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Manchester City vs Real Madrid at Etihad Stadium

FT
Etihad Stadium Referee : Dr. Felix Brych
7th August 2020 8:00 PM (BST)
  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘9' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘68' Gabriel Jesus
  • 1 Real Madrid

    • ‘28' Karim Benzema

#mancity

Commentary By Caroline Oatway

22:36

Lisbon awaits... ✈

Ahhhh, another wonderful win. Another fantastic European triumph under the Etihad Stadium lights to add to the collection.

City advance to the last eight of the Champions League with two excellent displays against 13-time winners Real Madrid - a thoroughly deserved success across both legs.

Tactically, we were excellent, hassling and harrying the La Liga Champions into those pivotal mistakes, making them uncomfortable from the off. Then Pep Guardiola made a slight tweak at the break, which worked wonders to seal the tie.

We didn't panic when Benzema levelled on the night and kept our cool for the most part. Every single player gave 100%, running their socks off for the cause, and we were without question, the better team in both Manchester and Madrid.

The only downside: the fact this enthralling encounter wasn't played out in front of a packed house with an electric atmosphere... but the players will do their utmost to lift that trophy for the first time for every single person connected to this incredible Club.

We're all in this together.

Onto Lisbon. BRING IT ON!

22:24

Pep Guardiola 💬

"When you play against Real Madrid, you realise how good they are. We scored two goals from mistakes form them.

"It's not easy; we tried to convince them to attack.

"We knew we were going to suffer but we conceded few chances. There was a great save from Ederson.

"In the first half, we played with wingers more inside. It was a mistake from my side. In the second half, we corrected it. We had more spaces and more time.

"The second half, they didn't have much. The players made an incredible effort, all of them."

(On pressing): "You have seen the team for the last four years. It has happened. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. Against good teams, it's more difficult.

"Of course, its important (that we beat them). We beat them twice. They had never lost two knock-out games. You can see their personality with how they play, they are good.

"We are here to try to win the Champions League. It's just one step. If we think that is enough, it shows we are a small team

"To win the Champions League, you have to win against teams like Real Madrid, Barca, etc.

"We are in the quarter finals (against Lyon). I spoke with the scouting department and he said: 'Be alert!'

"We have seven, eight days to prepare. Now, we'll enjoy it today and tomorrow. Then, the day after, we'll start to think about it."

22:13

Gabriel Jesus 💬

"Yeah, (it was a massive win) like the last game. We ran a lot, played well with the ball and scored goals.

"It's so important for us. Real Madrid are a top club - the best club in the competition so for us, it's massive.

"They are such a good team. They have a lot of top players. It's Real Madrid - a top club. They can beat us. We came to work hard and try to win and play good football."

(On pressing): "I think it's all about belief. Belief in their mistakes. They are humans. We can make mistakes.

"I press a lot. It's one of my powers to press all the time to help my team. I was happy to score.

"I work to be a great striker. Every day i work hard to be like Ronaldo was.

"We have to work on simple things and stay strong for the next game."

22:03

Raheem Sterling 💬

"(It was down to our) energy, our passion.

"It's one of those competitions we want to do well in.

"We said: play our football and the most important thing was to run our socks off and that the result would follow.

"We know how good they are but it was about who ran the most, who was willing to put the extra yard in. I thought we were brilliant.

"With the players we've got, there was no sense of inferiority. They've got great players but we have as well and with the energy we put in, we deserved it.

"That was the plan: to be on the front foot with aggression. We did that, pressing, and we got two goals from it."

(On his 100th City goal): "It's a great achievement and hopefully, there's plenty more to follow."

(On Lisbon): "It's going to be like something on the international scene. I'm just grateful we’re there."

86'

Commanding 💪

Laporte with an excellent defensive header to clear a dangerous cross.

Need to just keep things tight for these final moments...

80'

Ohhh! 😫

David Silva with an almost instant impact, as he dances his way to the six-yard box but just overruns the ball before he can strike!

Imagine...

Open
80'

City change 🔄

El Mago David Silva steps onto the Etihad Stadium turf for the final time in competitive action, replacing Sterling.

(Keep it together, Caroline).

76'

Rob Pollard 💬

"Tense. Fraught. High-octane. Open. 

"It’s been so many things. 

"I said before the game Varane was a good defender – I stand by that – but our forward line haven’t let Real Madrid settle and we’ve forced mistakes out of him time and again. 

"Not over yet but City well placed – and deservedly so."

