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Real Madrid 3 - Manchester City 2

Champions League Group D

Bernabeu Stadium


Attendance: 67,000

Referee: Damir Skomina

Real Madrid
3 - 2
Manchester City
Marcelo 76′ Benzema 87′ Ronaldo 90′
Dzeko 69′ Kolarov 85′
Venue: Bernabeu Stadium
Attendance: 67,000
The Teams
01 Casillas
01 Hart
02 Varane
03 Maicon
03 Pepe
04 Kompany
12 Marcelo
22 Clichy
17 Arbeloa
33 Nastasic
06 Khedira
08 Nasri
07 Ronaldo
14 Garcia
14 Alonso
18 Barry
15 Essien
21 Silva
22 Di Maria
42 Y Toure
20 Higuain
32 Tevez
13 Adan
30 Pantilimon
04 Ramos
05 Zabaleta
05 Coentrao
06 Lescott
08 Kaka
13 Kolarov
10 Ozil
17 Rodwell
19 Modric
10 Dzeko
09 Benzema
16 Aguero
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Johnny On The Spot: A night that hurts like hell. City were 5 minutes away from recording a stunning victory in Madrid but were ultimately undone by conceding two sloppy goals having absorbed everything Real threw at them and twice gone in front. Joe Hart's clear anger and frustration spoke for us all post match...To a man City gave their all tonight against a quite brilliantly talented side and held their own for long enough periods to make their own presence felt...It's often unfair to single out individuals in a solid team effort, but Barry, Clichy and Tevez were outstanding. The next step now is to take this result out on the Ashburton bottlers this Sunday... A couple of special mentions. We don't often say this on VMC but the referee had a great game putting dreadful Premier League cardsmiths to shame. Meanwhile the self styled "special one" Jose Mourinho continued his quest to become the next rag manager with a classless straight down the tunnel walk off and tacit refusal to give City any credit for a tremendous performance tonight. His sheer, sweat drenched relief said it all. City have arrived at the top table and we can be justly proud of our team tonight. stats courtesy BBC

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 18 2012

Time: 9:41PM

Your Comments

Shocked at giving up a lead twice.
Buzz Lightyear
It's not the defeat that hurts so much as the hope we had been given.
Had to be the very essence of ragness that scored the winner, didn't it? Being FB'ed, Tweeted and texted by rags having a jolly good titter - convenient the way he shat on them from such a great height eh?
If we can make it past the group stage, then we should do well. We proved we can mix it with the best, and I feel sorry for Hart the most.
We played the team who on their day (like today) are the best club side in the world, they won La Liga over the generation defining Barcelona team. Simple fact is that they are better than us at this point just as they are better than pretty much everyone else. To almost win there is amazing but at 2-1 we should have held on and WOULD have held on if we defended like we once did. Defence needs sorting.
Of Real's 29 goal attempts on target...28 were from outside the box. Still, if you buy enough lottery tickets...

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