Sadly, the miracle did not occur.

The odds were against us before we started. It was made worse by the fact that we had not sold Sadiq. So we could not register some new signings and a contract renewal.

This left us playing a 5 man defence including 4 centre halves. With Chumi having to play as a right back. He did a pretty good job under great pressure. However I feel that either Pozo or Mendes on the right of the defence would probably have made us more balanced. Real Madrid did most of their attacking down their left. With their first goal coming from good play down that side.

Ramazani gave us an early lead. With a good run and finish following a perfect through ball from midfield. Sadiq then almost made it 2-0 soon afterwards. With a shot from long range that just went over the bar.

After that most of the time it was us hanging on.

They got back to 1-1 after around 60 minutes. They then scored a winner in the last 10 minutes or so.

We had a couple of late chances to level it up. We did not take them.

Overall it was a fair result. Hopefully we can do better next game.

You can see some highlights here on YouTube.