The hopes of the meringues fans were dashed shortly after the match began. Nothing foreshadowed such a disastrous outcome for Real Madrid. Zidanne’s team had worked hard and hard preparing for the game of the year in the weeks leading up to it. Team, management and fans dreamed of the comeback. However, Pep Guardiola’s team was much superior to the white team.
There is no consolation for a Real Madrid that made unforgivable mistakes in defense and that today regrets the elimination of the European competition. The round of 16 of the Champions 2019/2020 has a name of its own, Raphael Varane. Madrid player has played one of the worst games in his history wearing the white jersey.
The first of his mistakes was taken advantage of by Sterling just nine minutes after the start of the game. Manchester City were ahead on the scoreboard as the white dream faded. Benzeman’s header goal excited the Whites again minutes later. The game came to rest with a 1-1 draw.
Bye, bye Lisbon
Real Madrid did not dominate the 95 minutes that the game lasted at any time. He played a second half unmotivated, without grit and deconcentrated, and it took its toll. A new blunder by the French against Gabriel Jesús in the 68th minute, sentenced the game in favor of the English team.
Zidanne’s changes did not improve the result, Lucas Vázquez, Jovic and Valverde did not manage to restore the illusion to Real Madrid. Manchester City grew and kept looking for Courtois’ goal. Manchester City dominated the game from minute one and continue to fight to become the best team in Europe.
Real Madrid are eliminated from the Champions League
History repeats itself for the second year in a row. Zidanne’s team is eliminated in the round of 16 with their captain, Sergio Ramos, in the stands by suspension. Zidanne has been touched after the elimination of the Champions League. After winning LaLiga and the good results after the restart of the League after the forced stoppage due to the coronavirus did not presage this fateful outcome.
Manchester (2)- Real Madrid (1)
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Fernandihno, Laporte, Cancelo; Gundogan, Rodrigo (Otamnedi, m. 89), De Bruyne; Foden (Bernardo Silva, m. 67), Gabriel Jesús, Sterling (David Silva, m. 81).
Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal (Lucas Vázquez, m. 83), Militao, Varane, Mendy; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric (Valverde, m. 83); Rodrygo (Marco Asensio, m. 61), Benzema, Hazard (Jovic, m. 83)
Goals: 1-0, Sterling (min.9), 1-1, Benzema (min. 28); 2-1, Gabriel Jesus (min. 68)
Referee: Felix Brych (Alemania)
Stadium: Etihad Stadium, England