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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Totally anonymous in the first half and his withdrawal for Tevez after an hour was no surprise.
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.
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.
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.
Too strong for Dzeko most of the time and even got forward on the counter now and again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a mostly defensive mindset, the former Liverpool midfielder was notable for his covering for attacking full-backs and solid positioning.
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.
Á. 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.
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.
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.