- End of 2nd Half
- 2nd Half
- De Bruyne (P)83'
- Vinícius JúniorBale75'
- 1st Half
Real Madrid - Manchester City
Champions League - 26 February 2020
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Real Madrid 1-2 Manchester City A great night for City, who came from behind to earn a deserved victory through goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne. A late red card for Sergio Ramos completed a miserable last 15 minutes for Madrid, who need a minor miracle in Manchester next month.
Mendy misses a half-chance for Madrid, bobbling a deep cross wide after getting the wrong side of the sleeping Mahrez.
Sterling shoots straight at Courtois after an excellent run across the edge of the area.
Three minutes of added time.
Sheesh, what a night for City. They were so close to going 2-0 down, when Fernandinho made two brilliant interceptions in the space of 30 seconds. Now they are cruising into the quarter-finals.
Mahrez clips the free-kick under the wall and the alert Courtois saves comfortably.
- Red cardSergio RamosReal Madrid
RAMOS IS SENT OFF! He was the last man and took down Gabriel Jesus on the edge of the area. Once the referee gave a foul - I thought Jesus dived at first - it had to be a red card.
- OffIscoReal Madrid
- OnLuka JovicReal Madrid
A double change for Madrid: Jovic and Lucas Vazquez replace Modric and Isco.
- Goal by penaltyKevin De BruyneManchester City
GOAL! Real Madrid 1-2 Man City (De Bruyne pen) The captain De Bruyne slides a cool penalty into the bottom-left corner. City have scored twice in five minutes to take the lead!
PENALTY TO CITY! Carvajal has been penalised for a foul on Sterling, and City have the chance to take the lead. It was a stupid tackle from Carvajal.
City deserve a draw. They have been excellent for large parts of this game.
Another chance for City! Jesus misses another excellent chance, heading Mahrez's cross over the bar from six yards!
The goal stands!
- GoalGabriel JesusManchester City
GOAL! Real Madrid 1-1 Man City (Jesus 78) And Jesus has scored! It was made by De Bruyne, who produced a superb cross on the turn from the left of the box. Jesus eased Ramos aside on the six-yard line and headed down into the ground, with the ball bouncing past the right hand of the diving Courtois. He might have done better because there was no pace on the header. VAR are checking for a push on Ramos.
Sterling has gone to the left, with Gabriel Jesus up front alongside De Bruyne.
- OffVinícius JúniorReal Madrid
- OnGareth BaleReal Madrid
Real substitution: Gareth Bale replaces Vinicius, who set up the only goal so far.
- OffBernardo SilvaManchester City
- OnRaheem SterlingManchester City
City substitution: Sterling replaces Bernardo Silva.
Now it's City who are hanging on. The first half may have been cagey, but the second half has been a thriller.
Fernandinho makes two vital interceptions! Carvajal plays a one-two with Casemiro, twists inside a defender in the box and slides a low ball across the six-yard line that is crucially intercepted by Fernandinho. Moments later, after a lovely knockdown from Isco, Fernandinho makes a brilliant block from Ramos's snapshot!
Madrid are having their best spell of the half, with some extended possession in the City half. Raheem Sterling is set to come on.
This is exquisitely poised. One City goal would put them in complete control of the tie; another Madrid goal would put City in all sorts.
Real break through Carvajal, whose dangerous cross is well claimed by Ederson. Benzema was waiting behind him for a tap-in.
Real have played like the away side since half time. I don't think that was the plan, certainly not at 0-0; they were just forced back by City's excellence.
Guardiola wants Modric sent off for a second yellow card. He thought it was a deliberate handball; the referee decided it came off Modric's shoulder.
That goal wasn't just against the run of play, it was an affront to the run of play. City were sensational for the first 14 minutes of the second half.
- GoalIscoReal Madrid
GOAL! Real Madrid 1-0 Man City (Isco) Real Madrid land an almighty sucker punch! The goal came after mistakes by first Rodri and then Walker. Vinicius Jr. picked up the loose ball on the edge of the area and squared it calmly to the unmarked Isco, who controlled the ball and drove it past Ederson.
Superb save from Courtois! This is a great stop. Mahrez runs onto a long ball over the top from Gundogan, controls it deftly and hits a right-footed shot across goal. Courtois shows superb reactions to plunge to his right and push it away.
Mahrez gets Mendy with a smart Cruyff turn and hits a right-footed shot from a tight angle that is beaten away by Courtois. It's all City now.
Good play from Madrid. Modric slides a lovely pass down the inside-left channel to find Vinicius, who leaves Walker for dead but then overruns the ball and falls over. No penalty.
- Yellow cardLuka ModricReal Madrid
Modric is booked for a foul on Mahrez. Madrid are struggling to live with City, who have gone up a gear since half-time.
Walker runs at Mendy to win a corner for City. They have been excellent since half-time, really authoritative. De Bruyne's corner is cleared at the near post.
Just wide from Mahrez! De Bruyne led a City counter-attack, marauding over the halfway line and flicking a pass with the outside of the foot to Mahrez. He moved to the edge of the area, cut inside on his left foot and shaped a curler that went a few yards wide of the far post. Decent chance, that, for a player of his class.
- Yellow cardFederico ValverdeReal Madrid
Valverde is booked for a tactical foul on Gundogan.
- 2nd Half
Peep peep! City begin the second half.
- End of 1st Half
Real Madrid 0-0 Man City Tiki-taka is dead, long live Pepenaccio. His unusually cautious tactics have worked very well so far, with Madrid looking clueless against a compact, deep-lying defence.
Varane clears off the line! City almost take the lead on the stroke of half time. Courtois flapped unconvincingly at De Bruyne's corner and diverted the ball straight to Jesus, whose snap volley was blocked on the line by Varane. In fact, replays show that Jesus's volley was going wide until Ramos screwed an attempted clearance back towards his own goal. Varane saved his blushes and spared his bacon by blocking it on the line.
Don't tempt me.
There's a break in play while Valverde receives treatment.
I always knew Pep Guardiola was a disciple of George Graham. This performance is straight out of Arsenal's 1993-94 Cup Winners' Cup campaign.
Bernardo Silva's mishit shot is easily saved by Courtois.
Rodri is lucky not to be booked for hoofing Benzema in the shin.
- OffAymeric LaporteManchester City
- OnFernandinhoManchester City
Fernandinho replaces Aymeric Laporte.
Aymeric Laporte is injured again. He won't be able to continue. The poor bloke looks crestfallen as he limps off.
Great save from Ederson! Madrid should be in front. Ferland Mendy's cross from the left was headed towards goal by Benzema, who wrestled two defenders out of the way to get to the ball. Ederson plunged to his right to palm it away, and then Vinicius Jr. made a complete mess of the rebound. He slipped and couldn't get his foot round the ball, otherwise it would have been a simple tap-in from six yards.
- Yellow cardBenjamin MendyManchester City
Benjamin Mendy is booked for a foul on Modric. He'll miss the second leg.
Lovely play from City. Mendy drives a cross from the left that is dummied by De Bruyne on the edge of the area. Mahrez then feeds the ball through to De Bruyne, who slams it high and wide from the left of the box. He was under pressure from Modric when he took the shot.
So far, so good for City. Their tactics may be unusually negative but they have worked very well. Real haven't really threatened, and City have created the clearest chance by far.
Mahrez makes a good tackle on Vinicius, then holds onto the ball too long in his own six-yard area and falls over after a challenge from Vinicius. He's a bit fortunate to get a free-kick there.
Good save from Courtois! City create the first big chance out of nothing. De Bruyne angles a delightful pass between Carvajal and Varane to find Gabriel Jesus, who cuts back inside Varane and whacks a shot from 10 yards that is beaten away by Courtois.
No they haven't: he's back out on the wing. This is all a bit strange from City.
It looks like City have moved Gabriel Jesus up front. He spent the first 15 minutes playing as a second left-back.
Varane curls high and wide from 25 yards after nicking a loose ball off De Bruyne.
Isco has looked lively in the first 15 minutes. The same can't be said of any other attacking players. It's been such a cautious start to the game.
Vinicius runs at Walker and coaxes an inswinging cross towards Benzema at the far post. Laporte gets in front of him to head to safety.
It's been a very cagey start from both sides, City in particular. Nothing at all to report.
Madrid have had most of the ball, though all their possession has been in front of the City defence. The inclusion of Rodri and Gundogan should make City more compact defensively.
Nothing much has happened so far. I'm still trying to get my head round City's formation - Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne up front!
In fact, City are playing the formation that destroyed Manchester United in the Carabao Cup, with Bernardo and De Bruyne as a false front pair. Gabriel Jesus is actually playing on the left wing. So it's Pep's take on 4-4-2.
City are playing 4-2-3-1, as expected. Real's formation looks like a 4-3-3, with Isco roaming from the right and Vinicius Jr. on the left.
An early half chance for Bernardo Silva, who collects Ramos's loose clearance and hits a shot that is blocked by Carvajal.
- 1st Half
Peep peep! Madrid get the match underway, kicking from left to right as we look.
The players emerge from the tunnel and out into the middle of the awesome Bernabeu Stadium. Let's get it on.
Only a few minutes to kick-off in the Bernabeu. This should be a Grade 1 humdinger.
Fresh is one word for it.
On the last two occasions City went out of this competition, they lost the first leg without scoring an away goal: 1-0 at Spurs and 3-0 at Liverpool. They'll be desperate to address that tonight. Even a 2-1 defeat would be a reasonable result.
If Manchester City lose tonight, all four Premier League sides will have been beaten in the first leg of their last 16 ties. Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea didn't even score a goal between them.
It looks like Real will play a midfield diamond, while City's formation looks like a slightly more cautious 4-2-3-1.
It's not just Manchester City's team news that has caused a wee stir.
The last time these teams met was in the semi-finals in 2015-16, when Madrid won 1-0 on aggregate. City were pretty feeble in that tie; I doubt they will go as quietly this time round.
In other news, Manchester United are masters of discretion.
There's no Toni Kroos in the Real Madrid starting XI, while Pep Guardiola has left Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho, David Silva and Raheem Sterling on the bench. It's a brave decision, because he knows if City lose he'll be slaughtered for trying to be too clever in a Champions League knockout tie.
The teams are in, with surprises on both sides.
REAL MADRID: Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Mendy, Valverde, Casemiro, Modric, Isco, Benzema, Vinicius Jr … Subs: Areola, Eder Militao, Kroos, Bale, Marcelo, Lucas, Jovic. /// MANCHESTER CITY: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Mendy, Rodri, Gundogan, Mahrez, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Jesus ... Subs: Bravo, Sterling, D Silva, Aguero, Fernandinho, Cancelo, Foden.
Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of Real Madrid v Manchester City in the last 16 of the Champions League. This is a monstrous game, and was the tie of the round even before City were chucked out of the competition for the next two seasons.
This could be their last chance to win the tournament until May 2023, by which time Sergio Aguero will be 34, Kevin de Bruyne will be 31, and Fernandinho will still be doing a job at centre-back at the age of 38.
That will depend on the result of their appeal to Cas. For now, all eyes are on the Bernabeu, with the return match at the Etihad on 17 March.
Kick off is at 9pm in Madrid, 8pm in Manchester.