Real Madrid 1-2 Manchester City: Citizens secure historic victory at the Bernabeu
Real Madrid 1-2 Manchester City: Citizens secure historic victory at the Bernabeu

Real Madrid 1-2 Manchester City: Citizens secure historic victory at the Bernabeu

Manchester City came from behind to register a 2-1 win over Real Madrid, securing historic victory at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Champions League first leg of the last 16.

After settling for a goalless draw in the first half, Isco opened the scoring in the 60th minute but goals from Gabriel Jesus and De Bruyne, who put City's penalty woes behind them by scoring from the spot, completed the job before Ramos was shown a red card late on.


The ball was played into the feet of De Bruyne, who threaded the ball through for Jesus. The Brazilian cut inside onto his left foot before powering the ball goalwards. However, Courtois read it well to make a sharp save to his left.

Madrid responded and it was a scare for City as Ferland Mendy's cross picked out Benzema, who headed the ball towards the bottom corner. Ederson dived to his right and got a hand to the ball to push it out. The rebound almost fell to Vinicius Junior, who would have a tap but he slipped at the crucial time.

Manchester City suffered a huge blow as Laporte was replaced by Fernandinho after picking up what seemed to be a knock. Despite the stretcher being called for, Laporte was able to walk from the field but that was not good news for Pep Guardiola and his side.

Isco goal 

Just as City were beginning to dominate the game, Real took the lead against the run of play. A couple of mistakes proved costly for City. Rodri and Otamendi got in a tangle as Modric gets a foot to the ball deep inside the City half. Walker also had a chance to clear but he didn’t as Vinicius Junior carried the ball into the penalty area.

The 19-year-old then spotted Isco in acres of space inside the penalty area and squared the ball. The Spanish midfielder made no mistake, placing the ball past Ederson and into the back of the net.

Jesus leveller 

City had their away goal and De Bruyne was the creator. He turned on the byline before standing the ball up into the six-yard box. The ball evaded Ramos and Jesus headed past Courtois to bring City level. Real Madrid were furious as they thought Jesus pushed Ramos but VAR had not intervened. 


Sterling shifted the ball past Carvajal, who slid in with an awful tackle. It was really poorly timed and he brought down Sterling. The referee's whistle sounded and he points to the spot. De Bruyne stepped up to take it and made no mistake, sending Courtois wrong direction and City were in dreamland. 

Red Card 

It got even better for City. Real gave the ball away and Jesus was away. Ramos, who was the last man, hauled him down right on the edge of the penalty area and the referee brandished the red card to the Real skipper.

Return leg

The second leg of Man City vs Real Madrid at the Etihad, will take place on Tuesday, March 17th. 

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