Club Brugge hero Emmanuel Dennis is disappointed that the club failed to grab all three points at stake in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League Group A clash against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu, Completesports.com reports.
Dennis scored twice in the first half before the hosts rallied back after the break through strikes from Sergio Ramos and Casemiro to forced a 2-2 draw.
The Nigeria international came close to recording a hat-trick in the second half of the game, but was denied by Real’s goalkeeper .
“The feeling would have been even better if we had taken the three points home with us. Everyone expected Real to easily set us aside, but we prepared well and believed in our game,” Dennis told reporters after the game.
“We believed we could pick something up here. When we were 2-0 up, it gave us a good feeling, but it still played in the back of our minds that such a top team could also straighten this out. I am slightly disappointed with this one point. But it is a good point because you made it on the move in Bernabéu. This remains a big team,” Dennis remarked.
Dennis, who has one senior cap for Nigeria and is in the Super Eagles squad for the October 13 international friendly against Brazil in Singapore also reflects on his two goals.
“With the first goal, I wanted to control the ball so that the goalkeeper would lie down. But I missed my control so that my body was no longer in balance and I could work it in with my other foot,” he stated.
“The second goal – I checked the ball and wanted to decide immediately, but I saw Courtois come out wild, so I decided to ‘chip’ the ball. Which ultimately paid off. It is a shame that the goalkeeper turned out with a good save at the third chance.
“I didn’t want to shoot to that side but the goalkeeper drove me there. Whether I will have a tattoo placed since I scored here? I like to make jokes for the camera (laughs).”
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