Man City seize control of Real Madrid tie with stunning Bernabeu comeback in Champions League last-16

Manchester City came from behind to grab a priceless 2-1 victory over ten-man Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash.

The hosts were in control with 12 minutes remaining thanks to Isco’s strike, before two goals and a red card turned the clash on its head.

De Bruyne created one and scored the other

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De Bruyne created one and scored the other

Gabriel Jesus gave the visitors a priceless away goal on 78 minutes and things got even better when substitute Raheem Sterling was sent tumbling in the box by Dani Carvajal.

Kevin De Bruyne tucked away the resulting penalty to complete City’s stunning turnaround, as Madrid well and truly crumbled in front of their home fans.

To make matters worse, captain Sergio Ramos was sent off for a trip on Jesus, with the Brazilian bearing down on goal.

The result means Madrid need to score at least twice when they visit the Etihad on March 17.

Jesus got the goal his performance deserved

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Jesus got the goal his performance deserved

Madrid will be without Ramos, while City could be without Aymeric Laporte, who provided the one negative for Pep Guardiola by limping off injured.

Despite City having the better of it, the hosts went in front when Vinicius led the charge down the right and beat Kyle Walker to square for Isco, who slid home clinically.

Sterling and Gareth Bale entered the fray for the final quarter of the game but it was City who took charge.

Ramos will miss the second leg


Ramos will miss the second leg

De Bruyne did brilliantly on the left to beat two players and then cross for Jesus to head home the equaliser.

After missing five of their previous seven spot-kicks, City gave responsibilities to De Bruyne when Sterling was brought down – and he made no mistake.

There was still more drama as Ramos hauled down Jesus as City chased more goals, adding a 26th red card to the Spain defender’s collection.