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“A regal display from City’s king playmaker” – Full player ratings as Man City dump Real Madrid out of the Champions League

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 22:05, 7 August 2020

In a bold night of football, Manchester City beat Real Madrid 2-1 at an empty Etihad in the Champions League.

The result was Zinedine Zidane’s first-ever defeat in a Champions League knockout tie as manager (and assistant manager) and sees Pep Guardiola’s men head into a quarter-final tie against Lyon.

Here’s how the players rated at the Etihad Stadium:

Manchester City

Ederson – 6 – Saved well when he had to.

Kyle Walker – 7 – Great attacking runs, defended well.

Fernandinho – 7 – A confident display at the back. Marshalled Madrid’s forwards so well.

Aymeric Laporte – 7 – Poor defending for Madrid’s goal ruined an otherwise quality night from City’s colossus.

Joao Cancelo – 6 – Some incessantly bright attacking play but woeful defending for Madrid’s opener.

Rodrigo – 8 – Screened his defence superbly and imposed himself well on the Madrid midfield. A massive pass forward led to City’s winner.

Ilkay Gundogan – 8 – Lovely interplay all night long, but ruined a great chance to score with a poor pass to Sterling.

Kevin De Bruyne – 9 – A regal display from Man City’s king playmaker. Madrid couldn’t lay a finger on him all night long as he was constantly moving the ball into dangerous areas and keeping his side on the front-foot. Everything good City did ran through him as he held court over the Etihad. Kept trying to score from corners.

Raheem Sterling – 8 – Scored the opening goal and tortured the Madrid defence with his pressing and movement. Could have scored a second when played in. Moved to the left second-half and looked a true danger every time he touched the ball.

Phil Foden – 6 – An incredibly bright performance full of pressing and movement. He excelled at false nine but was a bit quieter in the second-half. Subbed off with 23 to play.

Gabriel Jesus – 8 – As in the first-leg the Brazilian worked his socks off on the left in the first-half, then changed to centre-forward at the interval and bagged a crucial goal. This time it was a stupendously deft finish to that crucified Madrid.

Substitutes:

Bernardo Silva (for Foden 67′) – 6 – Instantly added a ferocious cutting edge to City. Wasted a few good chances.

David Silva (for Sterling 81′) – 5 – An emotional final appearance at the Etihad

Nico Otamendi (for Rodrygo 89′) – n/a – Came on late.

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Real Madrid

Thibaut Courtois – 5 – Some supreme saves when called on but ropey with the ball at his feet. Questionable decision-making for City’s winner but really had no protection from his defence.

Dani Carvajal – 5 – Handled Jesus well but got cooked by Sterling in the second-half. Covered supremely on occasion.

Raphael Varane – 2 – Awful mistake early on, got pressed into giving the ball away for City’s opener. Then another awful mistake handed City their winner. Then a third awful mistake almost led to a third City goal. Looked all at sea without Ramos guiding him.

Eder Militao – 6 – Had some hairy moments in possession but defended well.

Ferland Mendy – 6 – Defended his flank well but couldn’t offer anything in attack.

Casemiro – 6 – Covered for his midfield partners well but as with all his team-mates was sloppy in possession. Got nowhere near De Bruyne all night long.

Luka Modric – 4 – Couldn’t control the game or even have an influence. Very much looked his age.

Toni Kroos – 4 – Was overwhelmed defensively. Did surprisingly little with the ball.

Rodrygo – 6 – A largely quiet night for the young Brazilian, though he did have a couple of lovely runs – including a sublime assist for Madrid’s equaliser. Subbed off early.

Eden Hazard – 4 – A nice pass for Benzema in the first-half was all you’d have to know he was on the pitch. Depressingly anonymous.

Karim Benzema – 7 – Looked a threat every time he touched the ball in the final third (he just didn’t get to do that often enough). Still, he pulled off a spectacular header to equalise for Real Madrid.

Substitutes:

Marco Asensio (for Rodrygo 61′) – 5 – Added some drive but couldn’t impact the game.

Lucas Vázquez (for Carvajal 83′) – n/a – Came on late.

Fede Valverde (for Modric 83′) – n/a – Came on late.

Luka Jovic (for Hazard 83′) – n/a – Came on late.