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Ronaldo completes remarkable Madrid comeback

Published: Tuesday 18 September 2012, 23.00CET
Real Madrid CF 3-2 Manchester City
Cristiano Ronaldo's 90th-minute strike won an engrossing game as the nine-time champions scored twice in the last four minutes to snatch victory.
by Paul Bryan
from Santiago Bernabéu

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Real MadridMan. City

Goals scored3
 
2
on target17
 
5
off target13
 
3
Corners7
 
3
Offsides0
3
Fouls committed9
 
10
Yellow cards0
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)56
 
44

Standings

Last updated: 21/10/2012 18:22 CET

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Published: Tuesday 18 September 2012, 23.00CET

Ronaldo completes remarkable Madrid comeback

Real Madrid CF 3-2 Manchester City
Cristiano Ronaldo's 90th-minute strike won an engrossing game as the nine-time champions scored twice in the last four minutes to snatch victory.

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.

Prior to this first competitive encounter between the sides, José Mourinho and Roberto Mancini shared a warm embrace on the touchline while all around them supporters did a collective double take. Out went Sergio Ramos and Mesut Özil for the Merengues, with Raphaël Varane and debutant Michael Essien entering in their stead.

They may have made their worst start to a domestic campaign for 11 years, yet Madrid were initially the epitome of calm as they probed the visiting defence for openings. Ronaldo enjoyed seven derby wins against City during his Manchester United FC days and appeared hungry for more as he cut inside Vincent Kompany before stroking a low shot towards the far post that Joe Hart expertly guided away from goal. The Madrid No7 roared forward again shortly afterwards and his searing effort from the left was met by Gonzalo Higuaín's point-blank header, Hart again rescuing City.

The England No1 continued to frustrate the nine-time European champions, positioning himself perfectly to block from an onrushing Higuaín after Ángel Di María's clever dink over the top. Eventually driven wide, the striker cut back for Ronaldo, whose deflected shot was skewed over by Sami Khedira.

Madrid had failed to register just once in 25 previous outings in the UEFA Champions League and were getting closer to extending that proud record with Marcelo threatening twice after the restart.

The English champions – also menacing throughout – chose their moment to pounce with perfection, however. Having played a one-two with Carlos Tévez in Madrid's half, Yaya Touré bounded away before deftly laying the ball to his left, where substitute Džeko wrong-footed goalkeeper Iker Casillas with a low strike into the net.

Marcelo's curving attempt brought parity, yet City were in front once more in the Spanish capital when Kolarov's free-kick from the right evaded everyone to find the far corner. With another defeat looming, Benzema fed off Di María's though pass before lashing in, leaving Ronaldo to complete a remarkable late turnaround when his strike from the left went under Hart's despairing dive.

Last updated: 30/11/12 20.21CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

man. city

Man. City

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
2
VaraneRaphaël Varane
3
MaiconMaicon
Substitution74
3
PepePepe
4
KompanyVincent Kompany (C)
Yellow Card70
6
KhediraSami Khedira
Substitution73
8
NasriSamir Nasri
Substitution37
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Goal90
14
Javi GarcíaJavi García
Yellow Card52
12
MarceloMarcelo
Goal76
18
BarryGareth Barry
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution63
15
EssienMichael Essien
Substitution65
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
32
TévezCarlos Tévez
20
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
Substitution73
33
NastasićMatija Nastasić
22
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
42
Y. TouréYaya Touré

Substitutes

13
AdánAntonio Adán (GK)
30
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
4
RamosSergio Ramos
5
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
Substitution74
5
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
6
LescottJoleon Lescott
8
KakáKaká
10
DžekoEdin Džeko
Substitution63
Goal68
Yellow Card89
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution73
Goal87
13
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
Substitution37
Goal85
10
ÖzilMesut Özil
Substitution65
16
AgüeroSergio Agüero
19
ModrićLuka Modrić
Substitution73
17
RodwellJack Rodwell

Coach

José Mourinho (POR) Roberto Mancini (ITA)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Primož Arhar (SVN), Matej Žunič (SVN)

Fourth official

Bojan Ul (SVN)

Additional assistant referees

Matej Jug (SVN), Slavko Vinčić (SVN)

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