Manchester City 2-1 Real Madrid – PLAYER RATINGS: Gabriel Jesus stars

Manchester City 2-1 Real Madrid (4-2) – PLAYER RATINGS: Tremendous effort from Gabriel Jesus helps inspire Pep Guardiola’s side to the quarter finals of the Champions League while it is a horrible night for Raphael Varane

Manchester City advanced to the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid, winning 4-2 on aggregate.

Raheem Sterling scored the opener for the hosts before Karim Benzema got one back, but it was a wonderful goal from Gabriel Jesus that helped seal the tie. 

Sportsmail’s Jack Gaughan gives his verdict on the players as Champions League football returned.

Manchester City advanced to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a 2-1 victory

Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus scored the goals as City got the victory over Real Madrid


Ederson – 6.5

Not his busiest night but made some smart stops when called upon. Authoritatively came to collect the majority of crosses.

Kyle Walker – 8

Very energetic display and gave Real something else to think about when drifting into the middle of midfield.

Fernandinho – 6

Will look back on Karim Benzema’s goal and feel he might have attacked the cross with more gusto. Looked like a man short on games.

Aymeric Laporte – 6

Felt like earlier in the season when Laporte was carrying the back four and did struggle to deal with balls over the top.

Joao Cancelo – 5.5

Lazy defending in the build-up to Real’s equaliser, allowing Rodrygo to glide beyond him far too easily.

Full-back Joao Cancelo was lazy in the build-up to Karim Benzema’s equaliser for Real Madrid

Kevin De Bruyne – 7

Given even more freedom than normal and is so threatening when he stretches his legs. Always on the cusp of producing something special.

Rodri – 6

Barely wastes a pass and completed 98 per cent of them in the first half. Might wanted to engage a little more defensively, however.

Ilkay Gundogan – 7

May have seemed another passive display but Gundogan knitted City together nicely. Calm and assured.

Raheem Sterling – 8

Composed finish to set City on their way after smart movement. Not often he starts off the right these days but looked at home.

Kevin De Bruyne was given even more freedom than normal and was threatening throughout

Phil Foden – 6.5

Unfamiliar false nine position for the youngster, whose diligent running always offers City with an added dimension in an attacking sense.

Gabriel Jesus – 8.5

Won a huge number of headers and put a real shift in for the team again. Tremendous effort from the Brazilian, who made the opener. Deserved his goal.


Bernardo Silva (for Foden, 67) – 6

David Silva (for Sterling 81)

Nicolas Otamendi (for Rodri, 89)

Subs not used: Bravo, Stones, Zinchenko, Mahrez, Garcia, Doyle, Harwood-Bellis, Palmer, Bernabe

Manager: Pep Guardiola – 7

Guardiola’s decision to shake up his front three had the desired effect. City ought to have taken advantage of that more than they did.

Pep Guardiola’s decision to change his team’s  front three proved to be the right decision 


Thibaut Courtois – 6.5

A few worrying moments but a huge save to deny Sterling moments after half-time kept Real in the second leg.

Dani Carvajal – 6

Good reading of situations at times stopped City from opening Real up. That was a different story when Sterling switch to his wing though.

Raphael Varane – 4

Horrendous, and hugely uncharacteristic, mistake to gift City the first goal. And then another for the second. A horrible night.

Eder Militao – 5.5

A nervous start, and some lapses in concentration, but composed himself in much the same way as his team did as a whole.

Ferland Mendy – 6

Dispossessed in dangerous situations, although stood up to the task of marking Sterling relatively well before the break.

Raphael Varane made a rare howler which contributed to Manchester City’s opening goal

Toni Kroos – 6.5

Was the most likely to pierce the City back line with a moment of genius. Not given too much time to settle by the hosts.

Casemiro – 6.5

Supreme at breaking up play and just getting in the way when required. Probably the finest at that in world football. Gifted possession away though.

Luka Modric – 5.5

Very, very quiet. Not a game when Real were ever going to dominate the football yet Modric must surely have expected to become more involved.

Rodrygo – 7

Terrific movement and cross for Benzema and a threat when given space to run in to. Pace in behind always a threat.

Karim Benzema – 7.5

Fabulous movement as he headed the equaliser. Generally occupied both centre halves, which should have allowed others to flourish from midfield.

Eden Hazard – 6

Did not appear match fit initially. Grew into the game with a number of incisive balls when coming off the left but then faded again.

Eden Hazard struggled to influence the game and did not appear match-fit at the start

Karim Benzema’s goal gave Real Madrid a little hope but they could not find a second goal


Marco Asensio (for Rodrygo, 61) – 6

Federico Valverde (for Modric, 83)

Luka Jovic (for Hazard, 83)

Lucas Vasquez (for Carvajal, 83)

Subs not used: Areola, Altube, Nacho, Marcelo, Brahim, Isco, Vinicius, Javi

Manager: Zinedine Zidane – 6

Zidane was let down by dim-witted defending early on and that changed the complexion of the second leg.

Referee: Felix Brych – 5

Some very strange decisions, particularly a refusal to blow for free-kicks when both teams broke through midfield.

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