Caroline Weir’s 47th-minute strike looked to have separated the sides at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano, a European Round Two first leg clash, but Kenti Robles’ injury-time effort salvaged a draw for the hosts in dramatic fashion.
On a dark night in the Spanish capital, Gareth Taylor’s side made it a fun first competitive action since May, almost won a crucial away match against the European debutants, who were pushed forward by a vocal home crowd.
A game Madrid did manage to snatch a draw to take to Manchester for the return leg next Wednesday. Still, a positive result.
The winner will progress to the inaugural group stage.
Gareth Taylor Reaction
“It’s a juggling act but we did that tonight, we made changes and tried to support the players,” he declared in his post-match press conference.
“We need to be better at what we do and we will get better and showed that last season.
“We could’ve given the players less time but we’re hoping with the benefits of that further down the line.
“We realised in these first four games before the international break that we’ve got to be patient. We’ll see good and bad, like this evening.
“It’s the situation we’re in and we have to deal with it. There was no other way of working it but I’ve never looked for excuses.
“We just have to learn as we go, improve and get fitter as we go.
“It takes time for things to come back, we have new players as well, it takes time but we’ll be there and we’ll do it no problem.”