block as Ozil took aim.
It was an onslaught of epic preportions, with Ronaldo, Di Maria and Ozil at the heart of it, but having rode their luck at one end, United opened the scoring at the other on 20 minutes. A Rooney corner from the left was met perfectly by Welbeck, who rose above Sergio Ramos to head past Diego Lopez. Cue wild celebrations high in the end behind that very goal where more than 4,000 travelling Reds were stationed.
Madrid weren’t about to let the goal put them off course, though, and Mourinho’s men continued their charge towards United’s goal. And 10 minutes after going behind, parity was restored. Of course, it had to be Ronaldo. After Di Maria had stung the palms of De Gea and Ronaldo had flashed a low drive just wide, the pair combined to draw Madrid level. It was Di Maria who supplied the cross from the left, which Ronaldo duly headed home after hanging brilliantly above Patrice Evra. The former Red kept his celebrations low-key as the Bernabeu exploded with noise.
On rare ventures forward, the Reds still posed a strong threat in attack, with van Persie and Welbeck looking particularly sharp. The duo almost conjured up a second United goal on 34 minutes as Welbeck saw his poked effort from van Persie’s cross bounce off Lopez’s back and drop just wide of the far post. Rooney dragged a low shot just wide from the resulting corner.