De Bruyne and Jesus star while Carvajal struggles as City beat Madrid

PLAYER RATINGS: Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus star while Dani Carvajal struggles as Man City come from behind to beat Real Madrid

  • Manchester City came from 1-0 down to beat Real Madrid 2-1 at the Bernabeu 
  • Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne scored two vital away goals in the victory 
  • Dani Carvajal endured a difficult night as he gave away a penalty for the winner 
  • The Spaniards also had captain Sergio Ramos sent off late in the second half  

Manchester City came from behind to beat Real Madrid 2-1 at the Bernabeu thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne.

Isco had given the hosts the lead on the hour mark after capitalising on some slack defending by the away side.

But Jesus headed in on 78 minutes before Raheem Sterling won a penalty after a foul from Dani Carvajal. De Bruyne converted to make it 2-1 before Madrid had Sergio Ramos sent off in the final moments.

Sportsmail’s Jack Gaughan runs the rule over all the players from the Champions League last-16 clash.

Gabriel Jesus levelled for the visitors with a close-range header to beat Thibaut Courtois

Kevin De Bruyne made it 2-1 from the penalty spot five minutes later after Sterling was fouled


COURTOIS  6 – Shaky moments towards the end of the first half when flapping at seemingly routine crosses.

CARVAJAL 4 – Struggled to deal with the lively Gabriel Jesus and then hacked Raheem Sterling down for the penalty.

The defender brought down Sterling for the penalty which gave Man City another crucial goal

VARANE  7 – Everything appears so effortless for the France international. Imperious on the ball, rarely flustered off it.

RAMOS 6 -Remained watchful of City’s running but caught out late on and rightly saw red as last man.

MENDY 6 -Came out on top in his tussle with Riyad Mahrez early on, until the Algerian really turned it on.

MODRIC  6 – Kept Real ticking over in midfield and later kicked into gear as Real assumed more control.

CASEMIRO 6.5 – Anchored Real’s midfield three with typical power. One horrendous error almost gifted a goal, however.

VALVERDE 6.5 – Put in the hard yards, pressing well and attempting to force City into areas they would rather not play in.

ISCO 7 – Blows hot and cold, with this one of his quieter nights until breaking the deadlock on the hour.

Isco gave the hosts the lead on the hour mark after capitalising on some poor defending

BENZEMA  6 – Starved of service and City’s centre halves handled him well. Only one proper sniff all game.

JUNIOR 8 – Lightning quick and seemed certain to break the deadlock before pouncing on unforgivable City mistakes 

Manager: Zinedine Zidane – 6

Big calls not to pick either Toni Kroos or Marcelo and Real didn’t dominate possession enough.

Zinedine Zidane decided to leave out Toni Kroos and Marcelo as the Spanish side were beaten

Sergio Ramos will miss the return leg at the Etihad after being sent off for bringing down Jesus

 MAN CITY (4-4-2)

 EDERSON 7 – Stunning save on the half-hour from Benzema’s header. Distribution was a little off. Stayed calm under pressure.

 WALKER 5.5 – Just could not live with the pace of Vinicius Junior. Should have done better when the youngster assisted Isco.

OTAMENDI 5.5 -Measured until being partially culpable for Isco’s goal. Concentration let him down again in a big match.

LAPORTE  7 – Cruel blow as he hobbled off before half-time. Had looked in commanding form before then.

The Frenchman was forced off through injury in the first half but had looked commanding 

MENDY 7 -Played on the edge, looking like a certain red card at times, but performed admirably at left back.

MAHREZ 7 – Came out for the second half a different player, causing Real all sorts of problems. So unfortunate not to score.

GUNDOGAN 7 – A grittier performance than you expect from Gundogan. Not afraid to just get rid when required.

RODRI 5 – Slowed the game down, as asked by his manager. His error set the wheels in motion for Real’s opener.

JESUS 8.5 – He’s played off the left for Brazil but adapted brilliantly to an unfamiliar role. Poacher’s finish through the middle.

DE BRUYNE  8 – His vision is wondrous, the no-look through balls a joy to watch. Suits the captain’s armband, too.

The Belgian took the captain’s armband for the evening and stepped up to take the penalty

The Brazilian did well in the unfamiliar position of left-winger and grabbed a poacher’s finish

SILVA  7 – Plenty of “nearly” moments as he drifted as a false nine. Picks up Guardiola’s instructions so quickly.


Fernandinho (for Laporte, 33) – 6 

Raheem Sterling (for B Silva, 73) – 7

Subs not used: Bravo, Aguero, Silva, Cancelo, Foden

Manager: Pep Guardiola – 8

A tactical masterclass. General performance was exactly what he ordered, City were magnificent.

REFEREE: Daniele Orsato (ITA) – 5.5 – Very lenient with several players from both sides. Blew up for too many niggly fouls.

Pep Guardiola produced a tactical masterclass as City grabbed two vital away goals in Spain

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