We have been treated to some incredible Champions League upsets over the past few seasons, but on Tuesday night the super clubs finally got one over the little guys.
Manchester City and Real Madrid both progressed, as expected, past Borussia Monchengladbach and Atalanta with 2-0 and 3-1 win respectively. Although the results were predictable, there was still lots of fun to be found in both games.
Things got off to a rip-roaring start when City put any notions of an upset to bed with two quickfire goals. The first came after just 12 minutes and what a strike it was. Latching onto a pass from Riyad Mahrez, Kevin de Bruyne unleashed an unstoppable, ‘weak foot’ drive past Yann Sommer. The ball clipped the bar as it went in as well, adding even more style points.
City’s second goal wasn’t half bad either. Coming just six minutes after the opener, Phil Foden broke free in midfield and played a delicious through ball to Ilkay Gundogan. The German made no mistake with the finish, doubling his side’s lead and all but confirming their place in the quarter finals.
Following City’s flying start, most people’s attentions turned to Madrid.
After Atalanta’s Robin Gosens missed a golden opportunity early on, Real were gifted a goal just after the half hour mark. Marco Sportiello passed the ball straight down the throat of Luka Modric who then rolled it for Karim Benzema to convert.
After the break, the visitors somehow managed to play even worse. First Vinicius Junior failed to finish his fine solo run. Minutes later the Brazilian would redeem himself by winning a penalty.
Sergio Ramos converted from 12 yards because, well, that’s just what he does isn’t it?
Atalanta did at least manage to pull one back when Luis Muriel bent a free kick over the wall and past Thibaut Courtois.
Seconds later though, Real restored their two goal advantage. Oh dear.
Ah, but what about the second half of the Manchester City game we hear you ask. Well, not a lot happened to be honest.
The Cityzens now turn their attentions to which team will have the pleasure of knocking them out in the quarter finals this year…