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November 21, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ G. Rocchi‎
Attendance:‬ 45740‎
 
73′ (PG) Sergio Agüero
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester City 1-1 Real Madrid

A defensive horror show in the opening 20 minutes deserved more punishment for City than Benzema's lone goal but the introduction of Javi Garcia saved the hosts tactically

By George Ankers

  • Joe Hart
    49
    39
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    His very audible swearing as Madrid took the lead was justified as the defence in front of him fell asleep. Reacted well on occasion when Khedira skipped past the back line.

  • Maicon
    27
    66
    2.00

    Maicon

    Unforgivably lax in letting Benzema run past him for the opening goal and generally hapless as a wing-back but firmed up more when City switched to four at the back.

  • Vincent Kompany
    31
    65
    2.00

    Vincent Kompany

    Torn apart in the first 20 minutes by Ronaldo as his struggles this season continued. Should have been booked late on, resorting to cynical physicality as he kept being outpaced.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    26
    56
    2.50

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Unfairly booked for a perfectly legitimate challenge on Di Maria, the Argentine made a much better left-back than substituted specialist Kolarov when moved there after the first quarter.

  • Aleksandar Kolarov
    27
    65
    1.50

    Aleksandar Kolarov

    Did not even offer a token challenge to prevent the cross for Benzema’s goal. Pushed into midfield as City reshaped but no surprise to see him sacrificed at half-time, having shown precious little at either end.

  • Matija Nastasic
    37
    52
    2.50

    Matija Nastasic

    Conceded multiple fouls when going forward for set-pieces and bunched up with his fellow centre-backs for Benzema's goal. The youngster compares evenly with his more experienced colleagues, however.

  • Samir Nasri
    20
    78
    2.00

    Samir Nasri

    Totally anonymous in the first half and his withdrawal for Tevez after an hour was no surprise.

  • David Silva
    80
    29
    3.00

    David Silva

    At the heart of City's brightening-up after half-time, linking with Aguero well, but faded slightly. Booked for a clumsy tackle on Benzema.

  • Yaya Touré
    24
    62
    2.00

    Yaya Touré

    Left completely isolated early on by Mancini’s formation and the tag-team of Modric and Khedira ran rampant as a result. Given more license to go forward after Garcia's introduction but never sparked into life. Lashed out stupidly at Ronaldo to pick up a yellow that will see him miss the Dortmund game.

  • Edin Dzeko
    41
    83
    1.50

    Edin Dzeko Flop of the Match

    On the wrong wavelength completely, all the Bosnian did up front was get in the way in the first half. Perked up very slightly in the second but still guilty of wasting a chance for a winner with 10 minutes left.

  • Sergio Agüero
    63
    40
    3.00

    Sergio Agüero

    His long run back to tackle Ronaldo was the highlight of the opening 45 minutes for the home crowd but events, and Aguero himself, got better in the second half. Wasted a couple of counterattacking chances but put away the penalty well in the absence of Balotelli. Taken off late on.

Substitutions

  • James Milner
    25
    39

    James Milner

    A late arrival as Mancini looked for his fresh legs to exploit the visitors' 10 men - there wasn't time to do so.

  • Javi García
    43
    38
    3.50

    Javi García

    A vitally important introduction tactically. Lessened Modric's huge influence and allowed his side a platform to attack. Did well just by being on the pitch.

  • Carlos Tévez
    39
    48
    3.00

    Carlos Tévez

    Threatened in patches after coming on for the final half-hour, having one left-footed shot saved by Casillas.

  • Iker Casillas
    93
    19
    4.00

    Iker Casillas

    Had almost nothing to do in the first half but reminded all of his quality in the second with a quite superb point-blank block from Aguero's finish.

  • Pepe
    64
    27
    3.50

    Pepe

    Too strong for Dzeko most of the time and even got forward on the counter now and again.

  • Sergio Ramos
    60
    26
    3.50

    Sergio Ramos

    Alert at the back, shutting down early City attacks in the minutes before Benzema broke through. Picked up his customary yellow card but generally more aware than the home forwards.

  • Fabio Coentrao
    53
    25
    3.00

    Fabio Coentrao

    With most of City's threat coming centrally, the Portuguese could focus on trying to break down the left but did not often get too far. An important block from Maicon when the Brazilian went forward late on, though.

  • Arbeloa
    35
    52
    3.00

    Arbeloa

    Some unsavoury exaggeration of challenges and deservedly booked in the first half. The penalty decision that prompted his second yellow, however, was far less clear. Unlucky.

  • Sami Khedira
    56
    29
    3.50

    Sami Khedira

    Pushed up and pressed with vital energy to help overrun the City midfield in the early stages and, with a slightly lighter first touch, should have put Madrid two up when he darted past the snoozing back line. By the second period, though, he was making something of a habit of squandering half-decent chances.

  • Xabi Alonso
    63
    18
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso

    In a mostly defensive mindset, the former Liverpool midfielder was notable for his covering for attacking full-backs and solid positioning.

  • Luka Modric
    157
    63
    4.00

    Luka Modric Top of the Match

    For too long had the freedom of the City in the vast spaces between the three home centre-backs and their advanced midfielders. From early on, his vision, mobility and eye for a pass were evident as he showed the Premier League what it is missing. The effective introduction of Javi Garcia reduced his space and he was replaced by Callejon with 20 minutes left.

  • Ángel Di María
    54
    32
    2.50

    Ángel Di María

    The least threatening of Madrid's attackers but did a good job of drawing fouls from a frustrated home side. Trudged off in the final minutes after a quiet game.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    137
    55
    3.50

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Roasted Kompany on several occasions but perhaps became overconfident as a result - the underhit chip that was cleared off the line might have been more clinical if City were in a more competitive mood, one felt. Incessantly booed by his former club's rival fans and did not quite get his moment to shut them up but still looked potent.

  • Karim Benzema
    89
    23
    3.50

    Karim Benzema

    Could hardly have had it easier in opening the scoring but he constantly looked to expose the defence with his early runs. Often it just saw him called offside instead. Taken off as Mourinho reshuffled after the red card, having done his job but not truly shined.

Substitutions

  • Raphaël Varane
    42
    17
    3.00

    Raphaël Varane

    Brought on after Madrid went down to 10 men and held his ground well enough.

  • Raúl Albiol
    33
    17

    Raúl Albiol

    A very late substitute for Di Maria.

  • José Callejón
    36
    23
    2.50

    José Callejón

    His impact on the counter was limited as Madrid's game became focused on holding the point following Arbeloa's dismissal.

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