The start of the game was dominated by a large sampling of both teams. Real Madrid was visually superior and indeed captivated with plenty of possession. The midfields compacted on both sides of the room and did not offer any opportunities for the opponent.
Madrid tried to tear open the United defense often with long balls, and succeeded, but barely. The first better opportunity finally had the home side. After a fine pass from Giggs, tried to Robin van Persie cross down the ball, but the attentive Sergio Ramos could clarify in greatest need (15).