Man City 1 Real Madrid 1 (AGG 4-4, 3-4 pens): Bellingham & Co stun holders with dramatic shoot-out victory at Etihad


ANTONIO RUDIGER struck the winning penalty to leave Manchester City’s bid for another treble in tatters.

The Spanish giants spent much of the night camped in their own half in another gripping clash with their rivals.

ReutersReal Madrid knocked Man City out of the Champions League on penalties[/caption]

ReutersIt was heartbreak for City as their dreams of a second successive Treble ended[/caption]

Pep Guardiola had talked before the game on whether he was going to take a gamble on the fitness of skipper Kyle Walker.

The veteran has spent three-and-a-half weeks on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury on England.

But he was missed in the first leg as his old sparring partner Vinicius Jr enjoyed too much space so the City boss decided to take the risk.

It was September 2018 last time City lost a Champions League game at their fortress – a record for English clubs.

And you have to go back to November 2022 – before a ball had been kicked at the Qatar World Cup – for the last time anybody won here.

So City would have hoped their thrilling draw in the Bernabeu eight days ago gave them the base to reach the semi-finals for a fourth straight time.

Real Madrid though are not 14 time winners for nothing – they have made a habit of squeezing through in ties when they look doomed.

And sure enough after a cagey start to the game, the visitors struck first.


Jude Bellingham’s brilliant control and spin from Dani Carvajal’s pass opened things up and his pass sent Vinicius Jr away down the right.

His low cross reached fellow Brazilian Rodrygo whose first effort was miraculously saved by another countryman Ederson.

The rebound fell kindly for him though and he made no mistake in slamming it home at the second time of asking.

It was the wide man who broke City hearts with two stoppage time goals in the Bernabeu two years ago – and here he was at it again.

Just like in Spain eight days ago, City found themselves behind around the quarter hour mark – and with some serious work to do.

They pushed hard for an equaliser as Bernardo Silva’s cross was headed over by Haaland.

The Norwegian then looped a header on to the bar from a Kevin De Bruyne cross and Silva somehow bundled the rebound wide from close range.

Madrid still looked a huge threat on the break though and Walker showed why his manager picked him by getting back to block an effort from Carvajal.

Most of the chances were coming at the other end – even though Madrid were dealing with City’s threat well.

Andriy Lunin made a spectacular stop to deny De Bruyne while Jack Grealish saw his low effort deflected past the post.

The Three Lions ace was catching the eye for City and it needed a perfectly timed last ditch tackle from Antonio Rudiger to direct his effort into the side netting.

Unlike Phil Foden on the other wing, Grealish was seeing plenty of the ball and he drew a foul from Carvajal which earned the veteran Spaniard a second yellow card.

The second half began in a similar way.

Lunin was also called into action soon after the re-start to keep out long range efforts from Grealish and Phil Foden.

Why Man City fans were to blame for penalty defeat to Real Madrid

RIO FERDINAND and Joleon Lescott have blamed Man City’s penalty shoot-out defeat to Real Madrid on the FANS.

Bernardo Silva missed one of the spot kicks as City crashed out of the Champions League.

And the England duo spotted how the home fans at the Etihad played a role in the spot-kick being saved.

Ex-Man City star Lescott claimed the home supporters held onto the ball for too long after Real’s Luka Modric fired his shot into the stands.

He said: “That would have just took him out of sync and out of his rhythm.

“You can practice the routine, the technique, the walk up potentially, this is something you don’t prepare for, the ball being in the crowd.”

Ferdinand chimed in: “40 seconds by the way Joleon,” before Lescott continued: “That is a long time. It may not seem that long but it’s a very long time when you are waiting there and you are thinking, now do I change position?

“Now do I change where I go? And all of a sudden, it’s a soft penalty.”

Manchester United legend Ferdinand went on to say: “It’s a shame though as well, because it is the home fans that are delaying that penalty kick which is a shame.”

PARodrygo put Real ahead at the Etihad[/caption]

PAThe winger gave the visitors a huge boost[/caption]

Nacho pushed the ball past his own keeper then had to desperately clear off his own line under pressure from Haaland.

It was beginning to look like it was not going to be City’s night.

A pre-match display in the stands depicted Foden at the wheel of a bus bound for Wembley. It felt like Madrid had brought one of their own to the Etihad – and parked it.

But Guardiola made a change by throwing on Jeremy Doku in place of Grealish – and it paid dividends as he ran at Carvajal – who was on a tightrope with a yellow card.

His low cross was blocked by Rudiger but only into the path of De Bruyne who fired into the roof of the net from a narrow angle.

While City had not been at their best, the equaliser was the least they deserved.

AFPKevin de Bruyne levelled in the second half[/caption]

ReutersThe goal took the game to extra time[/caption]

Now Madrid were hanging on and KDB could have won it when he somehow slammed a cross from Akanji over the bar. By his standards, it was a sitter.

Extra time saw Foden unable to sort his dazzling feet out in time to get a decent connection on Doku’s low cross.

And at the other end, Walker once again showed he had Vinicius in his pocket by giving the Brazilian flyer a head start and then catching him in the box.

Madrid were finally posing an attacking threat though and Rudiger scooped a shot over the bar from six yards after a rare slip by Akanji.

In the shoot-out, City were briefly ahead as Ederson saved from Luka Modric – but Lunin did the same from both Bernardo and sub Kovacic.

Even though Foden and Ederson himself scored their kicks, the Brazilian keeper could not get to Rudiger’s kick and City were out.

ReutersMateo Kovacic missed his penalty in the shootout alongside Bernardo Silva[/caption]

APAntonio Rudiger netted the winning penalty[/caption]“}]]