City go out after Real draw

Manchester City have been eliminated from the UEFA Champions League following a 1-1 draw at home to Real Madrid.

Last Updated: 22/11/12 at 07:47 Post Comment

Karim Benzema opened the scoring on a night that sealed Manchester City's fa

Karim Benzema opened the scoring on a night that sealed Manchester City's fa

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City's slim hopes of qualification going into the game depended upon results elsewhere and the Premier League champions winning their remaining two fixtures.

That looked unlikely when Karim Benzema took advantage of slack marking from Maicon to convert Angel Di Maria's right-wing cross inside 10 minutes.

But City improved in the second half and the equaliser came from the penalty spot when Alvaro Arbeloa was adjudged to have pulled down Sergio Aguero in the box.

Arbeloa was given a red card for a second bookable offence and Aguero got up to convert the spot-kick, setting things up for an exciting finale.

There would be no fairy-tale turnaround for the home side though and they struggled to create another chance as Real held on to ensure their own passage into the last 16.

Jose Mourinho's men had appeared in the mood to wrap things up quickly as they peppered the City goal early on and Sami Khedira should have added to the lead soon after the opener.

The Germany international danced past two challenges but then delayed his shot and Joe Hart came off his line to smother the ball at the midfielder's feet.

City once again seemed uncomfortable with their 3-5-2 formation and Roberto Mancini switched to a back-four midway through the first half.

That produced a more upbeat performance and the home side carried that into their second-half display, nearly finding an equaliser just after the hour-mark when Iker Casillas denied Aguero from close range.

That equaliser did come in the end but it was not enough for City and they go out of the Champions League in the group stage for the second consecutive season.

Manchester CityTeam StatisticsReal Madrid
1Goals1
01st Half Goals1
6Shots on Target5
5Shots off Target4
2Blocked Shots5
4Corners2
21Fouls10
3Offsides7
5Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards1
84.7Passing Success73.8
18Tackles19
94.4Tackles Success78.9
65.4Possession34.6
53.9Territorial Advantage46.1
581Total Passes309
23Total Crosses12
149Lost Balls143
58Recoveries66
67.91st Half Poss.32.1
61.92nd Half Poss.38.1

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