Real Madrid 1 Man United 1: Mourinho dismisses significance of away goal

Real Madrid 1 Man United 1: Jose Mourinho insists that his Real Madrid side are still well-placed to reach the quarter-finals

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Jose Mourinho insists that his Real Madrid side are still well-placed to reach the Champions League quarter-finals despite being held to a draw against Manchester United at the Bernabeu.

Danny Welbeck gave the visitors the lead against the run of play in the 20th minute, when he nodded home Wayne Rooney’s corner.

But United’s advantage lasted just 10 minutes as Cristiano Ronaldo inevitably came back to haunt his former employers and towered above Patrice Evra to head in Angel Di Maria’s cross.

Despite watching his side concede what could turn out be a costly away goal, the Real Madrid boss is convinced Los Blancos are in a good position ahead of the return leg.

“It was not a surprise, the match or the result,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “It was basically what I was waiting for, which was very open for the second leg and I think this will go to the last minute.

“They were waiting for a set-piece or a counter-attack to score a second goal. They did well, they defended well.

“If you ask me a percentage [about who will reach the quarter-finals], I don’t change anything, it’s 50/50.

“They had two big chances in the second half, chances out of the context because they were just defending. But this is the Champions League and there are two matches home and away.

“My players gave everything. It was a difficult game because we started strongly and the first time they go in our half they score a goal out of nothing.

“Now it’s our turn to go to Old Trafford and I think 1-1 is not a bad result because everything is open and we can score more than one goal there.”

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