Real Madrid vs. Manchester City: EPL Side Misses Prime Chance to Down Madrid

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 19, 2012

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 18:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates scoring his sides winning goal during the UEFA Champions League group D match between Real Madrid and Manchester City FC at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 18, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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This was supposed to be the year Manchester City defeated Real Madrid in Champions League play.

Approximately £1.6 billion was pumped into the club over the last four years, which helped City win the Premier League crown last season.

It all was going to plan with City leading 2-1 with three minutes remaining.

And then it happened.

In a wild ending, Karim Benzema scored a fantastic goal in the 87th minute, then none other than Cristiano Ronaldo swung it home with some English into the right-bottom corner of the net in the 90th minute, leaving City stunned and heartbroken.

It came so suddenly, so emphatically, that it seemed too unreal for it to be nothing more than a nightmare for City.

Well, it was a nightmare, but it came in the form of reality.

When you looked at the match more closely, however, it was a miracle that City was ahead with three minutes to go. Madrid outshot City 35-10 in the match, including 12 shots on goal. Madrid also held the ball for 55 percent of the game.

A large part of that was due to City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who made nine saves, including some beauties against Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain. Although it appeared he could have done a better job with Ronaldo's game-winner, the ball did have some English on it. It must have been a crushing defeat for the 25-year-old, who played out of his mind for most of the match.

This is the kind of contest that has a chance of propelling Madrid and taking the wind out of City's sails. It was such a dramatic, emotional ending that one couldn't blame City if the side loses its way after this.


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