Published on May 5th, 2016 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Real Madrid 1-0 Manchester City – Report & Ratings
City failed to reach their first Champions League final after an uninspiring semi-final second-leg display against Real Madrid
After a goalless draw in the first leg, the tie was very much still in the balance, however Real soon took the lead when Gareth Bale’s cross deflected off Fernando.
Fernandinho clipped the outside of the post in a rare chance for the Blues, but Real dominated as Bale hit the bar and Joe Hart saved from Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side knew they potentially only needed one away goal to progress, but appeared reluctant to go for broke in the final stages – despite being encouraged to attack by the vocal 4,500 away supporters.
The home side’s only other moment of concern came in the closing minutes when Sergio Aguero’s speculative effort flew on to the roof of the goal.
In the end Real saw out the win to meet Atletico Madrid in the final later this month, without ever really needing to break a sweat.
FT | Real 1-0 City
— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) May 4, 2016
Joe Hart – 7
Was only one of a couple of players who can leave with their dignity in tact, kept City in the game as much as he could.
Bacary Sagna – 6
Kept Jese quiet on the night but could have offered more support in the attacking department.
Vincent Kompany – 6
Lasted less than 10 minutes yet again in one of the biggest games in City’s history, looked OK up until that point.
Nicolas Otamendi – 6
Should have tried to stay on his feet more but put in a decent shift at the back.
Gael Clichy – 5
Left a huge space for Carvajal to run into in the build up to Real’s goal, could have been better in possession.
Fernando – 6
Gave Modric too much time on the ball, didn’t put as much of a shift as he normally does.
Fernandinho – 7
Came closest to scoring and was probably City’s best player, but still couldn’t come out of second gear – like the rest of the team.
Yaya Toure – 4
Wouldn’t have played if we had more options – and you can see why. Sloppy in possession and the game just seemed to pass him by.
Jesus Navas – 6
Lacked the end product yet again, but it wasn’t his fault that there were no options in the box.
Kevin De Bruyne – 4
A massively disappointing performance from the Belgian, careless in possession and couldn’t conjure up anything.
Sergio Aguero – 4
Was probably one of – if not the worst – performance he’s had in a City shirt. Apart from a thunderous strike late on it was easy to forget he was on the field.
Eliaquim Mangala – 6
Had some big boots to fill when Kompany went off and did a decent job of keeping Ronaldo quiet, but still showed some moments of poor judgement.
Raheem Sterling – 5
Brought some pace into the side and earned the Blues a couple of free kicks, but as with Navas his end product was missing again.
Kelechi Iheanacho – 5
Improved the shape of the team when he came on but otherwise didn’t have much of an effect.