Open
71'

HUGE moment. 🙌

All etiquette went out of the window there. I jumped out of my seat and punched the air!

City perhaps should have scored again in the last moments - Bernardo opting to shoot rather than lay De Bruyne or Sterling off.

Walker also forces Courtois into another low stop.

City on top now; Real rattled.

71'

Rob Pollard 💬

"Jesus’ work-rate again has been unbelievable – his pressing and harrying set up our first, and now it’s brought him a goal of his own. Wonderful display from him tonight. 

"City in a very good position now. Stay disciplined and we should get over the line."

70'

Sensational finish! 🔥

Gabriel Jesus again hassles Varane into a mistake and chases the backheader, nipping in to beat the onrushing Courtois and clipping the ball past him and over the line!

Open
65'

Fanastic effort 👏

Gabriel Jesus with great feet to turn into space in the box.

He fires across goal but Courtois does well to push over the top.

Much better, and lovely build-up to create that chance.

More of that please!

61'

Rob Pollard 💬

"Overall, City have been by far the better side – but Real Madrid continue to carry a threat. 

"We look the sharper on the ball and the more urgent when we don’t have it. It’s been a fantastic display but the tie is anything but dead. 

"A huge 30 minutes coming up."

58'

Good defending 👏

Carvajal with an excellent challenge to thwart De Bruyne, after the Belgian had looked to trick himself into a shooting opportunity.

Open
52'

Glorious chance 😩

Another good move from City ends without a goal. Foden played in Gundo, who then slipped it to Sterling - but Courtois is out to make the block. 

Encouraging from City, though. 

45'

SECOND HALF ⏱

We are back under way at the Etihad Stadium.

The biggest 45 minutes of our entire season.

Deny Real Madrid a second goal and we're through.

COME ON, CITY!!!

HT

Rob Pollard 💬

"Breathless game. End to end, with both teams showing what they are capable of in the final third. 

"Delighted for Sterling grabbing his 100th for City – what a player he has developed into for this football club.

"City have been superb so far, and we look sharper than in any game since the restart for me. 

"One disappointment is we don’t have a camera fixed on Benjamin Mendy. The City left-back, suspended this evening, is by far the most animated and vocal cheerleader inside this stadium. He's going wild to my left."

45'+1'

Oooft! 😶

De Bruyne almost catches Courtois out, whipping a corner towards the near post.

Then, moments later, he plucks a ball out of the area with a gorgeous piece of skill.

He is truly incredible.

44'

WNRH 📺

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We'll have first half reaction from Shaun Goater, Paul Dickov, and presenters Cel Spellman and Kyle Walker.

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43'

Phew... 😐

Relief for City, as Benzema volleys straight at Ederson.

Thankfully, the flag had gone up but he was completely unmarked there, between our two centre-backs.

A heart-in-mouth moment!

Open
42'

Inches wide! 😩

City almost capitalise on a Courtois mistake, as the goalkeeper passes straight to De Bruyne!

The ball finds Foden, who fizzes towards the bottom corner and it wasn't far away at all!

38'

🤔

De Bruyne unhappy with the referee.

The Belgian feels he should have had a free-kick on the edge of the area, having had his shirt pulled and it looked like he had a case.

Nothing given though!

Open
37'

Close! 😫

Cancelo forces Courtois into an unorthodox save!

Wasn't the sweetest-struck shot but it was on target and almost deceived the Real shot-stopper.

Open
33'

Wayward ➡

Walker with a mazy run forward but he's caught in two minds when he approaches the area and opts to try his luck.

Never looked confident taking the shot on and blazes into the stand.

29'

Hmmm 🤨

No need to panic but we really didn't need that.

Real right back in the tie now and with momentum.

Need to keep things tight and be more careful in possession.

We're okay for now though.

23'

Keep calm and carry on 🙌

City looking to gain control, passing the ball around without urgency, taking the sting out of the tie - but we're struggling to retain it at the moment.

We've got exactly what we wanted from these opening 25 minutes and we're in a strong position.

Need to just keep calm and build a period of sustained possession.

Open
22'

Safe hands 🧤

Superb again from Ederson, who dives low to his left to thwart Hazard's drive.

Did really well to keep hold of that effort.

Open
21'

Great save 🙌

Ederson with a super stop to deny Benzema!

He turned brilliantly, collecting Hazard's pass, and fired but Ederson was alert to parry clear.

A warning!

19'

Woah! 😯

Calls for a penalty, as Sterling goes down in the box.

He'd done brilliantly to jink his way into a shooting position but went to ground at the crucial time.

