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Manchester City
1 - 1
Real Madrid

UEFA Champions League Group D

Etihad Stadium

21/11/12

Attendance: 45,740

Referee: Mr. Rocchi of Italy

Manchester CityReal Madrid
Aguero 74′ (pen)Benzema 10′
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

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Wednesday November 21 2012
Time: 11:01PM

Comments

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Great second half display, proud off the lads tonight.
Bluedub
21/11/2012 23:27:00
0
As long as we learn from this and Bobby keeps his job I am fine.
johnkelv
22/11/2012 02:17:00
0
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
22/11/2012 11:07:00
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