Murder On Zidane’s floor as City fail to show up

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Manuel Pellegrini laments a missed opportunity

MANCHESTER CITY exited the Champions League on Wednesday May 4 after a listless performance in the Bernabeu saw Real Madrid stroll to a 1-0 victory.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side was uninspired throughout the match and although there is no shame in losing to Madrid, they did not even manage to muster a shot on target.

Following the uneventful 0-0 draw in the first leg, City again lacked pace and energy, and they suffered a huge blow as captain Vincent Kompany was forced off inside the opening 10 minutes, while Yaya Toure failed to provide the required presence in midfield on his return.

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Gareth Bale made the breakthrough in the 20th minute, as his attempted cross deflected off the lunging Fernando to spin over Joe Hart and into the top corner.

City were unable to drag themselves back into the tie, and in truth Madrid could have scored more, with Joe Hart producing a couple of smart saves from Ronaldo, and Bale hitting the post in the second half.

The final in Milan on May 28 will thus be an all-Madrid affair, with Real taking on city rivals Atletico, while City must try to regroup as they continue their battle to finish fourth in the Premier League.

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