Referee Felix Brych not interested!

14'

Fire in the bellies! 🔥

City aren't allowing Real a second in possession!

Harrying and hassling them at every opportunity and they don't like it!

As was evident with the goal, we're forcing them into mistakes and really making them uncomfortable.

It's working!

12'

🤩

A dream start for City in this tie - exactly what we wanted!

We lead 3-1 on aggregate and that'll have eased any nerves, I'm sure.

Real Madrid still need to score two to at least send the game into extra-time, but so far, so good from our point of view!

9'

WHAT A START!!! 💥💥💥

I told you we'd pressed well!

Fantastic work by Gabriel Jesus to pickpocket Varane on the by-line!

He cuts back for Sterling, who has the easy task of tapping into an empty net!

GET IN THERE!!!!

4'

Early warning ⚠

Fernandinho has to be alert, as Benzema collects the ball inside the box.

Our Brazilian nipped in to dispossess and the danger is cleared.

Imagine our defence will be busier than usual tonight.

Real Madrid need two goals, don't forget...

1'

Early exchanges ⚽

City sporting our traditional blue and white, while Real Madrid are donning their full pink away strip.

The visitors have had all of the early possession but City are pressing well.

Ball yet to leave Real's half.

KO

KICK-OFF ⚽

150 days after the first leg, we are under way at the Etihad Stadium in this eagerly-awaited Champions League last 16 second leg clash.

They don't come much bigger...

COME ON, CITY!!! 🙌

20:00

A moment of reflection 💙

Before kick-off, both sets of players stand silent on the centre circle for all victims of the Coronavirus pandemic.

19:57

Here we go 🙌

Led by the referee and his assistants, out step the two sides.

Oh, to have had fans in attendance at this game. Can you imagine what the atmosphere would have been like right now? Electric wouldn't cover it!

The two sides stand each side of the officials, as the UEFA Champions League anthem is played.

It's almost here: the moment we've been waiting for...

19:56

More from Rob Pollard 💬

"Real Madrid’s improvement as the season has gone on can’t be underestimated – their 3-0 defeat in Paris at the start of the group stage seems like a lifetime away. Even in the 150 days since the first leg, they look a different side. Form since the restart: P 11, W 10, D 1, L0. It was a run that saw them leapfrog Barcelona and win the La Liga title. 

"There’s no Sergio Ramos this evening – their captain and inspirational goalscoring centre-half – but Raphael Varane, a man very much in form, is a fine defender. He spoke superbly in yesterday’s press conference and left us in no doubt Real are ready. 

"But we are ahead going into the game and we remain arguably the finest attacking side in Europe. We scored 102 league goals this season, regularly putting fours and fives past teams. 

"Beautifully set up."

19:49

Rob Pollard 💬

"A really big opportunity for Foden this evening. To be given the nod in our biggest game of the season is a mark of how far his stock has risen. His performances post-restart have totally deserved this level of trust being placed in him; he’s been superb. 

"He guarantees hard work and high-octane play. Mahrez and Silva are then cocked and loaded to come off the bench and really try and stretch the opposition.

"The Madrid side is full of talent. Hazard may have had an injury-affected campaign and been restricted to a solitary league goal, but no one who has seen him play during his Premier League career is in any doubt about his brilliance and match-winning quality. 

"The City players have just left the pitch after competing their warm-up and the coaches, analysts and medical staff sat to my left all stood up and roared them off. That hasn’t happened at any other match since the restart and is a sign of how much this means. 

"Bring it on."

19:44

Brazilian magic 💫

🔥 Gabriel Jesus' 2019/20 campaign:

🔹 51 appearances
🔹 22 goals
🔹 13 assists
🔹 14 Premier League goals
🔹 5 Champions League goals
🔹 141 minutes per goal in all competitions
🔹 81 minutes per goal in the Champions League

19:34

A dream in our hearts 💙

What a night for Philip Walter Foden.

The 20-year-old Stockport-born Blue, who is living the dream for all of us.

A lifelong, die-hard City fan, about to step out onto the hallowed Etihad Stadium pitch to face Real Madrid in the Champions League for a place in the quarter-finals.

It's the stuff of dreams.

19:30

Half an hour to go ⏱

Everyone feeling okay?

Not gonna lie, the nerves are kicking in for me now.

I'd kept calm throughout the day, keeping myself busy, but hearing two of my heroes in Shaun Goater and Paul Dickov talk so passionately and excitedly about the magnitude of this game and the thrilling prospect of two of the world's best teams going head-to-head, it's hard to keep that emotion contained!

