'Angelic': Fans in raptures over Luka Modric's moment of 'sheer class'

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Luka Modric (pictured left) with a sublime touch and (pictured right) celebrating with Karim Benzema.
Luka Modric (pictured left) produced a sensational touch to control the ball and set up a goal for Karim Benzema (pictured right) for Real Madrid in the Champions League. (Images: Twitter/Getty Images)

The football world has expressed its awe at Luka Modric's moment of 'sheer class' to help Real Madrid open the scoring against Atalanta.

Madrid were leading 1-0 heading into the second-leg tie against the Italian outfit, but were weary of Atalanta's prowess in front of goal.

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But after enduring a fast-paced opening 15 minutes, Modric provided a moment of 'sheer class' after a keeper gaffe to hand Madrid the lead.

Atalanta keeper Marco Sportiello attempted to clear the ball, but hit it low.

But the Croatian midfield maestro produced a sensational touch after lifting his leg on an awkward angle to control the ball.

He then surged forward to bring out the keeper and the defender before squaring it to Benzema to slit it home.

The commentator described Modric's control as 'sheer class' in the lead up to the goal.

Fans were also full of superlatives for the 35-year-old maestro after his masterful performance alongside midfielder Toni Kroos.

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Benzema reaches Champions League milestone

With Real Madrid's first goal, Benzema became just the fifth player to reach 70 Champions League goals.

The French talisman sits behind Cristiano Ronaldo (134), Lionel Messi (119), Robert Lewandowski (72) and Raul (71).

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Madrid captain Sergio Ramos' 15th Champions League goal also took him past legends such as Ronaldo Nazario and Zinedine Zidane.

Only fellow Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos has more goals than Ramos in the Champions League as a defender.

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Real Madrid won 3-1 in the leg (4-1 in the tie) to reach the quarter-final of the Champions League.

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