Sport: Tops / Flops Manchester City-Real Madrid: Sterling-De Bruyne in all the right moves, the sinking of Varane

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  Tops/Flops Manchester City-Real Madrid : Sterling-De Bruyne dans tous les bons coups, le naufrage de Varane © Panoramic Tops

The Sterling-De Bruyne duo Certainly the two best players on the citizens side. The first opened the scoring on a big mistake by Rafael Varane (we will come back to this), the second increased the openings for his attackers while remaining a constant danger for the Madrilenians. Raheem Sterling has scored his 31st goal this season, his 6th in the Champions League. To this shocking duo, we can also add Gabriel Jesus who was able to take advantage of a second error by Varane to seal the fate of this hitherto undecided meeting

Benzema, despite everything Somewhat isolated within an amputated team of his captain, Sergio Ramos, suspended, the French striker was one of the rare dangers for the English defense, also regularly borrowed. Wearing the armband this Friday at the Etihad Stadium, Benzema scored his 27th goal this season, his 5th in the Champions League.

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Ederson, a last effective bulwark The Brazilian goalkeeper was once again very good, making two excellent saves almost in quick succession in the first period on attempts by Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard. Shot on the head of the same Benzema, Ederson is credited with a full game.

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Rafael Varane, the castaway Patron of the Madrid defense in the absence of suspended Sergio Ramos, the Frenchman went completely through. Fault on Sterling's goal by losing a ball in his area on a pressing from Gabriel Jesus, he offered the qualification to the Citizens in the second half by missing a header to his goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois. A godsend that Gabriel Jesus did not fail to convert into a goal. Certainly one of the world's worst outings for a long time! "I want to stand up because in my eyes, this defeat is for me", he admitted at the microphone of the Spanish channel Movistar.

Varane does his mea culpa

 Varane does his mea culpa © Supplied by Sports.fr varane Raphaël Varane did not hide after his two huge mistakes against Manchester City, which precipitated the elimination of Real Madrid in the round of 16 of the League champions. Nightmarish evening for Raphaël Varane . The French defender, associated with Eder Militao in the absence of Sergio Ramos, was completely off his pumps, Friday night in the knockout stages of the Champions League between Manchester City and Real Madrid (2-1) .

First failure for Zidane Unbeaten so far in a knockout match with Real, Zinédine Zidane ended up biting the dust. A failure it can be said resounding as Guardiola's City qualified on the guilty wanderings of the Madrid defense. It is also the second time in a row that the Merengues have come out in the round of 16 of C1.

Central defenses at bay If the central defensive axis of Real (Varane-Militao) was catastrophic, what about the Fernandinho-Laporte association on the Citizens side, even if the first city is clearly the weak link of this duo battered by several taken again by Benzema but also by Rodrygo (on the equalizer of Real) and by Eden Hazard, especially in the first period. It's not for nothing that Pep Guardiola intends to strengthen this sector during the offseason.


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