Manchester City produced a terrific late turnaround to seize control of their Champions League last – tie against Real Madrid with a memorable win in the Bernabeu.
Isco’s strike had given the Spaniards the lead midway through the second half, but a header from Gabriel Jesus levelled the scores before Kevin De Bruyne put pay to City’s penalty hoodoo with a composed finish as Madrid imploded, with captain Sergio Ramos sent off five minutes from time.
Zinedine Zidane raised a few eyebrows by leaving the likes of Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale on the bench as Brazilian teenager Vinicius Jr. was handed the chance to impress.
That was nothing, however, compared to the surprise that greeted Pep Guardiola’s team selection, as stalwarts Sergio Aguero and David Silva were left on the bench, where they were joined by Raheem Sterling on his return from injury.
The intrigue extend to City’s shape, with Gabriel Jesus deployed on the left of midfield and Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva operating as a pair of false nines.
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