Wednesday November 21, 2012 Group Stage: Group D Finished Etihad Stadium

Manchester City 1 - 1 Real Madrid

  • Agüero 73’ (pen.)
  • Benzema 10’

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    Time:90'
    • Manchester City
    • Real Madrid
    • 90+5' It is all over! Real will join Borussia in the last 16 of this tournament. City are out.
    • 90+4' Javi Garcia is the latest man to be booked, but it is going to matter little.
    • 90+1' Jose Mourinho far from happy after seeing five minutes added to the match with Yaya Toure lifting a shot miles over from distance.
    • 89' Angel di Maria is replaced by Albiol for the visiting side.
    • 88' James Milner has been brought on to take over from Sergio Aguero for City.
    • 87' Sergio Ramos rises to head clear the cross from Maicon.
    • 86' A smart piece of defending by Kompany to win the ball from Di Maria before he tidies up in the middle of his own box.
    • 85' Tevez tries his luck from distance, but easy save for Casillas in the visiting goal.
    • 84' Maicon throws a superb ball across the face of goal, but Coentrão manages to knock the ball behind his own goal. City on the front foot again.
    • 83' Hart off his line sharply to grab the cross from Khedira. Pepe then back to win the ball from Tevez.
    • 82' Yaya Toure late on Alonso around the halfway line. Real look to meander forward.
    • 81' Brilliant play by Ronaldo as he runs at the home defence. Kompany barged him off the ball, but not awarded the free-kick. Not sure what the referee was doing there.
    • 80' Coentrão comes across to block Maicon's cross at source. Real look to break.
    • 79' Looks like City are going to throw on James Milner to try to win this game in the closing minutes.
    • 78' Kompany in a spot of trouble after he collides with Ronaldo competing for a loose ball. The City skipper hobbles off for some treatment.
    • 77' Dzeko earns some breathing room in the home area, but he drives the ball hard across goal. No takers on hand to convert.
    • 76' Ronaldo races at the City defence, but he lacks support as the shot is blocked before the ball drops kindly into the arms of Hart in the home goal.
    • 75' A point will carry Real into the last 16 of this tournament, but they will need to get the job done with 10 men.
    • 74' Varane takes over from the injured Benzema as Real shuffle their pack.
    • 73' All change now in the ground with the City fans sensing the prospect of a victory against the 10-man visiting side.
    • 72' GOAL! Aguero slides the ball into the corner of the net. Ball went left as Casillas dived to his right.
    • 71' PENALTY TO CITY! Arbeloa tugs back Aguero and collects a second yellow card and red card for that. What a chance for City.
    • 70' Silva takes out Benzema with a cynical late challenge.
    • 69' Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson spotted in the stands wearing a bunnet and long coat.
    • 68' José Maria Callejón has replaced Modric for Real Madrid.
    • 67' Borussia Dortmund with a 4-0 lead now against Ajax in Amsterdam.
    • 66' Referee coming under a bit of pressure from both teams as Ronaldo airs his frustration after being clearly pushed off the ball by Kompany. Referee didn't want to know.
    • 65' Hart stands up to a solid hit by Ronaldo. Ball breaks back out, but Ronaldo fouls Javi Garcia in the middle of the City box.
    • 64' Mancini having words with the fourth official. He looks far from happy as Real look to get back on the front foot.
    • 63' Glorious chance for Aguero, but he can't force the ball over the line from Maicon's deflected cross. Brilliant save by Casillas to make the stop from close range.
    • 62' Khedira back of his feet before he rejoins the play from the side of the pitch. City look to get on the move again.
    • 61' A booking for Sergio Ramos for a deliberate handball. Silva wallops the free-kick straight off Sami Khedira's head in the wall. He is going to need some treatment.
    • 60' Change for City as Carlos Tevez takes over from Nasri.
    • 59' Garcia seemed to tug back Arbeloa just outside the area, but the match officials don't want to know. Bad decision.
    • 58' Zabaleta is harshly booked for a perfectly timed tackle on Di Maria. Nothing wrong with that challenge yet he has been booked.
    • 57' Nasri flicks the ball into the path of Dzeko, but he is never going to finish from there as Real scramble it clear.
    • 56' Benzema and Khedira collide going for the same ball in the City box. That would have killed off the home side. But Joe Hart happy enough to claim the loose ball.
    • 55' Silva manages to get a shot at goal after Dzeko had tried to pick out Nasri. Didn't really have the power to beat Casillas, who makes a comfortable stop.
    • 54' Nasri is then booked for a late challenge on Modric.
    • 53' Silva picks out Aguero with a delightful pass. Sergio Ramos makes a brilliant interception to break up a City attack.
    • 52' Aguero and Silva combining brilliantly. But Aguero's first touch eludes him at the key moment as Casillas comes off his line to save.
    • 51' Coentrão comes across to make an excellent tackle on Maicon. City piling bodies forward on both flanks.
    • 50' Maicon whips a decent ball into the near post, but Aguero can't get the required angle on the header as it flies over the bar.
    • 49' Alonso has been booked for a late tackle on David Silva.