Like Dicky says... from Blackpool to Real Madrid. Insane.

19:22

Kevin De Bruyne (on Eden Hazard) 💬

"I'm tight with Eden. I've known him since I was 16 years old and we've played 80, 90 games together for the national team.

"I know how he plays, he knows how I play... For 90 minutes, he's the enemy and he'll be thinking the same way.

"It's fine. Football is a competitive sport. I want my team to win and he'll want Real to win.

"There's nothing new to that."

19:20

👀

• Zinedine Zidane has never been knocked out of the Champions League as a manager, winning it with each of his three attempts.

• Real have never recovered from losing a home first leg in seven decades of playing two-legged European Cup ties.

• Madrid's record in two-legged knock-out clashes against English clubs is W8 L4, They have won their last three such contests - most recently that 2016 success against City. Their round of 16 record is W9 L7.

• Madrid have won their last seven away matches in the round of 16, since a 1-1 draw at CSKA Moskva in 2011/12. Their last round of 16 defeat on the road – and fourth in a row – was against Lyon in 2009/10 (0-1).

19:13

💯❓

Raheem Sterling needs one goal for 100 in all competitions for the Club. 

City have scored 32 goals in our last 11 Champions League games, and won our last two home matches in the knock-out phase.

We have never failed to win a European tie after an away first-leg victory. There have been ten such contests.

19:08
19:04

Paul Dickov 💬

"I'm absolutely buzzing. I have been all day!

"I don't want to get too confident... but I'm so confident! I completely back the boys and I can't wait!

"The one big thing for me is Phil Foden starting. I'm absolutely buzzing for him.

"He deserves it. It's the biggest game of his career and he's going to shine tonight.

"In the latter part of the season, he's been fantastic. His form has been outstanding. He'll cause Real Madrid problems tonight.

"It's a top class team. Pep made changes and surprised people at the Bernabeu and it was tactically brilliant.

"It will be interesting to see any tweaks tonight."

18:58

Club Journalist Robert Pollard, live from the Etihad Stadium 💬

"Such a strange set of circumstances surrounding this game. The fist leg was ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DAYS AGO, there are no fans in the stadium and neither side has played competitively for a fortnight. 

"Also, these are two incredibly evenly matched sides. Has there ever been a harder game to call?

"What we do know, though, is the prize for whoever progresses is huge: a place in the final eight tournament in Lisbon - an unprecedented end to a Champions League season halted by the global health pandemic. 

"Two sides full of quality. You’d rather be in City’s because we go into it ahead, but there’s so much that can change this evening. 

"It’s set up to be beautiful."

18:53

Ilkay Gundogan (on Real Madrid's form) 💬

“That’s something I’m not even thinking about.

“We should just perform as we did at the Bernabeu in the first leg and I’m sure we can go through.

“The only thing we should do is look at ourselves. To know that we have the quality to go through this round and do very well in the competition is enough motivation for me.

“Of course, we are going to prepare and analyse them, there is no doubt about that, but I don’t want to think about their situation.

“I just want to focus on us and the mentality to go and win the game.”

18:49

Club Journalist David Clayton 📝

"After much speculation over which starting XI Pep Guardiola would go with for this game, finally, the team for tonight has been confirmed.

"The boss makes two changes from the side that beat Norwich City 5-0 in the final Premier League game of the season.

"In come Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandinho with David Silva and Eric Garcia making way.

"It’s predominantly an experienced line-up, with plenty of options on the subs bench."

18:44

😢💙

18:35

Zinedine Zidane 💬

"We are in good shape. We prepare ourselves to play this type of game.

“We’ve known for a long time what we have to do. We knew from the first leg we are behind.

“Tonight is another final for us. It’s a knock-out game. We will try and put in great performance.

“What I can say is it will be a great football match between two sides who are very good.

“We are ready and prepared. We will face up to that challenge.

"It’s a final – there are four finals if we want to win it - and we will face up to this first one knowing what we have to do.”

18:21

🤯

That celebration photo was snapped at Villa Park in the disappointing 2000/01 season.

City were relegated that year, having earned promotion in the previous campaign. We only won eight league games all season!

That goal was actually a penalty scored in the League Cup.

Thankfully, we bounced straight back up under Kevin Keegan's stewardship.

Fast forward 20 years later...

18:18

We're Not Really Here 💙

A partnership of the ages!

Shaun Goater and Paul Dickov lead the line on our matchday show tonight.

