MANCHESTER CITY CONTINUE their doomed task of attempting to qualify from Group D of the Champions League this evening.
They’re at home, but standing in their way of a first win this term stand the champions of Spain… should be interesting.
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Dynamo Kiev 0 – 2 Paris St Germain
FC Porto 3 – 0 Dinamo Zagreb
Arsenal 2 – 0 Montpellier
Schalke 04 1 – 0 Olympiakos
Zenit 2 – 2 Malaga FT
Anderlecht 1 – 3 AC Milan
Ajax 1 – 4 Borussia Dortmund
Man City 1 – 1 Real Madrid
19.43 – But enough about Spanish Premier League managers, we’ve got… eh, Italian and Portuguese managers providing the entertainment tonight.
As Eamon Dunphy is asked to give his predictions and responds with: ”Madrid will win, City will fall apart and be a shambles by the end.” Here are your teams.
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Maicon, Kolarov, Nasri, Toure, Silva, Dzeko, Aguero.
Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Milner, Sinclair, Javi Garcia, Barry, Tevez.
Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao, Khedira, Alonso, Di Maria, Modric, Ronaldo, Benzema.
Subs: Adan, Varane, Kaka, Ozil, Albiol, Callejon, Nacho.
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
19.47 – KICK OFF: They’re off and running with City looking very purposeful in the opening minutes. Passing short and sharp around the Madrid area before they break clear down the right.
The boos tell us when the green clad Cristiano Ronaldo is on the ball.
19.56 – GOAL: Man City 0 – 1 Real Madrid (Benzema ’10)
Just second after Angel di Maria found an acres of space on the right of the City area, he cuts back on the right wing and swings in left-footed cross.
Benzema, who replays show is just onside, ghosts into the six-yard box with no defender within 10 yards and taps in.
It gets even worse for City as Borussia Dortmund also lead in Amsterdam.
20.03 – Comical scenes.. unless you happen to support Man City.
Sami Khedira has had wtwo decent chances since Madrid took the lead and just now Ronaldo has gone clean through on goal.
The number seven attempted a deft lob over Joe Hart, but a defender managed to clear the ball off the line after it bounced at a snail’s pace towards goal. But the danger wasn’t over there: the celarance went right back to Ronaldo, who fluffed his lines again, deflecting a shot wide.
I’ve got a nacho hat here, and I’ll eat it if there isn’t another goal in this game.
20.11 – This is a really, really good game. The perfect mix of artistic and agricultural football… and Sami Khedira could have a hat-trick.
The German somehow bundles his way though the blue defence but can’t squeeze his shot past Joe Hart.
City counter, but Aguero’s cross is headed behind for a corner by Alonso.
20.25 – Just when you think the game is calming down and one side is gaining a little control, Ronaldo leads a three-on-three counter attack. The move is stunted by Aguero, yes Aguero, racing back to tackle the Portuguese star 30 metres from goal.
Meanwhile, in Amsterdam…
GOAL: Ajax 0 -2 Dortmund (Goetze ’37)
As things stand Madrid and Dortmund will qualify tonight with a game to spare. Some group of death, eh?
20.31 – HALF TIME: Man City 0 – 1 Real Madrid
Bar a brief uproar as Madrid get the benefit of an offside mix-up (Benzema shot wide afterwards) things are very quiet at Eastlands.
I think City fans know their number is up.
20.51 – The second half is underway in Manchester and City have introduced Javi Garcia in place of Kolarov.
It will be some stroke of genius if it pays off with three points.
Xabi Alonso is the latest to incur a yellow card, this one for a challenge from behind on David Silva.
City, as they did the first half, have started this period well.
21.01 – Another big chance for Real Madrid, but their problem is that all the decent opportunities are falling to Sami Khedira. He’s like that rubbish lad you play 5-a-side with – you let him drift away to goal because you know he’ll never score*.
This time, Ronaldo breaks down the left and dinks a lovely cross to the back post. Khedira directs his header onto Toure’s thigh. The German could have four tonight.
*Yes I’m referring to myself in this case.
21.15 – PENALTY to City:
And Arbeloa is given a second yellow for clipping down Aguero. He’s off.
21.22 – Temporary hope for City is being tempered in a serious way by the sigh of Vincent Kompany coming off a clash with Ronaldo clutching his knee.
He’s not willing to come off just yet.
21.26 – Ronaldo takes on not one, not two, not even three… but four City defenders, manages to squeeze the ball past Kompany (he’s okay now) but his progress is halted by the Belgian’s arm. No foul and George Hamitlon is just as apoplectic as CR7.
Looked a foul to us, but we’ve seen them go both ways. Such are referees.
21.41 – That’s it. Three points from five games means City are out of the Champions League. They were very fortunate to get anything tonight, Madrid were very wasteful in the first half and seemed to think it was just a matter of toying with the English Champions for the first half hour.
We’ll have a full round up of all tonight’s action, but until then your full-time results are at the top of the page (page may have to be refreshed).
So, with that said, thanks for joining in tonight, folks. It’s been emotional.