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Real Madrid 1-2 Manchester City: Gabriel Jesus & Kevin de Bruyne give City win in first leg

Gabriel Jesus

Gabriel Jesus and Kevin de Bruyne scored late goals as Manchester City fought back from a goal down to beat Real Madrid and take control of their Champions League last-16 tie.

After a cagey first half, the hosts capitalised on a defensive mix-up between Rodri and Nicolas Otamendi to take the lead as the impressive Vinicius Junior raced towards goal before neatly squaring for Isco to slot home.

Sergio Ramos shot over as Real Madrid looked to double their advantage but City equalised 12 minutes before time when Jesus nodded in from close range.

It was the least City deserved for what had been an impressive away performance by Pep Guardiola’s side and things got even better seven minutes from time when substitute Raheem Sterling was brought down inside the box and De Bruyne stepped home to confidently convert from the spot.

It got even worse for Real Madrid when they were reduced to 10 men with five minutes remaining. Sergio Ramos brought down Jesus as he ran through on goal and the defender was shown a red card.

It was the first time City had beaten Real Madrid in the Champions League and means they are in the driving seat before the second leg at the Etihad next month.

Pep’s plan pays off

This was a hugely impressive result for Manchester City and one for which Guardiola deserved a large amount of credit after he sprung a surprise with his team selection.

The former Barcelona boss left Sterling, Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Fernandinho all on the bench and instead utilised Bernardo Silva and Kevin de Bruyne as alternating false nines in what appeared to be a very cautious City formation.

But it was a tactic that successfully nullified a Real Madrid side that has historically been so strong in the knockout stages of the Champions League and had not lost their 12 previous knockout games under Zinedine Zidane.

The hosts were limited to one decent chance in the first half – when Ederson saved superbly from Karim Benzema’s header – while City’s threat on the counter increased as the half went on.

City looked like the most likely to score as the game wore on but all their good work threatened to be undone when Real pounced on a rare defensive error from City.

But, to the visitors’ credit, they fought back strongly despite that setback and the introduction of Sterling proved pivotal as the forward provided a different outlet for City as they turned the game around.

In the end they could have perhaps won by more – with Ramos preventing Jesus from getting his second – but two away goals puts Guardiola’s side in a strong position to reach the quarter-finals and keep them on track to end their wait for Champions League success.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 13Courtois
  • 2Carvajal
  • 5Varane
  • 4RamosBooked at 86mins
  • 23Mendy
  • 10ModricBooked at 54minsSubstituted forVázquezat 84′minutes
  • 14Casemiro
  • 15ValverdeBooked at 48mins
  • 22IscoSubstituted forJovicat 84′minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 25Vinícius JúniorSubstituted forBaleat 75′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Areola
  • 3Militão
  • 8Kroos
  • 11Bale
  • 12Marcelo
  • 17Vázquez
  • 18Jovic

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 30Otamendi
  • 14LaporteSubstituted forFernandinhoat 33′minutes
  • 22MendyBooked at 29mins
  • 26Mahrez
  • 8Gündogan
  • 16Rodri
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 20Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forSterlingat 73′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bravo
  • 7Sterling
  • 10Agüero
  • 21Silva
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 27Cancelo
  • 47Foden
Referee:
Daniele Orsato
Attendance:
75,615

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home9
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 1, Manchester City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 1, Manchester City 2.

Attempt missed. Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez with a cross.

Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Dismissal

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) is shown the red card.

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Luka Jovic replaces Isco.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Lucas Vázquez replaces Luka Modric.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 1, Manchester City 2. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Manchester City. Raheem Sterling draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ferland Mendy with a cross.

Attempt missed. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 1, Manchester City 1. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ferland Mendy.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Gareth Bale replaces Vinícius Júnior.

Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Raheem Sterling replaces Bernardo Silva.

Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Fernandinho.

Attempt blocked. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Isco.

Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus.

Kyle Walker (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid).

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 1, Manchester City 0. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Vinícius Júnior.

Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Daniel Carvajal.

Attempt blocked. Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Attempt saved. Isco (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus.

Booking

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

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