    • 48' Maicon's cross sees Casillas and Dzeko challenge for the high ball. The goalkeeper wants a foul, but the referee isn't interested.
    • 47' Javi Garcia replaces Kolarov for City at the break. The home side need to pick up the pace in the second half.
    • 46' We are off and running then in the second half with Real getting the ball rolling.
    • 45' There goes the whistle for the break. A 1-0 lead for Real Madrid at half-time. Should probably be more than one.
    • 44' Kompany rises to head clear the delivery from Di Maria's free-kick.
    • 43' Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid will book their place in the last 16 with wins tonight. Real Madrid with a free-kick just inside the City half.
    • 42' Silva picks out Yaya Toure, but no real direction on the header. All too easy for Real Madrid to clear the danger.
    • 41' Arbeloa and Zabaleta collide going for a loose ball. City are awarded the free-kick.
    • 40' It is 3-0 now in Amsterdam with Borussia Dortmund utterly rampant in that one. The German champions on their way to the last 16.
    • 39' Di Maria with a decent, swerving ball into the middle of the home box. Benzema can't collect, but Hart can. Could have been 2-0 here.
    • 38' Maicon penalised for a late challenge on Benzema. Wrong side of the forward. And he picks up a yellow card for his efforts.
    • 37' City finding little or no space in the Real half as Silva and Dzeko fail to link up from Maicon's pass.
    • 36' Benzema with a dangerous ball into the City box, but Hart happy to see the delivery arrive in his mitts.
    • 35' Real looking very likely to join them in the last 16 if this score stays the same. The visitors with so many bodies behind the ball. Very tough to break down.
    • 34' Borussia Dortmund now with a 2-0 lead over Ajax in Amsterdam. The German side almost over the line in this group.
    • 33' City looking slightly steadier, but Real have been the more dangerous outfit as Aguero fails to keep Dzeko's pass in play.
    • 32' Kolarov goes for goal from distance with a free-kick, but he bends the ball wide of the target.
    • 31' Arbeloa is going to be booked for a late shove on Aguero before Alonso clattered into Aguero seconds later.
    • 30' Silva picks out Dzeko, but he is off balance trying to finish as Real survive that moment. Some lovely play by Silva.
    • 29' Toure back to win the ball from Modric. Real content to let City have it and wait for the error to hit on the counter attack.
    • 28' Yaya Toure is booked for a late tackle on Ronaldo. He makes his frustration known to the referee.
    • 27' Maicon looking to get back on the ball, but the green shirts are plentiful behind the ball. Aguero ships possession, and Real have it back.
    • 26' Maicon links superbly well with Aguero. Strong piece of play, but can't finish the return ball as he prods wide under pressure.
    • 25' Real Madrid have scored in 15 straight away games in this tournament which is a new record for the Champions League. Should score more than one the way this is shaping up.
    • 24' City really need to shut up shop here either they are going to take a beating here tonight. This is feeling like a middleweight getting in with a heavyweight at the moment.
    • 23' Khedira bursts into the heart of the City box with the defence gone AWOL, but he can't finish as Hart comes off his line to make a splendid stop.
    • 22' Maicon grateful to see the offside flag after he stretched his neck muscles to head clear the high ball with Benzema lurking.
    • 21' Casillas off his line to punch clear Silva's corner before a flag goes up to deem Nastasić offside.
    • 20' The home fans trying to roar their encouragement as Aguero's effort is swatted over his bar by Casillas.
    • 19' Pepe meets Di Maria's corner, but the header lacks power as Hart finally collects on the line. Brilliant opening to this match by Real Madrid.
    • 18' But Real cut open the home side as Di Maria plays provider for Benzema who chests the ball to Modric. His shot deflects well wide.
    • 17' City trying to get some time on the ball as Maicon slips the ball to Aguero.
    • 16' Real Madrid with seven attempts on goal in the opening 16 minutes. City yet to test Casillas. Blistering start by the Spanish champions.
    • 15' Ronaldo sees a lob cleared off the line by Matija Nastasic with Zabaleta playing him onside. Somehow City survive the latest attack.
    • 14' Ronaldo turns Kompany inside out before picking out Khedira in the area. His header misses the target. City being given the runaround here.
    • 13' Ronaldo plays in Khedira, but he knocks the ball wide. That was another chance for the visitors. City living on the edge here.
    • 12' Borussia Dortmund lead Ajax 1-0 in Amsterdam which leaves City facing the Champions League exit door this evening.
    • 11' Not sure what Joe Hart was doing in the City goal. Just stood watching that cross as did Maicon. Simple, simple goal. City behind.
    • 10' GOAL! Benzema scores for Real Madrid. Di Maria with the cross and Benzema races into net from close range. Poor goal from City's point of view.
    • 9' Ronaldo hauled back by Zabaleta. Complaining about that, but Real can't make the advantage count as City race back to clear the danger.
    • 8' Benzema sees a flag raised to signal offside.
    • 7' Sergio Ramos clatters Dzeko from behind moments after Coentrão had saw a cutback cleared by Kompany.
    • 6' Maicon enjoyed a fine match against Aston Villa at the weekend, but is late on Coentrão with a challenge.
