Tottenham Hotspur put in a gutsy performance against European champions Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Matchday 3 of the Champions League, with only Cristiano Ronaldo penalty denying the Premier League side a comfortable win.
Going into the game any reasonable football fan would agree that the odds were not on Spurs’ side. The Londoners had never at any point in time scored against ‘Los Blancos’ not to mention won against them, only two Premier League clubs had ever risen up out of the Bernabeu victorious.
The visitors looked set to join the not insignificant rundown of fallen English giants at the Bernabeu earlier on, with Madrid the first to threaten Spurs defence after just five minutes when Cristiano Ronaldo smashed on the width of the post.
Los Blancos keep on pushing on with another effort from Ronaldo. Harry Kane on the other side forced Keylor Navas to spare from his fine header.
Tottenham was handed an own-goal bonus from Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane but the European Champions overcome the deficit through a penalty from Ronaldo.
Madrid keeps on dominating the after the break but Spurs was able to hold off the wild attacking play from Los Blancos, minutes later Benzema was denied from a short range by Hugo Lloris.
Kane ought to have given Tottenham the lead and possibly a stunning triumph after 71 minutes in the wake of being played in by Llorente but Navas delivered a fine save with a slight touch from his glove, as the England forward looked to shape the ball into the far corner from 12 yards.
The visitor will undoubtedly be the happier of the two sides as they proved that they have the steely strength to hold off Madrid attacking play, the way things are Real Madrid and Tottenham keep up same points and the second leg at the Wembley might make the difference.