Man City 1-0 Atletico Madrid: Player ratings & man of the match as De Bruyne nets first-leg winner
Kevin De Bruyne’s second-half winner was the difference between the teams.
Manchester City secured a narrow first-leg advantage in their Champions League quarter-final against Atletico Madrid.
The Premier League champions wrapped up the 1-0 victory courtesy of Kevin De Bruyne’s well-placed finish after the break.
It was a first half that didn’t result in a single shot on target for either side, with City reduced to efforts from distance.
Joao Cancelo, Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri and John Stones all fired wide in an opening 45 minutes where City dominated but were unable to find any gaps in Atletico’s watertight defence.
Meanwhile, the visitors didn’t manage to register a shot of any description, as they failed to cross the halfway on more than a handful of occasions.
That continued after the break, with De Bruyne beginning to have more of an impact on the game. The Belgian fired a free-kick wide and set up Raheem Sterling in the box, although the winger sliced it past Jan Oblak’s far post.
It took until 70 minutes to find a breakthrough for the hosts, but it was De Bruyne who provided it after he was played in on goal via Phil Foden’s pass, just minutes after the latter’s introduction.
De Bruyne placed the ball from a narrow angle past Oblak, to net what could be a hugely pivotal goal in the tie.
After that, City did manage a few more chances, with De Bruyne again seeing a shot blocked, while also blazing an effort over in the latter stages.
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