The absence of Sergio Ramos was fatal. For the sixth time in their last seven Champions League games, Real Madrid lost. This time with the score 2-1 in the hands of Manchester City, causing the elimination of the 13-time champion of the elite European competition!
The center-back who is usually Sergio Ramos’ goalkeeper, Raphael Varane, was the cause of the two goals that Real Madrid conceded last night. In the second leg of the Champions League of the round of 16. He was very nervous on two occasions. The first time that Gabriel Jesús let himself be robbed. In the second conceded goal he allowed the Brazilian himself to steal the ball, before beating goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Another French player, Karim Benzema, made up for his mistake with a header, just 19 minutes after Raheem Sterling’s first goal conceded. But the oversight led to a second conceded goal, which was again due to Raphael Varane’s poor position.
Zinedine Zidane’s men reached the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 2-1 down and throughout the game. It seemed that the Whites would manage to overcome the score with three shots on goal throughout the first half.
But it was precisely after halftime when Pep Guardiola changed tactics with the boys of the blue team throwing more long passes, as opposed to the short pass tactic that the Catalan coach used to show. The long balls reached the Real Madrid baseline as the white players – who came down tonight in their new pink jersey – got too far ahead with the last player just before the half-court line.
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Zinedine Zidane tried to save the luck of the meringues by getting rid of three players. In the 81st minute, Lucas Vázquez, Federico Valverde and Luka Jovic replaced Dani Carvajal, Luka Modric and Eden Hazard. But it did not change the situation. Previously, Rodrygo had already retired in the 61st minute to be replaced by Zidane’s trusted player, Marco Asensio. The score remains unchanged 2-1, 4-2 on aggregate. 13-time Champions League winners Real Madrid have been eliminated from the competition. Very pathetic.
The first came when Raphael Varane, a little nervous to receive the ball from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, tried to keep the ball away from Gabriel Jesus but instead allowed the ball to be stolen and Raheem Sterling finished well. It’s still the ninth minute.
19 minutes later, Karim Benzema took revenge on his French compatriot after heading a cross from his teammate Rodrygo. Score 1-1. But midway through the second half Gabriel Jesús took advantage. Once again of Varane’s negligence to receive a long ball from behind to advance and then beat goalkeeper Courtois. After Real Madrid’s day in the Champions League this season. Score 2-1, 4-2 total.