Leipzig could have equalised through a Dani Olmo chance, but it was Sesko's goal disallowed for offside in the second minute of the game that angered the Germans. The VAR came in and Real Madrid breathed a sigh of relief because there was an opponent preventing Lunin from moving in the box.   

The Ukrainian goalkeeper is also the chosen one for the Champions League. It turns out that Real Madrid had Courtois' understudy at home, but Ancelotti wanted to sell him in the summer. These are the things that happen in the White House. The carambola could lead to Kepa not only being on the bench, but also missing out on the European Championship if Ancelotti doesn't give him a game between now and May so that he doesn't lose his level.   

El portero ucraniano del Real Madrid Andriy Lunin golpea el balón junto al defensa español del Real Madrid Nacho Fernández y el defensa húngaro del Leipzig Willi Orban durante el partido de fútbol de ida de octavos de final de la UEFA Champions League entre el RB Leipzig y el Real Madrid CF en Leipzig, Alemania, el 13 de febrero de 2024 – PHOTO/Odd ANDERSEN/AFP
Real Madrid's Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Lunin strikes the ball next to Real Madrid's Spanish defender Nacho Fernandez and Leipzig's Hungarian defender Willi Orban during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between RB Leipzig and Real Madrid CF in Leipzig, Germany, 13 February 2024 – PHOTO/Odd ANDERSEN/AFP

Openda was not a problem for the white backline. Simons and centre-back Orban were a bit more, but Real Madrid's Champions Mode neutralised any chance of returning to Spain with a draw. Nobody remembered that historic curse of not winning in Germany. The 1-0 scoreline and the return leg at the Bernabéu leave everything in the Whites' favour for a place in the quarter-finals. If nothing strange happens, Guardiola's Manchester City, who beat Copenhagen 1-3 in Tuesday's other game, will be there. European football is back and, until the Superliga says otherwise, it is the best competition in the world.