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Manchester City resist late Real Madrid surge

Published: Tuesday 26 April 2016, 22.47CET
Manchester City 0-0 Real Madrid
Joe Hart made a stunning late stop to deny Pepe and keep this semi-final tie finely poised ahead of next week's second leg.

Match statistics

Man. CityReal Madrid

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)48
 
52
Total attempts5
 
11
on target2
 
3
off target2
 
5
blocked1
 
3
against woodwork0
1
Corners4
 
6
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed20
 
12
Fouls suffered10
 
18
Passes507
 
595
completed425
 
519

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 26 April 2016, 22.47CET

Manchester City resist late Real Madrid surge

Manchester City 0-0 Real Madrid
Joe Hart made a stunning late stop to deny Pepe and keep this semi-final tie finely poised ahead of next week's second leg.

  • Joe Hart denies Pepe late on as Manchester City hold Real Madrid
  • Cristiano Ronaldo a late withdrawal before kick-off with thigh injury
  • David Silva and Karim Benzema substituted before second period
  • Real Madrid's 27th appearance in the European Cup semi-finals; City's first
  • The second leg is at the Bernabéu next Wednesday, with the final in Milan on 28 May

It is all to play for in Spain next Wednesday after semi-final debutants Manchester City held ten-time European Cup winners Real Madrid to a cagey goalless draw – but only after a fantastic late stop from Joe Hart.

The late withdrawal of Cristiano Ronaldo could have thrown doubt on City's plan to keep it tight but for 80 minutes the English team stuck resolutely to their script. The visitors threatened to spoil the ending, though, as they finished strongly. Hart denied Casemiro before a terrific point-blank stop to keep Pepe out and City in it.

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Kevin De Bruyne skips Casemiro's challenge

Manuel Pellegrini, up against his former club, warned his City players about the need to keep "emotions under control" on the eve of the first leg and even the absence of Ronaldo did not knock them off their stride. The first 80 minutes was a study in discipline and focus, with both teams playing a waiting game: who would blink first?

Defences held sway, with Fernandinho breaking up play with alacrity at one end and Real Madrid's back line displaying similar enthusiasm at the other, snapping into tackles. The loss of David Silva to a muscle strain before half-time further depleted City's forward thrust, while Karim Benzema's failure to emerge after the break did likewise for Madrid.

Hart confident of going through

The second period continued in a similar vein, though gradually the visitors began enjoying the better of the play. Sergio Ramos sent a free header straight at Hart, who was extended further 19 minutes from time when substitute Jesé rose to send a cross beyond his fingertips but against the bar. Pepe had the best chance of all but Hart and City held on.

Analysis from Tom Kell at the City of Manchester Stadium

Key player: Joe Hart
Little more than a spectator for much of this fixture, Hart showed just what a class act he is with two superb stops in the closing stages. There were others on the pitch who showed more sustained excellence over the course of the 90 minutes, but none did so much to impact the outcome. City could have been out of the tie without him.

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Cristiano Ronaldo watches on

Impossible shoes to fill
Lucas Vázquez had just 163 minutes of UEFA Champions League experience to his name before being plunged into the starting XI as Ronaldo's replacement. The all-time top scorer, by contrast, has played well over 180 HOURS of football in Europe's premier club competition. Lucas Vázquez's was a functional, earnest performance – a far cry from the talismanic, match-winning displays Ronaldo puts in on this sort of stage.

Modrić: We should have won

Missed chance for City?
No question, City were the better team for large chunks of the evening. Vincent Kompany, who had implored them to play the "game of their lives", was in particularly uncompromising mood, while Fernandinho showed great bite in the tackle and Kevin De Bruyne was notably effective too. Despite a number of fine individual performances, they ended up hanging on – can they really expect a second bite at the cherry in the Spanish capital?

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Last updated: 18/05/16 10.19CET

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Lineups

man. city

Man. City

real madrid

Real Madrid

1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
1
NavasKeylor Navas (GK)
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
3
PepePepe
Yellow Card24
4
KompanyVincent Kompany (C)
4
RamosSergio Ramos (C)
6
FernandoFernando
8
KroosToni Kroos
Substitution90
10
AgüeroSergio Agüero
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution46
15
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
Substitution77
11
BaleGareth Bale
17
De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
12
MarceloMarcelo
21
David SilvaDavid Silva
Yellow Card37
Substitution40
14
CasemiroCasemiro
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
15
CarvajalDani Carvajal
Yellow Card90+2
25
FernandinhoFernandinho
18
Lucas VázquezLucas Vázquez
30
OtamendiNicolás Otamendi
19
ModrićLuka Modrić

Substitutes

13
CaballeroWilly Caballero (GK)
13
CasillaKiko Casilla (GK)
5
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
2
VaraneRaphaël Varane
7
SterlingRaheem Sterling
Substitution77
10
James RodríguezJames Rodríguez
11
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
16
KovačićMateo Kovačić
18
DelphFabian Delph
20
JeséJesé
Substitution46
20
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
22
IscoIsco
Substitution90
72
IheanachoKelechi Iheanacho
Substitution40
23
DaniloDanilo

Coach

Manuel Pellegrini (CHI) Zinédine Zidane (FRA)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Çem Satman (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)

Fourth official

Serkan Ok (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Barış Şimşek (TUR)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution