Real Madrid continued their downward spiral as they struggled to best Club Brugge in the Champions League. However, a new star was born after a memorable performance for Club Brugge, Emmanuel Dennis.
The Club Bruges striker trolled the 13-time European champions for the full 71 minutes he was on the pitch. He score a brace and earned his side a 2-2 draw, when the La Liga team mounted a comeback. Dennis marked the achievements with Cristiano Ronaldo’s iconic ‘Siii’ celebration, which he frequently performed at the Santiago Bernabeu.
It all started in the ninth minute when the Nigerian striker put Club Bruges ahead in truly comedic fashion. He mis-controlled a Percy Tau cross in front of goal, which bounced off his shin and rolled agonisingly past a helpless Thibaut Courtois in the Real Madrid net.
His second goal was almost as farcical when he somehow managed to scoop the ball over Courtois to double Club Brugge’s lead.
Emmanuel Dennis’ double had the 13-time European champions in shock, and it didn’t take long for jokes to roll in at the team’s and manager Zinedine Zidane’s expense.
The Group A match didn’t have the fairy tale ending for Dennis and Club Bruges – Real Madrid came back to earn a point through second-half goals by captain Sergio Ramos and midfielder Casemiro.
The Nigerian striker was caught on camera looking awestruck as he walked around the Santiago Bernabeu before Tuesday’s clash and said if he was able to score at Real’s temple he would honour the occasion by getting himself inked up.
‘Santiago Bernabeu, this is a dream. A lot of people didn’t even think they would come here to play. If I score then I will get a tattoo on my skin,” he said in a video posted on the club’s Youtube channel.
The 21-year-old did not take long to fulfil his promise, giving the Belgian side a shock lead in the ninth minute by beating Real keeper Thibaut Courtois with an unorthodox finish.