Our former frontline pairing will be sharing their thoughts on tonight's game and more from around 7pm UK time.

You won't want to miss it!

18:04

Rodrigo (on an 'amazing' first year at City) 💬

“For me, it has been an amazing year because of what I have learned, how I have grown, the experience I carry.

“I am involved in an amazing team. I am happy with what I have done and for the future – I am so happy about what is to come.

“I am proud of the team but we must keep learning and growing because in the next few years, we are hoping to do very good things.

“It’s not easy being Manchester City but for me it’s a dream and I want to keep learning and growing.

“Since I came here, my goal was to win every tournament. There is one left this season.

“We have already achieved two trophies and we want to make it a good season and win the Champions League).

“It’s a tournament we haven’t won as a team. It’s a dream. We have been close in years before but it is our main goal. At this moment, we will fight until the end.”

17:48

A fascinating prospect 🤤

Of course, City hold a precious 2-1 lead from the first leg encounter at the Bernabeu (which feels like a lifetime ago!) and will have to manage tonight's clash very carefully.

The question always posed: do you attack and try to extend the lead, or switch focus on preserving a clean sheet and preventing potentially pivotal away goals?

The automatic response is to attack, knowing the quality we possess upfront, but Real are also incredibly dangerous and they have to score...

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, former Atletico man Rodrigo warned we'd "suffer in some moments" so it's imperative everyone is completely switched on and on top of their game.

Who would you pick in the starting XI? All will be revealed at around 6:45pm but let me know your preferred line-up using #WNRH!

17:45

Guardiola (on previous defensive frailties in Europe) 💬

“Yeah, definitely [that’s an area we need to improve].

“More than just conceding, it’s the way we concede. If it’s a good action, we accept - but most of them we could have avoided.

“We know it, we spoke about that. Not now but in the last years.

“We know it. If we want to win this competition, we have to be better in this area.”

17:44

Pep Guardiola 💬

“I have the feeling we are ready to play, have a good performance and win the game.

“That’s my feeling: we are ready.

"We want to [make history]. We want to win this competition, for sure.

“To win it, you have to beat teams like Madrid. We have to win [tonight] and the next rounds.”

17:35

CITY ARE BACK 🙌

A very good evening! How are you all on this fine Friday evening?

It's been an absolutely beautiful day in Manchester, albeit a little too warm in truth! (I know, we complain whatever the weather!)

Tonight, the stakes are as high as the temperatures, as City face Real Madrid with a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League up for grabs!

It's the game we've waited six months for and it's one not to be missed!

As ever, catch all of the pre-match build-up, live coverage and post-match reaction right here in the Matchday Centre.

COME ON, CITY!!!

Get involved 📱

As always, we want to hear your thoughts this evening!

Use #WNRH on Twitter to get your comments featured on our live We're Not Really Here show and here in the Matchday Centre. 

17:28

Jesus: First leg win one of City's best

How good was Gabriel Jesus at the Bernabeu back in February? He reckons it is one of the finest team performances since he joined the Club...

“We suffered in the first 15-20 minutes and after we played well. We started to play our football and after we came back and could have scored three.

“We played so good with the ball, but without the ball we played one of the best games I have seen since I came to play here.”

Live matchday show 📺

We're Not Really Here is back again this evening!

Paul Dickov and Shaun Goater are the guests and will be in the studio at the City Football Academy with presenters Cel Spellman and Kyle Walker.

They'll be live from 19:00 (UK) providing you with a City focused build-up to the big game.

The pre-match show runs for one hour, whilst the team will return at half-time for a brief summary and then, five minutes after full-time, they'll be back for 30-minutes after post-match reaction.

You can watch it all at the top of this page!

IT'S MATCHDAY 🙌

Good afternoon! 👋

Welcome to the Matchday Centre for Manchester City's Champions League last 16 second leg against Real Madrid.

City hold a 2-1 first leg lead over the Spanish giants, with tonight's game kicking off at 20:00 (UK).

Our live coverage will begin at around 17:45, when we'll bring you all the build-up, minute by minute in game updates and post-match reaction.

Before then, we'll share a few things to keep you entertained and informed.

Join us later! 

Other games that day

  • Juventus2
    Lyon1
    FT
  • FC Bayern München0
    Chelsea0
    KO
  • Barcelona0
    Napoli0
    KO

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Atalanta 6 -4 7
3 Shakhtar Donetsk 6 -5 6
4 Dinamo Zagreb 6 -3 5
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