The first leg between Manchester City and Real Madrid finished 0-0. A goalless draw which makes the second leg exciting. Both team were more careful to not concede than trying to score.Manchester City
First eleven: Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy, Fernandinho, Fernando, Navas, De Bruyne, Silva, Aguero.
Substitutes: Caballero, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Delph, Mangala, Sterling, Iheanacho.Real Madrid
First eleven: Navas, Carjaval, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Bale, Benzema, Lucas.
Substitutes: Casilla, Varane, Danilo, Kovacic, Rodriguez, Isco, Jese.
The final result:
|MAC||0 - 0||RMA|
It was a mostly actionless first half, Real Madrid's most important player, Ronaldo didn't play because of an injury and it was visible that Real Madrid missed him. Manchester City even though tried to control the game, they couldn't create really dangerous situations, the most active player was De Bruyne. David Silva had to come off 5 minutes before half time after an injury and Iheanacho replaced him. Real pushed in the last few minutes but without success.
The second half was much like the first one, without much action from either teams. Still, City goalkeeper Joe Hart was man of the match, producing fine reflex stops from Casemiro and Pepe, while Jese also hit the bar as the visitors upped the tempo in the latter stages. City held on to give themselves a fighting chance heading into next week's second leg at the Bernabeu although the watching Ronaldo, who unexpectedly failed a fitness test, will hope to feature and this would give Real more options in attack.
It will be an interesting second leg in Madrid, Manchester City has no chance to win the Premier League while Real Madrid still fights for the La Liga title, which could make the difference.