    • 5' Arbeloa penalised for a foul on Kolarov, who throws over a free-kick that is punched clear by Casillas. If in doubt, punch it out.
    • 4' City continue to look lively. Real yet to mount a serious attack as Benzema is caught offside seconds later.
    • 3' Dzeko collects for City, but Sergio Ramos comes in with a strong challenge before Silva fouls Fábio Coentrão.
    • 2' City on the move early on here as Silva hoists over an inviting cross. Maicon has it seconds later before Ronaldo shows off a delightful backheel to pick out Modric.
    • 1' City get the match off and running.
    • 19:40 Players out on the park and we are almost ready to go in this one. Should be interesting. City in blue, Real Madrid in changed green.
    • 19.35 No Mario Balotelli in the City squad whith Mancini perhaps going to opt for three central defenders with Zabaleta and Nastasic possibly bolstering matters at the back alongside skipper Kompany.
    • 19:30 "We don't have much chance to go through but it's important to put in a good performance". It was a difficult group from the start and now it's very difficult because of the mistakes we made in the first two games." That is how Roberto Mancini is reading the situation ahead of tonight.
    • 19:25 Gianluca Rocchi from Italy is tonight's referee. In three Champions League matches this season he has shown 15 yellows and two reds. His last major game was the Rome derby, where he sent off two players and booked eight.
    • 19:20 Tonight's odds are stacked in favour of the visitors, who are 5/4 with City 2/1 and similar odds on a draw at 5/2. You'd think home advantage may favour City, but they don't seem to play that well under pressure at the moment - not in Europe anyway.
    • 19:15 Jose Mourinho: "Other teams are playing easy groups. Other teams know from day one that they qualify easily. I think City will be out of the Champions League. They can win because they have a team to compete against Real Madrid and why not? They can do the same against Borussia but eight points is not enough so I think City will be the big team that will be out. That win (against City at the Bernabeu) was crucial for us to be at the moment."
    • 19:10 Roberto Mancini: "Congratulations to (Mourinho). To do 100 caps in the Champions League at his age (49) is very important, but I think it is not Mourinho against Mancini but City against Real Madrid."
    • 19:05 Real are going with Luka Modric in midfield as Mesut Ozil makes way. Chelsea's on-loan midfielder Michael Essien is out injured but otherwise a strong Real side.
    • 19:00 Up front City elect to start Sergio Aguero, ex of Atletico Madrid, alongside - wait for it - Edin Dzeko, the supersub who has repeatedly bailed them out in the Premier League this season. Carlos Tevez on the bench, with no room for Mario Balotelli in the squad although he has had a back problem. Micah Richards and Jack Rodwell are still injured, but James Milner returns to the bench. Youngster Nastasic is preferred to Lescott at centre back.
    • 18:55 TEAMS - Manchester City: Hart, Maicon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Kolarov, Yaya Toure, Silva, Nasri, Dzeko, Aguero; Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Milner, Javi Garcia, Barry, Sinclair, Tevez /// Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao, Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Di Maria, Modric, Ronaldo, Benzema; Subs: Adan, Varane, Albiol, Nacho, Kaka, Ozil, Callejon
    • 18:50 City have had another poor Champions League campaign, lying bottom of their group with just two points from four matches. They have to win their next two matches - at home to Real tonight, and at Dortmund in the final group game - and hope that everyone else mucks it up. Tough call. Group D details
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  • Summary

    • 72' GOAL! Aguero slides the ball into the corner of the net. Ball went left as Casillas dived to his right.
    • 71' PENALTY TO CITY! Arbeloa tugs back Aguero and collects a second yellow card and red card for that. What a chance for City.
    • 63' Glorious chance for Aguero, but he can't force the ball over the line from Maicon's deflected cross. Brilliant save by Casillas to make the stop from close range.
    • 52' Aguero and Silva combining brilliantly. But Aguero's first touch eludes him at the key moment as Casillas comes off his line to save.
    • 30' Silva picks out Dzeko, but he is off balance trying to finish as Real survive that moment. Some lovely play by Silva.
    • 26' Maicon links superbly well with Aguero. Strong piece of play, but can't finish the return ball as he prods wide under pressure.
    • 23' Khedira bursts into the heart of the City box with the defence gone AWOL, but he can't finish as Hart comes off his line to make a splendid stop.
    • 15' Ronaldo sees a lob cleared off the line by Matija Nastasic with Zabaleta playing him onside. Somehow City survive the latest attack.
    • 13' Ronaldo plays in Khedira, but he knocks the ball wide. That was another chance for the visitors. City living on the edge here.
    • 10' GOAL! Benzema scores for Real Madrid. Di Maria with the cross and Benzema races into net from close range. Poor goal from City's point of view.
    • 18:55 TEAMS - Manchester City: Hart, Maicon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Kolarov, Yaya Toure, Silva, Nasri, Dzeko, Aguero; Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Milner, Javi Garcia, Barry, Sinclair, Tevez /// Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao, Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Di Maria, Modric, Ronaldo, Benzema; Subs: Adan, Varane, Albiol, Nacho, Kaka, Ozil, Callejon
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