Real-ity: City’s lights put out

Real Madrid called on the experience of nearly 60 years of European competition as they ushered Manchester City through the exit door of the Champions League.

Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, who was celebrating his 100th Champions League match as a coach, saw his team draw 1-1 to reach the last 16 from Group D.

City were eliminated at the group stage for a successive season and the gulf in class was obvious from the start as Real tore into a three-man home defence that struggled to cope with Cristiano Ronaldo's runs and Angel Di Maria's pace.

Real could have scored six times in the first 45 minutes but produced just one goal when Karim Benzema lost defender Maicon, found himself unmarked and in space two metres out and fired home.

City were run ragged in the first half but improved later after Mancini switched from a 3-5-2 formation to a more orthodox 4-4-2 with Javi Garcia creating some momentum which wingbacks Alekxandar Kolarov and Maicon had failed to do in the opening period.

Benitez appointed

Chelsea announced that Rafael Benitez had been appointed their interim first team-manager until the end of the season after the European champions sacked Roberto di Matteo. However, the short nature of the contract is being seen by many as a short-term fix ahead of the likely hiring of Pep Guardiola next summer.

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