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Madrid down City in thriller

2012-09-18 22:50

Madrid - Real Madrid pulled off a stunning Champions League comeback when they twice fought back from a goal down as Cristiano Ronaldo netted a 90th-minute winner in a 3-2 Group D win at home to Manchester City on Tuesday.

City stunned the Bernabeu when substitute Edin Dzeko raced clear to make it 1-0 in the 69th minute before Marcelo equalised eight minutes later with a deflected effort.

The English champions were ahead again five minutes from time when Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas failed to deal with Aleksandar Kolarov's in-swinging free kick but the home side snatched victory in a frenetic ending.

Karim Benzema made it 2-2 in the 87th minute with a low shot that sneaked inside the post before Ronaldo cut in from the left and his powerful drive flew into the net off goalkeeper Joe Hart to send the crowd into raptures.

"It's not on. You can't go 2-1 up and lose the game," Hart told ITV.

"We can only blame ourselves. They are a very good team and so are we. We dug deep, got a lead twice and threw it away. It's hard to come off the field after losing 3-2 and be positive."

Real were under pressure to produce a convincing European performance after a stuttering start to their La Liga campaign and made their intentions clear early when Ronaldo forced two fine saves from Hart.

City barely had a sniff of goal in the first half, while Real striker Gonzalo Higuain fluffed two clear chances, one when he was clean through with only Hart to beat and the other when he volleyed over from close range.

Twice in the second period it looked as if City might pull off a smash and grab raid in the home of the nine-times winners but each time Real found an answer.

Ronaldo's dramatic late winner prompted wild celebrations among the Real faithful and under pressure coach Jose Mourinho performed a celebratory knee slide onto the pitch.

"It is a good win because the DNA of my team is back," Mourinho said.

Champions League results on Tuesday:

Group A

Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) 0, FC Porto (Portugal) 2
Paris Saint-Germain (France) 4, Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) 1

Group B

Montpellier (France) 1, Arsenal (England) 2
Olympiakos (Greece) 1, Schalke (Germany) 2

Group C

Malaga (Spain) 3, Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia) 0
AC Milan (Italy) 0, Anderlecht (Belgium) 0

Group D

Borussia Dortmund (Germany) 1, Ajax (Netherlands) 0
Real Madrid (Spain) 3, Manchester City (England) 2

Reuters

Comments
  • Thabang - 2012-09-18 23:52

    Mancity playd gd game unfortnate they lost. Wat a celebration by Mourinho as if he won da final. I thnk Ronaldo is nw paying more than 12millon rand a month

      lebakeng.morobane - 2012-09-19 00:07

      CR7 scored his 151th goal in 151 apperence for Madrid, what a player he is?

      topsy.krets.180 - 2012-09-19 08:18

      dear roberto mancini and team : as you found out last year, this is not the epl . . . you with the big boys now. wait 9 years like chelsea if you want to buy the CL!

  • tokollo.moeletsi - 2012-09-19 07:21

    A great come back by Real Madrid... They never gave up. Well done to CR7 he never gave up and was rewarded with a great goal. Credit to Man City as they played well in the second half

  • thabo.malose.31 - 2012-09-19 07:27

    Man city have themselves to blame for this lose, how can you take the lead twice and not win the game let alone draw it!

      sibusiso.radebe.7503 - 2012-09-19 11:58

      And u hv 4 minites left

  • cyrus.mongol - 2012-09-19 08:21

    A very very good game last night. I think City cant be too disappointed, they did play well but after Benzema, Ozil and Modric came on it was all Madrid

  • bmaestro - 2012-09-19 09:18

    it was an exciting encounter..yaya toure was my man of the match,unfortunately he was from the losing side but he is one of the best

  • bmaestro - 2012-09-19 09:19

    mourinho stole the show with his celebration lmfao

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