Manchester Metropolis produced a shocking late fightback as objectives from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin de Bruyne secured a memorable 2-1 win at Actual Madrid to take management of their Champions League last-16 tie.
After a cagey first half, the hosts capitalised on a defensive mix-up between Rodri and Nicolas Otamendi to take the lead because the spectacular Vinicius Junior raced in direction of objective earlier than neatly squaring for Isco to fit house.
Sergio Ramos shot over as Actual Madrid seemed to double their benefit however Metropolis equalised 12 minutes earlier than time when Jesus nodded in from shut vary.
It was the least Metropolis deserved for what had been a formidable away efficiency by Pep Guardiola’s aspect and issues acquired even higher seven minutes from time when substitute Raheem Sterling was introduced down contained in the field and De Bruyne stepped house to confidently convert from the spot.
It acquired even worse for Actual Madrid after they have been decreased to 10 males with 5 minutes remaining. Ramos introduced down Jesus as he ran by way of on objective and the defender was proven a crimson card.
It was the primary time Metropolis had overwhelmed Actual Madrid within the Champions League and means they’re within the driving seat earlier than the second leg on the Etihad on Tuesday, 17 March.
The win can have been all of the extra welcome for Metropolis followers after their aspect have been earlier this month banned from European membership competitions for the following two years.
The club’s appeal against the decision has been registered by the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport, and the difficulty will proceed to overshadow their instant future, however this show in Madrid will give them hope of progressing far within the present marketing campaign.
Pep’s plan pays off
This was a vastly spectacular outcome for Manchester Metropolis and one for which Guardiola deserved a considerable amount of credit score after he sprung a shock along with his workforce choice.
The previous Barcelona boss left Sterling, Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Fernandinho all on the bench and as a substitute utilised Bernardo Silva and De Bruyne as alternating false nines in what gave the impression to be a really cautious Metropolis formation.
However it was a tactic that efficiently nullified a Actual Madrid aspect that has traditionally been so robust within the knockout levels of the Champions League and had not misplaced their 12 earlier knockout video games beneath Zinedine Zidane.
The hosts have been restricted to at least one first rate probability within the first half – when Ederson saved beautifully from Karim Benzema’s header – whereas Metropolis’s menace on the counter elevated because the half went on.
Metropolis seemed just like the most probably to attain as the sport wore on however all their good work threatened to be undone when Actual pounced on a uncommon defensive error from Metropolis.
However, to the guests’ credit score, they fought again strongly regardless of that setback and the introduction of Sterling proved pivotal because the ahead offered a special outlet for Metropolis as they turned the sport round.
Ultimately they might have maybe gained by extra – with Ramos stopping Jesus from getting his second – however two away objectives places Guardiola’s aspect in a powerful place to succeed in the quarter-finals and maintain them on observe to finish their watch for Champions League success.
Actual out-thought and out-fought
Actual Madrid are the Champions League’s most profitable membership with 13 titles they usually have been significantly robust beneath Zidane.
The previous France worldwide guided Los Blancos to a few consecutive titles in his first spell answerable for the membership between 2016 and 2018, whereas he had gained all 12 earlier knockout ties he had overseen as a supervisor.
Their type heading into this match had been patchy with only one win of their earlier 4 video games in all competitions, whereas they have been overwhelmed 1-Zero by Levante on the weekend.
However regardless of taking the lead in opposition to Metropolis, they have been by no means actually accountable for the sport at any interval as they first struggled to interrupt down their opponents earlier than falling aside when the guests took the sport to them.
This was the primary time Guardiola and Zidane – rivals of their enjoying days for Barcelona and Actual Madrid respectively – had gone to head-to-head as managers and it was the previous who got here out on prime.
Laporte blow solely disappointment for Metropolis
The one bitter level on the evening for Metropolis was the lack of defender Aymeric Laporte to damage within the first half.
The defender was making solely his fourth look since recovering from a severe knee damage that had saved him out for a lot of the season however pulled up with simply over half an hour gone and was changed by Fernandinho.
Laporte was in a position to make his personal approach off the pitch, giving Metropolis cause to be optimistic that his absence won’t be an extended one.
“After 5 months injured on this state of affairs it is so demanding,” Guardiola stated.
“Fernandinho got here in and did extremely effectively. I am so proud.”
Man of the match – Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester Metropolis)
‘That is simply the primary half’ – what they stated
Actual Madrid midfielder Casemiro: “The tie is not completed with this outcome. We performed 75 spectacular minutes in opposition to a terrific workforce.
“Then in simply 15 minutes we did not do any of what he ought to have executed. That is why they fought again and cancelled out our lead. We have got loads of work forward of us now.
“If there’s any workforce able to overcoming this deficit within the second leg it is Actual Madrid.”
Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola to BT Sport: “We tried to come back right here to win the sport and we did. That is simply the primary half. If one workforce can overcome this example, it is this membership.
“After we have been higher, we conceded a objective. Once they have been higher, we scored a objective. That is soccer. I bear in mind the quarter-final [against Liverpool] a number of seasons in the past at Anfield after we performed extremely effectively they usually scored all their pictures on the right track.”
Pep joins a membership of two – the stats
- Manchester Metropolis have overwhelmed Actual Madrid for the primary time of their historical past.
- Actual Madrid have misplaced a Champions League house match regardless of scoring the opening objective for simply the second time, additionally dropping on this method in opposition to AC Milan in October 2009.
- Kevin de Bruyne scored his 50th objective in all competitions for Manchester Metropolis. This was the primary time he has each scored and assisted in a Champions League match.
- Metropolis boss Guardiola is just the second supervisor to win two Champions League away video games in opposition to Actual Madrid, after Ottmar Hitzfeld. He’s the primary to take action with two completely different golf equipment.
- Actual Madrid’s Isco scored his first objective within the knockout levels of the Champions League since netting in opposition to Atletico Madrid within the semi-final second leg in Could 2017.
- Actual Madrid’s Sergio Ramos acquired his fourth Champions League crimson card – solely Edgar Davids and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have as many (each 4).
- Guardiola has now gained extra Champions League knockout-stage matches than every other supervisor within the historical past of the competitors (28).
- Karim Benzema turned the sixth participant to make 100 appearances for Actual Madrid within the Champions League, after Iker Casillas (150), Raul (130), Sergio Ramos (124), Roberto Carlos (107) and Cristiano Ronaldo (101).
Manchester Metropolis will now change their consideration to the Carabao Cup ultimate as they tackle Aston Villa at Wembley on Sunday, 1 March (16:30 GMT).