Manchester United were undone not by poor defending on their part but by an astonishing wonder strike from former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric.
The Croatia international playmaker darted past one challenge outside the box, then running away from goal, hit an unstoppable strike from range off the post and in.
There was little David De Gea could do in the Manchester United net, for it was a goal to grace any game.
Suddenly with an extra man and level on aggregate, Real Madrid were in the ascendancy.
Manchester United meanwhile desperately needed to regroup.
Watch a video of Luka Modric’s golazo below: