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Manchester City

  • Sergio Agüero 73' PEN

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Real Madrid

  • Karim Benzema 10'
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    The damage was done for City for failing to beat Ajax home or away - and now they must win in Dortmund and hope Ajax do not beat Real to make it into the Europa League.


    Real Madrid started like a train and although they scored only once could play in second gear.

  • 95'

    And that's it. City have been eliminated from the Champions League, Real Madrid are through as runners-up.

  • 95'

    Javi Garcia

  • 95'

    Into the final minute.

  • 94'

    Silva flicks a ball over the top for Tevez, but it's just too far in front of him to bring it down and Casillas collects.

  • 93'

    Kompany is penalised for a free-kick in the centre circle, the clock is ticking down.

  • 92'

    The ball is pulled back for Toure with the chance for glory on the end of the D ... and he almost clears the stand

  • 91'

    Five minutes to be added on

  • 90'

    Final change of the night of Angel di Maria is replaced by Albiol

  • 89'

    Why would you make that change when you MUST score? Just bemusing.

  • 88'

    BIZARRE - Sergio Aguero is replaced by James Milner

  • 87'

    Ronaldo wants a free-kick for a foul by Nastasic - more cheers from the home crowd as it isn't given.

  • 86'

    GOAL Ajax Amsterdam 1 - 4 Borussia Dortmund (Danny Hoesen 86')

  • 85'

    Good cross from Maicon, deflected behind for a corner. City fail to work a chance.

  • 84'

    Tevez shoots from the edge of the box, easy for Casillas.

  • 83'

    Real enjoying good possession, probing the City box despite being a man light.

  • 82'

    Ronaldo tries to break through four defenders and throws himself to the ground after an apparent shove by Kompany. The ref waves play on but he's got another one wrong there. Ronaldo is fuming.

  • 81'

    Di Maria is tripped by Zabaleta, the Real man seems to suggest there could have been another red card for a second yellow.

  • 80'

    Vincent Kompany goes down with cramp and gets help from Ronaldo to cure his ills. He's hobbling a bit as he is led to the touchline.

  • 79'

    Dzeko has the perfect chance to square a pass for two City players in the centre - and he hoofs it over everyone. He's had a poor game.

  • 78'

    Can City find a winner? A goal which would give them a glimmer of hope in this group.

  • 77'

    Real still pushing forward, Ronaldo's shot hits a defender and loops into the hands of Hart.

  • 76'

    Benzema is off, Varane on in his place

  • 76'

    As it stands, Borussia Dortmund have top spot sewn up.

  • 75'

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  • 75'

    Now we have a game!

  • 74'

    GOAL Sergio Aguero takes it himself and send Casillas the wrong way. 1-1

  • 74'

    Aguero will take himself...

  • 73'

    Arbeloa drags back Aguero just as he breaks into the box. A second yellow for Arbeloa

  • 73'


  • 73'

    It's Benzema who was caught on the ankle by Silva, and gets a bit of treatment and hobbles off to the side.

  • 72'

    City break forward down the left with Zabaleta - and again the ref stops the play for an injury with the home side in possession.

  • 71'

    Tevez with a hopeful shot on the angle which is blocked by a defender.

  • 70'

    Awful cross-field pass from Alonso that's nowhere near anyone and straight out of play.

  • 69'

    GOAL Ajax Amsterdam 0 - 4 Borussia Dortmund (Robert Lewandowski 67')

  • 68'

    Modric is replaced by Callejon

  • 66'

    Ronaldo shoots from distance, a powerful effort from the Portuguese which Hart spills badly - but Ronaldo can't get on the rebound and there's a foul in there too.

  • 65'

    Maicon's cross takes a deflection which makes it bend towards goal, Aguero is there a yard out and must score ... he shins it and Casillas saves. What a miss.

  • 64'


  • 63'

    Silva takes the free-kick and it smashes into the face of Khedira. He goes down in a heap and the ref stops play immediately - much to the annoyance of the City faithful.

  • 62'

    And now Sergio Ramos is booked for handball - the ball didn't hit his arm.

  • 61'

    Carlos Tevez replaces Samir Nasri

  • 60'

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  • 60'

    Garcia seems to drag back Arbeloa as he breaks through into the box - referee decides no foul

  • 59'

    Tevez coming on shortly.

  • 58'

    Awful decision as Zabaleta is booked for winning the ball from Di Maria [who rolled around on the floor of course]

  • 57'

    City improving. Nasri tries an odd flick as a shot on goal and the woeful Dzeko can't get there before Casillas.

  • 56'

    Ronaldo is played yards onside down the left, he gets the chance to pick out Khedira at the far post but Benzema gets in his way.

  • 55'

    Dzeko tries to pull a ball back for Nasri, he can't get onto it and it drops to Silva - he can only fire into the grasp of Casillas.

  • 51'

    Nasri for a late foul on Modric

  • 50'

    Ronaldo still getting booed even if there's little to cheer.

  • 49'

    Maicon whips it a cross from the right, Aguero can only head over the bar.

  • 48'

    Xabi Alonso for going straight through the back of David Silva

  • 47'

    There was a change for City at the break with Garcia on for Kolarov to provide an extra body in the centre of the park.

  • 46'

    The second half is under way.


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    Real Madrid have dominated this game, but at least City weathered the storm, somewhat, or the opening 20 minutes as they could have been swamped.

  • 45'

    No injury time so that's the interval.

  • 45'

    The offside flag goes up against Benzema but after a mis-control by Maicon the referee allows play on, Benzema cuts inside and hits the moon.

  • 44'

    Cheers from the City fans as Zabaleta wins a free-kick for a foul by Arbeloa. A replay shows Zabaleta actually went in with his studs on the Real defender's thigh and could easily have been red carded.

  • 43'

    GOAL Ajax Amsterdam 0 - 3 Borussia Dortmund (Mario Götze 41')

  • 42'

    And there's news coming in which should be the final nail in Man City's coffin...

  • 41'

    More terrible defending as Nastasic fails to deal with a ball played in from the right - it almost drops for Benzema but Hart collects.

  • 40'

    Maicon blocks off Benzema, free-kick to Real

  • 39'

    There is the danger the second half here could be a non event - it may depend is Mancini decides there's no point wasting energy ahead of their game with Chelsea.

  • 38'

    City have 3v3 and Ronaldo looks able to simply pick a pass - but it's Aguero who runs right back into his own half to make the tackle from behind and win the ball.

  • 37'

    Dejection for Man City.

  • 36'

    And that goal is just about goodnight for City's Champions League season.

  • 35'

    GOAL Ajax Amsterdam 0 - 2 Borussia Dortmund (Mario Gotze 36')

  • 34'

    Man City have had more of the ball, but not more of the play. It doesn't seem like they have dominated possession.

  • 33'

    Kolarov takes the free-kick, but it's dragged wide of the right post.

  • 32'

    Xabi Alonso for barging into Aguero. Free-kick 30 yards out in a central position.

  • 31'

    Opta stat: Joe Hart has now made more saves than any other goalkeeper in the Champions League this season (26, Petr Cech 25).

  • 30'

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  • 30'

    Great work from Silva to get through and cut back a pass for Dzeko - who shanks it up in the air. That's why you start on the bench.

  • 29'

    Yaya Toure is penalised for a trip for Ronaldo on that rules the midfielder out of the last group game against Dortmund.

  • 28'

    Benzema breaks the deadlock

  • 27'

    Maicon and Aguero link up well and space opens up for the Brazilan to try a shot, but it lacks both power and direction and Casillas gets the goal-kick.

  • 26'

    Opta stat: Real Madrid have now scored in 15 consecutive Champions League away games, the best record in their history.

  • 25'

    The space Real Madrid are getting in the City half is, er, unreal at times.

  • 24'

    Now Benzema has a shot from the edge of the area after a lay-off from Ronaldo. He doesn't connect and the ball rund through to Hart.

  • 23'

    City probe again and the defence opens up for Khedira to break through on Hart. He looks unsure of what to do and before he can try and beat Hart the keeper comes out and blocks the ball. City surive... just

  • 22'

    Silva takes the corner again, it's too close to Casillas who can punch to safety.

  • 21'

    Finally a shot from City, Aguero's shot from the edge of the box palmed over the bar by Casillas.

  • 20'

    Di Maria takes the corner from the left, Pepe wins a header unmarked but it's an easy catch for Hart.

  • 19'

    Real on the break again and Modric has a snap shot from the edge of the area, deflected behind for a corner.

  • 18'

    The corner comes in and City are creaking here but they clear their lines.

  • 17'

    ...it's only as far as Ronaldo who gets another chance, jinking inside before seeing Hart get something on the shot and it goes wide

  • 17'

    The ball over the top sends Ronaldo through on goal, he's onside and lifts it over Hart - it lacks enough power and Nastasic hacks off the line....

  • 16'

    SO CLOSE to a second for Real Madrid

  • 16'

    Sublime skill again by Ronaldo, this time leaving Kompany chasing shadows on the wing and crossing to the near post for Khedira again who this time can only head into the side netting.

  • 15'

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  • 15'

    That Benzema goal has left City all at sea. It's like a library at Eastlands.

  • 14'

    Ronaldo does superbly on the left, pulling a low cross back for Khedira in the centre of the box. He's got no left foot so shoots with his right but it's way wide.

  • 13'

    Ronaldo getting booed by City fans.

  • 12'

    As long as Ajax do not win, City will not be out of the running for the Europa League tonight.

  • 11'

    What a simple goal. A superb cross from the right by Di Maria, Maicon fell asleep and left Benzema to trundle up to the ball and tap home from four yards out. Shocking defending.

  • 10'


  • 9'

    If Dortmund win then City are out regardless of how they do today.

  • 9'

    GOAL Ajax Amsterdam 0 - 1 Borussia Dortmund (Marco Reus 8')

  • 8'

    Real Madrid are allowed to play on after Ronaldo is fouled but can't quite work an opening in the box.

  • 7'

    Coentrão does well to get in behind the defence but his cut-back is poor.

  • 6'

    Still awaiting our first shot of the game.

  • 5'

    Free-kick to City over on the left. Kolarov takes the but it's well in front of the forward line and Casillas acrobatically punches away

  • 4'

    Remember Man City have to win here tonight, any other result ends their Champions League experience before Christmas again.

  • 3'

    It will be interesting to see just how this three-man City defence copes with the pace and trickery of the Real Madrid attack.

  • 2'

    City start the game well, probing around the box.

  • 1'



    The players are out, the City fans sounding nervous - and maybe also resigned to their fate.


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    Carlos Tevez is left out, with Edin Dzeko dragged off the substitutes' bench. Bold move.


    No Balotelli in the squad once again, while Roberto opts for the three-man defence. But with Zabaleta and Nastasic as the central defenders alongside Kompany?


    Man City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic; Maicon, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Nasri, Kolarov; Dzeko, Aguero


    Real Madrid team: Casillas; Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Coentrao; Alonso, Khedira; Cristiano, Modric, Di María; Benzema.


    It's win or bust for Man City tonight against Cristiano Ronaldo and co - they've shown little sign they are capable of pulling off such a result.

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Manchester City

  • 13(6)

  • 18

  • 21

  • 66%


  • Real Madrid

  • 14(5)

  • 20

  • 10

Manchester City

POS No Name


1 Joe Hart


4 Vincent Kompany


5 Pablo Zabaleta


33 Matija Nastasic


3 Maicon


8 Samir Nasri
32 Carlos Tevez


13 Aleksandar Kolarov
14 Javi García


21 David Silva


42 Yaya Touré


10 Edin Dzeko


16 Sergio Agüero
7 James Milner
POS No Name
G 30 Costel Pantilimon
D 6 Joleon Lescott
M 7 James Milner
M 11 Scott Sinclair
M 14 Javi García
M 18 Gareth Barry
F 32 Carlos Tevez

Real Madrid

POS No Name


1 Iker Casillas


3 Pepe


4 Sergio Ramos


5 Fábio Coentrão


17 Álvaro Arbeloa


6 Sami Khedira


7 Cristiano Ronaldo


14 Xabi Alonso


19 Luka Modric
21 José Callejón


22 Ángel Di María
18 Raúl Albiol


9 Karim Benzema
2 Raphaël Varane
POS No Name
G 13 Antonio Adán
D 2 Raphaël Varane
D 18 Raúl Albiol
D 24 Nacho
M 8 Kaká
M 10 Mesut Özil
M 21 José Callejón

Match Stats

  • Manchester City
  • Real Madrid
13(6) Shots (on goal) 14(5)
21 Fouls 10
4 Corner kicks 2
3 Offsides 7
66% Time of Possession 34%
5 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 1
4 Saves 5

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