Champions League: Man City ease past Gladbach, Real Madrid narrowly beat 10-man Atalanta

Champions League: Man City ease past Gladbach, Real Madrid narrowly beat 10-man Atalanta

Manchester City recorded a vital 2-0 win away at Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League first leg match played at the Borussia-Park Arena on Wednesday night. 

Gabriel Jesus and Bernando Silva scored a goal in each half, giving the Manchester club a comfortable first-leg lead. 

Pep Guardiola made five changes to his starting team, with Gabriel Jesus and Phil Foden among those recalled. 

Aymeric Laporte, who made his 00th appearance for the Club, was also included, same as Kyle Walker and Rodrigo.  

Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne, and Fernandinho were among those who remained on the bench for the clash against the Italian side. 

The match though failed to sparkle for long periods, with few clear cut chances despite City controlling the opening exchanges.

Raheem Sterling, Rodri, and Foden all came close to opening the scores early on in the match, but desperate defending and good goalkeeping denied them chance after chance. 

City appealed for a penalty just before the half-hour mark after Sterling was brought down inside the box, but the referee waved play on. 

A minute later City took the lead after Cancelo managed to cut in off the left into a central position and whipped a clever ball towards the back post where Bernardo was ghosting in unmarked and managed to score a brilliant header. 

City enjoyed possession in the second period as well, but  the most notable point was their second goal which arrived just after the hour mark. 

First, though, they missed a number of chances, with  Jesus, in particular, failing to find the target in the 54th minute after a mistake from the goalie provided him with the easiest of chances to score, but he took his time and the defenders managed to block his shot. 

He however found the net a few minutes later, connecting a Silva cross to find the back of the net. 

In another match, Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid narrowly beat 10-man Atalanta 1-0 at the Estadi di Bergamo. 

The Spanish giants went into the match without a host of first-team players, including Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, and Eden Hazard. 

Their work was made easier in the 17th minute after Remo Freuler was shown a straight red card for a poor tackle that denied Ferlan Mendy a goal-scoring chance. 

Despite going down to 10 minutes, the hosts were resilient for long periods, only for Mendy to break their hearts with four minutes to go. 

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