REAL MADRID transformed itself tonight to exhibit everything positive that has been missing in their last couple of matches. An epic performance with comeback included to defeat MANCHESTER CITY 3 - 2 & down to the wire.
Coach Mourinho surprised leaving Sergio Ramos & Ozil on the bench, with Essien & Varane starting. The latter put in a fantastic performance defending like a veteran & calm at all times under extreme pressure.
Real Madrid was intense & aggressive tonight & that showed in their performance as they created multiple chances to score. The best player for Manchester City in the first half was goalkeeper Hart & that in itself says it all. The goalie kept out Ronaldo, Higuain, Marcelo & two other clear occasion to keep the English team alive.
The second half was the same until Madrid lost the ball in their own half & Toure made a magnificent run to find DZEKO alone in the 68th min to score the opener. Cold water over Real Madrid who must have seen past ghosts.
However, tonight was not the Real Madrid team of past & the group looked to redeem the mistake with more attacking Football. Then MARCELO who had been dangerous all night & with missed goal attempts finally got the ball into the net with a 76th min equalizer.
Manchester City were not daunted & awaited patiently for another chance, which came from a set piece free kick that KOLAROV took & passed through everyone to somehow find the back of the Casillas goal. Very unlucky to say the least & moral breaking for the Spanish team which was dominate & deserved something more.
Coach Mourinho risked & put on Modric & Benzema in an attempt to find the goal & at least equlaize. What he found instead was a comeback that will be talked about for days as Real Madrid suffocated Manchester City in their own half until BENZEMA found space just outside the square & riffled the equalizer in the 87th min. Precision.
From here no one could have thought that the best was still to come, when CRISTIANO RONALDO shook off Zabaleta & powered a shot pass & under goalie Hart for the third & winner in the 90th min. Blew the roof off the stadium & Ronaldo was back in favour with the Real Madrid fans & I would say happy again.
Fantastic night of Football & important victory for Madrid in a very difficult Group.
MALAGA FC made its debut in CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Group C hosting the Russian team ZENIT & looked more like they have always played in the competition. The Spanish Club defeated the Russian 3 - 0 in an impressive debut that will light up the city of Malaga all night with the glow of happiness from their fans.
Deserved victory as Malaga had the initiative & created the Football with a grey Zenit that disappointed. ISCO was the star with two magnificent goals - 2 nd & 76th min - along with SAVIOLA who scored in the 12th min.
Great night for Spanish Football & congratulations to Malaga!