Champions League Live : Curtains for Real Madrid, Manchester City knocks out La Liga champions

Manchester City reached the Champions League quarterfinals after beating Real Madrid 2-1 (4-2 on aggregate) at the Etihad Stadium on Friday, with scorers Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus taking advantage of errors by defender Raphael Varane.

City were simply too good for Real, who are admittedly not the force they were, as they inflicted a first Champions League knockout defeat on manager Zinedine Zidane, a three-time winner.

City will now face Lyon in the Quarterfinals of Champions League in Lisbon. Lyon knocked out Juventus in the Last 16.

UEFA Champions League Live : Manchester City knocks out La Liga champions Real Madrid, will meet Lyon in LAST 8.
Real, trailing 2-1 from the first-leg and without its suspended skipper and defensive lynchpin Sergio Ramos, made a disastrous start, gifting City an opener in the 9th minute.

Frenchman Varane, having received a pass inside his own area from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, was robbed by City forward Jesus, who squared the ball to Sterling who slotted home.

There was a strong response from the Spanish champion, with City keeper Ederson forced into fine saves to keep out efforts from Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard.

Ederson could do nothing, however, to keep out a bullet header from Benzema in the 28th minute, the Frenchman rising to power home a superb pin-point cross from Rodrygo.

City created chances after the break but lacked the killer touch and it took another piece of calamitous defending by Varane to decide the tie in the 68th as his attempted header back to Courtois was too weak and Jesus was alert again, nipping in to flick it past the keeper and make it 2-1 on the night.