Villa Park

Next Game

A Villa v Man Utd

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Old Trafford

Last Game

Man Utd 3 - 0 Liverpool

Sunday, 14 December 2014, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Alonso: Red card boosted Real

Xabi Alonso admits a contentious red card played a key role in Real Madrid's UEFA Champions League victory over Manchester United.

Last Updated: 06/03/13 at 07:49 Post Comment

Xabi Alonso: Helped Real Madrid to see off 10-man Manchester United

Xabi Alonso: Helped Real Madrid to see off 10-man Manchester United

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

United took the lead during an eagerly-anticipated last-16 encounter at Old Trafford, with an own goal from Sergio Ramos edging them in front on aggregate.

The two-legged tie turned, though, on the 56th-minute dismissal of Nani, with the Portuguese winger given his marching orders after catching Alvaro Arbeloa with a high boot.

Alonso concedes that being handed a numerical advantage played into the visitors' hands, with Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo netting to see the Spanish giants through to the quarter-finals.

The Real midfielder told Sky Sports: "It was a difficult decision to take from the referee, but we have seen many games when being against 10 it gets harder. But we have probably produced our best minutes after the sending off.

"For 15 or 20 minutes we have played really well, really patient, and we have scored the two goals. After that we had to push really hard and it was difficult for us not to concede another goal. Our goalkeeper was fantastic."

Real have now beaten Barcelona twice and Manchester United in their last three fixtures in all competitions and Alonso hopes they can go from strength to strength after coming through a testing period.

He added: "We knew that it was a key week for us, a make or break week for us.

"It has gone fantastic so far and now we have to look forward. We have two weeks to enjoy watching the other games and wait for the next draw."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

expect Pulis to have a nice Christmas dinner with his family- probably all sitting around the table wearing Christmas themed baseball caps, before he gets the call. Realistically he could end up at any number of clubs, it'll be interesting to see which club folds first.

mark.m
For Foxes' Sake, Call The Pulis...

A

s a Liverpool fan, I personally hate Palace. My pick would probably be Arsenal, which is funny because it seems the vast majority of their own fans don't even like them right now.

mark.m
Who Has Got The Likeability Factor?

T

hose are some REALLY handsome beards though, puts my ginger/blonde-never-to-be-regrown monstrosity to shame.

ganachus
Who Has Got The Likeability Factor?

Footer 365

Premier League: West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce in no rush to begin contract talks

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has played down speculation about his future, saying nothing has changed since the start of the season.

Barclays Premier League: Everton boosted by Kevin Mirallas injury news

Everton have received good news on Kevin Mirallas' ankle injury, with the Belgian set to be back for the Christmas period.

La Liga: Real Madrid eye new deal for head coach Carlo Ancelotti

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has said Carlo Ancelotti is almost certain to be offered a new deal this summer.

Mail Box

Manager Of The Month, My A***...

We have a Newcastle fan having a pop at his manager, some mild reaction to last night at Bournemouth, a justication of that Falcao cost and why the Neviller rules...

Pulis To Liverpool Might Just Work

One Mailboxer believes that Tony Pulis managing Liverpool isn't as silly as you might think. Plus Bournemouth aren't that romantic and we're all guilty of ignoring Everton...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property