Real Madrid duped by ‘moving wall’ tactic by Atalanta who score genius free-kick

Real Madrid were duped by a genius free-kick routine during their Champions League win over Atalanta on Tuesday night.

Zinedine Zidane’s men brushed the Serie A outfit aside over two legs, picking up a resounding 4-1 aggregate victory to reach the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time in three years.

They first ran out 1-0 winners away from home in the opener, before beating them 3-1 in Madrid on Tuesday to book their place in the next round.

Yet after storming into a 2-0 lead in the second leg, Los Blancos were caught out by a clever free-kick tactic from the visitors.

As Luis Muriel lined up a set-piece from just outside the box, Atalanta decided to form their own three-man wall roughly two yards in front of the ball.

Then when he started his run-up, the trio sprinted towards Madrid’s own four-man wall before splitting off into different directions, which proved the perfect distraction.

Muriel’s effort flew over the wall and into the top-right corner, with a slight hand from Thibaut Courtois not enough to keep it out.

Atalanta’s creative idea paid off and they hoped it would spark a late comeback at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, but unfortunately Marco Asensio went straight down the other end and made it 3-1 on the night to end their Champions League dreams.

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  • Karim Benzema opened the scoring after 34 minutes of the second leg, turning the ball home from close range after Luka Modric capitalised on a mistake from Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Sportiello and teed him up in the box.

    Sergio Ramos then doubled the hosts’ lead from the penalty spot on the hour mark when Rafael Toloi was deemed to have brought down Vinicius Jr inside the box.

    Real have joined Porto, Borussia Dortmund, Paris St-Germain, Liverpool and Borussia Monchengladbach in the quarter-finals, with Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid (1-0) and Bayern vs Lazio (4-1) the final two last-16 ties to be resolved on Wednesday.

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