2015-16 Champions League semi-final, second leg

Full-time: Real Madrid 1-0 Manchester City

  • Real Madrid set up the second all-Madrid Champions League final in two seasons with a deserved victory at the Santiago Bernabeu
  • Lacklustre City fall behind after Gareth Bale's first-half shot from a tricky angle takes a huge deflection off Fernando and loops in off the upright
  • Manuel Pellegrini's side lose captain Vincent Kompany to injury after just 10 minutes and fail to produce a single shot on target throughout the match
  • Bale hits the post with a header after the break and Joe Hart thwarts both Luka Modric and the returning Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 10-time winners Real will meet rivals Atletico Madrid in their 14th European Cup final at Milan's San Siro on Saturday 28 May
Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale celebrates giving Real Madrid the lead via a shot that took a big deflection off Fernando and the post David Ramos/Getty Images

That is all for now, but stay tuned to IBTimes UK for post-match reaction. We will also be back tomorrow evening to provide live coverage of another Anglo-Spanish semi-final between Liverpool and Villarreal in the Europa League. Holders Sevilla also continue their quest for a third consecutive title against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Until then, goodnight.


The overriding feeling for everyone connected with City will be one of immense disappointment. They were insipid over both legs and lacked the sort of intensity you would expect on such a big occasion, but still could have reached their first Champions League final with a goal late on. As it was, their big players went missing and only Aguero's late drive really threatened Keylor Navas' goal.

That exit means that they must now finish in the top four to qualify for the competition next season. Their lead over Manchester United in fourth is just four points ahead of a tricky clash with Arsenal at the weekend. Defeat there combined with victories for Louis van Gaal's side against relegation-threatened Norwich and in their game in hand at West Ham could leave City trailing by two points ahead of their trip to Swansea on the final day.

Guardiola will be watching on nervously during Pellegrini's final two matches in charge.


A deserved victory for Real in the end, who will play rivals Atletico at Milan's San Siro on 28 May in a repeat of the 2014 final in Lisbon. On that occasion, Ramos' late equaliser sent the tie to extra-time after a first-half goal from Diego Godin. The 10-time European Cup champions ran out comfortable winners from there, with efforts from Bale, Marcelo and Ronaldo securing a 4-1 victory.

There is the small matter of a incredibly close La Liga title race to be settled before then, however. Real are currently third, but trail leaders Barcelona and second-place Atletico by just one solitary point. They host Valencia on Sunday (8 May) before travelling to Deportivo on the final day.


Real Madrid book their place in the Champions League final



Real Madrid 1-0 Manchester City (Real Madrid win 1-0 on aggregate)


Bale takes the ball out wide with the clear intention of eating up more time. He then chooses to cut back inside and find Kroos, who sets up Vazquez for an inch-perfect cross to the back post.

James has the chance to finish the tie from six yards, but loses his footing at the vital moment.


Hart's turn to play sweeper-keeper as he sprints out to claim an overhit pass from Kovacic towards the run of James.

Otamendi has been booked for a high boot that makes contract with the chest of Ronaldo. More precious seconds tick away and this looks beyond City now.


Crazy/inspired goalkeeping from Keylor Navas, who races off his line to make two consecutive headed clearances to thwart both Aguero and Sterling. He seems to have hurt himself in the process and waves for treatment before sinking to the turf.

That will waste a bit of time. Four minutes of stoppage time signalled for City to find that elusive goal.


With just two minutes of normal time remaining, Aguero finally threatens to spoil Real's party with an ambitious drive from 20 yards that lands on the roof of the net with Keylor Navas beaten.


Zidane is incensed that Fernandinho's trip on Bale is not punished with a free-kick. Mateo Kovacic looks set to enter the fray. He replaces compatriot Modric, who has been as impressive as ever tonight.


The free-kick offers a good opportunity to put Real under serious pressure, but De Bruyne instead opts to try and catch Keylor Navas out with a whipped shot to the near post that goes past Kroos' one-man wall and into the side netting. What a waste.


Marcelo slips after dispossessing Aguero and that leads to a City counter. The ball eventually ends up at the feet of substitute Sterling, who is forced out wide before being scythed down by a nasty challenge from Vazquez. He is lucky only to receive a yellow card for that.


10 minutes left to play at the Bernabeu. Real have been much the better side tonight, but still City need just one goal to send them through. Can they find it?


A determined Vazquez burrows his way into the City box before seeing a shot blocked by Mangala. Referee Skomina then calls play back to defuse a heated row between Kroos and Fernandinho. The cards stay in his pocket.


City are seeing a lot of the ball just at the moment, but their movement is very static and it is all far too easy for Real to defend.


Fernando enters the referee's notebook for dragging down the fleet-footed Modric.


Pellegrini throws on another striker in the shape of Iheanacho, who will go up top alongside Aguero. Jesus Navas is the man to make way.


Mystifying how Real are still only 1-0 up. Is this written in the stars for City to smash and grab? If it is, then they are going to have to find some sort of an attacking threat from somewhere. Aguero has been a bystander.

A second switch from Zidane sees James on for Isco.


A timely slip from Mangala allows Ronaldo to scoop up possession in a dangerous area, but Clichy comes across to deflect his shot wide.

From the corner, Bale soars above Mangala to crash a header against the post. Ronaldo then blatantly uses his hands to turn home a deep cross, but he was never likely to get away with that. The offside flag appears to have saved him from a caution.

Cristiano Ronaldo


Otamendi wins a cheap free-kick off Ronaldo and that leads to a first substitution of the night from City. Pellegrini hauls off the disappointing Toure and introduces Sterling in his place. 30 minutes plus stoppage time remaining for City to find a goal that would send them through to the final.


Yet again the left-hand side of City's defence is left hopelessly exposed. Vazquez finds Ronaldo once more, but Hart gets down to smother his latest attempt.


Vazquez makes a swift impact, receiving possession from Modric and feeding Ronaldo down the right. Otamendi has to be alert to block his cross intended for Bale.


The opportunities keep on coming for Real, but again it's Hart to the rescue as he hangs in the air to catch Ronaldo's header from a Carvajal cross.

Zidane makes his first change of the evening, replacing Jese with Lucas Vazquez.


Modric passes to Bale before continuing his run into the box. After receiving a brilliant ball from his former Tottenham colleague, the Croatian takes a great touch but sees his effort deflected wide by Hart. That was another vital stop from the City goalkeeper, who should be chastising the sluggish Otamendi for playing him onside.

Luka Modric