Manchester City pulls off a great shock result by beating Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Manchester City has been nowhere near their best this season. They were nobodies favorites to get a result against Real Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16.
The first half saw very little action, with both sides airing on the side of caution.
The deadlock was finally broken on the hour mark.
City’s frailties were exposed for all to see. They had lost Aymeric Laporte earlier to injury, and a makeshift backline of Fernadinho and Otamendi were torn to shreds by Los Blancos.
A neat cross from Vinicius Jr. found Isco free to slot the ball home.
The hosts had the lead, but City continued to hustle and press to stay in the game.
Their efforts were rewarded in the 78th minute.
A cross from the left-hand side came into the box. Sergio Ramos got the timing of his jump to head the ball all wrong.
The Spanish defender came down too early allowing the ball to pass over this head to the perfectly timed Jesus.
The Brazilian headed past a wrong-footed Courtois, and the game was tied up at one.
Both sides would have probably taken the draw at the start of the might. But City was building in confidence.
They pressed on to find a winner, eventually causing a defensive error from Carvajal who fouled Sterling in the box. Penalty to City.
Up stepped Belgian sensation Kevin De Bruyne. He made no mistake slotting the ball home from 12 yards.
Three points and two away goals for City.
But the right was not over. There was still time for one more interesting turn of events.
Sergio Ramos deliberately brings down Gabriel Jesus, and the ref is left with no choice but to send him off.
City will fancy their chances fo progressing to the quarter-finals after tonight’s performance and result.
It’s not over by a long shot. But City is firmly in the driving seat, with the return leg to be played at the Etihad in three weeks.