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Manchester City 1 - Real Madrid  1

UEFA Champions League Group D

Etihad Stadium

21/11/12

Attendance: 45,740

Referee: Mr. Rocchi of Italy

Manchester City
1 - 1
Real Madrid
Aguero 74′ (pen)
 
Benzema 10′
 
Venue: Etihad Stadium
 
Attendance: 45,740
The Teams
01 Hart
 
 
 
01 Casillas
 
 
03 Maicon
 
 
 
03 Pepe
 
 
04 Kompany
 
 
 
04 Ramos
 
 
05 Zabaleta
 
 
 
05 Coentrao
 
 
13 Kolarov
 
 
46'
 
17 Arbeloa
 
 
33 Nastasic
 
 
 
06 Khedira
 
 
08 Nasri
 
 
60'
 
07 Ronaldo
 
 
21 Silva
 
 
 
14 Alonso
 
 
42 Y Touré
 
 
 
19 Modric
 
 
68'
10 Dzeko
 
 
 
22 Di Maria
 
 
90'
16 Aguero
 
 
88'
 
09 Benzema
 
 
74'
Substitutes
30 Pantilimon
 
 
 
13 Adan
 
 
06 Lescott
 
 
 
02 Varane
 
 
74'
07 Milner
 
 
88'
 
18 Albiol
 
 
90'
11 Sinclair
 
 
 
24 Nacho
 
 
14 Garcia
 
 
46'
 
08 Kaka
 
 
18 Barry
 
 
 
10 Ozil
 
 
32 Tévez
 
 
60'
 
21 Callejon
 
 
68'
Game Statistics
11
Goal Attempts
9
6
On Target
5
4
Corners
2
3
Offside
7
21
Fouls
10
5
Yellow Cards
3
0
Red Cards
1
65.4
%
34.6
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: City's Champions League campaign is quintessentially over with one game remaining against the formidable Borussia Dortmund in their own back yard. Europa League qualification for City or Ajax is neither here nor there for The Blues right now when a desperately disappointing autumnal campaign comes further under the microscope...I still maintain that the bit of luck needed in open play has eluded City throughout this mother of all tough group stages, but regardless of that, you can have all the possession and build up play in the world at this level, City having passed Madrid to death at times, but a failure to be more direct or take the more decisive action, then to leave acres of space available to top class players while you are about it, you'll get punished...Frustratingly, City have the tools. We saw that in the second half against Real where to their credit, The Blues raised their game and got stuck in, having woefully failed to go through the gears or make strong challenges in the first half, Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta excluded...I'd said before kick off that the 3-5-2 formation that we started with only works if you get a grip of central midfield. We didn't and the sea parted for Madrid to play into at will. Yaya Touré endured one of his worst performances in Sky Blue having so often been our big game player. The gaping holes around him suggested his team-mates were waiting for something to happen. This was playing with fire in the extreme. Madrid threatened to run riot early and looked lethal on the counter, but reaching half time one down and going 4-4-2 saw a City side re-energised and growing in belief. Had they started like that and played with such pride from the off we'd have a different collective slant on this ultimately creditable draw tonight on the steepest of learning curves. Real resorted to dreadful play acting by way of response...Well, no time for the what might have been's now as we turn our attention towards the total unpredictability of Chelsea. Themselves and the watching tonight beret clad Taggart should be unsettled at the sight of a brilliantly reborn David Silva. A second consecutive title win is now an absolute priority and this lad holds all the aces. Stats Courtesy Sky Sports/Sporting Life




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Date:Wednesday November 21 2012

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Great second half display, proud off the lads tonight.
Bluedub
As long as we learn from this and Bobby keeps his job I am fine.
johnkelv
Bob's job is not in danger, if the group had been a namby pamby one like the rags landed, then I think the owners might have had something to say, but our owners are not as fickle as some down in the capital.
Buzz Lightyear
 

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