Real Madrid star Casemiro fires Champions League warning to Man City after loss

Real Madrid star Casemiro has told Manchester City to forget about banking on being in the Champions League quarter finals.

The English champions put their European ban from UEFA behind them to secure a stunning 2-1 triumph over Real in the Bernabeu in the last 16, first leg tie.

Isco fired the Spanish giants ahead on 60 minutes with his first goal of the season following a defensive blunder from Kyle Walker.

But City climbed off the canvas to hit back with two goals in five minutes through Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne's penalty after substitute Raheem Sterling had been brought down to secure their first ever win over the Spanish giants.

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City will now be red-hot favourites to go through in the return leg at the Etihad in three weeks time as Guardiola looks to win the Champions League for the first time since taking charge in 2016.

Guardiola has now won more Champions League knockout stage matches than any other manager (28).

But Real midfielder Casemiro is refusing to give up hope of a comeback and reckons Zinedine Zidane's 13-time champions can still overturn the deficit.

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He has told City to take nothing for granted and he said: "The tie isn't finished with this result. We played 75 spectacular minutes against a great team.

"Then in just 15 minutes we didn't do any of what he should have done. That's why they fought back and cancelled out our lead. We've got a lot of work ahead of us now.

"But if there’s any team capable of overcoming this deficit in the second leg it's Real Madrid."

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Zidane said: "We have to go there to win. We know that, we lost an opportunity here but we have to go there to win.

"We scored and the moment we were playing our best, in the last 15 minutes to the end it was bad, the end was bad. It could have been a third goal.

"We have to go there and win – but Real Madrid can do that."

  • Real Madrid FC
  • Champions League
  • Manchester City FC
  • Pep Guardiola
  • Raheem Sterling
  • Jesus

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