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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Real Madrid 3 Man City 2: A mad, sad end as Ronaldo grabs last-minute winner


Hero: Ronaldo scores the winner for Real Madrid as they beat Manchester City at home

If Cristiano Ronaldo was feeling rather sad before this astonishing Champions League encounter, he certainly managed to make a few other people miserable here at the Santiago Bernabeu.
His victims, on this occasion, were Manchester City, a team who had battled to within touching distance of a precious point only to succumb to the genius of the Portuguese predator with little more than 60 seconds of this contest remaining.
Jose Mourinho was so ecstatic he slid across the grass on his expensively tailored knees while Joe Hart and his colleagues sank to theirs, utterly crushed by the insane brutality of football at this level

Winner: Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring for Real Madrid in the dying seconds

Ronaldo’s winning goal marked the conclusion of a mind-blowing 21 minutes that produced five goals and the full spectrum of emotions for the 90,000 spectators inside this wonderful arena.
But what made it all the more painful for the English champions was the fact that those 21 minutes had suggested they were starting to get the hang of European football.

For the first half they continued to look like novices. A Ferrari? Unless they have started putting their famous prancing horse on buses, Mancini would have struggled to argue that he was at the wheel of such a vehicle during a torturous first 45 minutes for his team.
Mourinho certainly would have accused them of parking something more substantial in front of Hart’s goal, and the statistics published by UEFA told their own story. Real had enjoyed 74 per cent of the ball, unleashing 16 attempts on goal with only one in reply from the visitors.
That the score remained level at the interval was some achievement, but it was one that owed much to the brilliance and bravery of Joe Hart and some fine defensive football from Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic. In fact, until he was partly at fault for Real’s second goal, the Serb had enjoyed quite a debut for City.

Kneesy does it: Jose Mourinho celebrates Real Madrid's late winner

Stunned: Roberto Mancini watched his Manchester City side twice throw away the lead

Kompany’s night ended on a low note, too. Hart might have blamed himself for Ronaldo’s decisive goal but replays suggested City’s captain ducked out of the way of the shot.
In fairness to the Belgian defender, he had spent much of the night prior to that performing two roles — that of full back as well as centre half in the absence of a certain Brazilian called Maicon.
City’s new right back looked as uncomfortable against Ronaldo as he had against Gareth Bale in this competition for Inter Milan two seasons ago. Maicon did not need a bus. Someone had already called him another taxi.

Gutted: The Manchester City defence are stunned by Ronaldo's late goal

Can't believe it: Joe Hart is dejected after Manchester City conceded two late goals in Madrid

Can't believe it: Joe Hart is dejected after Manchester City conceded two late goals in Madrid

Mancini eventually hooked him for Pablo Zabaleta but by then the City manager had already made a more drastic change, sending on Aleksandar Kolarov as a replacement for the injured Samir Nasri and switching to a five-man defence after only 35 minutes.
In such testing circumstances it proved an effective reshuffle. If Madrid had dominated the first half, the final statistics reflected far better on Mancini’s men by the end. Over the duration of the match they had a far more respectable 43 per cent of the ball, completing 277 passes to Madrid’s 382.
Where they struggled with Madrid’s high- intensity passing game before the break, they coped much better afterwards. Madrid remained the more threatening but with Kompany now dealing with Ronaldo the visitors were beginning to play with more composure.

Opener: Manchester City's Edin Dzeko puts his side in front against Real Madrid (above) and celebrates (below)

Their opening goal, scored after 69 minutes, was evidence of that. Yaya Toure had impressed with a couple of surging runs in the first half but when he won the ball in midfield again and spotted Edin Dzeko breaking forward down the left flank he made this one count. The pass was perfectly weighted, the finish from Dzeko just as impressive.
It was an advantage that would survive just eight minutes, Madrid finally breaking down a resilient City defence with a deflected curling strike from Marcelo. Had it not been for the inadvertent intervention of Javi Garcia, Hart might well have made the save.

Beaten: Hart can't get a hand to Marcelo's equaliser for Real Madrid

Leveller: Marcelo scored Real Madrid's first equaliser after his shot was deflected in

Mourinho had sprung one or two surprises with his selection. Michael Essien ahead of Luka Modric and Mesut Ozil was one, as was the omission of Sergio Ramos, who was clearly paying for challenging his manager’s authority at the weekend. If Madrid’s ‘captains’ think they have power and influence at this football club, it seems to count for very little with Mourinho.
But with the arrival of Ozil, Modric and Karim Benzema in the second half came the flair and finesse that was needed to not only avoid defeat but secure a stunning victory. Defeat seemed to be a very real possibility when City snatched the lead for a second time when a free-kick from Kolarov took enough of a deflection off the otherwise outstanding Xabi Alonso to bounce beyond the reach of a diving Iker Casillas.
In the players now on the field, however, Mourinho had enough firepower to fight back.

Back in front: Aleksandar Kolarov surprised the Madrid defence with his free kick

Strike: Manchester City's Aleksander Kolarov (centre) scored a free kick to put his side back in front

It was extraordinary, even if Nastasic will be furious with himself for allowing Benzema the space to turn on Angel di Maria’s pass and guide a delightful right-foot shot past Hart.
Zabaleta, too, will know he should have got closer to Ronaldo and Kompany will wince when he sees that replay of the winning goal that followed.
For Mancini to blame Hart afterwards was harsh. He might have been slightly at fault but he probably expected his skipper to get in the way first.
Nevertheless, the mastery of Ronaldo should also be acknowledged — by those who appreciate him, anyway.

Winning start: Real Madrid celebrate their Champions League success

source: dailymail

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