Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid – Real Madrid and Manchester City played out a thoroughly entertaining game of football in Madrid but neither team really gave their respective fans something to cheer in the first half.
As a matter of fact, there was only one shot on target from both teams with Jesus forcing a save from Courtois in the 20th minute and Ederson parried Benzema’s header of the goal line in the 30th. But these teams did offer several moments of sleek and beautiful football.
The second half though was a completely different story from what we saw in the first. City came out guns blazing and looked to dominate but this was a game being played at the Santiago Bernanbeu and Real Madrid weren’t going to let that happen and so, they pressed Man City high up the pitch and it paid dividend when they took the lead through Isco against the run of play in the 59th minute.
Manchester City though, began to grow into the game with Kevin DeBruyne and Riyad Mahrez becoming more and more influential and they drew level on 77 minutes when Gabriel Jesus nodded home DeBruyne’s cross from inside the six yard box.
They away side were clearly on the ascendancy and in the 81st minute, Dani Carvahal had a moment to forget when, he needlessly fouled Raheem Sterling inside the eighteen yard box and the referee pointed to the spot without hesitation. DeBruyne promptly stepped up and scored from the penalty spot.
Sergio Ramos received a straight red card in the 85th minute after bringing down Gabriel Jesus on the edge of the box when the Argentine was racing clear towards Madrid’s goal as the home side practically undid themselves inside twenty second half Minutes as Man City held on for victory.
There is something to be said about Zinedine Zidane’s tactics on the day. They entire stadium could see that Man City really only had one weak spot and that was Benjamin Mendy playing at left back and, why he did not switch Vinicius Junior to that side to trouble Mendy who was already on a yellow card remains to be seen.
Pep Guardiola will no doubt be the happier of the two managers as he deployed several tactics throughout the game that would have left the Real Madrid coach scratching his head and whether or not the UEFA ban against City is upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sports(CAS), You suspect the Abu Dhabi ownership will do everything in their power to keep hold of the Spanish tactician.