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Wednesday, 21 November, 2012 at 2:45 p.m. ET
Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
In what is easily the most fascinating match of them all in Matchday 5, defending English champions Manchester City will look to keep their Champions League dream alive when they take on Spanish champions Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium.
The two sides played out a brilliant 3-2 Madrid victory last time they met, and since then, City haven't won a single fixture in the Champions League—picking up just two draws—to leave them on the brink of an early exit in the European competition.
They are at home, then, in a must-win match against one of the premier sides in world football. I mean, does it get any bigger than this for City this year?
They've risen to the top of the Premier League with a string of solid performances and haven't been beaten yet in the domestic competition, largely due in part to their strong home form. Granted, they haven't won at home in the Champions League yet, but having had several weeks to prepare for this one, you wonder whether Roberto Mancini's men are up for a fight.
The Citizens are missing some key players defensively, which will no doubt help Los Blancos, who really don't need any assistance in attack. City do have the firepower to fight back, but they lack the final punch to stop that last goal or get the job done against a top team, something that will ultimately prove to be their undoing in this one.
This one could be one of the best Champions League matches ever.
Manchester City 3, Real Madrid 3