Real Madrid got a narrow 1-0 victory against 10-man Atalanta as Ferland Mendy fires in 86 minutes to give Zidane’s men an away victory.
Freuler was shown the red card in 17 minutes of playfor denying Mendy a clear goal scoring opportunity.
The one-man down side went into defense and practically frustrated the Spanish giants.
Efforts made by Madrid to secure a first half goal proved abortive. The host were composed and extremely organized in their defense.
The absence of some first team players due to injury in Madrid also played a major factor. Madrid were without captain Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard and Dani Carvajal.
Mendy’s curl in the 86 minutes was a huge relief, as it made Madrid at least secure an away goal.
Atalanta will have to come out to get a goal when both sides meet on March 17 in the second-leg tie.