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September 18, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ D. Skomina‎
Attendance:‬ 70381‎
 
76′ Marcelo
Edin Dzeko 69′
90′ C. Ronaldo
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Madrid 3-2 Manchester City

The night ends in misery for Roberto Mancini's men despite two shock goals as Cristiano Ronaldo's dipping effort seals a dramatic but deserved victory for Los Blancos

By Liam Twomey

  • Iker Casillas
    166
    175
    2.50

    Iker Casillas

    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.

  • Arbeloa
    172
    88
    2.50

    Arbeloa

    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.

  • Pepe
    227
    56
    3.00

    Pepe

    His covering pace stifled a number of City's attempted counterattacks, and he handled Tevez with ease during the Argentine's time on the pitch.

  • Marcelo
    368
    57
    4.00

    Marcelo Top of the Match

    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 rumours 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 equaliser.

  • Raphaël Varane
    248
    55
    2.50

    Raphaël Varane

    A surprise starter in favour of Sergio Ramos, the youngster looked assured in the face of some formidable attacking talent, but at times looked out of position, particularly as City attacked in the second half.

  • Ángel Di María
    270
    60
    3.00

    Ángel Di María

    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, but set up Benzema's equaliser well.

  • Sami Khedira
    215
    67
    3.00

    Sami Khedira

    His industry and physicality kept Silva on the periphery but, as he tired, he fatally allowed Toure more room to break from midfield.

  • Xabi Alonso
    246
    51
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso

    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.

  • Michael Essien
    249
    79
    3.00

    Michael Essien

    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. His lack of general fitness, however, lead to his withdrawal after 65 minutes.

  • C. Ronaldo
    392
    103
    3.50

    C. Ronaldo

    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.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    143
    194
    2.50

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    The Argentine was presented with a number of chances, but a combination of Hart's brilliance and his own profligacy meant he endured a barren, and ultimately frustrating, evening.

Substitutions

  • Mesut Özil
    291
    57
    2.50

    Mesut Özil

    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.

  • Luka Modric
    279
    54
    2.50

    Luka Modric

    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.

  • Karim Benzema
    338
    33
    3.50

    Karim Benzema

    Brought on as an impact substitute on 73 minutes and fulfilled the role to perfection, drilling a superb equaliser beyond Hart.

  • Joe Hart
    229
    69
    3.50

    Joe Hart

    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 defence. Unlucky to be on the losing side, although he might perhaps have done better with Ronaldo's winner.

  • Gael Clichy
    55
    139
    2.50

    Gael Clichy

    Seriously troubled by the pace, skill and trickery of Di Maria, he looked far calmer when reinforcement arrived in the form of Kolarov.

  • Maicon
    58
    172
    2.00

    Maicon

    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.

  • Vincent Kompany
    81
    230
    2.00

    Vincent Kompany Flop of the Match

    Outwitted by Ronaldo and Higuain early, and inexplicably ducked out of the way as Ronaldo's dipping shot flew past him and into the net.

  • Matija Nastasic
    96
    133
    2.00

    Matija Nastasic

    The words "baptism of fire" don't quite go far enough in describing his selection for this game. He had some hairy moments, and in the end succumbed as Benzema turned him to drill into the net.

  • David Silva
    79
    121
    3.00

    David Silva

    Showed some excellent touches, although he was never afforded the chance to showcase the class which reportedly made the Spanish giants so keen to prise him away from the Etihad Stadium.

  • Gareth Barry
    42
    136
    3.00

    Gareth Barry

    Made some important interceptions as Madrid dominated in the first half, but at times looked off the pace when the home side attacked at speed.

  • Samir Nasri
    49
    135
    2.50

    Samir Nasri

    Had very little time to make any sort of impact before a suspected hamstring injury forced his withdrawal 37 minutes in.

  • Yaya Touré
    264
    49
    3.50

    Yaya Touré

    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.

  • Javi García
    86
    101
    3.00

    Javi García

    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 defence.

  • Carlos Tévez
    84
    140
    2.50

    Carlos Tévez

    Industrious as ever, but a chronic lack of service meant most of his efforts were in vain.

Substitutions

  • Aleksandar Kolarov
    172
    59
    3.00

    Aleksandar Kolarov

    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.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    48
    127
    2.50

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Replaced the disastrous Maicon, but fared little better up against Ronaldo, allowing the Portuguese to cut inside and smash home the winner.

  • Edin Dzeko
    243
    47
    3.50

    Edin Dzeko

    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.

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