It was Manchester City comeback night at the UEFA Champions League first leg match at the Real Madrid Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Wednesday.
Pep Guardiola flipped the script on Real Madrid by changing up his starting line-up leaving Fernandinho, Aguero, David Silva and Raheem Sterling on the bench.
This strategy by Pep Guardiola paid off as City kept the home side on the back foot through most of the game, heavily limiting their chances on goal.
Real Madrid were first to score in the second half when a defensive error from Otamendi and Rodri let to Vinicius Junior being able to set up Isco for the home sides first goal giving them a 1-0 lead 60 minutes into the game.
As Real Madrid have not lost any of their last 12 knockout games in the Champions League, it looked like the hosts would maintain their Champions League dominance once again until Gabriel Jesus was able to equalise for the visitors thanks to a header in the 78th minute of play.
A costly mistake by Real Madrid that saw Raheem Sterling being taken down in the host’s box led to Manchester City being awarded a penalty.
De Bruyne was able to convert the penalty and help in the Manchester City comeback by putting the visitors in the lead 1-2.
Real Madrid’s woes did not stop there as Sergio Ramos was shown a red card 4 minutes before the end of official time after bringing Jesus down in the home side’s penalty box.
Man City went on to win the first leg tie match against Real Madrid 1-2.
Manchester City now go into the second leg of the UEFA Champions League tie with the away advantage meaning that Zinedine Zidane will have to pull out all the stops when Real Madrid next face Manchester City in England on March 17.
The only downside of the catch for Manchester City was the injury sustained by Laporte in the first halls that led to him being substituted by Fernandinho at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in the first half.
Pep Guardiola has now led Man City to their first-ever win against Real Madrid. This marks his 28th Champions League win as a manager meaning that no other manager has won more Champions League matches.
He is the first manager to beat Real Madrid twice in away matches in the UEFA Champions League with two different clubs.