City’s two late goals stun 10-man Real Madrid

February 27, 2020
Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus (centre) celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s first goal during the round-of-16 first leg Champions League match against Real Madrid  at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, yesterday.
Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus (centre) celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s first goal during the round-of-16 first leg Champions League match against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, yesterday.

MADRID (AP):

Manchester City scored two late goals five minutes apart to beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the first leg of the last 16 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Francisco 'Isco' Alarcon put Madrid ahead in the 60th minute after a mistake by Man City midfielder Rodri, but Gabriel Jesus evened the match with a header in the 78th and Kevin De Bruyne scored the winner by converting an 83rd-minute penalty after a foul by Dani Carvajal on substitute Raheem Sterling.

Madrid played the final minutes without defender Sergio Ramos after he was shown a red card for a foul to stop an 86th-minute breakaway by Jesus.

The return match in England will be on March 17.

Pep Guardiola's team was the most dangerous team throughout the match but couldn't get past Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois until Jesus' close-range header. The Brazilian forward, a surprise starter over Sterling and Sergio Aguero, jumped behind Ramos to meet a well-placed cross by De Bruyne.

Sterling returns

Sterling, back in action after nursing a muscle injury, made a crucial impact after coming off the bench by setting up the penalty that De Bruyne calmly converted past Courtois.

Madrid struggled to get clear chances but took the lead after Rodri gave the ball away near midfield. The blunder allowed Vinicius Junior to make a run into the area and find Isco free from markers for an easy goal.

Madrid historically have thrived at the Bernabeu in the Champions League, but they have won only three of their last 10 European matches at the stadium, drawing three and losing other four. They were eliminated by Ajax in last year's round of 16 after a 4-1 home loss. That marked the first time since 2009-10 the Spanish powerhouse failed to reach at least the semi-finals.

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