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Champions League: Manchester City come from behind to beat Real Madrid as Sergio Ramos is sent off on home turf

Valentine Chinyem



Real Madrid suffered a shocking defeat against English side Manchester City in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie on Wednesday.

The match which took place at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu saw Madrid taking the lead through Isco in the 60th minute.

A well organised Los Blancos looked like the favorites to win this tie, as they made efforts to score a second goal before things took a different turn, as City scored twice within 4-minutes tk take the lead.

Gabriel Jesus scored an header in 78-minute to equal the scoreline, before a Kevin De Bruyne penalty in the 83rd minute earned City the much needed away win.

In the 87th minute however, centre-back Sergio Ramos was sent off, putting the host in a rather difficult situation, when they visit Manchester next month for the return leg.

Zidane’s would be looking to change tactics when they visit Manchester next month for the return leg, following their loss today.

With the win over Real Madrid, Pep Guardiola is now the first manager to win two Champions League away games at Real Madrid with two different clubs.

Real Madrid lost 0-2 against Guardiola’s FC Barcelona in the Champions League, with another 1-2 loss against Man City.

More so, Guardiola is the second manager to win two Champions League away games against Real Madrid after Ottmar Hitzfeld.

Pep was not the only one who set new records during the game, as Kevin De Bruyne also has a goal and an assist in a Champions League, a record which is his first ever in the competition.

While other records were either broken or new ones set during the match, Sergio Ramos’ card would only place him on the wrong records list, as he was sent off for the 26th time in his Real Madrid career by referee Daniele Orsati.

This was also his 4th red card in the Champions League, putting him at par with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edgar Davids for the most.

Ramos’ red cards now surpass his career trophies for Real Madrid.

Let’s look at the starting XI for both teams. Zidane did not make much changes ahead of the game, as he started the had Courtois in goal, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Mendy; Casemiro, Valverde, Modric, Isco, Vinicius and Benzema.

On his bench were: Lucas Vazquez, Jovic, and Bale, who were later substituted. Toni Kroos was also missing in Madrid’s midfield.

However, it was City’s boss who wowed many, as he opted to put Sergio Aguero on the bench, meaning that the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus and Bernardo Silva, were left to do justice to Madrid’s defence.

Manchester City are also the first English team to beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in 11 years, following their win.

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