A glorified spectator for most of the evening, yet he could do nothing to prevent Dzeko giving City a shock opener or Kolarov restoring the hosts' advantage.
A surprise starter in favor of Xabi Alonso, the youngster looked assured in the face of some formidable attacking talent.
The visitors' lack of threat in wide areas allowed him to play most of the match as an auxiliary winger - some would say his best role. Despite rumors of a private feud, he combined well with Ronaldo and gave Maicon a torrid evening. Looked his side's likeliest goal threat after the break, and deserved his deflected equalizer.
Caught out of position a couple of times when Kolarov chanced to venture forward, but the Serb's poor delivery ensured he never paid the price.
His covering pace stifled a number of City's attempted counterattacks, and he handled Tevez with ease. If only he played with such calmness all the time.
His stunning passing range was in evidence again, switching the ball from flank to flank with ease and keeping City on the ropes for the majority of the evening.
His industry and physicality kept Silva on the periphery but, as he tired, he fatally allowed Toure more room to break from midfield.
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His work rate, pace and skill gave Clichy trouble in the opening exchanges, and only his own poor shooting prevented him getting his reward. His influence dwindled after Kolarov's introduction, though.
Not quite the implacable beast of old, but this was a promising display in which he largely kept City's creative talents firmly in check until his withdrawal after 65 minutes.
The Argentine enjoyed a number of chances, but a combination of Hart's brilliance and his own profligacy meant he endured a barren evening.
If he is unhappy in Madrid, he certainly didn't show it. Rampant in the early stages, only Hart kept him off the scoresheet until the 89th minute, when he unleashed a devilish dipping winner.
The only reason his team withstood an early Real Madrid barrage. Made brilliant saves to deny Ronaldo and Higuain, and provided a reassuring presence at the heart of an uncertain defense. Unlucky to be on the losing side, although he might perhaps have done better with Ronaldo's winner.
Seriously troubled by the pace, skill and trickery of Di Maria, he looked far calmer when reinforcement arrived in the form of Kolarov.
Faced with one of the hardest tasks in football in stopping Ronaldo, he failed more miserably than anyone could have predicted. Embarrassed time and again by the Portuguese superstar and whoever else chose to take him on, his mind must have drifted back to Gareth Bale and that tortuous evening at White Hart Lane two years ago.
The words "baptism of fire" don't quite go far enough in describing his selection for this game. He had some hairy moments, but on the whole the young Serb handled his opponents - and the occasion - as well as could be expected.
Outwitted by Ronaldo and Higuain early, he marshaled his defense with greater authority as the evening wore on. Turned too easily by Benzema for the Madrid equalizer though.
Roughed up by a muscular Madrid midfield, he was never afforded the chance to showcase the class which reportedly made the Spanish giants so keen to take him away from the Etihad Stadium.
Starved of possession early on, he grew into the contest and his awesome driving runs provided City's most likely hope of a goal. Eventually, on 68 minutes, one did, but his night ended in misery anyway.
Had very little time to make any sort of impact before a suspected hamstring injury forced his withdrawal 37 minutes in.
Once again looked too slow for the very top level, getting caught on the ball and arriving late in the challenge. He made a couple of decent interceptions, but that was about it.
A slightly more effective shielding presence than Barry, but Madrid's tendency to attack down the flanks rather than through the middle limited his ability to protect his defense.
Industrious as ever, but a chronic lack of service meant most of his efforts were in vain.
Replaced Khedira with just over 15 minutes left, and his assured touch and awareness played it's own part in his side's remarkable comeback.
Came on for Essien on 65 minutes and added more creativity and vision to the Madrid attack, but his introduction also helped create the space for Dzeko's opener.
Brought on as an impact substitute on 73 minutes and fulfilled the role to perfection, curling a superb equaliser beyond Hart.
Chosen as Nasri's replacement to give his team greater width and defensive solidity, he did manage to help Clichy restrict Di Maria, but poor decision-making meant he contributed little to his side's forays forward. His curling free kick looked to have given his side an unlikely victory, but it wasn't to be.
Replaced the disastrous Maicon, but fared little better up against Ronaldo, allowing the Portuguese to cut inside and smash home the winner.
Brought on to give his side greater cutting edge, and took his chance with aplomb on 68 minutes. Unfortunately for his team, it wasn't enough.