Manchester City came from behind to beat Real Madrid 2-1 on the Bernabeu thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne.
Isco had given the hosts the lead the hour after they had capitalized on some weak defense on the opponent’s side.
But Jesus started 78 minutes before Raheem Sterling won a penalty after a foul by Dani Carvajal. De Bruyne converted to make it 2-1 before Madrid had eliminated Sergio Ramos at the last minute.
Sports emails Jack Gaughan runs the rules all players from the Champions League last 16 clash.
Gabriel Jesus came up close for the visitors with a header to defeat Thibaut Courtois
Kevin De Bruyne made it 5 minutes later from Sterling from the penalty spot 2-1
REAL MADRID (4-3-3)
COURTOIS 6 – Shaky moments towards the end of the first half when fluttering at seemingly routine crosses.
CARVAJAL 4 – Struggling to tackle the lively Gabriel Jesus and then Raheem Sterling hacked for the penalty.
The defender knocked down Sterling for the penalty that gave Man City another crucial goal
VARANE 7 – Everything seems so effortless for the French international. Domineering on the ball, rarely get rid of it.
RAMOS 6 – Stayed vigilant about City’s running but picked up late and rightly saw red as the last man.
MENDY 6 – Got to the top of his struggle with Riyad Mahrez, until the Algerian really turned it on.
MODRIC 6 – Real kept ticking midfield and later accelerated when Real took more control.
CASEMIRO 6.5 – Anchored Real’s midfield three with typical strength. However, one terrible mistake almost understood a goal.
VALVERDE 6.5 – Place on hard yards, press well and try to force City into areas where they would rather not play.
ISCO 7 – Blows hot and cold, with this one of his quieter nights until he breaks the deadlock on the hour.
Isco gave the hosts the lead on the hour after capitalizing on some poor defenses
BENZEMA 6 – Starving of service and the middle halves of the city treated him well. Only one real snuff the entire game.
VINICIUS JR 8 – Lightning fast and certainly seemed to break the impasse before tackling unforgivable city errors.
Manager: Zinedine Zidane – 6
Big calls not to choose Toni Kroos or Marcelo and Real did not dominate the property enough.
Zinedine Zidane decided to omit Toni Kroos and Marcelo because the Spanish side was defeated
Sergio Ramos will miss the return trip to Etihad after he has been sent away to take down Jesus
MAN CITY (4-4-2)
EDERSON 7 – Amazing savings in half an hour from the Benzema header. Distribution was a bit off. Stayed calm under pressure.
WALKER 5.5 – I just couldn’t live with the pace of Vinicius Junior. Should have done better when the younger Isco helped.
OTAMENDI 6 – Measured to partially culpable for Isco’s purpose. Concentration disappointed him again in a big game.
LAPORTE 7 – Cruel blow when he got away for the break. Had looked in an impressive form before that time.
The Frenchman was forcibly injured in the first half but looked impressive
MENDY 7 – Played on the edge, sometimes looking for a certain red card, but performed admirably on the left.
MAHREZ 7.5 – Came from another player for the second half, causing Real to cause all kinds of problems. So too bad not to score.
GUNDOGAN 7 – A grainier performance than you expect from Gundogan. Not afraid to just take it off when needed.
RODRI 5 – Delayed the game as requested by his manager. His mistake set the wheels in motion for Real’s opener.
JESUS 8.5 – He played left for Brazil, but brilliantly adapted to an unknown role. Poacher ends in the middle.
DE BRUYNE 8 – His vision is wonderful, the no-look by balls a pleasure to look at. Also matches the captain’s bracelet.
The Belgian took the captain’s bracelet for the evening and stepped out to take the penalty
The Brazilian did well in the unknown position of left winger and reached the finish of a poacher
BERNARDO SILVA 7 – Numerous ‘almost’ moments as he drifted like a false nine. Quickly takes in Guardiola instructions.
Fernandinho (for Laporte, 33) – 6
Raheem Sterling (for B Silva, 73) – 7
Subs not used: Bravo, Aguero, Silva, Cancelo, Foden
Manager: Pep Guardiola – 8
A tactical master class. Overall execution was exactly what he ordered, City was beautiful.
REFEREE: Daniele Orsato (ITA) – 5.5 – Very smooth with different players from both sides. Inflated for too many niggly errors.
Pep Guardiola produced a tactical master class when City took two important away games in Spain