Estadio Santiago Bernabéu - Madrid 18/09/2012 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Group stage - Group D

Real Madrid - Man. City
3-2
 

Real Madrid - Man. City 3-2 - 18/09/2012 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2013

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Ronaldo completes remarkable Madrid comeback

Published: Tuesday 18 September 2012, 23.00CET
Ronaldo completes remarkable Madrid comeback 
Ronaldo: Madrid deserved the win ©Getty Images

A Cristiano Ronaldo strike in the final seconds earned Real Madrid CF a spectacular victory against Manchester City FC as the Spanish champions snatched the Group D points from their English counterparts at the last.

Despite dominating the opening 45 minutes, the hosts were stunned when substitute Edin Džeko put City ahead midway through the second period. That brought the matchday one contest to life, with Marcelo equalising with 14 minutes left, only for Aleksandar Kolarov to restore City's advantage in the 85th minute. Karim Benzema quickly levelled matters again before Ronaldo provided the grandstand finish.

Match in 5

  • All five goals come in final 22 minutes
  • Džeko puts City ahead before Marcelo equalises
  • Benzema replies to Kolarov goal
  • Ronaldo drills in 90th-minute winner
  • Madrid's 100th UEFA Champions League victory

Reaction

It is a good win because the DNA of my team is back. That is football. I would feel for them [Manchester City] but we played better from the first minute and totally deserved it.

José Mourinho, Madrid coach

José Mourinho, Madrid coach

We are disappointed. In the first half we did not play well but in the second half we did and when you score two goals here and go 2-1 up, you should pay more attention.

Roberto Mancini, City manager

Roberto Mancini, City manager

 

Player rater

Y. Touré

Top Player

Man. City 

Standings

Last updated: 14/11/2012 10:31 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

 
 

Match statistics

Real Madrid
Man. City

3

Goals scored

2

56

Possession (%)

44

30

Total attempts

8

17

Attempts on target

5

13

Attempts off target

3

0

Attempts blocked

0

0

Attempts against woodwork

0

7

Corners

3

0

Offsides

3

0

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

9

Fouls committed

10

9

Fouls suffered

9

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    A remarkable second half in which Madrid came from behind twice to take the three points. Joe Hart excelled in the City goal, and efforts from Edin Džeko and Aleksandar Kolarov seemed to have won it. Madrid pegged them back through Marcelo and Karim Benzema before Cristiano Ronaldo won it in the 90th minute.
  • Goal
    90
    Ronaldo (Real Madrid) scores!
    On 85 minutes City thought they had won it, but Karim Benzema levelled, and now the Portuguese forward finally beats Joe Hart with a low, right-footed effort from the right to give Madrid the lead.
  • Yellow Card
    89
    Džeko (Man. City) is booked.
  • Goal
    87
    Benzema (Real Madrid) scores!
    City thought they had won it, but the Frenchman turns smartly on the edge of the area, before driving low to the left of Joe Hart to equalise.
  • Goal
    85
    Kolarov (Man. City) scores!
    The Serbian takes the free-kick from the right. An inswinging effort is aimed at his team-mates in the centre, but evades everyone and curls inside Iker Casillas's far post.

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