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Manchester City 1 - Real Madrid  1

UEFA Champions League Group D

Etihad Stadium


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
17 Arbeloa
33 Nastasic
06 Khedira
08 Nasri
07 Ronaldo
21 Silva
14 Alonso
42 Y Touré
19 Modric
10 Dzeko
22 Di Maria
16 Aguero
09 Benzema
30 Pantilimon
13 Adan
06 Lescott
02 Varane
07 Milner
18 Albiol
11 Sinclair
24 Nacho
14 Garcia
08 Kaka
18 Barry
10 Ozil
32 Tévez
21 Callejon
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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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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 21 2012

Time: 11:01PM

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Great second half display, proud off the lads tonight.
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21/11/2012 23:27:00

As long as we learn from this and Bobby keeps his job I am fine.
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22/11/2012 02:17:00

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.
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