Manchester City’s defeat of Real Madrid saw the 13-time European champions get kicked out of the continent’s premier competition.
Real Madrid were beaten 2-1 by Manchester City on Friday evening, 4-2 on aggregate, in their round of 16 UEFA Champions League clash. Zinedine Zidane was knocked out from the European Cup for the first time as manager whilst Pep Guardiola became only the third manager to kick the Merengues out of the Champions League on two occasions.
Manchester City got off to a fine start as their relentless pressing paid off. Raphael Varane was caught in possession by Gabriel Jesus, who teed up Raheem Sterling for a simple finish. Rodrygo, with some smart trickery, set up Karim Benzema who levelled the score and got a much needed away goal for the visiting side.
However, another mistake from Varane was pounced upon by Gabriel Jesus, who effectively sealed the tie 20 minutes ahead of full-time. From thereon, Real Madrid needed two goals to qualify and with less time remaining in a match which they were anyway dominated in, that looked like an unlikely prospect.
With the Citizens now heading to Lisbon for the mini-tournament and Madrid back to the drawing board, we take a look at the five talking points from the match:
REAL MADRID LACKED DESIRE, MANCHESTER CITY DID NOT
An important tie as this one even comes down to desire, which the hosts very much showed and the Whites very much lacked. Zinedine Zidane’s men were on the backfoot from the first to final whistle, whereas Manchester City looked to make the most of their attacking prowess. With that said, they even took chances and could have scored more.
Karim Benzema captained the side on the night but Zidane’s men clearly missed a leader on the pitch. Marcelo was on the bench and Sergio Ramos was watching only from the stands due to a suspension. The better team across both legs won and fairly so, but it’s work to do for the La Liga champions who didn’t look ambitious at all.