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Man City beat Real to reach UCL quarter final

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Manchester City finished off the job they started back in February by deservedly overcoming Real Madrid to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Pep Guardiola’s side will now face Lyon in the new one-game knockout format in Lisbon, having inflicted Zinedine Zidane’s first elimination from the Champions League after winning the tournament three times.

It was a win City fully merited as their intense pressing game forced Real into mistakes, with France World Cup winning defender Raphael Varane unable to cope with the pressing of Gabriel Jesus in particular.

He robbed Varane to set up Raheem Sterling in the ninth minute but Karim Benzema’s towering header before half-time set up the possibility of a tense second period.

City, though, created the better opportunities in an excellent performance as Real missed the leadership and nous of central defender Sergio Ramos, suspended after being sent off in the first leg.

Without Ramos alongside him, Varane made another error when his headed back-pass fell short of Thibaut Courtois to allow the lurking Gabriel Jesus to pounce in the game’s decisive moment after 68 minutes.

Vincent Paul

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