Real Madrid were dealt their first loss of the season in Germany after goals from Josko Gvardiol, Christopher Nkunku and Timo Werner was enough to put an end to their unbeaten start to the season, hence, putting the German club in a great spot to advance to the Champions League knockout stage.
Although the Spanish giants looked to be in the chase as they maintained flashes of recovery in the final half, their effort, however, was cancelled out by the former Chelsea man, who came up in the 69th minute for Andre Silva to dent their hopes of a comeback.
Thereafter, a last-minute penalty was awarded to Madrid when Rodrygo was brought down by Christopher Nkunku to further reduce the goal differential, but appeared too late for a full comeback
Speaking after the match, Manager Carlo Ancelotti told Marca that it was not a defeat to lose sleep over.
“We conceded on two set pieces and the game went into the dynamic that they wanted, they are very good on the counter. The key has been those two goals from set pieces. I am not annoyed, it’s a defeat, it bothers us, but it’s a defeat that doesn’t hurt us much.”
“We have another chance [to secure top spot]. I can’t criticise a team that has done very well so far.”
“We did manage to get back into the match, but it wasn’t to be. We were going to lose at some point and it hurts because we wanted to win, but we can still finish first in the group. Sometimes you learn more from one defeat than from 10 wins in a row”, the Italian Manager said in the post-match conference.
The Champions League holders have conceded three goals in a group game for the first time in two years, when they lost 3-2 to Shakhtar Donetsk. They play Celtic at home next week in their final group game, where a win will see them top the group, which is why Ancelotti is not concerned.