Full-time: Manchester City 0-0 Real Madrid

  • Jese and Pepe both spurn good chances in the second-half for Real.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo missed the game through injury.
Bale (right) tries to win the ball
Bale (right) tries to win the ball Getty Images

Full-time: Manchester City 0-0 Real Madrid

Well, there's no escaping the truth: that was a hugely underwhelming game that never really got going. Real created the better chances, but still didn't do enough to deserve a lead.

That being said, Los Blancos will fancy their chances in the second leg, especially if Ronaldo is fit to return.


Real are making another switch. Toni Kroos makes way for Isco. We're in to two minutes of added time.


Aguero has barely had a kick this evening, which is testament to Real's centre-back duo of Ramos and Pepe.

Anyway, there are less than five minutes left at the Etihad - can someone produce a moment of magic?

Aguero goes down under pressure
Aguero goes down under pressure Getty Images


Another lucky escape for the hosts! On this occasion, the right-sided corner is nodded into the path of Pepe, but Hart gets his body in the way of the ball and City scramble it clear.

They're hanging on by fine margins now, though, and may be happy to accept a draw at this stage.

Zidane barks instructions to his team
Zidane barks instructions to his team Getty Images


Casemiro goes close from a corner! The underrated midfielder gets his head on a left-wing cross and heads it down towards the ground, but Joe Hart is able to block the ball with his left leg.

Suddenly, City are hanging on for a 0-0.


Here is a change for City. Jesus Navas is being replaced by their big-money summer signing Raheem Sterling. He's got just over ten minutes to make an impression on this tie.


Bale looks for the far corner with his left foot, but can't quite curl the ball back inside the post. Another warning for City, who appear to be fading somewhat.

Pellegrini may wish to consider a change here, because Madrid are starting to dominate.

Keylor Navas was barely tested
Keylor Navas was barely tested Getty Images


Bale is influencing this game more and more, coming off the right touchline to find the ball and get more involved. Can the Welshman produce a moment of magic to open the scoring'?


The game is starting to get a little stretched. And Jese has just spurned Real's second good chance of the half, with a right-footed cross meeting the head of Jese. But his effort goes over the bar, rather than under it.


Real are looking toothless without Ronaldo tonight. For all the cash that has been lavished on this team, he still provides their sparkle. Bale, on the other hand, has been on the periphery so far.

Bale was largely kept quiet
Bale was largely kept quiet Getty Images


Pepe steps across Aguero and fouls him. The defender is already on a booking, but escapes another on this occasion.


Nick Howson at the Etihad Stadium

"We finally have a game vaguely representing a football match after the first half of tactical innuendo. Both City and Real have had efforts on goal, with the introduction of Iheanacho, which gives the hosts two in attack, freeing up space for each side to express themselves. Which side will consider a goalless draw to be a good result?"

Gareth Bale on the ball
Gareth Bale on the ball Getty Images


Nearly an hour gone in Manchester, and it's still very cagey. Incredible that we've had so little goalmouth action given the quality on show in the attacking third.

City fans cheer their team on
City fans cheer their team on Getty Images


The best chance of the game falls to Sergio Ramos, but his goal-bound header from a corner is easily claimed by Joe Hart. That's a warning sign for City, though.

Manuel Pellegrini looks anxious
Manuel Pellegrini looks anxious Getty Images


The onus is really on City in this circumstance to provoke something into happening. They're probably scared to do so, though, because an away goal could prove fatal to their hopes. As a result, we have a deadlock at the moment.


Up the other end, Bale goes down in the box but the ref rightfully waves the appeal away. There was nothing in that challenge from Otamendi and Bale was lucky to escape a booking for diving, in all honesty.


First real glimpse from Aguero tonight. The little Argentine turns and spins, but his effort was always climbing. An encouraging start nonetheless.

Aguero lies on the floor
Aguero lies on the floor Getty Images


A change for Real at the break with Jese swapping places with Karim Benzema, who came into the match carrying a knock. It would appear he has aggravated the problem during the first 45 minutes, though there were no obvious signs of it, to be honest.


Zidane is, you would assume, the happier manager at the break, especially as he is without Ronaldo tonight. If the away side grab the first goal, too, it could create panic in the City ranks.


Half-time: Manchester City 0-0 Real Madrid

45 minutes have come and gone, and to be frank, we haven't had a great deal to speak of. Neither side have created any openings of note, despite both boasting expensively-assembled teams.

Let's hope for better after the break...

Gareth Bale shoots from distance
Gareth Bale shoots from distance Getty Images


David Silva has been forced off with an injury, and his replacement is a very popular young man, judging by the reaction of the crowd.

It's time for the in-form Kelechi Iheanacho, who has an incredible opportunity to boost his standing among the City fans even further.

Cristiano Ronaldo watches the game
Cristiano Ronaldo watches the game Getty Images


Silva goes in the book now, after hacking down Gareth Bale. Real need to feed the Welshman as much as possible, because you feel he would have the beating of Gael Clichy.

Gareth Bale in action for Real Madrid
Gareth Bale in action for Real Madrid Getty Images


Bale hits a powerful shot from distance, which is deflected and then safely gathered by Joe Hart, who has been a virtual spectator so far. For all the talent on the pitch, there's really not a lot happening for either team.

The managers watch the action
The managers watch the action Getty Images


Nick Howson at the Etihad Stadium

"Millions, perhaps billions of pounds worth of attacking talent on the field and yet Joe Hart and Keylor Navas have yet to be employed in this game. City may be marginally shading the first half but it has yet to produce a meaningful effort on goal. You can count the amount of touches Aguero and Benzema have had on one hand - which tells you all you need to know about this game. Competitive, if not chance-laden."

Vincent Kompany heads the ball
Vincent Kompany heads the ball Getty Images