Champions League round-up: Real Madrid ease Zinedine Zidane pressure

first_imgReal Madrid eased the pressure on manager Zinedine Zidane with a vital 1-0 win at Galatasaray.Madrid moved up to second in Group A, albeit five points behind leaders Paris-Saint Germain, after Toni Kroos’ deflected strike on his 100th Champions League appearance secured the win in Istanbul.Having won just one of their last four games, Real were looking to regain some momentum with a big victory over the Turkish champions. They had to settle for a narrow win.On his return to the squad after missing Saturday’s loss to Mallorca, Eden Hazard was Madrid’s most effective attacking threat, setting up the goal for Kroos and hitting the bar in the second half.However, like the rest of Madrid’s team, he wasn’t consistent enough to dominate in Istanbul.The visitors were fortunate to get away with poor defending that handed two good chances to Florin Andone, whose shots were saved by Thibaut Courtois.Galatasaray, sixth in their domestic league, could have snatched a draw with headed efforts at corners late on.last_img

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