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Sterling clinch dramatic win for Man City, Ronaldo leaves Madrid empty handed

February 21, 2019 1:41 am

Late goals from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling gave Manchester City a 3-2 win at Schalke 04 in their Champions League round of 16 first leg on Wednesday, that put the English side in the driving seat.

Substitute Sane scored against his former club with a sensational free kick in the 86th, after Nabil Bentaleb converted two spot-kicks in the 38th and 45th minutes to put Schalke ahead.

Sergio Aguero had given City the lead in the 18th, and the English champions were left with 10 men in the 68th minute when Nicolas Otamendi was sent off following a second booking.

City, who have conceded at least two goals in six of their seven games in the Champions League knockout stages under Pep Guardiola, will also be without yellow-carded Fernandinho for the return leg in Manchester on March 12.

 

Ronaldo leaves Madrid empty-handed as Atletico dispatch Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League mission with Juventus stalled on Wednesday as Atletico Madrid secured a deserved 2-0 victory from a thrilling first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Ronaldo returned to the Spanish capital, where he enjoyed unprecedented success in this tournament with Real. But it was their rivals celebrating at the final whistle, as goals from Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin put Atletico within sight of the quarter-finals.

This was a victory that Diego Simeone’s side fully deserved.

Antoine Griezmann had hit the crossbar, while VAR twice intervened, correctly, in Juve’s favour – cancelling a first-half penalty for a foul on Diego Costa, and then ruling out an Alvaro Morata header shortly before Gimenez struck.

Juve are certainly not dead and buried yet, particularly given Costa and Thomas Partey will both be suspended for the return in Turin after each picked up yellow cards. But the failure to score an away goal, and their clear inferiority for much of the second half, does not bode well for their hopes of a comeback.

Defeat in the last-16 for either team would be unthinkable, for Atletico – who know the final will be played here at their own stadium on June 1, the perfect chance to wrestle the trophy off Real in the very city they share.

And for Juventus, whose wait for Europe’s premier prize has now entered its 23rd year, when expectations are higher than ever, given they now boast the tournament’s most prolific ever player.

Ronaldo, though, endured a disappointing night, suffocated from the outset as he was clattered by Godin and then outmuscled by Juanfran down the left.

Author: Sports Writer

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