Manchester City 1 Real Madrid 1 – City bow out of Champions League
Roberto Mancini has once again failed to steer Manchester City beyond the group stage of the Champions League and the Italian will hope that the club’s owners are more tolerant than Roman Abramovich who axed Roberto Di Matteo on Wednesday morning.
November 21st, 2012
Mancini is unlikely to be given his marching orders considering his team won the Premier League title in May, although questions will be asked as to how the English champions have fallen some way short of making the last sixteen of this competition even if they were once again handed a tough group.
City’s chances of getting out of the section had already been severely reduced after taking just two points from their opening four matches making the game against the Spanish champions must-win and it was Real that came out of the traps flying with Karim Bezema scoring after ten minutes.
The Frenchman scored past Joe Hart at point-blank range after Maicon was caught out of position, with Cristiano Ronaldo coming close to lobbing Hart shortly afterwards only to be thwarted.
Mancini started the game with a defensive 3-5-2 formation although was forced to change things after the break with his team still a goal down and the addition of Carlos Tevez brought more attacking zest.
Sergio Aguero was felled by Alvaro Arbeloa and the Argentine converted the spot kick to set up a grand stand finish, although City were once again unable to win a Champions League home match and Real Madrid will go through along with Borussia Dortmund.